Brendan A. Hurson, Senior Litigation Counsel Elizabeth G. Oyer, Senior Litigation Counsel Assistant Federal Public Defenders appointed by Federal Public Defender: Laura Ginsberg Abelson; Sedira Banan; Carrie H. Corcoran; Jeffrey S. Dahlberg; Shari S. Derrow; Courtney D. Francik; Maggie T. Grace; Kirstin M. Hopkins; Christian Lassiter; Desiree R. Lassiter; Meghan G. Michael; Devin A. Prater; Nathaniel (Nate) Smith III; Andrew R. Szekely; David J. Walsh-Little.
Raquel Baamonde Bowley, Administrative Officer
Tower II, Suite 900
100 South Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 962-3962; fax: (410) 962-0872
Julie L. B. Stelzig, Senior Litigation Counsel
Assistant Federal Public Defenders appointed by Federal Public Defender: Rosana E. Chavez; Michael T. Citaramanis; Amy S. Fitzgibbons; Kristina D. Leslie; Cullen O. Macbeth; Douglas R. Miller; Sapna Mirchandani; Paresh Patel; Joanna B. Silver; Ned Smock; Stephanie M. Snyder.
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 710, Greenbelt, MD 20770 - 4510
(301) 344-0600; fax: (301) 344-0019
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland was created in 1974 by the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (18 U.S. Code, sec. 3006A). In accordance with that law, a federal district court may establish a defender organization if at least two hundred persons in the district annually require the appointment of counsel.
Indigent defendants are represented before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland. Representation includes counsel and investigative, expert and other services necessary for an adequate defense.
Within the Office are the Federal Public Defender, the Deputy Federal Public Defender, and staff attorneys known as Assistant Federal Public Defenders. They handle caseloads involving federal misdemeanors, felonies, parole and probation violations, writs of habeas corpus, grand jury representation, direct appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and petitions for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland is appointed to a four-year term by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, after consideration of recommendations made by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The Federal Public Defender appoints as many attorneys as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit approves and other personnel as approved by the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
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