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2011 Prosecutors Section Annual Awards

The State Bar Prosecutors Section presented its annual Prosecutor of the Year awards during the section's annual meeting Sept. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Albuquerque. The awards recognize excellence in service and performance in six different categories of prosecution: child abuse (the Homer Campbell Award), DWI, drugs, white collar, domestic violence, and violent crimes. Governor Susana Martinez was on hand to present the awards.

2011 Award Winners

(From left)

Robert Cabello, Domestic Violence Prosecution, Third Judicial District Attorney's Office; Michael Heitz, White Collar Prosecution, Third Judicial District Attorney's Office; Governor Susana Martinez; Amy Orlando, Third Judicial District Attorney, Homer Campbell Award for Child Abuse Prosecution; Donna Bevaqua-Young, Attorney General's Office Special Prosecutions, DWI Prosecution; Ben Cross (not pictured), Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office, Drug Prosecution; and Brian Stover (not pictured), Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office, Violent Criimes.

 

2011 Prosecutors Section Annual Awards

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Board Members and Award Winners

From left to right:

Shane Henderson, YLD Liason to Prosecutors Section Board,
    7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Kristen Murphy, Chair-Elect, Prosecutors Section Board,
    13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Michael Heitz, White Collar Prosecutions Award,
    3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office
RoxeAnne Esquibel, Chair, Prosecutors Section Board,
    3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Robert Cabello, Domestic Violence Prosecution Award,
    3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Governor Susana Martinez
Phyllis Bowman, Prosecutors Section Board, Regulation and Licensing Division

    (holding award for a recipient not present)
Cheryl Johnston, Past Chair, Prosecutors Section Board,
    13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Amy Orlando, Homer Campbell Award for Child Abuse Prosecution,
    3rd Judicial District Attorney
Donna Bevaqua-Young, DWI Prosecution Award,
    Attorney General's Office Special Prosecutions

 


 

 

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