TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Sep 4, 2018
Outgoing Metro Nashville Public Defender Dawn Deaner is embarking on a new mission with a new project – the Choosing Justice Initiative. The Nashville Scene reports that the program will see Deaner taking on clients who can’t afford an attorney but can’t get a public defender either. In an effort to give poor defendants more say in the process, Deaner says she’ll seek to be appointed to cases after clients choose her to represent them. Deaner served in the Public Defender's Office for more than 20 years. Martesha Johnson was sworn-in as her replacement last week.