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    Joel Feinman

    Joel Feinman

    Public Defender

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2007; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2007; M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Arizona Graduate College, 2007; B.A. in Latin American History, Northwestern University, 2000; defense attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender, 2007 - 2015; Founder and Manager, Feinman Law, PLLC, 2017; Adjunct Professor of law in trial advocacy at the University of Arizona College of Law, 2012 - 2017; Awarded the Rising Star Award by the Arizona Public Defenders Association, 2011.

    Megan Page

    Megan Page

    Chief Assistant Public Defender

    Graduate of the University of Arizona, 2007, summa cum laude; graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2010, summa cum laude; Law Review; Order of the Coif; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2010; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Deborah Bernini, Pima County Superior Court, 2010-2011; practical experience as a law clerk with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona, 2008-2010 and as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Criminal Defense Clinic, 2010; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2011.  Chief Assistant Public Defender since 2018.

    Adult Criminal Defender Team Attorneys

    The Pima County Public Defender's Office employs discreet teams of lawyers that handle office felony cases as part of their team mission. This enables cases to be reviewed by more senior attorneys in the group and provides an opportunity for less experienced lawyers to be mentored by those with substantial experience.

    Adult Criminal Felony Team I

    Renee Hampson

    Team Leader

    Graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Finance. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor Degree from Whittier College School of Law in Los Angeles, California. She practiced at the Chelan County Public Defender’s Office in Wenatchee, Washington for eleven years prior to coming to the Pima County Public Defender’s Office in December, 2012. There, she was the Juvenile Division Supervisor, representing juvenile clients in offender and status cases, as well as supervising three attorneys in Juvenile and Dependency court. She also practiced in Misdemeanor and Felony court. She is licensed in both Washington and Arizona.



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    Karen Smith

    Karen has been licensed to practice in Arizona since 1986 and began working at the Public Defender’s Office in 1989.  She did felony adult trials for fourteen years before transferring to the Juvenile Division.  She represented children for 13 years before rejoining the downtown office in 2017.




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    Monique Lyon

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1992; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1994; practical experience as a Law Clerk for the Pima County Attorney 1992-94; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Juvenile and Felony Divisions of the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1994.


    Rick Kingston

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1984; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1985; Associate Attorney in a private Arizona law firm, 1985-87; substantial and extensive experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender, representing juveniles and adults since 1987, and specializing in sex crimes cases since 1992.


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    Eva Graham

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1994; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1994; Attorney in private practice, 1994-96; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1997.





    Iskra Uzunova

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2010, magna cum laude; guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany, 2009; assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, 2010; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2012; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Terry L. Chandler, Pima County Superior Court, 2010-2013; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2013.


    Cristie Katsarelis

    Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2012; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2012; Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Michael O. Miller, Pima County Superior Court; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2013.


    Kurt Mosley

    Kurt Mosley

    Deputy Public Defender Kurt Mosley graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Pro Bono Honors, 2002; Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 1987; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2002, the United States District Court of Arizona, 2003; Admitted to the Oregon State Bar 2011; Law Clerk, private California criminal defense firm 2002-2003; Associate Attorney, Criminal Team, private Arizona Law Firm, 2003, Defense Attorney in the Yuma County Legal Defender’s Office 2003-2004; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender from 2004 to 2015. He joined the Law Office of the Public Defender of Marion County in Salem Oregon in January of 2015. In July of 2016 he returned to the Office of the Pima County Public Defender. He is committed to obtaining the best outcome for his clients, zealously advocating on their behalf.


    Nancy Coomer

    Graduate, University of Utah College of Law, 1985, Staff Writer and Articles Editor, University of Utah Law Review, 1983-1985, Order of the Coif, Law Clerk to the Honorable William D. Browning, 1985-1987, Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1986, Admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 1987, Admitted to the 10 th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990, Admitted to the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006, In private practice, with substantial trial and appellate practice, 1987-2006, Joined the office of the Pima County Public Defender in 2006.


     

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    Ellen Rubin

     

    Graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, 1994; admitted to the State Bar of Illinois, 1994, the United States District Court of Illinois, 1995, and the State Bar of Arizona, 2004; Associate Attorney, private Illinois criminal defense law firm, 1995-97; Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Cook County Public Defender, 1997-2003, Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Deborah Bernini, Pima County Superior Court, 2003-04; Associate Attorney, private Arizona criminal defense law firm, 2004-05; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.



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    Carmen Raban

     

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2002; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2002; Law Review; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable John Davis, Pima County Superior Court; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender, and its Juvenile Division, since 2002.


    Kimberly Sweeney

    Graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.  Admitted to practice law in New York, California and Arizona.  
    Defense Attorney in the Tucson City Public Defender’s Office 2003 – 2009; Orange County Public Defender’s Office 2015 - 2017. Pima County Public Defender’s Office 2009 – 2014, 2017 – present.

     


    Adult Criminal Defender Team II

    Clayton Kamm

    Clayton Kamm
    Team Leader

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2008; Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2009; Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy from the University of Arizona; Board Member of the Arizona Association of Criminal Justice; Fellow of the Arizona Justice Project; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2009.


    MikeRosenbluth

    Mike Rosenbluth

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1992; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1992; Member of National Association of criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); Member, (Board of Governors 1997-2001, 2012-2013), of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ); 2010 recipient of Arizona Public Defender Association Most Outstanding Attorney Award; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1993. 




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    Paul Skitzki

     

    Graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, 1989; admitted to the State Bar of California, 1990, and the State Bar of Arizona, 1998; Associate Attorney in private law firms, 1990-99; Deputy Pima County Attorney, 1999-2004, Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.

     


    Craig Kessler

    Craig Kessler has been a trial lawyer for 33 years. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree (1980). He then attended the University of Arizona College of Law, graduating in 1983. During the time he was a law student and as a young lawyer, he taught paralegal classes to the residents of the Florence and Wilmot Prisons. Craig first practiced law in the Pima County Juvenile Court and Pima County Justice Court for five years. He then relocated to St. Louis, Missouri practicing criminal law for 26 years. He completed more than 100 trials to verdict in various counties across Missouri and in the Federal Courts in Missouri and Illinois. He relocated back to Tucson, Arizona in 2014 to become a member of the Pima County Public Defender’s Office. In addition to his legal career, Craig coached basketball, judo and soccer for 30 years in both Tucson and St. Louis.

     


    RebeccaKatz

    Rebecca Katz

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2013; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2014; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Casey F. McGinley, Pima County Superior Court, 2014-2015; practical experience as a law clerk with the Law Offices of Los Angeles County Public Defender, 2013 and as a Rule 38(d) attorney with the Law Offices of Maricopa County Public Defender, 2012; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of Pima County Public Defender since 2015.


    Heidi Krauss

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2013; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2015; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard Gordon, Pima County Superior Court, 2014-2015; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of Pima County Public Defender since May 2015.

    Justin Cluck

    Justin Cluck

    Justin graduated from the University of Mississippi, School of Law in 2002. While in law school, Justin served as legal extern to the Honorable Michael P. Mills, United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. He was admitted to practice in Mississippi in 2002 and Arizona in 2017. Justin began his legal career in 2002, where his practice focused on the defense of federal prosecutions brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as the litigation of complex civil claims, including product liability claims, insurance deceptive claims practices, wrongful death actions, federal excessive force and civil rights claims and mass tort multi-district litigation.  He has considerable experience in appellate briefing and has been published by the ABA on the topic of class action litigation. Justin has extensive jury trial experience and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for three consecutive years from 2014-2016.  He joined the Pima County Public Defender’s Office as a Felony Trial Attorney in 2017.  


    Rachel StewartRachel Stewart

    A Tucson, Arizona native, Rachel attended undergrad at the University of Arizona and obtained her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2010. She then went on to complete her legal education at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont graduating magna cum laude in May, 2016. While in law school, Rachel was a member of Moot Court and Law Review where she was published in 2016.  After obtaining her Juris Doctor degree, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Charles R. Pyle, United States District Court, District of Arizona.  Licensed to practice in California since 2016, Arizona since 2017.  Defense Attorney at the Pima County Public Defender since 2017.


    Aparna Mane

    Graduate of the University of Arizona in 2009; and Arizona State University Sandra Day O’ Connor of Law 2013. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona 2017. Judicial Intern to the Hon. K.C. Stanford, Pima County Juvenile Court 2011. Practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in 2013. Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Kenneth Lee, Pima County Superior Court, 2015-2017. Defense Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender since 2017.


    Matthew LaPrade

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2015; B.A. from The Citadel, 2008.  Admitted to State Bar of Arizona, 2017.  Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Clint Bolick of the Arizona Supreme Court, 2016-2017.  Law Clerk at the Arizona Attorney General Criminal Division; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Peter Eckerstrom of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 2.  Before law school, served in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.  Defense Attorney at the Pima County Public Defender since 2017.


    Sen Umeda

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2016; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2018; Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jane L. Eikelberry, Pima County Superior Court, 2016-2017; Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Deborah Bernini, Pima County Superior Court, 2017; Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Janet C. Bostwick, Pima County Superior Court, 2017; practical experience as a Rule 38(d) student attorney in the University of Arizona Law College Criminal Defense Clinic, 2015-2016; pracitcal experience as a Rule 38(d) student attorney in the University of Arizona Law College Juvenile Clinic, 2015-2016; practical experience as a law clerk with the Pima County Public Defender, 2014-2015; has an adorable dog that looks like a dingo. 


    William Soland

    William R. Soland has lived his entire life in Arizona and has been representing indigent clients here since 2008. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2004 he attended the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law where he earned his law degree in 2007. He then took a job with DNA – People’s Legal Services, Inc. in Flagstaff. There he represented clients at or near the poverty line in cases involving child custody, domestic violence, evictions, consumer issues, and public benefits. These cases took place in Coconino County Superior Court, Navajo Nation Tribal Court, and various justice courts and administrative tribunals. As Senior Arizona Attorney for DNA – People’s Legal Services he oversaw 7 offices throughout the state of Arizona and the Navajo and Hopi Nations. In 2013 he moved to Tucson and worked with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, in their Legal Services Office, and then in the Office of the Pascua Yaqui Public Defender. He has been a defense attorney with the Pima County Public Defender since March 2018.


    Steve Robertson

    Steve is a graduate of New York Law School and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Since 2011 he has been an attorney in New York City and Connecticut on behalf of large financial institutions. His practice areas included securities fraud, Dodd Frank reform,  negotiations, as well as commodities and fixed income trading support. Steve joined the Public Defender’s office in 2019. He is both licensed in New York and Arizona.


    Adult Criminal Defender Team III

    Efthymios Katsarelis

    Team Leader
    Graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, 2011; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2011; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011; practical and trial experience as a Supreme Court of Illinois Rule 7.11 (temporarily bar licensed senior law student) at the Law Offices of the Cook County Public Defender in Maywood, Illinois 2010-2011; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Charles Pyle, United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2008; LLM in International Trade Law and Business, the University of Arizona College of Law, 2008; criminal Defense Attorney in private practice, Athens, Greece 2004-2007. Admitted to the Athens Bar Association, 2004 (active); Graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Law, 2004. Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2012.

    Languages: Greek


    Leo Masursky

    Capital Defense Unit Supervisor

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1997; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1997; practical experience as an Intern to the United States Attorney, Tucson, 1996; Legislative Intern to the Honorable John McCain, United States Senate, 1996; Law Clerk, Pima County Attorney, 1997; Deputy Santa Cruz County Attorney, 1997-98; Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, White Mountain Apache Tribe, 1998-99; Board Member, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice ( AACJ); Member of the Steering Committee, Pima County Mental Health Court; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1999.

    Languages: Mandarin Chinese


    Matt Messmer

    Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers  College of Law, 2001, cum laude; University of Arizona, B.A. 1998, summa cum laude; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2001; practical experience as a Law Clerk, Pima County Public Defender, 1999-2000; practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Law College Child Advocacy Clinic, 2001; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2001.


    Dawn Priestman

    Fellow and Research Assistant with the New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty, 2003-2005; Graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, 2005.

    Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2005. Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender Juvenile, Appellate & Felony Trial Divisions, 2005-2016.

    Trial Team Leader, 2015 - 2017.



    ChrisLynch

    Chris Lynch

    Graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 1982; and the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1985; Managing Editor of The Journal of Legislation, and published in 1985; Admitted to the practice of law: Illinois, 1985; Michigan, 1987; Indiana,1989; and Arizona 2011.  Attorney in private practice 1985-2011 (Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan).  Trial attorney with Pima County Public Defender since 2012.



    ThomasKnauer

    Thomas Knauer

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2012; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2013; Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy from the University of Arizona; Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jane L. Eikleberry, Pima County Superior Court, 2012-2013; practical experience as a Rule 38(d) student attorney in the University of Arizona Law College Criminal Defense Clinic, 2011-2012; practical experience as a Rule 38(d) student attorney in the University of Arizona Law College Civil Rights Restoration Clinic, 2011-2012; practical experience as a law clerk with the Pima County Public Defender, 2010-2012; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2013.



    NathanWade

    Nathan Wade

    Graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2013.  Admitted to State Bar in 2013.  Winner of the S. Thomas Chandler Award for Public Service.  Law clerk for the Pima County public defender throughout law school as well as an internship with the House Democrats for the Arizona House of Representatives 2012 legislative session.  Practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in 2012-2013 in the University of Arizona Criminal Defense Clinic.  Judicial Law Clerk for the the Hon. Sarah Simmons, Presiding Judge of the Pima County Superior Court in 2013-14.



    SarahKostick

    Sarah Kostick

     

    Graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010; Smith College, B.A., 2005. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2013; State Bar of Ohio in 2010. Recipient of the 2016 Arizona Public Defender Association “Rising Star” Award. Judicial Attorney to the Honorable Mary Jane Trapp, Ohio Court of Appeals, Eleventh District, 2011-2013. Capital Resource Counsel with the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, 2013-2014; Special Education and School Law legal fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, 2010-2011. Pro bono capital defense and appellate counsel in various Ohio matters since 2010.  Practical experience as a law clerk for the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Ohio, 2009, and the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office, 2010. Judicial Clerk with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 2009. Professor of Practice and Director of the University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law, Criminal Defense Clinic since September 2017. Defense attorney with the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since December 2014.


    Noella Valentine

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2012; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2013; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable K.C. Stanford, Pima County Juvenile Court, 2013-2014; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Christopher Browning, Pima County Superior Court, 2014-2015; Law Offices of Pima County Public Defender since 2015.



    Sean Coulter

    Sean Coulter

    Graduate of the University of Arizona in 2010; and the University of Arizona College of Law in 2013. Admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 2015. Judicial Intern to the Honorable Gus Aragon, Pima County Superior Court in 2011. Practical Experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney from 2011 to 2013. Law Clerk for the Pima County Public Defender from 2013 to 2015. Defense attorney in the Pima County Public Defender’s Office since 2015.


    Trevor Hill

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2015; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2016; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Julia Connors, Pima County Juvenile Court, 2016; Defense Attorney at the Pima County Public Defender since 2016.


    Nicki DiCampli

    Nicki graduated from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law in 1996_. She worked as a Law Clerk/Bailiff for Pima County Superior Court Judge, Hon. Jack Kelly from 1998-1999.  She then worked as Deputy Pima County Attorney in the Criminal Division from 1999-2005. From 2005 to 2017 she was in Private Practice in the areas of Criminal Law, Domestic Relations and Family Law. Nicki joined the Public Defender’s Office in mid-2017.


    Cathleen WardCathleen Ward

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law in 2016; B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona 2017. Judicial extern to the Hon. Michael O. Miller, Arizona Court of Appeals Div. II, Spring 2015. Judicial Extern to Hon. Jaqueline Rateau, Federal Court in the District of Arizona, Spring 2016. Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Paul E. Tang, Pima County Superior Court, 2016-2017. Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Janet C. Bostwick, 2017. Defense Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender since 2017.




    Joshua Liffiton

    Joshua graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2014. He then served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Scott H. Rash at the Pima County Superior Court and was subsequently admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 2015. He next worked as a Deputy Pima County Attorney in the Criminal Division prior to becoming a Defense Attorney. Joshua joined the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender in 2017.



    Jenna Johnson

    Graduate of the Georgetown Univeristy Law Center, 2016; B.S. from the University of Montevallo, 2012. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2016. Law Clerk to the Honorable Joan L. Wagener of the Pima County Superior Court, 2016-2017. Law Clerk at the Federal Defender, Middle District of Alabama and the Alexandria Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia. Defense Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender since 2017.

     


    Al BondAlan Bond

    Al Bond began his working life as a Registered Nurse and cared for trauma patients as an Emergency Department Nurse. He then entered the legal profession and has spent twenty years practicing in civil and criminal law. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1995 and has practiced exclusively in Tucson since then. He has worked for the Pima County Public Defender in the past and was excited to rejoin the office in 2018.


    Katie Filous

    Most recently, Katie worked as the lead law clerk for the Pima County Public Defender’s Office.   Prior to that position, she served as an attorney at the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia, a legal fellow for the Ford Foundation and Georgetown University Women’s Law and Public Policy program, and a consultant for Equality Now, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, UN Women, and the Polaris Project.  Katie graduated from DePaul University College of Law magna cum laude.  While in law school, Katie was the editor-in-chief of the DePaul Journal of Women, Gender, and the Law.  She was also a recipient of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois award, the Cudahy scholarship for public service, was a research fellow for the International Human Rights Law Institute, and served as a judicial extern on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Prior to law school, Katie graduated magna cum laude with her M.A. from Loyola University Chicago and graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is barred in good standing in New York and Arizona.



    Adult Criminal Defender Team IV

    jpgTatiana G. Struthers

    Team Leader

    Graduate of the International Institute of Economy and Law, Moscow, Russia, LLB 1998; University of Arizona College of Law, LLM 2001, Master in International Trade Law; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2002; Deputy Public Defender at the Mohave County Public Defender's Office, 2003-05; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.

    Languages: Russian

    Jack O'Brien

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1981; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1981; lawyer in private practice 1981-85; substantial and extensive experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1996.



    Margo Cowan

    Crimmigration Unit Supervisor
    Graduate of the Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1985; admitted to the State Bar of Pennsylvania in 1986; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1995; substantial experience as an attorney in general immigration practice since 1986; General Counsel, Tohono O'Odham Nation 1993-2003; Of Counsel, Congressman Raul Grijalva, 2004; extensive pro bono work, mainly in the areas of border/immigration policy development and representation of undocumented persons and refugees; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2004. In March 2007, the National Association for Social Workers- AZ Branch II awarded Margo with the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Award for her dedication in advancing human rights for over thirty-five years. An example of this dedication is her co-founding of the group No More Deaths. This group provides assistance to migrants returning from the U.S. to the border towns of Mexico, and their sole purpose is to reduce the amount of deaths in the Arizona Desert.

    Languages: Spanish 

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    Joel Chorny


    Graduate of George Washington University School of Law – Washington, DC, 2010; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona. Pima County Legal Defender’s Office 2011-2015; Pima County Public Defender’s Office 2015 to present. Joel is the founder of Art with Conviction and has sat on the Board of Governors for Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice since 2014. He is also on the Arizona State Bar’s Criminal Jury Instructions Committee and is a graduate of the Arizona Bar Leadership Institute.


     



    Corrinna Molnar

    Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010; Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 2007; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2011; Lead Law Clerk at the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender, 2011-2012.


    Languages: Spanish

    Katherine DaubertKatherine Daubert

    Graduate of University of Arizona College of Law, 2012; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2012, State Bar of Nevada, United States District Court of Nevada, United States District Court of Arizona, 2013; attorney in private practice, Tucson, AZ, 2012-2014; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of Pima County Public Defender since 2014.

    Languages: Spanish, Portuguese




    LisaSurhioLisa Surhio

    Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy 2006; University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 2004; The George Washington University, B.A. in Journalism 2001. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2005; the United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2010; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010. Recipient of the Arizona Public Defender Association’s Rising Star Award, 2008. Assistant Prosecutor for the Tohono O’Odham Nation 2004-2005; Deputy Public Defender for Pinal County 2005-2013; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2013.


    Katie Voll

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2013; admitted to the State Bar of Colorado in 2013, the State Bar of Arizona in 2015. Attorney in private practice 2013-2014. Defense attorney at the Law Office of the Pima County Public Defender since 2015. 


    Abigail Okrent

    Abigail Okrent graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 2007, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service scholar.  She has devoted her entire career to advocacy for low-income clients.  She is licensed to practice law in Arizona and California.\


    Rodrigo AndradeRodrigo Andrade Jr.

    University of Arizona, graduated May 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Policy/Criminal Justice, with Magna Cum Laude distinction.  Attended Law School at Arizona State University, graduated May of 2007.  Maricopa County Public Defender Clinic, as Rule 38 student, January 2007 through May 2007.  Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona June 2008.  Assistant City Prosecutor, City of Glendale; February 2009 to March 2012.  Assistant City Prosecutor, City of Phoenix; March 2012 to May 2016.  May 2016 through March 2017, Rodrigo Andrade Law, PLLC.  Admitted to the United States District Court, District of Arizona, August 2016. Defense Attorney at the Pima County Public Defender's Office since August 2017.

    Languages: Spanish 


    John WaltersJohn Walters

    John graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law, 2013; and was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 2013.  Before that, he graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with B.A.s in Spanish Literature and Classical Studies in 2009 and an M.A. in Spanish Literature in 2010.  During law school, John worked with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Division, and the Pima County Public Defender’s Office as a law clerk.  After graduation, John clerked for the Honorable Michael Butler, until he joined the Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel in 2014.  There he practiced dependency law, family law, and served as appellate counsel (2016-18).  John joined the Pima County Public Defender’s Office in 2018.


    Ian McCloskey

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 2016; Arizona State University, B.S. in Economics, 2013.  Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Danelle B. Liwski, Pima County Superior Court, 2016-2018.  Practical and trial experience as Rule 38(d) attorney with the Pima County Attorney’s Office and Nevada Supreme Court Rule 49.5 attorney with the Clark County District Attorney. Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2018.


    Samantha Sanchez

    Native Tucsonan: born here, raised here, never left. Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College  of Law, 2017; Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2018. Practical experience as a Rule 38(d) student attorney in the Arizona College of Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic, 2015-2016; Family and Juvenile Law Clinic, 2016-2017; and Criminal Defense Clinic, 2016-2017. Worked in appeals as a Law Clerk for the Office of Children’s Counsel, 2017; Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Kenneth Lee of Pima County Superior Court, 2017-2018. Distance runner and yoga enthusiast.


    Edisa Astorga

    Arizona native, Edisa M. Astorga was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in the border town of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico/Nogales, Arizona. Graduate of Arizona Summit Law School, 2016; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2018. Recipient of the Raul H. Castro scholarship award for academic achievement in 2014. Practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney during externship at a private criminal and immigration defense firm in 2015; and Mediation/Arbitration Clinic 2014-2015. She also worked as a legal assistant/paralegal for over 12 years in both the public and private sector. Deputy Legal Defender at the Mohave County Legal Defender’s office prior to joining the Pima County Public Defender’s Office in 2018.


    Maribel Goodman

    Graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2017; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2018, State Bar of New York, 2017, United States Court of International Trade, 2017. Extensive legal experience assisting indigent individuals in Civil, Criminal, and Immigration. Defense Attorney in the Law Office of the Pima County Public Defense since 2019.

     

     

    Felony Appeals Team Attorneys


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    David Euchner

    Team Leader

    Graduate of Rutgers School of Law - Camden, 1999; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, United States District Court of Arizona, 2002, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2007, and the United States Supreme Court, 2009; Attorney in private practice, 2002-05; Felony Trial Attorney Pima County Public Defenders Office 2005-2007, Appellate Attorney Pima County Public Defenders Office since 2007.



    Michael Miller

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1994; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1994, and the United States District Court of Arizona in 2000; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Roslyn Silver, United States District Court of Arizona, 1994-95; associate attorney in a medical malpractice and products liability law firm, 1996-97; and in a criminal and civil law firm, 1997-2005; Appellate Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.


    Erin Sutherland

    Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2009; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2010. Practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Criminal Defense Clinic, 2009, and as a law clerk 2008-2010, and lead law clerk, 2010-2011, with the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender. Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2011.



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    Abigail Jensen

    Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1982, and Stanford University, A.B. in Economics, 1975. Admitted to Washington State Bar Association, 1982 (resigned while on inactive status, 2010), and to the State Bar of Arizona, 1998. In private practice, Seattle, 1982-94 (corporations, intellectual property, venture capital), and 1998-2012, Prescott, AZ (criminal appeals and post-conviction relief proceedings); Appellate Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender since 2012.


    Sarah Mayhew

    Sarah Mayhew

    Graduated summa cum laude and first in the class of 2002, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law; admitted to the State Bar of California, 2002 (inactive status), United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, 2003, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2005, and State Bar of Arizona, 2011; Attorney in private practice in California, 2002-2011; Attorney in private practice in Arizona, 2011-13; Felony Trial Attorney, Pima County Public Defender’s Office 2013-2016, Appellate Attorney Pima County Public Defender’s Office 2016 to present.

     

    2337 East Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713
    (520) 724-2994
    M - F 8am - 5pm

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    Juvenile Division Law Office


    About Us

    The Juvenile Division of the Pima County Public Defender represents persons under the age of 18 years who are charged with delinquent offenses in Pima County. We represent over 4,500 minors a year whose families cannot afford to hire legal counsel. Our office is comprised of a team of professionals dedicated to defending the rights of youth. We currently employ 9 attorneys and a legal staff that includes Legal Secretaries and Clerks, Criminal Investigators, Social Workers, and Legal Interns.


    Mission Statement

    To provide legal representation to all children that is individualized, developmentally appropriate, age appropriate, and free of racial, ethnic, gender, social, and economic bias. To recognize that all children have strengths and the potential to become productive members of society and that each has the right to constitutional and statutory protections.


    What We Do (Journey of the Case)

    Once the Office of the Public Defender is appointed to represent a minor accused of a crime, the assigned attorney immediately contacts the youth to arrange a meeting. At that meeting, the youth has the opportunity to discuss the circumstances of his or her arrest in a confidential setting, and learn from the attorney about the court process.
    With the assistance of an attorney, the youth will make the decision of how best to pursue a defense in each case. Because we utilize a team approach to case management, we offer each case a diversity of viewpoints and a wealth of talents. Each attorney has resources that include a Team Leader, seasoned fellow attorneys, and a capable support staff to help prepare each case for court.
    We continue our representation through adjudication to final disposition of the minor's case and on into any probationary supervision. We know how important the support of family is for a youth involved in the criminal justice system, so we make every effort to keep family members involved, and informed of the progress in their minor's case.

    Goals

    To develop our capacity and leadership
    To demonstrate a commitment to professionalism
    To promote accountability and bring about reform in the juvenile justice system, and
    - To enhance our role in the justice system through collaboration and greater community    involvement.

    Juvenile Division Public Defender Attorneys




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    Susan Kelly

    Susan is a graduate of the University of Arizona College Of Law, 1988. She was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1989, The United States District Court of Arizona in 1989, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990. She was an attorney in a private Arizona federal and state criminal defense firm, 1990-1993; an independent criminal Appeals attorney, 1993-1995; pro bono Immigration attorney with Southern Arizona Legal Aid, 1989-1995. She became a member of the Pima County Public Defender in 1995 and has handled cases in the Misdemeanor, Felony, Appeals and Juvenile Divisions.


    Languages: Spanish

    Eva Bacal

    Eva is a graduate of the University Of Arizona College Of Law, 1990; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1991, the United States District Court of Arizona, 1992, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993. She worked as an Arizona Assistant Attorney General, 1991-2004 and has been with the Pima County Public Defender’s Office since 2004.


    Fred Kay

    Fred was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1969 and to the Arizona U.S. District Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Bars. He was a Pima County Public Defender in 1970-1972 before going to the Federal Public Defender 1972-2004. He returned to the Public Defender’s Office in 2005.


    Michele Robbins

    Michele is a graduate of the University of Arizona, College of Law, 1993; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1993. She was a judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Margaret M. Houghton, 1994-1995; and Arizona Assistant Attorney General, 1998-1999; rejoined the Pima County Public Defender in 2001. She has substantial experience representing minors at all stages of delinquency proceedings.


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    Anthony Zinman

    Anthony is a graduate of Whittier College School of Law, 1992; Associate attorney in a private Washington state family law firm from 1994-1996. He became a Public Defender in North Central Washington from 1996-2007 where he had substantial and extensive experience in the areas of juvenile dependency, delinquency and appellate law. He has been a Public Defender with the Juvenile Division since 2007.




    Samuel Jurgena

    Graduate of the City University of New York School of Law in 2017; B.A. from Iowa State University, 2013. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2018. Law Clerk to the Honorable Joan L. Wagener of the Pima County Superior Court. He has been a Public Defender with the Juvenile Division since 2018.

    Dependency Unit

    About Us

    The Dependency Unit represents parents who have temporarily lost custody of their children to the Department of Child Safety (DCS) due to allegations of abuse or neglect, as well as parents who are facing termination of their parental rights either through a private action or at the request of DCS.  The Dependency Unit provides representation to parents from the initial stages of a DCS case until the case has concluded either through reunification of the family or other means.  It is the goal of the Dependency Unit to provide thorough legal representation to assist our client’s navigate the dependency process and achieve the best possibly outcome for their family.


    Derek Koltunovich

    Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2009; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2009. University of Arizona, BS, 2006.  Senior Attorney with the Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel, 2011-2016.  Experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Criminal Defense Clinic, 2009. Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender, Dependency Unit, since 2016.


    Becky McLean

    Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, with Distinction, 1981; Law Review (published 1980); admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1981; Attorney in a private Arizona law firm, 1981-83; substantial and extensive experience as a Felony Trial and Appellate Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1983.


    Leah Cotton

    Graduate of the James E Rogers College of Law, 2008.  Licensed to practice in Arizona since 2009.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Leah earned a Master’s degree and worked as a hospice bereavement counselor.  Leah began working for the Protective Services Section of the Attorney General’s Office in 2010, representing the Department of Child Services (formerly Child Protective Services) in dependency cases.  From 2014 onward, has been a Mediator with Pima County Juvenile Court, helping  reach non-trial resolutions in dependency cases.  Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender, Dependency Unit, since 2017.


    Adrienne Ticer

    Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2016; Psychology B.S., University of Arizona, 2013; Public Management & Policy B.S., University of Arizona, 2013; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2016; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Robert A. Junell, United States District Court, Western District of Texas, 2014, Legal Intern for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Chief Counsel, 2015; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathleen A. Quigley, Pima County Juvenile Court, 2016-2017; Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender, Dependency Unit, since 2017.


    Cynthia Sweet

    Graduate of the University of Arizona, 1984; Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1987; practical experience as a Rule 38(d) student attorney with the Pima County Attorney's Office, 1985-1987; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, U.S.A.F. (Fairchild AFB, WA; Osan AB, ROK; Travis AFB, CA); Deputy Pima County Attorney, Tucson, AZ, 1992-2005; Contract Attorney (working with OCAC) working on Dependencies / Delinquencies, Pima County Juvenile Court, 2006-2017; Dependency Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender's Office since 2017.


    Jean Morrill

    Graduate of the James E Rogers College of Law, 2008.  Licensed to practice in Arizona since 2009.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jean earned a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona and worked as a research scientist, undergraduate instructor, and science education outreach coordinator. From 2009 to 2018 served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Javier Chon-Lopez on the Civil, Juvenile and Criminal benches.  Attorney with the Pima County Public Defender, Dependency Unit, since 2018.


    Jennifer Rochelle

    Graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, 2013; admitted to the State Bar of New York, the State Bar of New Mexico and the State Bar of Arizona; legal intern for the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense; legal intern for the ACLU of Southern California; attorney at Law Access New Mexico, 2014-2015; trial attorney at the Law Offices of the Public Defender New Mexico, 2015-2017; clerk and attorney at the Pima County Public Defender’s Office, Dependency Unit since 2017.



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