OPD Honors Jones Walker Partners Mark Cunningham and Mike Magner with 2017 Clyde Merritt Award

2017 Clyde Merritt Award Mike Magner Taryn Blume Derwyn Bunton Mark Cunningham

OPD recently honored Jones Walker partners Mark Cunningham and Mike Magner for their dogged and zealous pro bono representation of former OPD investigator Taryn Blume. The award recognizes extraordinary commitment and fight for public defense in New Orleans, and both Mark and Mike have long been supporters of OPD.

“The zealous representation by Mark and Mike has allowed me to move forward with my life. Their dedication to not only my case, but our entire office, truly demonstrates their commitment to OPD, our clients, and the work we’re doing for justice,” said Taryn Blume during the award presentation.

Chief Defender Derwyn Bunton once again presented the awards during the Ben Levick Sullivan Investigator Fellowship fundraiser. The fellowship, now in its third year, has proven to be a success and an integral part in fulfilling OPD’s mission to provide zealous, client-centered representation. The fellowship was established in the memory of Ben Sullivan and his incredible passion and dedication for public defense. Ben devoted himself to those in need, sought the truth and endlessly fought for justice.

Established in 2012 to honor one of the stalwart advocates for public defense, Clyde Merritt, the Clyde Merritt Award recognizes commitment and fight for the cause of public defense in New Orleans.

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