Eli Jacobsen joined SCPDA in 2016 after working as a public defender at Thurston County Public Defense. Eli earned his B.A. at The Evergreen State College and his J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Eli worked as a legal intern at SCPDA.
“I became a public defender because my father was charged with a felony before I was born. The great legal representation he received is the reason I was able to grow up in a happy and stable home, and I want to provide the same level of representation for anyone facing a criminal charge.”
Jon Scott joined SCPDA in 2002 after starting his career as a public defender in Everett Municipal Court. In addition to his public defense work, he has worked in private practice in criminal defense, civil plaintiff’s work, and in criminal appeals. He has practiced in many different Washington jurisdictions and is admitted to practice with the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington.
Jon has also been qualified under SPRC 2 to represent clients as lead trial attorney in capital cases. Jon served five years in the United States Marine Corp, before obtaining his B.A. from the University of Washington, and then his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. He has been back with the SCPDA since 2015. Jon has presented at statewide programs on jury selection.
“I became a public defender because public defense is the front line in the fight for preserving civil rights, and I want to be that fight.”
Cassie Trueblood joined SCPDA in 2006. Cassie earned her B.A. at DePauw University and her J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Cassie worked as a legal intern at the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, the Washington Defender Association, and the U.S. Immigration Court in Miami.
Cassie was part of the Trueblood litigation team that received the WACDL Champion of Justice Award in 2015. Cassie also received the WDA President’s Award and the SCBA President’s Award that same year. She has presented at statewide programs on mental health issues and shaken baby trials.
“I became a public defender because I love the thrill of trial and the satisfaction of fighting the man, while focusing on individual clients and cases.”
Natalie Tarantino joined SCPDA in 1995 after working as a volunteer attorney at the Lake City Legal Clinic. She has spent her entire career at SCPDA. Natalie earned her B.A. at Miami University in Oxford, OH and her J.D. at DePaul University College of Law. During law school, Natalie worked as a volunteer instructor at Chicago Legal Aid to Incarcerated Women and as a volunteer at the Illinois Clemency Project. She also worked as a legal intern at the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons.
“I became a public defender becauseI wanted to be in court, arguing and trying cases. I have stayed a public defender because I strongly believe that all people regardless of resources or income deserve quality counsel.”
David Roberson joined SCPDA in 2018 after working as a defense attorney for more than 29 years. Prior to joining SCPDA, Dave worked at the King County Department of Public Defense, the Northwest Defenders Association, Roberson & Walsh, and The Defender Association. Dave earned his B.A. at the University of Southern California and his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.
Dave served on the Board of Directors for Northwest Defenders Association. He was also part of the Green River Killer defense team. Dave received the KCBA Outstanding Lawyer of the Year award in 2004.
“I became a public defender because I hated law school and considered abandoning becoming a lawyer. Then I did an internship at Legal Aid of New York – Brooklyn and absolutely believed in the work and commitment to helping indigent people and unfortunately too many people of color. After that internship I finally knew what I wanted to be… a public defender!”
Stephen Ritchie joined SCPDA in 2016 after working as a law clerk for The Honorable Judge David A. Kurtz at the Snohomish County Superior Court. Prior to this clerkship, Stephen worked as an associate attorney at Margaret M. Shalley & Associates, LLC where he represented clients in federal court. Stephen earned his B.A. at the University of Washington and his J.D. at New York Law School.
During law school, Stephen served as an intern at the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division and the New York State Supreme Court. Stephen worked on a project seeking executive clemency for those convicted under a controversial murder statute in New York. Stephen serves on the Snohomish County Bar Association Board of Trustees.
“I became a public defender because every day the rights of the poor and of other underrepresented groups are trampled upon by the government, seemingly without barrier. I have always wanted to be that barrier.”
Christine joined SCPDA as an attorney in 2015. Before becoming an attorney, Christine worked as a legal assistant at SCPDA for 10 years. Christine earned her B.A. at Central Washington University and her J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. In addition to work her as a public defender, Christine teaches part time at Edmonds Community College on subjects including introduction to law, criminal law & procedure, and legal ethics.
“I became a public defender becauseI truly care about people. Our justice system is broken. It fails to recognize the good in people, to give dignity to people, or to recognize the many burdens people have. It is an honor to stand with my clients, fight and argue for them, and advocate for them, all while making sure their voices are heard.”
Rob O’Neal joined SCPDA in 2002. Rob earned his B.A. at Whitman College and his J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Rob worked as a legal intern at Platt & Arndt – Island County Public Defender and The Defender Association.
“I became a public defender because I wanted to do challenging work that was of use to people, with no regard to whether those people were paying me.”
Fred Moll joined SCPDA in 2006 after working as a law clerk at the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. Fred earned his B.A. at the University of British Columbia and his J.D. at Syracuse University College of Law. During law school, Fred worked as a legal intern at the Guy Law Office and Powell, Spencer Barristers & Solicitors.
“I became a public defender becauseI was impressed by the power of the Constitution and I like being on the front line of protecting the rights that it grants people.”