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Governor Parnell Reappoints Steiner to Lead Public Defender Agency


October 9, 2009, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today reappointed Quinlan Steiner as the director of the state Public Defender Agency.

Steiner, a fourth-generation Alaskan, has worked at the agency since 1998, and has served as the public defender - the agency's top official - since 2005. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, after graduating from Seattle University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

As director, Steiner oversees the Public Defender Agency, which includes approximately 170 attorneys, investigators, paralegals and other support staff. The agency maintains 13 offices statewide, and provides constitutionally mandated legal representation to indigent clients in criminal, juvenile delinquency, child in need of aid and involuntary commitment matters.

Steiner's reappointment as the public defender is for a four-year term and is subject to confirmation by the state legislature.

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