Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Michigan

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Federal Public Defender.

Sharon Turek


Carlos Clay

Jacob Schmidt


Mitigation Specialist

Kiuan Hearns


Erica Nelson

Julia Weir

Emily Seale

Angela Wrona

Legal Assistants

Monica Sisson


Administrative Staff

Sonja Cubillo

Michele Holstege


Computer Systems Administrator

Bradley Grove


There are 42 Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorneys in the Western District of Michigan. Attorneys are selected for membership by the Court’s Criminal Law Committee and the Federal Public Defender. Upon receiving an order from the Court, the Panel Administrator within the Federal Public Defender’s Office assigns counsel. The services provided by CJA Panel Attorneys are equivalent to those rendered if counsel were privately retained by the client.



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