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Turner, McConnell among SDCBA service award honorees

Tom Turner has been chosen to receive the Outstanding Attorney of the Year Award and Judith McConnell has been selected for the Outstanding Jurist Award as part of the San Diego County Bar Association's 2014 service awards.

The annual awards are given to distinguished individuals and organizations for their commitment to serving the San Diego community.

Winners will be recognized at the SDCBA's annual law week luncheon & celebration of community service on April 30.

Turner is the managing partner of the law firm Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP while McConnell is the administrative presiding justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Div. I.

Both are being honored for providing outstanding community service "above and beyond just service to the legal profession."

Solo practitioner Lori Mendez will receive the Service to the SDCBA Award for her outstanding service to the association as a volunteer, in a role other than as an officer or director.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor Lilys McCoy has been chosen to receive the Service to the Legal Profession Award for demonstrating outstanding service to furthering the goals of the legal profession and for promoting the ideal of professionalism.

Nadia Bermudez, a partner with Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney & Bermudez LLP, will receive the Service to Diversity Award for promoting and encouraging diversity within the legal profession.

Solo practitioner Johanna Schiavoni has been selected for the Community Service Award for her outstanding service to the needs of the community other than directly through the SDCBA.

Lori Boyle of California Western School of Law will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award, which goes to a non-lawyer/non-judge whose contributions have had a significantly favorable impact on the legal system.

The Service by a Public Attorney Award will be given to Rebecca Kanter, an assistant U.S. attorney. She is being honored for demonstrating a combination of excellence in the practice of law with service to the community, the profession, the SDCBA or legal education.

Melissa Deleon, an attorney at Gilliland & Burgess, will receive the Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer for providing outstanding service to the SDCBA's new lawyer division and for serving the legal community via legal education, mentoring or community service efforts.

The San Diego Truancy Court Collaboration Team will be presented with the Distinguished Program Award while the Professional Alliance for Children will be given the Public Service by a Law Firm or Agency Award

The 2014 SDCBA Service Awards will be presented April 30 at the Westin San Diego (Emerald Plaza).

The event takes place during the SDCBA’s celebration of law week.

Tickets for the luncheon are available online for $35 per person, or a table of ten can be purchased for $350 at sdcba.org/LawWeekLuncheon2014.

The SDCBA’s Service Award recipients are nominated by the San Diego legal community and reviewed and selected by the SDCBA’s awards committee, with the approval of the SDCBA’s board.

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