For release on February 21, 2020
Public Communications Officer
DA “Oscars” Go to: Tireless Gang Prosecutor, Lawyer Who Helped Gilroy Mass Shooting Victims,
Courageous Undocumented Immigrant
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen gave awards yesterday to four citizens who put their lives on the line to protect the community.
Honored in front of the 600-plus employee Office, board supervisors and police chiefs, were a firefighter who was shot while battling a murderous gunman, a couple who tracked a van of drive-by shooters, and an undocumented man who risked deportation to make sure a killer was caught and convicted. The citizens were honored by DA Rosen and his entire Office as they met for their annual awards ceremony and the DA’s annual “State of the Office” speech. The awards recognize outstanding work by the Office’s prosecutors, investigators, criminalists, paralegals, and support staff.
The DA’s “State of the Office” speech highlighted the diversity of the largest prosecutorial office in Northern California and its powerful unity of purpose managing close to 40,000 criminal matters a year.
DA Rosen said: “These are our crimes, our victims, our responsibility. We have more than 40 teams. We have an internationally recognized, state-of-the-art crime lab, a nationally renowned hi-tech task force, a widely emulated parent project, prosecutors in every courtroom and in many of our most needy neighborhoods. We wear lab coats, service weapons, suits and sneakers. Our professional and personal diversity is - paradoxically - our superpower.”
DA Rosen singled out successful prosecutions of murderers, rapists, deadly drunk drivers, scam artists, and a giant mushroom company that was polluting county waters. The DA praised the many other achievements of the past year, including the criminalists who dramatically sped up the testing of rape kits and brought the backlog to zero, the creation of an intelligence program to take the guns out of the hands of criminals, and the many who created and managed a Family Assistance Center to aid the survivors of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting.
Here is a complete list of the 2019 Annual Award winners:
- Karyn Sinunu-Towery Courage Awards: Jose and Juana Lopez, Ramos Reyes-Reyes, and Patrick Stueve
- Napoleon J. Menard Award for Felony Trial Advocacy: Deputy District Attorney Rob Baker
- Robert L. Webb Award for Misdemeanor Trial Advocacy: Deputy District Attorney Daniel Chung
- Rolanda Pierre-Dixon for a Non-Trial Attorney: Deputy District Attorney Adam Flores
- Lowell W. Bradford Achievement of Excellence Award for Crime Lab Division: Criminalist Christina Henry
- Robert Drexel Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Investigations Unit: Investigator Roberto Navarro
- Paralegal Excellence Award: Senior Paralegal Christine Spencer
- Legal Support Award of Excellence: Legal Secretary Mabel Wong