1990--Washington College of Law of the American University
John M. Shugars, Esq.
1985--Whittier School of Law
F. Clay Merris IV, Esq.
2010--Widener University School of Law
Sean M. Owen, Esq.
2012--Quinnipiac University School of Law
Joshua M. Yohe, Esq.
2009--Dickinson School of Law
Bradon Toomey, Esq.
2014--Dickinson School of Law
Alison Browdie, Esq.
1995--State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Ron Turo, Esq.
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 3 to 34 years of experience practicing law.