Baltimore’s prime public defender, Natasha Dartigue, will go away to turn out to be the Maryland public defender in July, the company’s board of trustees introduced Thursday.
Dartigue, who’s serving in her Baltimore function in an interim capability, is changing retiring Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe and can serve a six-year time period. The board chosen Dartigue, a first-generation American, after a job search that began earlier this 12 months.
“I am honored to lead the Office of the Public Defender in the next chapter of its history” Dartigue mentioned.
She replaces DeWolfe after his 12 12 months tenure, which was outlined by efforts to keep up staffing so as sustain with an ever-increasing caseload and pushes for felony justice reform.
“I am committed to furthering these efforts as we continue to navigate emerging and longstanding challenges and recognize our successes,” Dartigue mentioned. “Together we will continue to create meaningful criminal justice reform.”
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Having labored for the Office of the Public Defender since 1996, Dartigue was the suitable alternative to move the state company charged with offering authorized illustration to these accused of crimes who can’t afford non-public attorneys, mentioned T. Wray McCurdy, chair of OPD’s Board of Trustees.
“Ms. Dartigue has a combination of impressive qualifications, vision, and experience, and the Board is excited to have her lead this agency,” McCurdy mentioned. “She has shown leadership ability both inside the courtroom and in the greater community.”
Dartigue has represented purchasers within the juvenile, district and circuit courtroom divisions of OPD’s Baltimore City workplace. She beforehand served as a felony trial supervisor and the deputy district public defender for Baltimore City.
She has led the Baltimore workplace on an interim foundation since Kirsten Downs left the workplace final month to turn out to be govt director of the Homeless Persons Representation Process, a nonprofit offering authorized illustration to the unhoused whereas working to eradicate homelessness in Maryland. It’s not clear who can be Baltimore’s subsequent prime public defender.
Prior to becoming a member of OPD, Dartigue clerked within the Baltimore City Circuit Court for the late Judge Roger W. Brown. M. Dartigue is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law, the place she was a member of the Howard Law Journal.
Dartigue has obtained varied recognitions and acknowledgements, together with service awards from the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, National Association of Public Defense and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks and was named Government Lawyer of the Year by the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
Her time period will start July 1.