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Timothy Young
March 23, 2021 | About OPD

Timothy Young

Timothy Young has been the Ohio Public Defender since Jan. 1, 2008, after serving as a county public defender for 14 years. He has led reform efforts for indigent defense in Ohio and is responsible for creating the Ohio Wrongful Conviction Project, a non-DNA exoneration project. Tim is a founder and former chair of the National Association for Public Defense. He also serves as vice-chair on the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee, and as a member of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission and the Task Force on Access to Justice. Tim previously served as chair and vice chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, and on the Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty, the Task Force on Funding of Ohio Courts, the Access to Justice Task Force, and the Rule 8 subcommittee. He has tried numerous cases throughout his career, ranging from misdemeanors to homicide cases. Tim received his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Dayton. He has devoted his career to serving the indigent population of our society.