Corbin Brewster represents Tulsa County as it’s Chief Public Defender, working with the State Legislature, Criminal Court of Appeals, District Judges, and City Counsel to provide the highest standard of criminal defense for his clients. He has dedicated his career both in the public and private sectors to championing the cause of Indigent Defense. Having previously served as a Capital Counselor with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System on Capital Murder cases, Mr. Brewster knows the value of fighting for every client and that everyone has a story worthy of being told.
Mr. Brewster’s leadership brings a new vision for the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, building off a strong history of discerning and collaborative practice. It is his desire to build Tulsa into a model of strong, dedicated, and compassionate legal defense for our State.
Mr. Brewster graduated from Washington University School of Law.
Stuart SoutherlandFirst Assistant
Stuart Southerland is the First Assistant Public Defender and has been a dedicated provider of compelling criminal defense for thirty years, with almost twenty in the Public Defender’s Office alone. He brings a keen eye for appellate practice and provides invaluable guidance and argument to client representation.
Mr. Southerland was the recipient of the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award in 2010 and the Pat Williams Memorial Indigent Defender Award in 2013. He is admitted to practice in all courts in Oklahoma, the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Southerland has numerous appellate victories of note.
Mr. Southerland is a graduate of the Tulsa University College of Law.
Mr. Barnett is a pioneer in alternative sentencing programs in Oklahoma and a tireless advocate for juvenile defense. His background in social work, gives him the insight to continually achieve beneficial results and change for his clients. He has been instrumental in drafting Oklahoma’s first competency laws for juveniles in 2014 and helped to develop the State’s official plea form for juvenile proceedings in 2016. Mr. Barnett continues to represent the voice of younger clients outside the courtroom where he is a member of multiple advocacies and legislative committees designed to ensure that the children of Oklahoma are not left behind or forgotten.
Mr. Barnett graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Mr. Haslegren knows what it takes to walk a client out of the courthouse following a trial verdict of ‘Not Guilty’. He is a seasoned advocate for criminal defense, having worked on a range of cases from minor traffic violations to charges that carry the death penalty. His optimism provides a beacon to his clients so that they may know they have a voice and a defender who will do all he can to fight on their behalf.
Mr. Haselgren earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Alex C. Bramblett
Mr. Bramblett is experienced is defending clients wrongfully accused and has fought for their rights through the Innocence Project and criminal defense at the Federal level. Since beginning work at the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Bramblett has represented hundreds of clients charged with felonies, and he has had many favorable dispositions, dismissals, and acquittals. Mr. Bramblett has also worked the Mental Health and Veterans Court dockets and is a Holistic Defense Specialist.
Mr. Bramblett earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Ms. Mims is an attorney with the Public Defender’s Office.
Ms. Mims graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Ms. Hollingsworth serves as the office HR and Office Manager. She knows that to bring our clients the best legal representation possible requires work beyond the typical 9-5. Early mornings, late nights, weekends and holidays are no stranger to her work ethic and are the foundation of the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office. Whether its arranging travel for continuing education of the attorney’s, systematically detailing paperwork and budgets, fetching clothes for clients in trial, or simply clearing a paper jam in the printer, Ms. Hollingsworth approaches every task as important to the chain of representation required to ensure the citizens of Tulsa County know they have a voice in defense of their rights.
Ms. Monroe is an Assistant Public Defender in the Civil Division of Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office. She represents minor children in family, guardianship, and adoption cases. Ms. Monroe currently serves on the Tulsa Chapter Board of Directors of the TU Alumni Association. She previously served on the University of Tulsa Homecoming Committee. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Monroe was a sole practitioner in the areas of family, bankruptcy, and probate law. She is admitted to practice in Federal Court and is a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association.
Ms. Monroe graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Ms.Salisbury graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University in 2007. Since graduating law school, Ms. Salisbury has worked in small law firms and as a solo practitioner until she found her calling and joined the Public Defender’s Office. She has been a member of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association since 2013.
Ms. Salisbury is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Bliss A. Baker-Lowe
Ms. Baker-Lowe is a Tulsa native. She graduated from Memorial High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa. While attending law school, Ms. Lowe received the CALI Award in Legal Reasoning, Authorities and Writing, Jurisprudence, and Administrative Law. She was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta and was an intern for the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office.
Since graduating law school, Ms. Lowe has practiced primarily in the area of criminal law. Since joining the Public Defender’s Office she has worked on a misdemeanor docket, a felony docket, and is now assigned to the Specialty Court docket.
Mr. Rayl has extensive felony trial experience having handled hundreds of murder cases, most of which have resulted in pleas to lesser-included crimes or acquittals. He has handled three death penalty cases, none of which resulted in the death penalty. In addition, Mr. Rayl has tried over 100 jury trials, including nearly every crime in the criminal code.
Mr. Rayl earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa.
Mr. Lower worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, a document reviewer for Conner and Winters, and an intern and clerk at the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office and Holtmann Law Office in Tulsa before joining the Public Defender’s Office full time. While in school, he was a distinguished student, earning various positions and awards: Energy Law Journal, Web Editor; Dean’s Honor Roll, Fall 2011; Spring, 2014; Faculty Honor Roll, Spring, 2013; CALI Award in International Law.
Mr. Lower received his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Mr. Overstreet is a dedicated defender of indigent clients facing the terrifying prospect of a felony conviction. His focus on the preliminary stages of a criminal case ensures that our clients have solid representation from the day they are arraigned. Mr. Overstreet’s clients benefit from his studied counsel and willingness to analyze the details of their case with them. His soft-spoken approach is a welcome contrast to the usual court-room demeanour and requires the opposition to pay close attention or miss the loss of their argument.
Mr. Overstreet earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Ms. Page is a card-carrying member of the Cherokee Tribe and has been an Assistant Public Defender for over 14 years. Acadmically, inter alia, she has a hat trick of degrees from the University of Tulsa: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Master of Science in Biological Sciences and, of course, her J.D. Of note, she completed four certificates when she was in law school: the Native American Law Certificate, the Resource, Energy and Environmental Law Certificate, the Health Law Certificate and the International and Comparative Law Certificate. She worked on the Energy Law Journal for three years, the last year as an Articles Editor. She also received the CALI award for Real Estate Transactions.
Ms. Page is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Mr. Blake is a seasoned advocate for bail reform and pre-trial release for clients across the criminal defense spectrum. His unique perspective allows him to better understand the needs of his clients and how to help them achieve their goals beyond the circumstances in which they find themselves. Mr. Blake brings a voice of change and reason to a legal system entrenched in tradition and slow to adaptation. His patience in pursuit of a compassionate judicial system where a client is truly innocent unless proven guilty raises the standard of criminal defense practice in our community.
Mr. Blake graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Mr. Lollman matches preparedness with a desire to push against the status quo in an approach to criminal defense that has won his clients’ victories both in and out of the courtroom. He is a continually combing legal texts, case law and journals learning new approaches to often repeated issues so that his clients continue to benefit from the changes in legal code and evidence application. Mr. Lollman is not afraid of a fight whether it be in the courtroom or through written motions.
Mr. Lollman earned his law degree from The University of Tulsa
Mr. Washbourne is an investigator for the Public Defender’s Office.
Ms. Baldwin is an experienced advocate of indigent defense. Ms. Baldwin has tailored her practice to make the highest quality legal service accessible to the broadest spectrum of our community and in doing so has repeatedly secured favorable outcomes that her clients would not have had otherwise. Ms. Baldwin braids passion and understanding in her defense of clients who often have no understanding of the circumstances they face. With persistence and gentle guidance, she is able to connect her clients with the core legal principles that will best serve their cause.
Ms. Baldwin is a graduate of The University of Kansas School of Law where she took top honors in the subject of criminal law.
Ms. Cannon has a heart for her clients that is as expansive as her face is expressive. She is a champion for their rights and their justice. She has been with the Public Defender’s Office since starting as an intern during law school. Ms. Cannon knew indigent defense was her calling the moment she won her first hearing. Since then she has become a valuable attorney representing felony charged clients.
Ms. Cannon is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Mr. Morrison has practiced law exclusively in juvenile court for nearly 20 years handling both deprived and delinquent cases. Mr. Morrison represents children involved in the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect by their caregivers. He also represents children in mental health commitment proceedings. Previously, Mr. Morrison was a prosecutor of child welfare cases, a teacher and advocate in juvenile law for the National District Attorney’s Association, and a referee in juvenile court, where he handled both deprived and delinquent cases.
Mr. Morrison is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Ms. Holguin brings a fighting spirit to her cases honed from years as a seasoned athlete. Her love of competition and drive to win have served her well. While in law school she was editor of the Tulsa Law Review, competed in Moot Court Competitions, was the president of the Law and Medicine Society, and interned at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. Her clients benefit from her ease of adaption to constantly changing facts and circumstances in their cases. Ms. Holguin’s keen ability to confront issues in the light most favorable to her clients has earned her a reputation for strong legal defense.
Ms. Holguin earned her law degree from the University of Tulsa School of Law.
Ms. Howard brings excellence to her work and client’s defense from years of dedicated pursuit. She has practised a wide variety of defense law, including civil suits of highly-contested custody and adoption in addition to criminal felony cases and Murder trials. While an undergraduate student, Ms. Howard was a member of the OU Honors College and received the Puterbaugh Fellowship. As an entering law student, Ms. Howard was a recipient of the Comfort Scholarship, offered at the time to only 10 students in an entering class. In addition to her experience at the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Howard has also been an Assistant District Attorney in Tulsa and Mayes counties.
Ms. Howard received her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Ms. Andrews is a paralegal for the appellate division, bringing patience and understanding to clients and families as she navigates their cases through the process of complying with stringent deadlines and filings. Ms. Andrews looks beyond the obvious to find the key to her client’s stories, knowing well from her partnership with the death penalty team, that even the smallest detail can be responsible for getting a death sentence commuted to life without parole.
Ms. Andrews holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK.
Ms. Hill has been a compelling champion of the law starting out as a research assistant and a licensed legal intern. While in law school, she tried her first case in Norman Municipal Court. In addition, while in law school, she participated in the criminal defense clinic, was president of the OU chapter of the ACLU, and was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. Ms. Hill has been a speaker at continuing legal education seminars for the Oklahoma State Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association where she has taught other attorneys various trial subjects, such as forensic evidence, voir dire, and trial techniques.
Ms. Hill earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Ms. Chojnacki represents juvenile clients who are charged with delinquent petitions. She is the Team Captain for the Juvenile Division. Ms. Chojnacki is a 1999 nominee for the Institute of Child Advocacy “Friends of Children Award” as well as a 2006 winner of the Tulsa County Bar Association’s “Child Advocate Award.” She is the current chairperson of the OBA High School Mock Trial Program. Ms. Chojnacki has also served on an ad hoc advisory committee to the Attorney General for the purpose of reform to the Youthful Offender Statute. In addition, she currently serves on the advisory board to the National Southwest Region Juvenile Defender Center and is part of the “Access to Juvenile Justice: The Rural and Tribal Southwest” program.
Ms. Chojnacki received her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa, College of law.
Ms. Herron is an accomplished legal scholar. She received the American Jurisprudence Award for Advanced Legal Writing and interned for Judge Chapel at the Court of Criminal Appeals. Subsequent to law school, Ms. Herron published in a death penalty law journal. Ms. Herron has extensive experience in the criminal defense field, including conducting jury trials, assisting in death penalty cases, serving as a mental health court attorney, and defending clients in appeals.
Ms. Herron graduated from Oklahoma University School of Law.
Mr. Shupe is an investigator for the Public Defender’s Office.
Pegi A. Haddock
Ms. Haddock since joining the Public Defender’s Office’s Civil Division in 2014, Ms. Haddock has represented children in guardianships, adoptions and divorce proceedings, conducted two oral arguments before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and was published in Jensen v. Poindexter, 2015 OK 49, 352 P.3d 1201.
Prior to law school, Ms. Haddock was a court reporter for fifteen years. She’s a United States Marine Corps veteran with National Secret Security Clearance.
Ms. Haddock earned her Juris Doctorate, with Honors, at the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Mr. Couch served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma from 1989 to 1991. From 1992 to 2001, he was in private practice and represented persons charged with State and Federal crimes. Mr. Couch joined the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office in 2002. As an Assistant Public Defender for Tulsa County, he represented individuals on the felony trial docket until 2010. From 2010 to the present, he is with the Appellate Division handling appeals in criminal cases.
Mr. Couch obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Tulsa Law School.
Sal R. Munoz
Mr. Munoz He worked in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office from October 2000 to June 2004, where he prosecuted child deprived and delinquent cases for three years, and general misdemeanor and felony cases for one year. Since 2004, Mr. Munoz has been at the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division, representing children in all phases juvenile deprived cases, as well as Family Drug Court. Mr. Munoz has been a member of the Juvenile OUJI Committee since 2002 and he has tried more than 50 jury trials, including felony, misdemeanor, juvenile deprived and juvenile delinquent cases.
Mr. Munoz earned his J.D. at Oklahoma University College of Law.
Ms. Halencak is a paralegal for the criminal division of the Public Defender’s Office. She worked as an intern assisting felony docket attorneys with intake and case prep while seeking her paralegal degree. Since graduation Ms. Halencak has eagerly applied her knowledge and skills to the benefit of our clients via invaluable assistance to the attorneys.
Mr. Reese is an attorney for the Public Defender’s Office.
He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.