Public defender offices

Public Defender Offices

Public Defender Offices

Gideon’s Promise partner public defender offices are those that have committed public defenders, managers and directors participate in the organization’s entire curriculum. A partner office is determined based on the following criteria: (1) having sent one or more lawyers through the Core 101 Program, (2) having sent one or more seasoned lawyers to the Trainer Development Program Track 1, (3) had its Chief or approved substitute attend Leadership Summit, AND has had someone actively involved in one or more programs within the last 24 months.
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Gideon’s Promise affiliate public defender offices are those that have committed public defenders, managers, and directors to participate in selected portions of the organization’s curriculum.

Partner Offices


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Affiliate Offices

8th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office
Tazewell, TN

10th Circuit Public Defender’s Office
Anderson, SC

Albany County Office of the Public Defender
Albany, NY

Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender Office
Charlottesville, WV

Alexandria Public Defender Office
Alexandria, VA

Arlington Public Defender Office
Arlington, VA

Bedford Public Defender Office
Bedford, VA

Berrien County Public Defenders Office
St. Joseph, MI

Bexar County Public Defender’s Office
San Antonio, TX

California Public Defenders Association
Sacramento, CA

Canyon County Public Defender’s Office
Caldwell, ID

Chesapeake Public Defender Office
Chesapeake, VA

Cochise County Legal Defender’s Office
Sierra Vista, AZ

Danville Public Defender Office
Danville, VA

Defender Association of Philadelphia 
Philadelphia, PA

Fairfax Public Defender Office
Fairfax, VA

Federal Defender’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina
Asheville, NC

Forrest County Public Defender’s Office
Hattiesburg, MS

Franklin Public Defender Office
Franklin, VA

Halifax Public Defender Office
South Boston, VA

Hampton Public Defender Office
Hampton, VA

Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office
Minneapolis, MN

Idaho Public Defense Commission
Boise, ID

Indiana Public Defender Council
Indianapolis, IN

Jackson County Public Defender’s Office
Pascagoula, MS

King County Department of Public Defense
Seattle, WA

Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender
Los Angeles, CA

Leesburg Public Defender Office
Leesburg, VA

Lynchburg Public Defender Office
Lynchburg, VA

Martinsville Public Defender Office*
Martinsville, VA

Metropolitan Public Defender Portland Office
Portland, OR

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission
Lansing, MI

Michigan State Appellate Defender Office
Lansing, MI

Missouri Public Defender System District 23
Hillsboro, MO

Missouri Public Defender System
Columbia, MO

New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender
Trenton, NJ

Norfolk Public Defender Office
Norfolk, VA

North Carolina Court System Office of Indigent Defense Services
Durham, NC

Office of the Alameda County Public Defender
Oakland, CA

Office of the Chief Public Defender
Hartford, CT

Office of the Public Defender – Tuscaloosa County
Tuscaloosa, AL

Office of the Public Defender for the 6th Judicial Circuit
Clearwater, FL

Office of the Public Defender of Allegheny County
Pittsburgh, PA

Office of the State Public Defender for Mississippi
Jackson, MS

Office of the Territorial Public Defender
St. Thomas, USVI

Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office
Statesboro, GA

Petersburg Public Defender Office
Petersburg, VA

Pima County Public Defender’s Office
Tucson, AZ

Public Defender’s Office of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit*
Brunswick, GA

Pulaski Public Defender Office*
Pulaski, VA

Roanoke Public Defender Office
Roanoke, VA

Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office
Sacramento, CA

Santa Barbara County Office of the Public Defender
Santa Barbara, CA

South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense
Columbia, SC

Staunton Public Defender Office
Staunton, VA

Suffolk Public Defender Office
Suffolk, VA

The Legal Aid Society
New York, NY

Virginia Beach Public Defender Office
Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Richmond, VA

Warrentown Public Defender Office
Warrentown, VA

Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender
Ann Arbor, MI

Winchester Public Defender Office
Winchester, VA

Yavapai County Public Defender’s Office
Prescott, AZ

Our Partners

Gideon's Promise: Our Reach

Why It Works

County or state-based public defender offices that adopt Gideon’s framework and have at least two (2) defenders that have enrolled or completed the Core program. Defenders in partner offices have agreed to advocate for workplace training and development opportunities. The public defenders that join Gideon's Promise are supported and uplifted by their public defender office to become a true change-maker in the criminal legal system, and to transform the system by committing to the following:
  1. Becoming an outstanding, “client-centered” advocate, committed to the goal of providing all people accused of crimes with professional, competent, and zealous representation regardless of the person’s income.
  2. Joining a community of like-minded public defenders across the region who provide support and encouragement to one another as each strives to overcome the challenges associated with our mission.
  3. Developing into the future leaders needed to improve the quality of representation of poor people across the United States.
It is only though our dedicated partners that Gideon's Promise is able to keep it's promise, and we thank you!

About Us

A Change is Coming

We defend our most vulnerable communities from the effects of mass incarceration -- keeping families together with dignity. Our Mission To transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities. Our Vision  We envision a nation where every person has access to zealous, outstanding representation necessary to ensure “equal justice for all" in the criminal justice arena.

Protecting This Promise

You don't have to be a public defender to protect the promise of zealous counsel for all. Your monthly contribution--no matter the amount--will directly impact the fate of a client accused of a crime, who didn't know they needed you.