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