S. Joy Gaines

Public Defender
Title: Senior Assistant Public Defender

Court / Division: Attorney Gaines is a Senior Assistant Public Defender, overseeing the support staff and paralegals. In addition to management, Attorney Gaines oversees Probably Cause Conferences and Preliminary Exams.  

Education: BA, University of Detroit Mercy. JD, Georgetown University.  

Experience: 20+ years of services.  

Other: “My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.” - Bryan Stevenson 


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