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Oregon Public Defense Commission is an independent body charged with establishing and maintaining a public defense system that ensures the provision of public defense services consistent with the Oregon Constitution, the United States Constitution and Oregon and national standards of justice. The
Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court appoints the thirteen Commission members with input from all three branches of government.
Jennifer Nash is a Corvallis attorney who represents clients in criminal, family, and juvenile law matters. She was a member of the Public Defense Services Commission from 2022-2023 and served as its chair beginning in August 2023. She is a former public defense provider and has previously served on the Governor's Task Force on Indigent Defense, the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Public Defense Reform Task Force, and its Pay Parity Committee. She administered the public defense contract in Benton County from 2000-2016 and was a member of the Willamette Criminal Justice Council, a statutory body that coordinates local criminal justice plans and policies in Benton County.
Jennifer has worked on the issues of Oregon public defense reform for decades. Since joining the Public Defense Services Commission in 2022, she has worked tirelessly to bring compensation parity for public defense providers and accountability to the system. She is committed to ensuring that every Oregonian who qualifies for a public defense lawyer has access to a qualified lawyer to help them during some of the most difficult moments in their lives. She wants to continue that work as a Commissioner for the Oregon Public Defense Commission.
Alton Harvey, Jr. has dedicated his life to social service and giving back. Alton is the Lead Mentor for Portland Oregon's Volunteers of America Federal Parole & Probation and holds a CADC 1 certification. He has partnered with many community leaders, including members of the Portland Police Bureau, Beaverton Police Bureau, members of the Judicial system, including, the Multnomah Department of Community Justice to establish and enhance better relationships with the community. Alton is a member of the Portland Police Steering Committee, has served as the Board President of the START (Service Thru Accountability, Restitution, and Treatment) Drug Court Alumni Group, and was most recently the lead mentor for START Court. Alton is also a Folktime Board member, which is a peer driven mental health organization, and the lead facilitator of the H.E.A.T (Habitual, Empowerment, Accountability, and Therapy), a culturally specific group for African American Men 18-29 years old impacted by gangs, addiction, and trauma. Having been previously represented by public defense attorneys himself, he brings a valuable and unique perspective to the Public Defense Services Commission.
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Brook serves as an adjunct law professor at University of Oregon School of Law and Willamette University College of Law. He and his wife live in Springfield and have a small farm's worth of children and animals.
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Jennifer wanted to be a member of the commission because as a previous commissioner, she believes that there continues to be a need for a community voice to remain on the commission, especially one from the population that should be centered as there is talk about reform and shaping the system we want to see moving forward. She is a strong believer that the master's tools will not dismantle the mater's house (Audre Lorde) and that the same “solutions" will not meet the need and urgency of this moment; I believe that community holds those solutions.
Peter Buckley is a former State Representative from Ashland and co-chair of the Ways & Means Committee. He retired from the legislature in 2017 and has more than 20 years' experience in managing non-profit entities. He works for Southern Oregon Success and continues to be involved in mental health and public safety issues related to people in addiction and the services needed to support them. As a legislator and budget-committee co-chair, he helped protect public defense by authorizing diverting court-generated revenues to OPDS, which provided additional funding during a period of dramatic budget reductions in all state services.
As a member of the commission, she wants to work to ensure that no one charged with a crime in Oregon courts should have to face the power of the state without the prompt assistance of a competent, well-trained, well-resourced advocate.
As a member of the commission, he wants to help make sure that Oregon protects the right to counsel, and that Oregon takes proper steps to improve working conditions, compensation, and incentives for the attorneys who represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.
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