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12 new attorneys set to start in September
Posted 7/23/2014
The NJOPD is adding 12 new attorneys this fall to fill vacancies created by retirements and resignations. It is an extremely talented group that survived a very competitive hiring process.

OPD hiring update
Posted 7/3/2014
Since July 1, 2011, the Public Defender's Office has hired 421 new employees including 154 attorneys, 121 investigators, and 154 clerical support staff.

Daniel Derasmo and Tiffany Sawyer named Family Reunification Heroes
Posted 6/25/2014
OPD staff attorneys Daniel Derasmo (OPR) and Tiffany Sawyer (OLG) were named Family Reunification Day Heroes at the annual event sponsored by Legal Services on June 23, 2014.

OLG Burlington celebrates new office space
Posted 6/18/2014
Our Burlington Law Guardian Office in Mt. Holly celebrated its new office with a ribbon cutting ceremony and lunch on June 17. Public Defender Krakora and Assistant Public Defender Augostini were invited guests.

Rave reviews for the NACDL National Forensic College
Posted 6/18/2014
OPD attorneys who attended last week's forensic college in New York found it to be extremely useful training. We will be making the materials available to our attorneys.

OPD attorneys selected for National Criminal Defense College
Posted 5/19/2014
OPD staff attorneys Ian Silvera (Bergen) and Melissa Karabulut (Middlesex) have been accepted into the June session of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

OPD to participate in NACDL National Forensic College
Posted 5/1/2014
We have been invited to participate in this 6 day program in NYC. It will run from June 8 to June 13 and cover important topics such as digital evidence, DNA, pattern evidence, false confessions and eyewitness identification. We will be sending 4 attorneys per day.

OPD provides social media evidence training
Posted 4/24/2014
On April 23, the OPD held a full day of training on social media evidence for both attorneys and investigators. Over 100 employees signed up for the sessions and it was extremely well-received. Special thanks to David Young, Frank Reilly, Jennifer Sellitti and James McHale.

Jennifer Sellitti appointed to Middlesex Deputy position
Posted 4/14/2014
ADPD Jennifer Sellitti (Essex Adult) will assume the Deputy position in Middlesex on May 5 to replace Red Barker upon his retirement. Many thanks to Red for a successful career with the OPD.

OPD attorneys win acquittals across NJ
Posted 4/2/2014
In the last couple of months, OPD attorneys have obtained acquittals in approximately 25 cases around NJ with Essex leading the way with 8 since February.