Congratulations to our partner Larry Kasperek, the 2014 Jeffery A. Jacobs Memorial Award recipient. The award is to be presented on September 20, 2014 at the Defense Community Dinner at the Rochester Institute of Technology, sponsored by the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office and the New York State Defender’s Association.
Jeff Jacobs is remembered as an outstanding attorney and person who was a fierce advocate for his clients and proud of having tried more than 100 felony cases in his career. Many of his trials were complex cases requiring familiarity with novel scientific theories and the development of effective trial strategies. In addition, Jacobs was a role model and mentor for younger assistant public defenders, generously giving his time and encouragement.
The award recognizes a criminal defense attorney from the Monroe County area who has demonstrated these qualities, including in particular, zealous client advocacy in complex criminal defense litigation, which may include the effective use of experts and litigating forensic or scientific issues, fearless advocacy on behalf of the client, and creativity in the presentation of the client’s defense.
Past award recipients include Second Assistant Monroe County Public Defender Jill L. Paperno (2010), ETKS partner William T. Easton (2011), Assistant Federal Public Defender Anne M. Burger (2012), and Assistant Monroe County Public Defenders Elizabeth A. Riley and Emily L. Rosmus (2013).