|Michael Halkias, Esq||Chief||2005--Dickinson School of Law|
|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|
|John M. Shugars, Esq.||Deputy||1985--Whittier School of Law|
|F. Clay Merris IV, Esq.||Senior Assistant||2010--Widener University School of Law|
|Sean M. Owen, Esq.||Senior Assistant||2012--Quinnipiac University School of Law|
|Joshua M. Yohe, Esq.||Assistant||2009--Dickinson School of Law|
|Bradon Toomey, Esq.||Assistant||2014--Dickinson School of Law|
|Alison Browdie, Esq.||Assistant||1995--State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law|
|Ron Turo, Esq.||Juvenile||1981--Dickinson School of Law|
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.