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Office of Defense Services, community partners, assist individuals at second chance fair

Despite the heat, volunteers from the Office of Defense Services and community partners turned out at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in Wilmington to talk with roughly 85 individuals about their opportunities for a second chance. The event on Saturday, July 23rd, was also attended by multiple agencies, employers, and non-profits to provide job […]

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ODS Appellate Division Chief elected to national appellate group

This month, Office of Defense Services Appellate Division Chief Nicole Walker was elected to serve as a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL). Walker is one of two attorneys in Delaware and one four public defenders nationwide to be elected to the AAAL. “It is an honor to be elected to the […]

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ODS attorneys honored by Delaware State Bar Association

Two of our incredibly talented attorneys, Meryem Dede and Dawn Williams, were recognized this month by the Delaware State Bar Association. Meryem, who is a felony-level attorney in New Castle County, was awarded the 2020 Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award for her advocacy to end debtors’ prisons. Dawn, who is the ODS’s Director of Training […]

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Kevin O’Connell sworn in as Chief Defender of the Delaware Office of Defense Services

Kevin O’Connell was sworn in as Chief Defender of the Delaware Office of Defense Services on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. during a small ceremony at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington. O’Connell was appointed to the position by Governor John Carney and confirmed by the Delaware Senate in May. He […]

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Office of Defense Services named 2020 Top Workplace in Delaware

For the 10th year in a row, the News Journal recognized the Office of Defense Services as a top workplace in Delaware. The honor is a testament to our commitment to safeguarding our clients’ constitutional rights and ensuring that our clients receive the best possible representation. As in previous years, the Office of Defense Services […]

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Information for new and current clients regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Operations at the Delaware Courts have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), but our office is still operational and accepting new clients. Please reach out at the below numbers  if you have been arrested and need a Public Defender. (302) 255-0130 in New Castle County (302) 739-4476 in Kent County (302) 856-5310 […]

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Chief Defender named civil liberty superhero

Delaware’s top public defender was named a civil liberty superhero this month by the ACLU of Delaware. Brendan O’Neill, Chief Defender at the Office of Defense Services, was honored with the 2019 Kandler Award for his career in public defense. He shared the award alongside Charlotte King from the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice. […]

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Remembering Chief Public Defender Larry Sullivan

Larry Sullivan’s passing marks a sad day in Delaware. Larry was a giant in the world of indigent defense, both here in Delaware and nationally. He was a fierce advocate for poor people accused of crimes. Over his long tenure as Delaware’s Public Defender, Larry doggedly fought to ensure that every accused person got a […]

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Celebrating Gault by advancing juvenile justice

The Office of Defense Services, along with House Democrats, introduced a series of juvenile justice reform bills that will help kids touched by the criminal justice system have a chance of leading successful lives. The package’s introduction comes as the legal community celebrates the 50th anniversary of In re: Gault, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court […]

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Kent County Expungement clinic helps nearly 100

  The consequences of a juvenile arrest or adjudication can be ever-lasting. Mistakes from the past can follow youth into the future, affecting college applications, job hunts, and access to stable housing. For adults, the problem is often amplified. Criminal records can be severe barriers to stable employment and housing, and can oftentimes contribute to […]

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