Pima County (AZ) public defender Margo Cowan '85 received the Outstanding Performance Award at the 10th Annual Arizona Public Defender Association Conference in Tempe, AZ. The award recognizes performance and contribution from a member of a Public
Defender Office who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, done
outstanding work or made a significant impact for her clients. Margo
received this award for her tireless commitment to her clients,
particular those who are foreign-born. In Padilla v. Kentucky, the
United States Supreme Court held that all non-citizens are entitled to
advice regarding the immigration consequences of a guilty plea. While
this case was a game-changer for many criminal law practitioners, it was
business as usual for Margo. She has been providing this advice for
years, and advocating for case resolutions that permit lawful residents
of Arizona to keep their families intact and remain in Arizona.
Margo Cowan is a Pima County (AZ) public defender and champion of migrant
rights for 25 years. She is also a Sanctuary
leader, board member of Derechos Humanos, and co-founder of the
group No More Deaths.