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Past Award Criteria and Recipients

Previous awards included the five categories below:

Prosecutor of the Year: The nominee must have five or more years of full-time prosecution experience. The nomination should address the individual’s outstanding characteristics, prosecution history, work with the public and contributions to the quality of prosecution and the image of prosecutors.

Law Enforcement Prosecutor: This nomination should address the support and assistance the nominee has provided to law enforcement agencies and his or her commitment of time in assisting law enforcement.

Community Service Prosecutor: This nomination should address the service the nominee has provided to the community and the results of those efforts; e.g., volunteering at rape crisis centers, nursing homes, youth mentorship organizations, etc.

Legal Impact Prosecutor: Along with the nominee’s outstanding character, this nomination should address the significant impact that resulted from the nominee’s efforts in criminal prosecution(s) and the significant and positive impact or effect on the law.

Rookie Prosecutor of the Year: The nominee must have been prosecuting for no more than two years. The nomination should address the nominee’s dedication to criminal prosecution and commitment to making prosecution a career.

The nomination process is made available on this site and nominees are presented to a selection committee. Recipients of past awards are listed below.

New awards will recognize prosecutorial excellence in the following categories:

 

Child Abuse (Homer Campbell Award)

DWI

Drugs

White Collar

Domestic Violence

Violent Crimes (excluding domestic violence and child abuse cases)

 

In each category, the new criteria includes the following:

  • impact of the prosecution on the community
  • coordination with law enforcement, including training, in the prosecution of the case(s)
  • best litigated case(s) (refers to the quality of the presentation)
  • new approach or legal theory used in the prosecution
  • case management (refers to process used to manage a large quanitity of cases)
  • any other exhibition of excellence in htat category of cases


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2011 Prosecutors Section Award Winners -

 

Child Abuse (Homer Campbell Award)


Third Judicial District Attorney Amy L. Orlando was awarded the Homer Campbell Award for prosecutorial excellence in child abuse cases. Orlando has successfully prosecuted numerous child abuse cases throughout her 18-year career as a prosecutor, has served as a mentor to new attorneys, and has developed a number of community outreach programs in the area of child abuse.

 

DWI

 

Assistant Attorney General Donna Bevaqua-Young received the award for DWI prosecution. She has worked in the field for many years and, in addition to prosecuting high profile DWI cases all over the state, has worked tirelessly to educate and train police officers and prosecutors in New Mexico in an effort to help eradicate the problem of DWI. She has been instrumental in developing responses to the many legal challenges officers and prosecutors have faced in this area in recent years.

 

Drugs

 

Ninth Judicial Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the category of drug prosecutions. Cross has successfully prosecuted hundreds of drug cases during his career and has established himself as a community prosecutor working with groups such as the juvenile justice program, drug court, and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s ACT program (Abolish Chronic Truancy).

 

White Collar

 

Third Judicial Deputy District Attorney Michael R. Heitz was recognized in the category of white collar crimes for his high level of competency and dedication to the prosecution of complex business-related crimes and his training of law enforcement officers and new attorneys in this area.

 

Domestic Violence

 

Third Judicial Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Cabello was recognized in the category of domestic violence for his unwavering advocacy for victims of domestic violence and his professional approach to prosecution of domestic abusers.

 

Violent Crimes (excluding domestic violence and child abuse cases)

 

Ninth Judicial Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was recognized in the category of violent crime prosecution. Stover has been a prosecutor for 12 years and over the last three years has primarily spent his time prosecuting violent felonies. Since 2008, Stover has successfully obtained convictions in four murder cases in Clovis. Despite his heavy caseload, he also participates in many community activities and has a profound commitment to serving the public.

 

 

2010 Prosecutors Section Award Winners -

Prosecutor of the Year

Susana Martinez

3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Law Enforcement Prosecutor Award

Leslie Fernandez

8th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Community Service Prosecutor Award

Rick Wellborn

3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Legal Impact Prosecutor Award

Nicole Moss

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Rookie Prosecutor of the Year

Beth Watson

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

2009 Prosecutors Section Award Winners -

Prosecutor of the Year
David L. Waymire
2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Law Enforcement Prosecutor Award
Troy J. Davis
2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Community Service Prosecutor Award
Benjamin Scott Cross
9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Legal Impact Prosecutor Award
Michael P. Fricke
2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Rookie Prosecutor of the Year
John P. Sugg
2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

2008 Prosecutors Section Award Winners -

Prosecutor of the Year

David R. Foster

1st Judicial District Attorney's Office

Law Enforcement Prosecutor Award

Jack E. Burkhead

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Community Service Prosecutor Award

Mary A. Gueldenzoph

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Legal Impact Prosecutor Award

Michael J. Lewis

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Rookie Prosecutor of the Year

Amanda Lucero

5th Judicial District Attorney's Office

2007 Prosecutors Section Award Winners -

Prosecutor of the Year

Francesca Martinez Estevez

6th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Law Enforcement Prosecutor Award

Sylvia M. Martinez

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Community Service Prosecutor Award

Marguerite Carr

11th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Legal Impact Prosecutor Award

Margot E. Ballon

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Rookie Prosecutor of the Year

Celeste DeMars

12th Judicial District Attorney's Office

2006 Prosecutors Section Award Winners -

Prosecutor of the Year

Richard E. Bowman

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Law Enforcement Prosecutor Award

Matthew E. Chandler

9th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Community Service Prosecutor Award

Susan E. Page

3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Legal Impact Prosecutor Award

Niki Brito

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Rookie Prosecutor of the Year

Alissa N. Berger

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

2005 Prosecutors Section Award Winners -

Prosecutor of the Year

Peter A. "Pete" Ross

13th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Law Enforcement Prosecutor Lifetime Achievement Award

Elliott R. Guttmann

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Community Service Prosecutor Award

Philip Todd Heisey

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Legal Impact Prosecutor Award

Richard E. Bowman

2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Rookie Prosecutor of the Year

William J. Moon

1st Judicial District Attorney's Office

 

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