The Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender

The Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender 220 E. Huron St. at 5th Ave. 5th Floor Ann Arbor, MI 48104 The Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender was established in 1971 by our Board of Commissioners with the aid of a federal grant requiring that the department be an integral part of the executive branch of county government and independent of the judiciary.
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Since that time, the Office has become a full and equal partner in the public safety and justice system within the county and is represented in all relevant programming, policy or procedural committees. It handles all criminal, juvenile and special civil law appointments and provides a wide array of services related to probation violations, line-ups, personal protection orders, extraditions, Friend of the Court matters, bond reduction hearings, diversions and response to legal questions from the public.

Mission: To partner with the community in preventing crime and enhancing public safety by rendering top quality legal representation as needed to enforce constitutionally mandated public defense competently, effectively, efficiently, ethically and vigorously in all criminal, juvenile and civil law appointments in order to achieve justice where rights are protected, due process is received fairly and equally, rehabilitation is effective, recidivism is reduced and re-entry into society as law-abiding and productive residents is realized.

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The Washtenaw County Legal News did a profile on our Chief Public Defender! Take a look.
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The Washtenaw County Legal News did a profile on our Chief Public Defender! Take a look.

Our Chief Public Defender - Lloyd E. Powell has practiced law in Michigan for over 40 years after completing a military ...
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Our Chief Public Defender -

Lloyd E. Powell has practiced law in Michigan for over 40 years after completing a military career in law enforcement that included many years of service in Europe and Asia before culminating as Chief of Investigations for the Office of Provost Marshall at U.S. Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea. He has held the appointed Office of Public Defender for Washtenaw County over 33 years (i.e. since January 1980), after having also served as a trial attorney for the prosecution and public defense as well as a criminal defense trial attorney in private practice. He has received many awards over the course of more than five decades of public service within the criminal justice system- almost evenly divided between law enforcement/prosecution and criminal defense.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Security from the University of Nebraska, Omaha campus, Lloyd earned his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration (Management) degrees at Wayne State University's Law School and Graduate School of Business.

In his present position, Lloyd is the chief public defender and director of a high volume county governmental law firm comprised of 15 full time veteran trial attorneys, an average of 15-20 volunteer attorneys, along with an average of approximately 80 to 100 of the best and brightest student trial lawyers and investigators from law schools throughout the state and country, plus select undergraduate students who serve ably as criminal investigators.

Feel free to contact Lloyd and his staff whenever you need assistance in Washtenaw County at [email protected] and they will be happy to help you.

Internship Program The Office of Washtenaw County Public Defender (OWCPD) conducts a very popular internship program for...
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Internship Program

The Office of Washtenaw County Public Defender (OWCPD) conducts a very popular internship program for the best and brightest students from law schools and colleges throughout the country that enables them to voluntarily apply for unpaid positions within the Office that frequently carry course credit at their schools. Applicants who are selected become an integral part of high volume trial lawyer teams where they gain practical experience as student lawyers and investigators interacting with all components of the criminal justice system to include "hands on" courtroom experience, one on one client contact, plus research and writing. Student Lawyers, under direct supervision of an experienced trial attorney, are able to appear on the record within the actual courtroom arena. In-depth and comprehensive program orientations and reviews are conducted for the Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall terms during the months of January, May and September, respectively.

You will:
- Interview, counsel, and represent indigent defendants.
- Engage in the practice of law under the supervision of experienced attorneys.
- Have an opportunity to appear in court frequently.
- Work with a highly skilled group of attorneys who have been trained to be outstanding supervisors and mentors.
- Have opportunities to polish your public speaking skills.
- Have an opportunity to work in a collegiate, cooperative atmosphere with other students.
- Have an opportunity to apply the legal theories you have learned in the classroom in your real cases with live clients.
- Have an opportunity to engage in negotiations/conversations with prosecuting attorneys in the community.

For more information to apply for this practical experience internship as a member of a governmental trial lawyer team, please contact the Program Manager, First Assistant Public Defender Tim Niemann at [email protected] (734-222-6968), the Sr. Mgt. Assistant Delphia Simpson, or County Public Defender Lloyd E. Powell at (734-222-6970).

PD Staff in 2002.
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PD Staff in 2002.

PD Staff in 1992.
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PD Staff in 1992.

Our PD Staff in 1982.
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Our PD Staff in 1982.

Our great staff prepared a surprise 'Happy Boss's Day' celebration for long time Chief Public Defender Lloyd Powell. Sta...
01/04/2013

Our great staff prepared a surprise 'Happy Boss's Day' celebration for long time Chief Public Defender Lloyd Powell. Staffers, interns and volunteers, gathered around Powell and the surprise cake.

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Why Do We Exist?

The Office of Public Defender was established in 1971 in response to landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions interpreting and implementing both Federal and State law plus the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the Michigan Constitution of 1963, Art. 1, Sec. 20, Michigan Court Rules 5.915, 6.005, 6.905, 6.610 and Michigan Compiled Laws 775.16.

Although our criminal justice system is one of the best in the world today, it has deficiencies because imperfect human beings are the ones who must make it work. Some of the defects are corrupt or inaccurate scientific evidence, the abuse of authority by officials who are in positions of power, sheer human error, false testimony, false confessions (particularly from the mentally ill and/or intellectually disabled), false memories, false perceptions and conscious or subconscious biasness. Exacerbating conditions always is the usual disproportionate allocation of resources to law enforcement while underfunding the defense.

The consequence of these inadequacies in the criminal justice system is that innocent persons can be charged and convicted. This results in the double tragedy of an innocent person being undeservedly punished while the guilty completely escape penalty and continue to abuse, harm and endanger our community.

Many persons charged with crimes have been disadvantaged in their lives by poverty, dysfunctional families, child abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol addictions, illiteracy, significant mental and/or physical challenges, and the damage done by generations of discrimination and legally institutionalized denial to some of the ability to fully participate in society. When charged with a crime, these persons are often powerless when the government brings its enormous powers to bear to seek conviction. Thus, there has to be some check and balance in the best interests of all of us.

For local persons who are also indigent or partially indigent, the organization that exists to enforce their constitutional guarantees, protect them against the possibility of coerced confessions, double jeopardy, unreasonable searches, unfair treatment, unjust convictions and from being overwhelmed by the sheer weight that law enforcement and the prosecution can bring to bear, is the Office of the Washtenaw County Public Defender.

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The Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender's cover photo
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The Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender's cover photo

Address

220 E Huron St At 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI
48104

General information

220 E. Huron St. at 5th Ave. 5th Floor Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Phone: 734-222-6970 Fax: 734-222-6985 Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM Saturday: closed Sunday: closed

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:00 - 21:00
Sunday 08:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(734) 222-6970

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