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County bar honors service by attorneys, students

Student artists who created prize-winning art depicting equal justice were, from left, Jaiden Sao, Tommy Thaodara, Nico Standifer, Charlotte Morton, Marielle Lappe and Jimena Martinez.
Student artists who created prize-winning art depicting equal justice were, from left, Jaiden Sao, Tommy Thaodara, Nico Standifer, Charlotte Morton, Marielle Lappe and Jimena Martinez. (Pauline Repard/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Sometimes it's not about winning or losing in the courtroom.

For many lawyers and judges, it's about volunteer service within the legal community and the general community at large.

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The San Diego County Bar Association honored attorneys as well as young artists at a Community Service Awards luncheon last week at the downtown Westin San Diego hotel.

The outstanding attorney award was shared by Candace Carroll, of Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, and Virginia Nelson, with her own litigation firm, each honored for their involvement in local and national bar activities and mentoring.

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Carroll also was noted for her pro bono work for asylum seekers and her leadership of Sen. Barbara Boxer's federal judicial appointment committee. Nelson, adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, has been a county bar association president and a director of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Students competed by creating posters or videos depicting equal access to justice. Winners at the luncheon were Jaiden Sao, Tommy Thaodara, William Nguyen and Jimena Martinez of Crawford High; Nico Standifer, St. Gregory the Great elementary; Charlotte Morton, El Camino Creek Elementary and Marielle Lappe, St. James Academy.

Other attorneys were given awards for service to:

  • The legal community: Wendy Behan, of Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield.
  • The county bar association: Alvin Gomez, of the Gomez Law Group.
  • Diversity: Jonah Toleno of Shustak Reynolds & Partners.
  • The outside community — James Tabb, of Zaveri Tabb.

Deputy District Attorney Michelle Ialeggio was honored for service by a public attorney, and Jamie Quient, of Free to Thrive, was recognized for outstanding service by a new lawyer.

The outstanding jurist award was given posthumously to David Bartick, a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court in San Diego.

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