About Us

History

The Plan for the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act adopted by the District Court in 1974 provided that Criminal Justice Act representation in this district would be furnished by a Federal Public Defender and assistants and by a panel of private attorneys chosen for their expertise by a selection committee. The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Tennessee opened on January 2, 1974. At that time, the staff consisted of the federal public defender (FPD), Edward C. Duke, and the secretary to the FPD, Linda F. Parham. Ms. Parham later became the AdO. On March 18, 1974, an assistant federal public defender (AFPD) was added to the staff. Stephen B. Shankman was appointed as an AFPD and worked in the FPDO from June 20, 1977 until his resignation on April1, 1983, at which time he returned to private practice. On February 3, 1995, Edward C. Duke retired. Stephen B. Shankman was appointed as FPD on July 15, 1996, and retired in 2013. Doris Randle-Holt was appointed Federal Defender on April 22, 2013.

The Federal Public Defender Office was originally located in the Federal Building at 167 North Main Street in Memphis. In January, 1990, the office moved to 100 North Main Building. In July, 2000, the office moved to their current location at 200 Jefferson Avenue.

District Map

This link shows the current counties covered by the Western District of Tennessee and the breakup of the Western and Eastern Divisions. The green colored counties are in the Western Division and the yellow counties are in the Eastern Division.

Jackson Branch Office

The Branch Office of the Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Tennessee located in Jackson, Tennessee, represents clients who's case is in the Eastern Division. The counties in yellow are the counties in the jurisdiction of the Eastern Division.

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