Jill L. Paperno is the first recipient of the newly created Jeffrey A. Jacobs Memorial Award.
She is second assistant public defender in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office where Jacobs had worked for more than 20 years until his death in November 2006.
The honor was handed out Friday by Judge Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at the defense community dinner at SUNY Brockport.
Paperno has worked for the public defender’s office since 1987. As city court supervisor, she trained and supervised staff assigned to city court and parole sections for 10 years and has supervised felony staff since 2009. She has tried numerous felony cases, including homicides and sex offenses.
Paperno has also assisted in developing the training program for attorneys in the public defender’s office and presented continuing legal education courses programs on numerous topics over the years. She is a 1981 graduate of SUNY University at Albany and a 1984 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School.
The award recognizes a criminal defense attorney who exemplifies fierce advocacy, dedication to clients, perseverance and a commitment to fair justice — qualities Jacobs epitomized.
Other nominees were Julie Cianca, Joseph S. Damelio, William T. Easton, Lawrence L. Kasperek, James A. Napier and Donald M. Scalia.
The dinner was part of a two-day “Defending Against DNA and Scientific Evidence” seminar, sponsored by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.
— Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk