Stephen Dunkle graduated from Pomona College and USC Law School. He began
his career as a law clerk and volunteer attorney with the Santa Barbara
County Public Defender’s Office. He was then hired as an associate
by the firm of Sanger & Swysen (now Sanger Swysen & Dunkle). His
practice includes representing defendants in trials and appeals in state
and federal court. He is an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Dunkle is on the Board of Governors of CACJ. He serves as the co-editor
of the CACJ Forum since 2010, and is Vice Chair of the Amicus Committee,
and Chair of the Contempt Committee.
Mr. Dunkle’s career highlights include being part of the team of
attorneys who successfully defended Michael Jackson. He was
primarily responsible for the extensive law and motion and appellate practice
in the case.
Mr. Dunkle led a team of criminal defense attorneys who volunteered their
time to defend against a proposed gang injunction in Santa Barbara. He
devoted more than 400 hours of his time over three years on pro bono basis
to fight the injunction. Following a four week bench trial, the court
issued its decision denying the injunction. It is believed to be the first
time that a court has rejected a proposed gang injunction.
Mr. Dunkle filed a writ petition in Johnson v. Superior Court (No. B266421,
2016 WL 6302112 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 27, 2016)), a death penalty case,
based on vindictive prosecution which resulted in the Court of Appeal
issuing a writ of mandate directing the trial court to dismiss two counts
of murder with special circumstances and one count of attempted murder.
Purpose of the Award:
To recognize the extraordinary achievements of a young attorney (39 or less).
Origin of the Award:
The Skip Glenn Award for Excellence in Advocacy was created as a way of
recognizing the work of young, unsung California criminal defense attorneys.
The naming of this award is intended as a tribute to Skip Glenn, who died
in 1980, at the age of 39, following a massive heart attack. “Skip
was a tireless, unselfish, dedicated worker,” said CACJ President
Charles M. Sevilla. “And an inspiration to those who knew him.”
The qualities of selfless dedication and tireless work are those we want
to recognize in our award recipient. From the civil rights movement of
the 1960's onwards, Skip Glenn represented hundreds of defendants
in cases frequently involving political controversy, and just as frequently
involving little or no pay. He participated in the defense of Paul Skyhorse,
Richard Mohawk, and the San Quentin 6. In the case of civil rights activist
Gary Lawton, being tried for the third time on charges of murdering two
policemen, Glenn got an acquittal after the longest trial in Riverside
County history. At the time of his death, he was involved with the 'Cheese
King' murder trial in San Jose. In addition to his work as a criminal
defense attorney, Glenn was appointed by Governor Brown in 1975 to a task
force of lawyers charged with supervising the implementation of California's
new Agricultural Labor Relations Act.
Lifetime Achievement Award |
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Charles R. Garry Award |
Skip Glenn Award |
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