Youthful Defendant Unit | Meet the Staff
Bob Linthicum is the acting supervising attorney for the Youthful Defendant Unit. Mr. Linthicum has more than 15 years experience as a public defender. Bob started his career on the Eastern Shore, representing children and adults charged with felonies and misdemeanors. He moved to the Felony Division of the Baltimore City office in 2004 where he gained a reputation for taking on tough cases. He joined YDU in 2011. Bob graduated from the University of Baltimore law school.
Elizabeth Lopez joined YDU in 2012. Born and raised Los Angeles, Elizabeth left a successful career as a public defender in Seattle to join our team. She has experience representing clients charged with serious felonies in both juvenile court and adult court. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College.
Jodi S. Louer joined YDU in 2012. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Barnard College at Columbia University, Jodi brings her experience as a public defender in juvenile court in Baltimore City and as part of the Collateral Review division where she represented adult clients statewide in post-conviction cases. She also spent several years litigating juvenile conditions of confinement issues as an attorney with OPD’s Juvenile Protection Division. She has a special interest in working with clients facing mental health issues.
Bea Zipperle is an experienced licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in clinical social work, a bachelor’s degree in human services administration, and an associate’s degree in mental health. She has particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, adolescent development, and mental health assessment of juveniles. Her work focuses on waiver and transfer cases, as well as monitoring conditions of confinement for juveniles housed in both adult and juvenile facilities. She is an expert on programming and placement options for juveniles committed to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. She regularly teaches attorneys and social workers in areas such as trauma and juvenile placement. Ms. Zipperle is routinely qualified as an expert witness in waiver and transfer cases and has testified throughout the State of Maryland. She joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2005. Bea also serves as a supervisory social worker for OPD juvenile social workers in Baltimore City.
Brittany Marshall joined the Youthful Defendant Unit in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland were she earned her Masters of Social Work, specializing in clinical mental health. Brittany received her Bachelors of Social Work from Salisbury University. She served as a forensic social work intern with the juvenile defense team at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her prior work experience includes intensive in-home clinical service delivery to families of clients linked with the Department of Juvenile Services. She has also provided crisis stabilization to families with children facing or returning home from out of home placement in Montgomery County, Maryland. Brittany is a licensed social worker, an active member of the National Association of Social Work and a member of the NASW Maryland Chapter Forensic Committee.
Karla Martinez is an experienced paralegal who joined YDU in 2014. After living in New York for more than 20 years and working for private firms handling a variety of cases, she moved to Maryland to work for the Office of the Public Defender and work with children charged as adults. Karla was born and raised in Guatemala and serves as an important resource for our Spanish-speaking clients and client families. She attended SUNY - Westbrook and graduated with a bachelor's in economics and plans to attend law school soon. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, decorating, food tasting and dancing.