Going out with a bang–and a sniff

Shannon P. O’Connor recently retired as the First Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Nebraska. Shannon spent his career defending people accused of crime.

Yesterday, our Court celebrated Shannon’s retirement. Shannon has always been known for being tough, candid, funny and delight to deal with. He was one of the very best.

His last act before retirement was arguing Rodriguez v. United States on January 21, 2015 before the United States Supreme Court. This was a dog-sniff case following a traffic stop. You can read the oral argument transcript here. Shannon did a great a job.

Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images. (This is not Shannon.)

As Shannon enters into his well deserved retirement he can do so knowing he went out with a bang–and a sniff. Shannon should be very proud of himself. Goodness knows, he made the rest of us in flyover country proud of him and the Federal Public Defender’s office for the District of Nebraska.


5 responses

  1. The lawyers at the Federal Public Defender’s office are the first line of defense for the a Sixth Amendment across our country. They are the best lawyers in town, just saying.

  2. Shannon was a wonderful coworker, and he is a caring and supportive person. I was pleased to work on the Rodriguez case and see Shannon argue. Since we are neighbors I don’t have to say goodbye, which pleases me immensely.

  3. I don’t know if the argument at the Supreme Court was planned as part of the retirement ceremony, but it seems like quite an exhilirating way to leave the Federal Public Defender’s office.

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