On November 14, 2014, in Washington D.C., the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) honored Claudia Trupp as the winner of the Reginald Heber Smith Award. The “Reggie” celebrates outstanding achievements and dedicated services of an attorney for contributions made while employed by an organization providing indigent defense services or civil legal services. To receive the Reggie, an attorney must have “significantly advanced the cause of equal justice for individual clients or low-income communities.” The attorney also must be known to provide “extraordinary and successful” legal advocacy on behalf of clients who could not otherwise afford counsel. This award recognizes Claudia Trupp as an innovative leader in the defense bar.
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