Community Partners

Dear Community Partners, 

The County of Washtenaw, Department of the Public Defender is proud to announce the development of the Special Projects & Systems Outreach Division. Our mission is to connect with our partners in the community to enrich the lives of those less fortunate and assist in securing equal access to justice. 

The Public Defender’s office is currently headed by the Chief Public Defender, Delphia T. Simpson and is comprised of attorneys, investigators, paralegals, clerical staff and assigned council, social worker, business operations and special projects & systems outreach divisions located throughout Washtenaw County. Each office represents and/or supports adults and children in criminal cases who cannot otherwise afford legal services; with the common goal of protecting the constitutional and civil rights of our clients with integrity, dignity, and fairness.

Though most of the Public Defender's work occurs in the courtroom, the Special Projects and Systems Outreach Division strives to assist at the community level. By reaching out to our community partners, we hope to aid in understanding the criminal justice system, as well as to find solutions to issues affecting our clients outside of the courtroom. Our goal is to make our collective experiences and diversity accessible to community organizations to better assist individuals and families throughout the county.

Thank you and we look forward to working with your community organization.


Delphia T. Simpson, Chief Public Defender  
Office of the Public Defender, Washtenaw County