Florida Public Defender Association Presents Parker Thomson and Hogan Lovells with L. Clayton Nance Award
09 August 2013
MIAMI, 9 August 2013 – Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that the Florida Public Defender Association (FPDA) recently honored Parker Thomson with the L. Clayton Nance Award. At its annual awards dinner in Palm Beach, the FPDA recognized Thomson for his incredible contributions toward improving the state of indigent defense in Florida by representing the Public Defender pro bono for five years in excessive workload litigation.
"We are extremely proud that the Florida Public Defender Association chose to recognize Parker for his extraordinary dedication and commitment to this important litigation matter,” said Richard C. Lorenzo, Miami office Managing Partner. “This is a great commendation for both Parker and the Miami office.”
Since 2008, Thomson and other lawyers from the Miami office have represented the Public Defender of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in his effort to obtain relief from excessive caseloads. The caseloads—which on average were 500 non-capital felony cases per attorney per year—impaired PD-11’s ability to meet the state’s obligation to provide its indigent clients with effective assistance of counsel, as required by the U.S. and Florida Constitutions, and to provide competent, diligent, and conflict-free representation, as required by the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct. After dedicating more than 3,600 hours to the project, the Hogan Lovells team prevailed before the Supreme Court of Florida.
The L. Clayton Nance Award was established in 1977 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the state's criminal justice system. It bears the name of its first recipient and Florida's first Public Defender, who served from 1953 until he was appointed to the Broward County Circuit Court bench in 1966, where he held office until his death in 1979.