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Indigent Defense

Indigent Defense Working Group

Co-Chair, Honorable Susan Eagan, Erie County Court Judge and Supervising Criminal Court Judge for the 8th Judicial District,

Co- Chair, John Flynn. former Erie County District Attorney and partner at Lippes Mathias LLP 

  • Brian Melber, criminal defense attorney and partner at Personius Melber and newly elected Vice President of the Bar Association of Erie County;
  • Joel Daniels, criminal defense attorney;
  • James Harrington, criminal defense attorney partner at Harrington & Mahoney;
  • Jessica Kulpit, criminal defense attorney;
  • Marissa Washington, Support Magistrate in Erie County Family Court and current President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, WNY Chapter;
  • Marianne Mariano, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York State; 
  • Ayoka Tucker, Family Court Attorney whose primary practice is within Family Law; 
  • Hon. Erin Peradotto, NYS Supreme Court justice (retired), partner at Harris Beach; 
  • Erie County legislator John Gilmour (9th District), a criminal defense attorney in private practice; and, 
  • Erie County legislator Michael Kooshoian (3rd District), a former Assistant District Attorney.