On Wednesday, John Salsberg was honored with the Clarence Gideon Award. Presented from time to time by the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the award recognizes champions of the noblest principle that all persons shall stand equal before the law.
As a teacher and public defender, John Salsberg has always worked tirelessly to ensure justice and due process for those accused of crime. His influence is far reaching – in addition to representing clients and his work with Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, the bar associations and the courts, he has been the Clinical Supervising Attorney for Harvard Defenders since 1985 where he has trained more than 1,000 Harvard Law School students to become thoughtful, zealous, ethical, and competent lawyers. The award is a testament to his dedication, incredible teaching and mentorship over the years.