John F. Slade III, District Public Defender
District No. 5: Prince George's County
Ernest A. Loveless, Jr., Chairperson
Donna C. Aldridge, Arthur M. Ahalt, Francis X.
Jahn, William H. McGrath.
Fred Warren Bennett, District Public Defender
District No. 6: Montgomery County
John J. Mitchell, Chairperson
Albert D. Brault, James J Cromwell, Robert C.
Heeney, "Theodore A. Miller.
J. James McKenna, District Public Defender
District No. 7: Anne Anindel County
Bruce C. Williams, Chairperson
William A. Franch, Paul F. Hams, Sr„ Frank B.
Walsh, Edwin A. Lechowicz.
T. Joseph Touhey, District Public Defender
District No. 8: Baltimore County
James E. Kardash, Chairperson
Michael J. Lambros, Charles E. Foos, C. Victor
McFarland, Raymond E. Pryor.
Paul J. Feeley, District Public Defender
District No. 9: Harford County
Edward D. Higinbothom, Chairperson
Stanley Getz, John A. Goodman, John S.
Landbeck, Jr„ E. Edward Toscani.
Henry C. Engel, Jr., District Public Defender
District No. 10: Howard and CarroU counties
Guy J. Cicone, Chairperson
Nathan Greene, William R. Hymes, Marker J.
Lovell, William R. McDonald.
Omn J. Brown III, District Public Defender
District No. 11: Frederick and Washington counties
Fred C. Wright III, Chairperson
Benjamin B. Rosenstock, Seymour B. Sterni
James F. Strine, John B. WolfkiU.
William R. Leckemby, Jr„ District Public Defender
District No. 12: AUegany and Garrett counties
Harold E. Naughton, Chairperson
Donald W. Mason, Matthew J. Mullaney, Harry
1. Stegmaier, William Walsh.
Paul J. Stakern, District Public Defender
The terms of all members of the District Advisory
Boards for the Public Defender System expire on Janu-
800 Equitable Building
Baltimore 21202 Telephone: 383-30f3
The Public Defender System was created by
Chapter 209, Acts of 1971, to provide for the re-
alization of the constitutional guarantees of coun-
sel in the representation of indigents, including
related necessary services and facilities, in crimi-
nal and juvenile proceedings within the State, anu
to assure effective assistance and continuity ojt
counsel to indigent accused taken into custody
and indigent defendants in criminal and juvenile
proceedings before the Courts of the State of
Maryland, and to authorize the Office of the Pull-
lie Defender to administer and assure enforce-
ment of these provisions.
The Board of Trustees of the Public Defender
System consists of three members appointed by the
Governor for three-year terms. Two of the members
must be active attomeys-at-law. The Board elects
its own Chairperson.
The Public Defender is appointed by the Board of
Trustees and serves at the Board's pleasure. K."
must be an attorney-at-law, admitted to practr.'
law in Maryland by the Court of Appeals, and must
have engaged in the practice of law for a period o'
five years prior to his appointment. The Public De-
fender, with the approval of the Board of TrustetB,
appoints the Deputy Public Defender and one Di"
trict Public Defender for each District of the Dis-
trict Court who must possess the same-
qualifications as the Public Defender. Assistan
Public Defenders may also be appointed by th<
Public Defender with the advice of the District Pub
Each District has a District Advisory Board corn
posed of five members. One member is the judge v
the Circuit Court or the District Court ii