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Public Defender

Chief Public Defender: Laurie L Cole
Chief Deputy Public Defender: Paula Ison

The Mission of the Public Defender’s Office is to provide complete, quality legal representation to indigent defendants who are faced with a possible jail sentence and are charged with a municipal ordinance violation in the Aurora Municipal Court. The Public Defender's Office is governed by the Public Defender Commission, which ensures that indigent clients are represented in accordance to its strict guidelines.

The municipal public defender commission through its ability to appoint and discharge the public defender and his or her assistants, shall ensure that indigent clients are represented independently of any political consideration or private interests, provide legal services to indigent persons accused of violation of municipal ordinances that are commensurate with those available to nonindigents, and conduct the office in accordance with the Colorado Code of Professional Standards relating to the administration of criminal justice, the defense function. A.M.C. section 50-166. The members are all volunteers.

The Commission consists of four attorney members and three citizen members. The current members of the Public Defender Commission are:

Dennis Champine, Attorney
Deborah Dawkins, Citizen
Beverly Edwards, Attorney
Peter Foreman, Citizen
James McKnight, Attorney
Robert Neu, Citizen
Phil Vadeboncoeur, Acting Chair, Attorney

REGULAR MEETING TIME: The second Friday of each month: 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Public Defender’s Conference Room, Municipal Justice Center
14999 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80013
City of Aurora Colorado -- 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy -- Aurora, CO 80012            Access Aurora: 303-739-7000