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Public Defense Advisory Board

Learn more about the advisory board in charge of reviewing and advocating for public defense in King County.

The Public Defense Advisory Board is an 11-member board with the following duties:

  • Reviewing the activities and plans of the Department of Public Defense
  • Advocating for high-quality public defense
  • Playing a significant role in the selection of the public defender when the office is vacant
  • Advising the executive and council on matters of equity and social justice related to public defense

Board composition

All board members are expected to have experience and expertise relevant to the work of public defense, to have a commitment to quality public defense and the indigent clients DPD serves, and to reflect the diversity of the county to the extent practicable.

The Public Defense Advisory Board meets at least once every 2 months, sometimes more frequently when needed. We post the agendas for meetings at least 24 hours before the meeting time and date.

Photo of a Public Defense Advisory Board meeting with people sitting around a table.

Five members must represent the following organizations or associations:

  • The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Washington state Office of Public Defense
  • The Washington Defender Association
  • The King County Bar Association
  • A bar association identified as a minority bar association by the Washington State Bar Association.

Six members must represent areas or issues that may affect public defense clients including:

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Military veterans
  • Poverty
  • Juvenile justice
  • Immigration

Board members serve staggered three-year terms. The county council may reappoint board members to additional three-year terms.

How to become a member

Board members must be able to commit the time necessary to attend meetings and participate effectively as a member. While serving on the board, members may not hold elective public office except precinct committee officer, serve as a King County judicial officer, a King County prosecuting attorney or a King County public defender or be an employee of a King County court. Only organizations or associations that meet the criteria listed above can submit candidates for the advisory board.


Organizations that meet the criteria listed above shall submit three names. The submittal must include an application, resume, and all other written materials the organization considered in deciding to recommend the candidate for each candidate. Go here to download the application. Or click here for a PDF version of the application.


Individuals who would like to serve on the advisory board can indicate their interest in 1 of 2 ways:

If the seat open is 1 of the 5 organizational seats, contact an organization that fits the criteria listed above and let that organization know of your willingness and ability to represent its interests, or If the seat is an open one, complete this form and follow the instructions therein.

Current board members

La Rond Baker

La Rond Baker is the legal director at the ACLU of Washington, where she directs legal work on a wide range of cases, including voting rights, immigration, race, gender, sexual orientation, and law enforcement use of force. She started her legal career as a staff attorney at the ACLU, then went to work in the Civil Rights Unit of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, where she fought issues such as the DOD’s ban on open service by transgender individuals and a private detention center’s practice of paying detainees $1/day for labor. After working in the AG’s office, she was special counsel for affirmative litigation and policy at DPD, identifying priority legislation for DPD to support or oppose, litigating appeals, and acting as co-counsel in litigation involving systemic issues – including her successful challenge to King County's inquest process, making inquests more transparent and fairer for families of loved ones killed by law enforcement. In 2015, LA Rond was named a “champion of justice” by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for her work as 1 of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in Trueblood v. DSHS, a constitutional challenge to the length of time individuals with mental disabilities spend in jail waiting for court-ordered competency evaluations. In 2016, she received the ACLU-WA’s Loren Miller Bar Association Award for Excellence in the Law. She earned her law degree from the University of Washington.

Term expires June 30, 2025.

Chris Carney

Chris Carney, partner in the firm Carney Gillespie PLLP, is an experienced criminal defense lawyer, a former public defender, and a professor of mental health law at the University of Washington School of Law. Along with attorneys from the ACLU of Washington, Disability Rights Washington, and the Public Defender Association, he helped litigate Trueblood v. DSHS, a constitutional challenge to the length of time individuals with mental disabilities spend in jail waiting for court-ordered competency evaluations. He currently serves on the executive committee implementing statewide reforms mandated by the class-action suit. Mr. Carney won the "Champion of Justice" award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2015. He represents a nonpartisan organization active in King County that focuses on mental health issues.

Term expires June 30, 2022.

Angélica Cházaro

Angélica Cházaro is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law with expertise in the intersection of immigration and criminal law. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, she worked for 7 years at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, where she represented clients facing deportation and other issues due to contact with the criminal legal system. She began teaching at the UW Law School in 2013, focusing on immigration law, critical race theory and professional responsibility. In 2014, she served as a chief negotiator during a 56-day hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center where she represented immigrant detainees. She is a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission convened by the National Day Laborer's Organizing Network, providing the Executive Branch with recommendations on administrative relief for undocumented people. She has also played a leadership role on issues of social justice in the Seattle region, advocating a vision for a new kind of social contract that would limit the reach of the criminal legal system and instead build restorative programs that empower people, heal harms, and strengthen communities. She has written and presented extensively on issues of immigration, deportation, the rights of incarcerated parents, and more, and has been interviewed by local, national, and international news organization about her work on behalf of immigrants and social change.

Term expires June 30, 2023.

Nyema Clark

Nyema Clark is a community organizer, farmer, and activist who founded Nurturing Roots, an urban farm project in Seattle that works to build community through gardening, to engage youth, and to provide healthy food to communities of color. She currently serves as the executive director of Nurturing Roots. Ms. Clark has a passion for juvenile justice reform stemming from her own experience as a youth, when she was prosecuted for an altercation with her best friend; over the years, she has personally seen the way a criminal record acts as a barrier to equity. She has worked to address these disparities and to reform and dismantle the prison industrial complex, volunteering with the Black Prisoners Caucus, the Black Power Epicenter, the No New Youth Jail, and other community-based movements in the Seattle region. She represents a nonpartisan organization active in King County that focuses on juvenile justice. Term expires June 30, 2023.

Louis Frantz

Louis Frantz recently retired from the King County Department of Public Defense, where he served as the felony practice director. He also worked as a felony supervisor in Kent, a senior attorney and a staff attorney with 1 of the county's public defense agencies. He began his career in public defense in 1985, shortly after obtaining his JD from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University). He's a former member of the Board of Governors of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), as well as a past president of the organization. He represents WACDL.

Term expires June 30, 2024.

Oloth Insyxiengmay 

Oloth Insyxiengmay is a system-impacted community member. Oloth was sentenced to 75 years in prison at age 15 and released 23 years later, after the U.S. Supreme Court, in Miller v. Alabama, found life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional. During his years in prison, he took classes, fought for the rights of fellow prisoners, and became a leader in his community, helping to create the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Awareness Group (APICAG) at Clallam Bay Corrections Center. Oloth is a graduate of the University of Washington with a major in Law, Societies, and Justice and Comparative History of Ideas. Currently, he is the director of Rooted ReEntry, a community collective that supports community members impacted by the criminal legal system. His work in community centers around youth and fighting to end mass incarceration and the detention of marginalized BIPOC folks. Oloth champions transformative and restorative justice as an alternative to a punitive criminal legal system that disproportionately harms Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.

Term ends June 2025.

Shoshana Kehoe-Ehlers

Shoshana Kehoe-Ehlers is a managing attorney at the Washington State Office of Public Defense, where she oversees OPD’s statewide 71.09 (sexually violent predator) Civil Commitment Public Defense Representation Program. She monitors contract attorneys who represent people facing civil commitment, provides training, works on post-conviction system reform, and more. Prior to coming to OPD, Ms. Kehoe-Ehlers was the program director at the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines, where she oversaw staffing of the state’s Sex Offender Policy Board; she worked on policy development, data collection, legislative proposals, and reports to the governor and legislator. From 2001 to 2009, she was a public defender in Seattle, representing both adults and youth, and handling felony, misdemeanor, and dependency cases. Shoshana obtained her JD from Hamline University School of Law, where she graduated with honors. She holds the seat representing state OPD.

Term expires June 30, 2024.

Andrés Muñoz

Andrés Muñoz is an attorney at Columbia Legal Services, where he works with a team of dedicated professionals to transform the criminal legal system and advance racial, social, and economic justice through impact litigation. After graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 2015, he began working to address issues of economic inequality at the Unemployment Law Project, where he was the Frances Perkins Fellow and engaged in targeted outreach to immigrant and refugee populations. He later became a public defender in Yakima County, representing people accused of crimes. He joined CLS in 2021. Andrés is the past president of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and remains active in the organization.

Term expires June 2024.

Sara Rankin

Sara Rankin, a law professor at Seattle University School of Law, is a national expert on legal and policy issues relating to people experiencing homelessness and deep poverty. Her research and teaching explore the impact of homelessness on marginalized groups, including people of color, immigrants, and people with disabilities, as well as the intersectionality of homelessness and incarceration. Sara is the founder and director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project at Seattle U’s Korematsu Center, where she works with law students to advance the civil, constitutional, and human rights of unhoused people. She is also co-founder and co-chair of the Third Door Coalition, an alliance of Seattle researchers, service providers, and business leaders advancing permanent supportive housing as the most humane and cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness. Sara regularly partners with national and local leaders in homeless rights advocacy, presents across the nation on homeless rights issues, and writes extensively on the criminalization of homelessness and the need to find nonpunitive responses to chronic homelessness. She received her JD from New York School of Law and a master’s in education from Harvard.

Term expires June 2025.

Shrounda Selivanoff

Shrounda Selivanoff is the public policy director for Children’s Home Society, where she works to support policy development that can improve outcomes for disenfranchised and marginalized families. Prior to her position there, she worked as a social service specialist in the Parents Representation Program at the Washington State Office of Public Defense, providing advocacy for parents who were facing a state dependency proceeding, assisting parents with visitation, and providing other critical support to traumatized families. Ms. Selivanoff has dedicated her professional life to supporting families facing dependency proceedings, promoting strength-based programs, acting as a mentor and advocate, and helping to reduce the barriers to family reunification.

Term expires June 30, 2023.

John Strait

John Strait is an associate professor of law at the Seattle University School of Law and a national expert on public defense and ethics. Mr. Strait has served on the Washington Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, the King County Bar Association’s Campaign Ethics Committee and the Washington State Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. He also chaired the Seattle Port Authority’s Ethics Advisory Committee. He represents the Washington Defender Association.

Term expires June 30, 2024.

Meeting agendas and minutes


Meeting date  Agenda  Meeting minutes
Feb. 3, 2022  Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (143KB)
April 7, 2022  Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (122KB)
June 2, 2022  Agenda (59KB) Meeting Minutes (99KB)
June 24, 2022 Agenda (58KB) Meeting Minutes (83KB)
Aug. 4, 2022  Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (94KB)
Oct. 6, 2022  Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (103KB)
Oct. 26, 2022 Agenda (57KB) Meeting Minutes (80KB)
Dec. 1, 2022 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (103KB)

2022 reports

Budget report (171KB)


 Meeting date  Agenda  Meeting minutes
Feb. 4, 2021 Agenda (37KB) Meeting Minutes (121KB)
April 1, 2021 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (136KB)
June 3, 2021 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (165KB)
Aug. 5, 2021 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (150KB)
Oct. 7, 2021 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (101KB)
Dec. 2, 2021 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (122KB)


 Meeting date Agenda Meeting minutes
Feb. 6, 2020 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (98KB)
April 4, 2020 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (92KB)
June 4, 2020 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (97KB)
Aug. 6, 2020 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (96KB)
Oct. 1, 2020 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (130KB)
Dec. 3, 2020 Agenda (60KB) Meeting Minutes (98KB)

2020 reports

Annual Report (302KB)

Budget Report (204KB)


 Meeting date Agenda Meeting minutes
Feb. 7, 2019 Agenda (97KB) Meeting Minutes (119KB)
April 4, 2019 Agenda (59KB) Meeting Minutes (119KB)
June 6, 2019 Agenda (267KB) Meeting Minutes (129KB)
Aug. 1, 2019 Agenda (61KB) Meeting Minutes (126KB)
Oct. 3, 2019 Agenda (267KB) Meeting Minutes (139KB)
Dec. 5, 2019 Agenda (61KB) Meeting Minutes (110KB)

2019 reports

Annual Report (1,357KB)

Budget Report (191KB)


 Meeting date Agenda (if available) Meeting minutes (if available)
Feb. 1, 2018   Meeting Minutes (220KB)
Apr. 5, 2018 Agenda (361KB) Meeting Minutes (361KB)
June 7, 2018 Agenda (234KB)  
Aug. 2, 2018 Agenda (36KB) Meeting Minutes (380KB)
Aug. 16, 2018 Agenda (33KB) Meeting Minutes (445KB)
Sept 6, 2018 Agenda (232KB)  
Sept 13, 2018 Agenda (232KB)  
Oct. 4, 2018 Agenda (31KB) Meeting Minutes (382KB)
Dec. 19, 2018 Agenda (59KB)  

2018 reports

Annual Report (1,550KB)

Budget Report (182KB)