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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 Terri Wilson.

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender Commission will hold their next quarterly meeting on Friday, September 17 at 10 a.m. at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, 250 E. Broad Street, 14th Floor, Columbus.

William Creedon - Chairman

Scott Scriven LLP
250 E. Broad St., Suite 900, 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

Ralph W. Kohnen

Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
425 Walnut St., Suite 1800, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Occupation: Attorney
Supreme Court of Ohio appointment
Term: 1/13/2018 - 1/12/2022

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

Roger M. Synenberg

55 Public Square
Suite 1331, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Occupation: Attorney
Governor appointment
Term: 3/2/2018 - 1/12/2022

R. Robert Umholtz

Geauga County Public Defender Office
211 Main St., Chardon, Ohio 44024
Occupation: Attorney
Supreme Court of Ohio appointment
Term: 3/2/2018 - 1/12/2022

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