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Charlie Cofer is the elected Public Defender representing adults and children in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which consists of Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties. He took office in January 2017.

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Florida Public Defender Association James Evans “Jim” Slater Award 2016 - Alan Chipperfield

Jacksonville Bar Association – Michael Bateh  Board of Governors

Florida Public Defender Association Support Staff Employee of the Year – Beth Frill, Legal Assistant Clay County

National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year for Work with Military – John Holzbaur

Florida Public Defender Association Holly Marie Stutz Outstanding Administrative Service Award – IT Director Joe Frasier

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award –  Director Felony Court Fred Gazaleh

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid – Cynthia Hunold named to Board of Directors

MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Award – Juvenile Director Rob Mason

Florida Public Defender Association Investigator of the Year – Investigator David Douglas

Recognized for the acquittal obtained in the Brenton Butler Homicide case in the documentary film entitled "Murder on a Sunday Morning". The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 74th Academy Awards in 2002.

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