Welcome to Office of the Federal Public Defender - District of Oregon

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What We Do

The Federal Public Defender provides legal defense for those who have been charged with a federal offense but cannot afford an attorney.

If you are under investigation for a federal offense or if you were contacted by a law enforcement agency concerning a federal investigation, you may need a Federal Public Defender.

In addition, if you were subpoenaed to appear in U.S. District Court, you may need a Federal Public Defender.

You have the right to speak to an attorney prior to questioning and you have the right to have an attorney with you during questioning. If you are contacted by any federal law enforcement agency, tell them that you are requesting an attorney and contact our office.

For Clients and Families

Navigating the judicial system can be stressful and emotionally challenging. We are here to help you and your family through the legal process with the goal of making sure you receive the full benefit of every legal advantage available to you. This website focuses on your needs, to explain and clarify the legal process, and to provide links to resources and services that may be helpful to you.

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Reentry Court

Reentry programs are designed to assist incarcerated individuals with a successful transition to their community after they are released. The District of Oregon's Reentry Court, established in 2005, was the second such federal program in the nation. Learn more about this valuable program here: Reentry Court

Office of the Public Defender - District of Oregon

The Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon, operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A. It provides defense services in federal criminal cases and other covered matters to individuals who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. A person’s eligibility for defender services is determined by the federal court. Defender organization attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Haggerty Scholars Program

Applications are now open for the FBA Oregon Chapter Ancer Haggerty Scholars Program. The program offers current high school juniors an opportunity to explore their interests in law and civil rights. Scholars selected for the program are recognized at the annual FBA Oregon Chapter dinner to kick off the program. Program participants then meet with a local attorney mentor, visit one or more law offices (such as a law firm, government prosecutor, or defender’s office) during a week over the summer break, and attend law and civil rights events  during the 2018-2019 school year.
For more information about Judge Haggerty’s career, please visit the U.S. District Court Historical Society website at https://usdchs.org/oral-histories/ancer-l-haggerty/
Eligibility requirements: The Haggerty Scholars Program is for current high school juniors (graduating in 2019) with an interest in law and civil rights. Students must be willing to attend the annual FBA Oregon Chapter dinner on May 24, 2018, with a parent or teacher, meet with an attorney mentor on a regular basis, visit legal workplaces during July 23-27, 2018, and attend law and civil rights events during the 2018-2019 school year.
How to apply: Submit a completed application no later than April 27, 2017, to kristina_hellman@fd.org or Kristina Hellman, Office of the Federal Public  Defender, 101 SW Main Street, Suite 1700 Portland OR 97204.
Applications can be found on the FBA Oregon Chapter website: https://oregonfederalbarassociation.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/haggerty-scholars-application-2018-2019-final.pdf
or by emailing Kristina Hellman at kristina_hellman@fd.org.