Bonnie Hoffman

Parliamentarian, Leesburg, VA

Bonnie is the Deputy Public Defender for Loudoun County, Virginia. She earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1994 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1991. Her practice includes the representation of both adults and juveniles, handling cases from arraignment through direct appeal. During her nearly 20 years with the Public Defender's Office, Bonnie has tried numerous bench and jury trials ranging from drunk driving on a farm tractor to first degree murder. She has briefed and argued numerous cases before the Virgina Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.

Bonnie is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, has served on numerous local and state committees associated with criminal justice issues and regularly lectures on a variety of trial and indigent defense related topics. She has served two terms on the Board of Directors for NACDL, is a former co-chair of NACDL's Indigent Defense Committee and currently chairs NACDL's Task Force on Federal Indigent Defense.

In 2013 Ms. Hoffman received NACDL's most prestigious award, the Robert C. Heeney Award. Ms. Hoffman is the first active state public defender to receive this award.

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