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For Immediate Release
Deborah Dubois
(202) 452-0620, ext. 230
Timothy Young to be installed as Chair of American Council of Chief Defenders

WASHINGTON DC, September 5, 2012 — The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is pleased to announce that Tim Young, Director of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender has been selected as the incoming chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD), a section of NLADA, and the preeminent national voice for the indigent accused. Young will take over from Ed Monahan, current chair of the ACCD and Public Advocate for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, in November 2012.

As director, Young oversees a 36 year old public defender system, which focuses on the appeals and post-trial activities of death penalty and other criminal and juvenile delinquency cases. The Office also offers representation at trial when requested by the courts, as well as at parole and probation revocation hearings for the more than 50,000 people in Ohio’s prisons. The Office is governed by a nine-member Ohio Public Defender Commission and is divided into Death Penalty, Legal, Juvenile, and Administrative divisions, as well as the Trumbull County Branch Office and the Multi-County Program.

Young and the Ohio Public Defender Commission work with local public defenders, courts, and county commissioners, as well as state leaders and organizations, and strive to institute laws, rules, and practices in order to provide a more effective and efficient indigent defense delivery system.

Young was elected to head the NLADA section that comprises a national community of public defense leaders dedicated to securing a fair justice system and ensuring high quality legal representation for people facing loss of life, freedom or family. The ACCD is dedicated to the preservation of the constitutional right to counsel for people accused of a criminal offense who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The ACCD speaks as a national voice for public defense; promotes best practices in the leadership, management, and the administration of justice; and supports development and reform of public defense systems.

“Tim’s commitment and leadership as the public defender for the state of Ohio raises the bar for all of us in the public defense community,” said Ed Burnette, vice president of NLADA Defender Legal Services. “His stewardship of the ACCD as we move to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright in 2013 will ensure that it will continue to play a vital role in supporting quality public defense services and working to ensure fairness throughout our nation’s criminal justice systems.”

Young received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in 1988. He continued his education in Dayton and graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1992. After law school he entered private practice for two years before joining the Montgomery County Public Defender Office in 1994. He worked as an assistant public defender, then as the manager of the Dayton Municipal Court division of the office, and since 2000, he has worked as the Deputy Director of the Public Defender Office.

He has served on numerous boards and committees including the Board of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyer Project and more than 10 years on the Committee on the Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Capital Cases (more commonly known as the Rule 20 Committee). He has tried numerous cases throughout his career ranging from misdemeanors to homicide cases. He has devoted his career to serving the indigent population of our society. On January 1, 2008 he was appointed to be the State Public Defender for the State of Ohio.

For more information on NLADA and the ACCD, please contact Ed Burnette, vice president of Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association or visit the NLADA website.

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National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. For 100 years, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local level through the creation of our public defender system, development of nationally applicable standards for legal representation, groundbreaking legal legislation and the creation of important institutions such as the Legal Services Corporation. NLADA serves as the collective voice for our country’s civil legal aid and public defender services and provides advocacy, training, technical assistance and the NLADA Insurance Program to its members, who are comprised of legal professionals, institutions and the people they represent.