Lake Charles lawyer receives Public Defender Award

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A Lake Charles defense lawyer has been honored for his work as a public defender.

King Alexander was awarded the Public Defender Gideon Award by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Alexander has worked as a public defender for seven years and has headed the LACDL’s Amicus Committee for six years.

A DeQuincy native and LSU graduate, Alexander practiced civil litigation for insurance defense firms for 15 years before entering indigent defense, he said. He handles life without

parole cases for the Calcasieu Parish Public Defender’s Office.

“I was humbled to receive this award, which I see as being for people who have been doing this much longer than I have,” he

said. “We had a string of successes in 2012 at the Calcasieu Public Defender’s Office. Everything we do is a team effort, and everybody there deserves credit.”

The award is named after Gideon vs. Wainwright, a 1963 case in which the Supreme Court ruled that states are required to provide

indigent defense.