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Public Defender

The Washington County Public Defender's Office partners with our community in the enforcement of Constitutional Rights of indigent persons within our County, to quality legal representation, fair treatment, safety, security and justice in criminal, juvenile and civil appointments.

Washington County Indiana Public Defenders:

ALICE L. BARTANEN BLEVINS, born Jeffersonville, Indiana, November 17, 1976; admitted to the Bar 2002, Indiana, also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Preparatory Education Butler University (B.S. 1999), Legal Education, Indiana University, (J.D. 2002) Washington County Bar Association, Indiana Public Defender Association.

MARK D. CLARK, born Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1956;  admitted to bar in, 1981, Indiana, also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana.  Preparatory Education, Franklin College of Indiana (B.A., summa cum laude, 1978), Legal Education, Indiana University (J.D., 1981)  Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Washington County 1983-90, County Council Attorney 1984--,  Public Defender, Washington County.  Washington County Bar Association;  Indiana Bar Association, Indiana Public Defender Association.

ROBERT G. HAMILTON, II, born Salem, Indiana December 28, 1953; admitted to Bar, 1983, Indiana. Preparatory and Legal Education, Indiana University (A.B., 1976; J.D. 1982) Prosecuting Attorney 1991-1994; Public Defender, 1995; Member, Washington County Bar Association, President 1987-1998, Indiana Public Defender;s Council.

TRENT THOMPSON, born Salem, Indiana October 10, 1951; admitted to Bar, 1977; Indiana Preparatory and Legal Education, Indiana University (B.S. 1974 (With Distinction); J.D. 1977 (Magna Cum Laude)); Admissions to Practice: Indiana; U.S. Federal District Court for Southern District of Indiana; and The U.S. Supreme Court; Private Practice 1977 – 1982 and 1996 to present; Washington County, Indiana, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney 1982 – 1986; Public Defender 2011 to present; Member of Washington County Bar Association; Indiana State Bar Association; Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP); Volunteer Judge for “We The People” U.S. Constitution Study Competition for high school students; and Distinguished Attorney Rating from Peer Review per Martindale-Hubbell.