Profile: tina.olson

Tina Olson is the Chief Appellate Counsel for the Wyoming State Public Defender’s Office, and has been a full-time Public Defender since 1999. As Chief Appellate Counsel, she is responsible for the appeal of criminal convictions to the Wyoming Supreme Court on behalf of indigent defendants. Additionally, she has served as state post-conviction counsel for the Public Defender’s Office. She has a degree in political science from Michigan State University, and received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She has practiced law in Texas, Colorado and Wyoming. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.

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On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.


Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE