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Brian Saccenti
Chief Attorney
bsaccenti@opd.state.md.us

410-767-8554

Office of the Public Defender
Appellate Division
6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1302
Baltimore, MD 21202

 

APPELLATE DIVISION

Administration

Brian Saccenti
, Chief Attorney
Mr. Saccenti obtained his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. After clerking for a federal magistrate judge, he joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2001. Mr. Saccenti began his work here as a trial attorney. In 2004 he joined the Appellate Division and is now the Chief Attorney.

Brian Zavin, Deputy Chief Attorney
Brian Zavin received a J.D./M.A. from New York University School of Law, where he interned with the Legal Aid Society Criminal Appeals Bureau and the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama. After graduating from law school, Mr. Zavin served as Death Penalty Clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court and as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the Appellate Section of the New Jersey Office of Public Defender. Mr. Zavin has been with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender since 2003 in our Appellate Division.

Michael Braudes, Supervising Attorney
Mr. Braudes graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1975.  He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1978. Mr. Braudes joined our Appellate Division in 1980.

Mark Colvin, Supervising Attorney
Mr. Colvin received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.  He joined the Public Defender’s Office in 1983.  He has been a supervising attorney in the Appellate Division since 1992.

Staff Attorneys

Allison Brasseaux
Ms. Brasseaux received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University, and her J.D. degree cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Following her graduation, Ms. Brasseaux was a law clerk for the Richmond Circuit Court in Virginia. She then completed a one-year fellowship at the Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, D.C. Ms. Brasseaux began working as an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division in 2002.

Amy Brennan
Ms. Brennan received a J.D./ LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Prettyman Fellow and a supervising attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic. She began her career with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in 1992. Ms. Brennan joined our Appellate division in 1999.

Claire Caplan
Ms. Caplan graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. Prior to joining our Appellate Division, she clerked for Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Claudia Cortese
Claudia A. Cortese received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1976.  She graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1979, passed the Maryland bar in 1979.  From August 1979 until August 1980, she clerked for Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy of the Maryland Court of Appeals.  In 1980, Ms. Cortese joined the Appellate Division of the Office where she remained until 1982.  Between 1982 and 1987, she practiced civil law both in Boston, Massachusetts and then in Baltimore, Maryland.  Ms. Cortese rejoined the Office of the Public Defender in 1989, where she was with the Capital Defense Division.  In 1991, she rejoined the Appellant Division, where she continues to practice.

Celia Anderson Davis 
Celia Anderson Davis has been working in the criminal law field in Maryland since 1990 and has been handling appeals since 1993. Ms. Davis is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Washington College of Law (American University). She served as an Assistant Attorney General for fourteen years before she joined the Appellate Division in March of 2007.

Marc DeSimone, Jr.
Mr. DeSimone graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2004. He was inducted into the Order of the Coif, the Order of the Barristers, and was the recipient of the Morris B. Myerowitz Moot Court Award. Mr. DeSimone clerked for the Honorable Vanessa Ruiz of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and was in private practice following his clerkship. He has been a member of our Appellate Division since 2006 and has been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Law since 2007.

Samuel Feder

Wyatt Feeler

Ethan Frenchman

Sherrie Glasser

Piadad Gomez
Ms. Gomez completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Binghamton. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Following her graduation, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carol E. Smith in the Baltimore Circuit Court. Ms. Gomez then clerked for United States District Judge Roger W. Titus. She joined our Appellate Division in 2004.

Daniel Kobrin
Mr. Kobrin graduated with his J.D. cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law. While in school, he practiced as a Rule 16 attorney in the Criminal Defense Litigation Clinics, representing indigent individuals before the Baltimore City District Court. After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Mr. Kobrin joined our Appellate Division in 2012.

Bradford Peabody
A graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law, Mr. Peabody has been with our Appellate Division since 1977. He was formerly a supervisor of the student attorneys in the Appellate Clinics of both the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Currently, he is the adjunct Professor of Law and the Coach of the top National Moot Court Competition Team at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Katherine Rasin
Ms. Rasin received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law with honors in 2002. After graduation, she completed two clerkships: the first with the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney in the Circuit Court for Howard County and the second with the Honorable James P. Salmon in the Court of Special Appeals.  Ms. Rasin joined our Appellate Division in 2004.

Juan Reyes
Mr. Reyes graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He went on to graduate school and received a masters degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. Mr. Reyes then returned to Massachusetts to study law and received his J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law. Mr. Reyes joined the Appellate Division of the Office of the Public Defender in 2007.

Pete Rose

Jeff Ross

Tamara Sanders
Ms. Sanders received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005. During that time she served in the Appellate practice clinic and still coaches the National Family Law Appellate Moot Court team. After graduation, Ms. Sanders served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable J.S. Carrion in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Ms. Sanders joined our Appellate Division in 2006.

Allison Sayers
Ms. Sayers completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then obtained her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Following her graduation, Ms. Sayers clerked for the Honorable Steven I. Platt in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. She has also worked as an attorney in a private firm defending legal malpractice cases. Ms. Sayers joined our Appellate Division in 2005.

Julia Schiller
Ms. Schiller joined the Appellate Division in 2005. She brings her skills as an attorney in the district courts, the circuit court, and the juvenile court on the Eastern Shore to her work in our Appellate Division. Ms. Schiller graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Rachel Simmonsen

Michael Torres
Mr. Torres studied as an undergraduate at New York University and earned his law degree from the George Washington University Law School. As a Rule 16 Attorney in law school, he worked on Appeals in the school’s Criminal Appellate Clinic. Mr. Torres has also worked as a judicial law clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Mr. Torres joined the Appellate Division in 2011.
 
Nenutzka Villamar
Ms. Villarmar obtained her B.A. degree in telecommunications from Pepperdine University in 1990 and an M.A. degree in writing from California State University, Northridge in 1993. She later received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1996. Ms. Villamar initially worked in private practice where she litigated criminal and civil cases. She joined the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in 1998, where she represented clients in Children in Need of Assistance and Termination of Parental rights cases in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Ms. Villamar also represented clients in the District Courts of Baltimore County. She joined our Appellate Division in 2003.

Elanda Guess, Office Manager

Linda Carr

Tabitha Chambers, Secretary

Vera Constantino, Secretary

Monique Dortch, Secretary