Deputy County Counsel Debra Barringer, right, poses with Chief Deputy County Counsel Nina Negranti, left, after receiving a prestigious industry award in October 2017
Deputy County Counsel Debra Barringer, right, poses with Chief Deputy County Counsel Nina Negranti, left, after receiving a prestigious industry award in October 2017

Deputy County Counsel Received Award by County Counsel Association of California

Author: Social Services
Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 12:06 PM

Debra Barriger, Deputy County Counsel, received the Judge L. Michael Clark award on Friday, October 6th.


Debra Barriger, Deputy County Counsel, received the Judge L. Michael Clark award on Friday, October 6th. This award is given to those who “exemplify the highest standards in professionalism, civility, and extraordinary advocacy on behalf of social workers, social services agencies, children, and families at all levels of the legal process.”

Debra received this award and was recognized for her drive and involvement in the California Child Welfare/Social Services section of law. Debra’s many accomplishments include: hosting the Child Welfare Conference in SLO County last year, developing a mentorship program for new county counsels in the CWS field, and by continually making herself available for assistance in not only her field, but outside her direct duties as well.

Judge L. Michael Clark was honored with this award named after him by the County Counsel Association of California. He practiced juvenile dependency in Santa Clara County for 21 years prior to being sworn in to sit on the bench in 2008. Judge Clark’s career spans all areas of juvenile and family law, including the development of Santa Clara County’s Forensic Human Services Certificate Program.

Debra has been with the County since 2014. Prior to taking the job as a Deputy County Counsel in SLO County, she was the Senior Deputy County Counsel in Shasta County for some time after moving from San Diego County where she held the same title. Overall, Debra’s career has primarily been focused on juvenile dependency, with some time dedicated to advocating for parents and children as a public defender. She received her Bachelors of Arts in English at CSU, Sacramento and her Juris Doctor from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.

This award was given to Debra at the Child Welfare Conference held in Rohnert Park, CA, hosted by the County Counsel Association of California.