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New managers appointed by Public Defender Krakora
Posted 1/15/2015
Public Defender Krakora has appointed two new managers who will be assuming their new positions in January. Jessica Lyons became the Deputy Public Defender for the Mercer Region effective January 1 and Kelly Donegan will become the Deputy for the Office of Law Guardian in Gibbsboro on January 26.

OLG publishes crossover version of The Jurist
Posted 1/2/2015
The Office of Law Guardian led by Deputy Public Defender Yvonne DeCicco published its December edition of The Jurist as a crossover edition featuring Law Guardian and Juvenile Services.

2014 Marked by OPD Accomplishments
Posted 12/24/2014
In 2014, the OPD can count as major accomplishments its role in bail reform, final approval of the flat fee program and the continued high quality of its new employees.

OPD offers multiple training programs during Thanksgiving Week
Posted 11/25/2014
Training opportunities characterized Thanksgiving Week at the Public Defender's Office. In addition to several programs at HQ, a number of regional offices conducted in house CLE training. Special thanks to Assistant Public Defender Leah Morris for her ongoing work as Director of Training.

Voters approve constitutional amendment to facilitate bail reform
Posted 11/5/2014
NJ voters approved the constitutional amendment necessary to make the transition from a money based to a risk based system of pretrial release. The recently passed legislation can now be implemented.

Training program for new attorneys draws rave reviews
Posted 11/5/2014
Last week's new format for Essential Skills Training for new attorneys seems to have been well-received by those who attended. We also received some good feedback on ways we can improve the program in the future.

OPD participates in Equal Justice Works Job Fair in Washington DC
Posted 10/27/2014
Public Defender Krakora and Deputy Public Defender Joe Russo interviewed approximately 30 candidates for employment at the Equal Justice Works Job Fair in Washington DC this past weekend. They interviewed over 30 candidates screened from over 500 resumes.

Special thanks to Deputy Public Defender Joe Russo
Posted 10/27/2014
Not only did Joe volunteer to help PD Krakora with the interviews in Washington on Friday but he handled a number of additional interviews on Saturday. Due to a scheduling error, he had to go above and beyond to conduct a number of extra interviews.