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Provide members with an opportunity to focus on specialized skills and topics, and enhancing communication and information sharing among occupational and other affinity groups. Issue policy statements and take public positions on relevant issues on behalf of the section.

Defender Council

The Defender Council advises the Board of Directors regarding policy and programs relating to the provision of defender legal services. The Defender Council reviews matters of interest t defender organizations, recommends policy statements and public positions to the Board of Directors. Reviews requests for participation in Amicus Curiae on defender related issues in the name of the Association. Persons who are elected or appointed to the Defender Council must maintain current individual membership in the Association throughout their terms of Defender Council Membership.

Chair: Avis Buchanan, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

T. Patton Adams South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense,Columbia, SC
Daryl Atkinson Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Durham, NC
Nancy Bennett Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston, MA
Betsy Biben Offender Rehabilitation Division
Derwyn Bunton Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA
Anne Daly Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons
John Digiacinto San Mateo County Private Defender Program, Redwood City, CA
Shawna Geiger Alternate Defense Counsel Office State of Colorado
Seymour James The Legal Aid Society of New York Criminal Defense Division, New York, NY
Regina Kelly  
Steve Lipson Public Defender Office of County of Ventura, Ventura, CA
Lisa Schreibersdorf Brooklyn Defender Services, Brooklyn, NY
Michael Tobin Wisconsin State Public Defender, Madison, WI