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Public Defense Services Commission


The Public Defense Services Commission is an independent body that governs the Office of Public Defense Services and appoints its Executive Director. The Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court appoints the ten Commission members. The Commission's primary charge is to establish "a public defense system that ensures the provision of public defense services in the most cost efficient manner consistent with the Oregon Constitution, the United States Constitution and Oregon and national standards of justice."  

Public Defense Services Commission Welcomes (2/2022)

          Alton Harvey Jr.

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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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PDSC Members

Chief Justice Martha L. Walters
Ex-Officio Permanent Member
Per Ramfjord, Chair
Stoel Rives LLC
Vacant, Vice-Chair

Paul Solomon
Sponsors, Inc.
Steve Wax
Oregon Innocence Project

Mark Hardin
Attorney at Law

Lisa Ludwig
Ludwig Runstein LLC
Thomas M. Christ
Sussman Shank LLC

Christine Thomas
Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI)

Alton Harvey, Jr.
Volunteers of America