District Public Defender
Kirsten Downs 

Headquarters | Baltimore City
Felony Trial Division
201 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: 410 333 4900
Fax: 410 333 4864
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Headquarters | Baltimore City

Joan Fraser, Chief Attorney
Joan C. Fraser was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and before deciding to attend law school she traveled the world and served in the United States Army Military Police Corps.  She had the privilege of being Judge Richard Rombro's first judicial law clerk.  She graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law and upon passing the bar she began her many years in private practice, which included handling cases throughout the state of Maryland, Magistrates Courts, Federal District Courts and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  From a busy practice she transitioned to the Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore City Felony Trial Division and in 2013 was honored with being appointed Chief Attorney, Southern District.

Rodney Warren, Supervising Attorney
Mr. Warren was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.S.from Towson University in 1984. Mr. Warren later received his J.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Law in 1987. He was with the office of the Public Defender from March 1990 thru August 1999. He then went in to private practice. Mr. Warren returned to the office in January 2008.

Sharon Bogins Eberhart, Assistant Public Defender Mental Health
Sharon Bogins Eberhart is a Massachusetts native who graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center, University of New Hampshire.  At Franklin Pierce she was on Law Review and prepared briefs for hearings before both the New Hampshire and the United States Supreme Courts.  Additionally, she represented disabled clients at Social Security and Psychiatric Hospital Administrative Hearings.  After graduation, Ms. Bogins Eberhart was a prosecutor and established her own legal practice where she specialized in criminal, juvenile, and mental health law representing clients in District, Superior, and Federal District Courts.  After moving to Maryland in 2000, MS. Bogins Eberhart was an attorney for Legal Aid prior to joining the Office of the Public Defender in 2004.  As a Public Defender she concentrates on representing clients in the Mental Health Courts in both the District and Circuit Courts.

Sarah Alekins, Assistant Public Defender

Brittany Gause, Assistant Public Defender

Carol Johnson, Assistant Public Defender
Carol Johnson graduated from the University of Rochester, cum laude, in 1994.  In 1997 Ms. Johnson received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore and graduated magna cum laude.  While a third year law student Ms. Johnson worked as a law clerk for the Honorable J. Norris Byrnes, for the Circuit Court of Baltimore County. Shortly after graduation Ms. Johnson joined the Public Defender’s Office.  She has practiced for the past sixteen years in both the District and Circuit Courts of Baltimore City.

Marco Kushner, Assistant Public Defender

Patricia Lesnick, Assistant Public Defender

Matthew Neubauer, Assistant Public Defender

Sherri O’Donnell, Assistant Public Defender

Michelle Selzer, Assistant Public Defender Mental Health
Michelle Selzer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior.  Ms. Selzer then earned her J.D., magna cum laude, at the University of Miami School of Law, where she was awarded a Public Interest Scholarship.  Upon graduation, Ms. Selzer joined the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in 2001, as an Assistant Public Defender in the Mental Health Division.  In 2008, she transferred to the Public Defender's Baltimore City office to practice in the Mental Health Court, located at Hargrove District Courthouse. 

Anthony Strollo, Assistant Public Defender
Anthony J Strollo attended Emory University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He received a BA in Political Science. After working for the State Senate of Virginia, Mr. Strollo attended the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Strollo worked for the Maryland House of Delegates as a legislative assistant and for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as a law clerk in the felony trial division. Upon passing the bar, Mr. Strollo worked in the CINA division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as an assistant public defender. Currently, Mr. Strollo is the team leader for Southwest District at Hargrove District Court. He looks forward to assisting any client in the fast paced team atmosphere at Hargrove Courthouse.

Jose Teneza, Assistant Public Defender
Jose Reyes Teneza is proud to be an Assistant Public Defender at the John R. Hargrove, Sr. Building in Baltimore City. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Kinesiology, Jose's diverse background and interests brought him to the University of Baltimore Law School where he graduated in 2002. During his law education, he clerked for the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City, and subsequent to being sworn in, Jose joined the agency in 2003. Jose has experience in District Court and the Misdemeanor Jury Trial Division, as well as formerly serving as the Bail Review Supervisor at the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Center for five years.

Donna Greenbeck-Marsh, Office Manager

Linda Crockett, Secretary


Gwen Penn, Intake Supervisor

Veronica Harris, Southern District

Dawn Washington, Southern District

Tammy Williams, Central District