2013 Recipients

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Where presented : 
NLADA Annual Conference
Recipient(s) name: 
Nzinga Hill, Supervising Attorney, Child in Need of Care Division, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA,and Victor Geminiani, Executive Director, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Honolulu, HI
Reason for selection of recipient(s): 

Nzinga Hill is the supervising attorney of the Child in Need of Care Case Unit with the Orleans Public Defenders, where she represents parents in cases involving Louisiana’s child protection officials.  In addition to working to continuously improve representation for parents in CINC cases, Ms. Hill serves on committees dedicated to improving outcomes for families in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Ms. Hill returned to the city after completing law school and has worked with families in crisis and as a civil rights attorney throughout her legal career.  Immediately prior to joining OPD, she served on the faculty of Tulane University Law School as a clinical instructor supervising student representation of clients in domestic violence cases.

Victor Geminiani began his career as a Vista Volunteer lawyer with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. He has served as the Director of Litigation and Law Reform with Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services and as Executive Director of the Legal Services of Western Massachusetts, the Legal Services of Northern California, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. He has also worked in the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) as Associate Director of Support and Finances responsible for LSC funding policy and as the South East Regional Director overseeing the 75 legal services programs in the 10 southern states.

Victor has served in a variety of capacities with the boards of several of national associations including the executive committee of NLADA, as founding board member and President of the Management Information Exchange and as a board member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Chair of the Section"s Pro Bono committee. He also served as a member of the ABA's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and on the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. He has been presented with the Litigation Section's John Minor Wisdom Award and the Hawaii State Bar Association's Champion for Social Justice Award.