USD School of Law Alumnus Christopher Wellborn ’88 (JD) Receives the Champion of Justice Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Christopher Wellborn ’88 (JD) Receives the Champion of Justice Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Christopher Wellborn

WASHINGTON D.C. (July 30, 2018) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Christopher Wellborn, ’88 (JD), has been presented with the Champion of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association's Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, FL, on July 29.   

“Chris Wellborn is a true and dedicated soldier for the criminal defense function and the mission of this great Association,” said NACDL Immediate Past President Rick Jones, who presented Wellborn with NACDL’s Champion of Justice Award. “The epitome of an unsung hero, Chris Wellborn has for many years served in multiple leadership roles at NACDL, expertly advancing the promise of the U.S. Constitution and the cause of criminal justice reform in this nation.”

Wellborn, a life member of NACDL, joined in 1994 and has participated on the Board of Directors since 2010. He served as NACDL Treasurer from 2015 to 2016 and as Parliamentarian from 2017 to 2018. Wellborn is the current co-chair of NACDL’s Surveillance Task Force and also serves on the Membership, Mental Health, and Corrections Committees.  He previously served as chair of the Budget Committee and as a member on the Long Range Planning and Public Defense Committees. Wellborn is a founding member and past President of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Additionally, Wellborn is a past President of the York County Bar Association, and is active in the South Carolina Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker at seminars on Criminal Law topics both on a state and national level.

Wellborn handles cases throughout South Carolina in state, federal, juvenile, and magistrate courts. He is the only attorney in the area, outside of public defenders, who devotes his entire practice to criminal defense.

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Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.



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