Missouri State Public Defender
2020 Award Recipients


Defender of Distinction

Sarah Johnson
Director of Juvenile Defense and Policy
Children’s Defense Team





Excellence Award

Kelly Jackson
Appellate/PCR East A – St. Louis




Office of the Year

Area 37
West Plains Trial Office

Bethany Turner, District Defender; Sarah Bernard, Assistant Public Defender; Ezra Cahn, Assistant Public Defender; Thomas Flack, Assistant Public Defender; David Spears, Administrative Assistant; Valerie Bailey, Investigator; and Carol Young, Legal Assistant.


Director’s Award

Michael Barrett
Past Director



Defender of the 6th Amendment

Stinson LLP
Kansas City

Outstanding Contract Defender Award

Wally Trosen
Attorney at Law


2020 Lon O. Hocker Award Winner

Erika Wurst
Deputy District Defender
St. Louis City Trial Office






NLADA New Leaders in Advocacy Award

Stacey Lannert
Assistant Public Defender
St. Louis City Trial Office