The San Diego County Bar Association honored the California Innocence Project (CIP) at its annual Law Week Celebration of Community Service on May 1.
CIP received the Public Service by a Law Firm or Agency Award for its work to exonerate 15 wrongfully convicted inmates since the project was founded in 1999.
“One of the greatest experiences I have had is walking someone out of prison after having served a lengthy sentence as a result of a wrongful conviction,” said CIP co-founder Jan Stiglitz, as he accepted the award along with staff attorney Audrey McGinn '10. “I can’t imagine any professional moment that’s more rewarding than that.”
Stiglitz added that this type of recognition helps further the California Innocence Project’s mission.
“It enables us to continue to do our work because we rely on public support, whether it’s moral support, financial support, or an understanding of the need for what we do.”
Also honored with 2015 Service Awards were California Western adjunct professor and Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta, who received the Outstanding Jurist Award, and Kimberly A. Ahrens ’05, honored with the Service to Diversity Award.
California Western congratulates all of the 2015 San Diego County Bar Association Service Award winners.