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Cumberland County Offices
1 Courthouse Square Carlisle, PA 17013
Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Ph: 717.240.6100
Toll Free: 1.888.697.0371
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Cumberland County's Public Defenders


Timothy L. Clawges, Esq. Chief
1988--University of Virginia
Linda S. Hollinger, Esq. First Assistant  1994--Dickinson School of Law 
Arla M. Waller, Esq. Deputy 1990--Washington College of Law
          of the American University
Michael Halkias, Esq. Deputy
2005--Dickinson School of Law
John M. Shugars, Esq. Senior Assistant
1985--Whittier School of Law
Diane L. Morgan, Esq. Senior Assistant 1988--University of Pittsburgh School of Law
F. Clay Merris IV, Esq. Senior Assistant 2010--Widener University School of Law
Sean M. Owen, Esq. Assistant 2012--Quinnipiac University School of Law
Lorin A. Snyder, Esquire Assistant 2005--University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Ron Turo, Esq. Juvenile 1981--Dickinson School of Law



Are public defenders real lawyers?



   YES.  Every attorney in the Public Defender Office is a graduate of an accredited law school, and admitted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to practice in the Courts of Pennsylvania.  At times, and with the written consent of the client, student attorneys from a local law school may represent a client.  This is done under the supervision of a staff attorney.

   Public Defenders gain experience in criminal law very quickly due to their emphasis on criminal defense work.  The attorneys in the Public Defender Office have from 1 to 32 years of experience practicing law.