Caroline Mann joined SCPDA in 1988 after working as a public defender at the Association of Attorneys for the Accused. Caroline earned her B.A. at the University of Washington and her J.D. at Lewis and Clark Law School. During law school, Caroline worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Oregon and the King County Public Defender Office. She has served on the WACDL Board of Governors and has presented at statewide programs on topics including cross-examination and ER 404(b) evidence.
“I became a public defender because having worked both sides of the criminal justice system, I found I was at home as a defense attorney. Our clients need someone on their side as they go through the often confusing court system and that is something I enjoy doing. When people ask me how I can defend those people, my answer is: it’s easy. They are usually good people at a low point in their lives and need someone on their side to ensure their rights are protected. When their rights are protected, all of us benefit.”