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Joseph E. Krakora

Joseph Krakora Joseph E. Krakora was sworn in as the Public Defender for the State of New Jersey on June 28, 2011. Under his leadership, the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender is building a reputation as one of the top offices in the country. The NJOPD attracts extremely talented young lawyers committed to careers in public service. It offers first class training opportunities and provides excellent investigative and clerical support for its attorneys. Joe is a graduate of Princeton University and Cornell University Law School and has been a criminal defense attorney since 1984. He is widely recognized as one of the top criminal trial attorneys in New Jersey. He has been a Public Defender for almost 25 years serving in staff and managerial positions. Until the abolition of the death penalty in 2007, he was the Director of Capital Litigation and generally acknowledged as the top capital litigator in the agency. For many years, he specialized in the defense of homicide cases and he has won a number of high profile cases over the years including four that were featured in front page New Jersey Law Journal articles. He has also been a respected and popular lecturer on topics including the death penalty, jury selection, cross-examination of expert witnesses, and the shaken baby syndrome.