Date: December 5, 2016
OCDA PROSECUTOR RECEIVES “ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR” AWARD FROM NORTH ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Senior Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) was recognized by the North Orange County Bar Association (NOCBA) as their Attorney of the Year. The award was presented at NOCBA’s 8th Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.
Each year, the NOCBA honors two attorneys who demonstrate exceptional work not only within their field, but across all areas of law. Baez is only the second prosecutor to receive the honor. Then-prosecutor, The Honorable Jeffrey Ferguson, was the first deputy district attorney to be awarded NOCBA Attorney of the Year.
Baez graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree and went on to University of California, Davis’ King Hall School of Law, earning his law degree in 2003. Baez has risen through the OCDA since 2004, most recently working as a prosecutor in the Gang Unit. Many of his cases bring him to North Justice Center in Fullerton, a hub for many attorneys involved in NOCBA.
“We are grateful to the NOCBA, made up of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, who recognized Senior Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez’s ethics and excellence in doing justice for the People,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “The OCDA is proud of our prosecutors who work hard to keep Orange County safe.”
Assistant District Attorney Scott Zidbeck stated, “We congratulate Jason Baez in being honored by the North Orange County Bar Association as their Attorney of the Year. Mr. Baez is a hard-working, fair, and ethical deputy district attorney who is committed to seeking justice on all his cases. He has a consistent track record of treating everyone in the criminal justice system – defendants, the defense bar, the bench, victims, and the families of crime victims – with respect and compassion. Mr. Baez is well deserving of this prestigious award and we thank the NOCBA for recognizing his hard work.”
Without the support of his colleagues and wonderful staff at the OCDA, Baez says, he would not be where he is today. He continued, “We do the right thing every day, that’s what it’s all about.”