Lisa Dubs (JD ’87) receives 2016 J. Kirk Osborn Award for outstanding death penalty defense

Photo of alumna, Lisa Dubs, in courtroom

Lisa Dubs (JD '94) (photo courtesy of CDPL)

Lisa Dubs (JD ’87) won the Center for Death Penalty Litigation’s (CDPL) 2016 J. Kirk Osborn Award on Oct. 6, 2016.  Dubs was recognized for her outstanding defense work on behalf of indigent clients facing the death penalty.  Dubs is renowned for protecting clients from conviction and securing life sentences in challenging capital cases, according to the CDPL website.

The eponymous award honors the work of J. Kirk Osborn, an extraordinary capital defense attorney.  It recognizes attorneys’ zealous lifelong advocacy for indigent people facing the death penalty and leadership in the capital defense community, according to the website.

Dubs, a solo practioner, has represented people in many different counties in North Carolina, particularly in Hickory and surrounding areas.  Five of her clients have been acquitted of first-degree murder charges, three of which were prosecuted capitally.  Included are Mike Mead of Gaston County and Jerry Anderson of Caldwell County.

Dubs serves on State Bar Association and N.C. Advocates for Justice committees.  She is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Trial Attorneys and the Catawba County Bar Association.

In addition to her trial practice, the mother of two, and soon-to-be grandmother of three, has lectured on jury selection and trial preparation at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars for area attorneys.  Dubs has been on the faculty at the CDPL’s Capital College in Raleigh, N.C.