2014 Recipients

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Where presented : 
NLADA Annual Conference
Recipient(s) name: 
Peter Komlos-Hrobsky, Managing Attorney, Colorado Legal Services, Denver, CO, and Claudia Trupp, Supervising Attorney, Director of Justice First Project, Center for Appellate Litigation, New York, NY
Reason for selection of recipient(s): 

Peter Komlos-Hrobsky has worked for legal services since the 1970s. Prior to law school, Peter worked at the Native American Rights Fund and helped start the National Indian law Library in Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from law school at the University of Kansas in 1977, Peter worked for legal services at the Zuni and Laguna Pueblos in New Mexico. In 1978, he and his wife, Elisabeth, moved to Tennessee where Peter worked for legal services in Nashville.

In 1982, Peter and Liz moved to Los Angeles where Peter worked for the National Senior Citizens Law Center on Social Security, disability, and home care issues, including cases reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1990, the family, including five-year-old daughter Emma, moved back to Boulder. Peter took a position at Colorado Legal Services in Denver, where he has specialized in public benefits appeals, litigation, and policy issues for the past 24 years.

For the past 17 years, Claudia Trupp has worked at the Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL ), a nonprofit law firm in New York City. Now a supervising attorney, Ms. Trupp is the founder and director of the Center’s Justice First Project, a program designed to detect wrongful convictions at the earliest stages of the appellate process and actively reinvestigate those cases. Since its inception in 2002, the project has achieved impressive results, exonerating several clients and earning new trials for many more. Ms. Trupp also supervises CAL ’s parole advocacy project as well as the office’s client reentry program. She regularly speaks on criminal law matters and has taught appellate advocacy. In 2007, she was awarded the Outstanding Public Service award from the New York County Lawyers’ Association. Her memoir, Hard Time and Nursery Rhymes, which recounts her efforts to balance raising three daughters with the demands of being a public defender, was published in 2009.