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The Ohio Public Defender Commission is a nine-member board appointed by the Ohio governor and the Supreme Court of Ohio for the purpose of overseeing the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Commission members are generally practicing attorneys with experience in providing representation in criminal matters to indigent persons. The Commission meets at least quarterly and may meet at other times pursuant to the call of the chairman or state public defender. If you have any questions regarding the Ohio Public Defender Commission, please contact Laura Austen.

The Ohio Public Defender Commission will hold a quarterly meeting on Friday, September 30th at 10 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency 420 Superior Avenue East, Cleveland, Ohio 441144. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or virtually. Those wishing to attend virtually may do so via the following Microsoft Teams link or phone number. Thank you.

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities and programs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. To request an accommodation based on a disability, please contact our ADA Coordinator Tamra Meister at Tamra.Meister@opd.ohio.gov before September 16, 2022.

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William Creedon - Chairman

Bricker & Eckler
100 South Third Street., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Occupation: Attorney
Governor appointment
Term: 1/13/2020 - 1/12/2024

Mary Amos Augsburger

Ohio State Bar Association
1700 Lake Shore Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43204
Occupation: Attorney
Supreme Court of Ohio appointment
Term: 1/13/2020 - 1/12/2024

Gabriella Celeste

Case Western Reserve University, Schubert Center for Child Studies
10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7179
Occupation: Policy Director & Adjunct Assistant Professor
Governor appointment
Term: 1/13/2019 - 1/12/2023

Thaddeus Hoffmeister

University of Dayton Law Clinic
Dayton, OH 45469
Occupation: Professor of Law
Governor appointment
Term: 1/13/2021 – 1/12/2025

Carmen V. Roberto

Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs
3800 Embassy Parkway, Suite 300, Akron, OH 44333-8398
Occupation: Attorney
Supreme Court of Ohio appointment
Term: 1/13/2019 - 1/12/2023

Vicki Ward

Bradley Building
1220 West 6th Street, Suite 203, Cleveland, OH 44113
Occupation: Attorney
Supreme Court of Ohio appointment
Term: 1/12/2021 – 1/12/2025