71.09 Attorneys

Staff Attorney

Sarah Silbovitz joined SCPDA in 2011 after working as a law clerk to The Honorable Judge Joseph P. Wilson in the Snohomish County Superior Court. Sarah earned her B.A. at Vassar College and her J.D. at The University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Sarah worked as a legal intern at SCPDA and at the Office of Program Research for the Washington State House of Representatives.

I became a public defender because I thought the system could work for our clients so long as they had dedicated and hard-working people advocating for them. I now know the system is broken, but I’ve stayed a public defender to fight injustice and to treat each person I represent with respect.”

January 25, 2019

Sarah Silbovitz

Sarah Silbovitz joined SCPDA in 2011 after working as a law clerk to The Honorable Judge Joseph P. Wilson in the Snohomish County Superior Court. Sarah earned her B.A. at Vassar College and her J.D. at The University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Sarah worked as a legal intern at SCPDA and at the Office of Program Research for the Washington State House of Representatives. “I became a public defender because I thought the system could work for our clients so long as they had dedicated and hard-working people advocating for them. I now know the system is broken, but I’ve stayed a public defender to fight injustice and to treat each person I represent with respect.”
January 25, 2019

Martin Mooney

Martin Mooney joined SCPDA in 1996. Marty earned his B.A. at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and his J.D. at the University of Seattle School of Law. During law school, Marty worked as a legal intern at Rovang & Associates and the Law Offices of Neil J. Hoff. “I became a public defender because I was hired by the association out of law school.  I really enjoy living and working in Snohomish County and the people who work at Snohomish County Public Defender Association.
January 25, 2019

Sonja Hardenbrook

Sonja Hardenbrook joined SCPDA in 2004. Sonja earned her B.A. at Pacific Lutheran University, her M.A. at New Mexico State University, and her J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Sonja worked as a legal intern at SCPDA and The Defender Association. Sonja currently serves on the board of Disability Rights Washington. She also previously served as a member of the Mental Health Advisory Counsel for Disability Rights Washington. I became a public defender to live out the below credo: [blockquote author="" link="" target="_blank"] I am a Public Defender, I am the guardian of the presumption of innocence, due process and fair trial. To me is entrusted the preservation of those sacred principles. I will promulgate them with courtesy and respect but not with obsequiousness and not with fear, for I am partisan; I am counsel for the defense. Let none who oppose me forget that with every fiber of my being I will fight for my clients. My clients are the indigent accused.  They are the lonely, the friendless. My voice will be raised in their defense. I will resolve all doubt in their favor. . .  I will seek acclaim and approval only from my own conscience. And upon my death, if there are a few lonely people who have benefited my efforts will not have been in vain. [/blockquote]        --   Jim Doherty, Public Defender, Chicago, Illinois
January 25, 2019

Emily Hancock

Emily Hancock joined SCPDA in 2011 after working as a public defender in Island County. Prior to becoming a public defender, Emily worked as a law clerk to The Honorable Judge Larry E. McKeeman in the Snohomish County Superior Court. Emily earned her B.A. at Western Washington University and her J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Emily worked as an intern at the Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office and in the Youth Advocacy Clinic at Seattle University School of Law. “I became a public defender to fight for those unjustly oppressed by the government through disproportionate sentencing, racial profiling, and economic disparity. The current system is set up to continue to allow people in positions of power to exercise control over the poor in our communities. The purpose of public defense is to be a shield from that system.
January 25, 2019

Kelly Canary

Kelly Canary joined SCPDA in 2011 after working as a staff attorney at the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic. Kelly also previously worked as an attorney the Northwest Defenders Association and the Federal Public Defenders. Kelly earned both her B.A. and J.D. at the University of Washington. During law school, Kelly worked as a legal intern at the Innocence Project in New York, the Federal Defenders of WW, and Washington Appellate Project.

Kelly serves as the board president of the Washington Innocence Project. She has presented at statewide programs on the National Academy of Sciences report.

I became a public defender because when the system fails one of us it fails all of us.  

Snohomish County Public Defender