The Illinois Public Defender Association was incorporated in 1969 as a non-profit 501 [c][6] educational organization for Public Defenders. There were 3 incorporators: Gerald W. Getty, then the Cook County Public Defender, Marshall J. Hartman, retired head of the Capital Litigation Division of the Office of the State Appellate Defender, and Morton Zwick, retired justice of the First District Appellate Court.

Currently, there are 32 officers and directors, representing the geographical and demographic differences in the State. In addition, the Association employs no staff and thus relies heavily on members of the Office of the State Appellate Defender and other volunteers to coordinate its programs and services.

The goals of education, interchange of ideas, and camaraderie are reflected by semi-annual seminars serving Public Defenders and court-appointed counsel in all 102 counties. In recent years, efforts have begun to establish caseload standards and to fairly fund public defender services.

The Illinois Public Defender Association has cooperated with the Illinois State Bar Association and the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in reviewing and suggesting amendments to criminal and juvenile bills in the legislature. It has also worked with the State Bar Association to develop model rules and statutes to standardize Public Defender appointment procedures.

In cooperation with the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender and the Office of the State Appellate Defender, the Association sponsors an annual Public Defender Trial Advocacy School, where hands-on experience makes both attendees and instructors better advocates, as well as regional Public Defender Advocacy Programs and two annual state-wide training seminars.

Board of Directors

 

  • Frank Astrella
    Public Defender
    Will County Public Defender’s Office
    58 E. Clinton Street
    Suite 210
    Joliet, IL 60432
  • Stephen Baker
    Legislative Liaison
    Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
    69 W. Washington, 16th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • Kerry Bryson
    Assistant Appellate Defender
    Office of the State Appellate Defender
    1100 Columbus
    Ottawa, IL 61350

  • Jacqueline Bullard, Treasurer
    Deputy Defender
    Office of the State Appellate Defender
    400 W. Monroe, Suite 303
    Springfield, IL   62704

  • Kelli Childress
    Public Defender
    Kane County Public Defender’s Office
    37W777 Route 38, Suite 200
    St. Charles, IL 60175
  • Victoria Chuffo
    Public Defender
    Kendall County Public Defender's Office
    807 W. John Street
    Yorkville, IL 60560
  • Hon. Abishi C. Cunningham, Jr. (Ret.)
    1st Vice President

    Public Defender
    Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
    69 W. Washington, 16th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602

  • J. Imani Drew
    Assistant Public Defender
    Kankakee County Public Defender’s Office
    470 E. Merchant Suite 210
    Kankakee, IL   60901
  • Richard Goff
    Public Defender
    DeWitt County Public Defender’s Office
    201 W. Washington Street, Room 155
    Clinton, IL 61727
  • Keith Grant, President
    Chief, Special Defense & Professional Development
    Office of the Lake County Public Defender
    15 S. County Street
    Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Shauna Gustafson
    Assistant Public Defender
    Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office
    400 W. State Street Suite 340
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Erin Hannigan
    Assistant Public Defender
    Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office
    400 W. State Street Suite 340
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Baron Heintz
    Rock Island County Public Defender
    1540 Third Avenue
    Rock Island, IL 61201
  • Matthew Hoppock
    Tazewell County Assistant Public Defender
    1921 W. Willow Knolls
    Peoria, IL   61614
  • Jeffrey Howard - Past President
  • Patrick J. Hughes - Secretary
    Retired 1st Assistant State Appellate Defender
    Office of the State Appellate Defender
    PO Box 5240
    Springfield, IL 62705-5240

  • Preston Jones
    Assistant Public Defender
    Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
    2650 S. California, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL   60608
  • Joseph Kennelly
    2536 S. California Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60608
  • Ronald L. Lewis
    Chief, Felony Division
    McLean County Public Defender’s Office
    104 W. Front Street, Suite 603
    Bloomington, IL 61701

  • Edward Light
    Assistant Public Defender
    Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office
    400 W. State Street Suite 340
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Susan Matyus-Ehrlich
    Assistant Public Defender
    Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
    69 W. Washington, 17th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • Gloria Morris
    First Assistant Public Defender
    Vermilion County Public Defender's Office
    7 N. Vermilion St. Room 316
    Danville, IL 61832
  • Patrick J. Murphy
    Marshall County Public Defender
    404 Fifth Street
    Lacon, IL 61540
  • Joan Pantsios
    Retired DuPage County Senior Assistant Public Defender
  • Dennis Riley
    Ogle County Public Defender
    412 W. Washington Street
    Oregon, IL 61061
  • Robert Scherschligt
    Public Defender
    Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office
    200 S. 9th Street, Room 301B
    Springfield, IL 62711
  • Charles Schiedel
    Retired Deputy Defender, Supreme Court Unit
    Office of the State Appellate Defender
  • Marilou Clark Shaner
    Public Defender
    Pulaski County Public Defender’s Office
    500 Illinois St Room H
    Mound City, IL 62963

  • Thomas R. Siegel - 2nd Vice President
    Warren County Public Defender
    203 E. Broadway
    Monmouth, IL   61462
  • Scott Slonim
    Retired Division Chief, Third Municipal District
    Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
  • Karen Sorensen
    Public Defender
    Winnebago County Public Defender's Office
    400 W. State Street Suite 340
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Sara Spivy
    Assistant Public Defender
    Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
    2650 S. California, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60608
  • Paige Strawn
    Strawn Law Office
    PO Box 602
    Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
    (618) 246-0569
  • Laura A. Weiler
    Director of Training
    Office of the State Appellate Defender
    203 N. LaSalle, 24th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60601
  • Brenda Willett
    Chief, Felony Division
    Kane County Public Defender’s Office
    37W777 Route 38, Suite 200
    St. Charles, IL 60175
  • Jeffrey York
    Public Defender
    DuPage County Public Defender's Office
    503 N. County Farm Rd.
    Wheaton, IL 60187