Sept. 9-Dec. 2: Public Defender Brown Bag Lunch Series

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Every Friday from 12:15-1:15pm EST, Sept. 9 – Dec. 2 (except the two marked with asterisks)

Thinking about becoming a public defender? Throughout the fall, PILC is hosting brown bag lunches with public defender offices from around the country. These informative discussions will give you the opportunity to learn about how to approach a career in public defense, to meet public defenders practicing all over the United States, and to find out about exciting internship and post-graduate opportunities in their offices.

All of the lunches, with the exception of those with asterisks, will be held virtually via Zoom here: (Meeting ID: 967 1538 7624). Students who need a quiet space to participate are welcome to use the PILC/OCS Library, located on the 4th Floor of Furman Hall, Suite 430. The two information sessions with asterisks by their names are being held by the office, not by PILC, and are open to law students from all schools.

Please note that these lunches are not geared toward a particular class year, and any interested students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP using the links below if you plan to attend any/all events.


Sept. 9: Mecklenburg County Public Defender

Andre Ceccotti ’21 (Assistant Public Defender), Leora Moreno ’16 (Assistant Public Defender), Brian Wood ’14 (Assistant Public Defender)



Sept. 16: King County Department of Public Defense

Brandon Davis ’18 (Public Defender)



Sept. 23:  Missouri State Public Defender

Hannah Vaughn (Recruitment Coordinator), Shayla Marsha (Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)



Sept. 30: Miami-Dade Public Defender

Guy Robinson (General Counsel and Recruitment Director), Kevin Hellman (Training Director)



*Oct. 4: Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) (MA)*

3:00 PM, Join Virtual Session


Oct. 7: Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office

Jermel Thomas (Deputy Public Defender)



Oct. 14:Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

Amari Harris (Head of Diversity and Recruiting)



Oct. 21: Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) (Portland, OR)

Tristen Edwards ’17 (Attorney at Law), Stephanie Damon-Moore ’17 (Attorney at Law)



Oct. 28: Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Marie Figueroa Ocasio (Administrative Officer, Recruitment Division), Molly Ryan (Attorney, Appellate Division), Durriyyah Hollimon (Director of Recruitment)



*Nov. 3:Center for Family Representation (CFR) (NYC)*

10:30 AM, Join Virtual Session

Passcode: RlA4dk5qRUl3SGRNOU5JSDY2ZWVSZz09


Nov. 4: Defender Association of Philadelphia

Keisha Hudson (Chief Defender)



Nov. 11: Hennepin County Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN)

Geoffrey Isaacman (Managing Attorney), Terrance Hendricks (Attorney, Adult Representation Services)



Nov. 18: Colorado State Public Defender

Lucienne Ohanian (Chief Deputy Public Defender)



Dec. 2: Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Cassandra Lopez (Supervising Attorney)