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Lori J. Lefferts, Pima County Public Defender

~  A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither. ~
                             
                                                                         -- Thomas Jefferson

Lori J. Lefferts began her career with the Pima County Public Defenders Office in 1987 as a felony trial attorney, and later concentrated on post-conviction litigation in the appeals division. She rejoined the trial unit as a team leader in 2005 until her appointment to Chief Assistant in 2008. A 1985 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, Ms. Lefferts was a member of Law Review, and authored The NFL Players Association's Certification Plan: Is it Exempt From Antitrust Review? 26 Arizona Law Review 699 (1984). She is a frequent speaker on the Fourth Amendment, and was counsel of record on reported cases in the area, including State v. Gonzalez-Gutierrez, 187 Ariz. 116, 927 P.2d 776 (1996), State v. Stricklin, 191 Ariz. 245, 955 P.2d 1 (App.1996), and State v. Bentlage, 192 Ariz. 117, 961 P.2d 1065 (App.1998). Ms. Lefferts was the 2008 recipient of the Tom Karas Indigent Defense Award presented by the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Steve Sonenberg
Chief Assistant Public Defender
Graduate of Wayne State University, 1979; admitted to the State Bar of Michigan, and the United States District Court of Michigan, 1979; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1995, and the United States District Court of Arizona, 2005; Associate Attorney for private Michigan law firm, 1979-81; Felony Trial Attorney for the Legal Aid & Defender Association of Detroit, 1981-88; Associate Attorney for private Michigan law firm 1988-95; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1995.

Becky McLean
Training Director

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, with Distinction, 1981; Law Review (published 1980); admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1981; Attorney in a private Arizona law firm, 1981-83; substantial and extensive experience as a Felony Trial and Appellate Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1983.

All of us in the Public Defenders Office recognize the need to be vigilant and challenge the justice system to ensure that it meets the promises of the state & federal constitution. The Public Defenders Office is committed to fairness in the justice system. We believe that the rights of the weakest in society must be protected for the benefit of us all and that the protection of the liberty of one, is the protection of the liberty of all. We in our office understand that we can be a powerful tool in securing justice by ensuring that the rights provided for by the state & federal constitution be upheld.

Our Goals and Objectives are as follows:

     - To ensure the fair, unbiased, and equitable application of criminal justice in Pima County.

     - To stand united in the commitment to serve, honor, and protect the constitutional rights of  the        Citizens of Pima County.

      - To remain steadfastly dedicated to the principle that no citizen shall be deprived of life, liberty,         or property without competent, professional, and vigorous representation.

     - To support our clients as diligent and conscientious advocates and maintain the highest         levels of professional integrity.

     - To represent all of our clients with respect and compassion.

     - To provide the highest quality legal representation to any person unable to afford such        representation in a criminal defense case.

In Memory of

ROBERT HOOKER

1942-2008

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With great sorrow the Office the Pima County Public Defender announces the passing of Robert Hooker.

We will sorely miss our leader and friend.

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