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The Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference has elected Donna Orr Hargrove to serve as the Middle Tennessee Representative of the Conferences’ 2014-2015 Executive Committee.
She previously served in this capacity in 2004-2005.
Hargrove is the District Public Defender for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties.
The Public Defenders Conference is a statewide system of elected Public Defenders from each Judicial District. The Executive Committee of the Public Defenders Conference is the decision-making body of the Conference. The Committee helps public defenders across the state discharge their official duties and assists with the enactment of laws and rules of procedure necessary for the effective administration of justice.
District Public Defenders represent persons who are charged with crimes and cannot afford to hire their own attorneys. Hargrove will help lead Public Defenders through a critical time as more Tennesseans than ever before face the maze of our criminal justice system.
Hargrove was elected to the position of District Public Defender in the 17th Judicial District in 1998 and 2006. Prior to this, she was an assistant public defender for five year. Mrs. Hargrove is a member of the National Association of Public Defenders, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American and Tennessee Bar Associations.
Hargrove graduated from David Lipscomb College in 1985 and the Nashville School of Law in 1990. She has been married to Joel Hargrove for 29 years. They have two children in college, David and Jessica.
Hargrove states that she is honored to have been elected to serve on the executive Committee as Middle Tennessee Representative.