Community Outreach

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH
    • The Yolo County Public Defender's Office is a community partner.   In addition to giving back to non-profit organizations that benefit the Yolo County Community, our office provides knowledgeable professionals as speakers for local community, civic, and social functions.  We have spoken to groups regarding: criminal and constitutional law, providing an overview of the criminal justice system, providing an overview of the juvenile justice system, explaining constitutional rights of the accused, and defining the role of the Yolo County Public Defender's Office in the criminal justice system.
    • We are available to speak to the local community, civic organizations, students, or social organizations.  If you are interested in having a representative from the Yolo County Public Defender's Office provide information to your group please contact Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson at tracie.olson@yolocounty.org.  
  • SWEATER DRIVE
    • Each holiday season, members of the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office conduct what is called a “Sweater Drive” to benefit the residents of the Yolo Wayfarer Center. The Wayfarer Center provides emergency services, residential treatment and transitional housing to Yolo County residents in need.
    • In 2011, employees of the Yolo County Public Defender’s office purchased forty-four new sweaters for residents of the Wayfarer Center. The Public Defender's Office obtained information on the size and gender of residents to ensure everyone received a warm sweater they could use, and they wrapped the gifts and delivered them to the center for distribution at the Wayfarer Center’s annual holiday party.
    • The “Sweater Drive” is not funded from the office budget, but instead each member of the office digs into his or her own pocket to make the event successful.
  • UNITED WAY
    • Each year the Public Defender's Office participates in a donation for the United Way.  The funds that are raised are contributed to nonprofit organizations within Yolo County to benefit the residents of Yolo County.
    • In 2012, employees of the Public Defender's Office once again donated funds to support the United Way.
  • OUTREACH IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
    • On March 15, 2013, felony supervisor, Monica Brushia, and felony attorney, John Sage, will act as judges in McGeorge School of Law's Ethics Trial Competition.  This National Ethics competition features both an ethical component in the issues to be tried and scoring based on the participants' observation of ethical and civility principles.  Both Ms. Brushia and Mr. Sage will serve as scoring judges for the competition just as they had done during the 2012 competition. 
    • On February 14, 2013,  Chief Duty Public Defender Allison Zuvela will help coach the River City High School Mock Trial Team in the Sacramento County Mock Trial Competition.  While participating in Mock Trial, students actively experience the excitement of working in teams, exchanging ideas, setting goals, and examining issues while interacting with positive role models from their communities. Since November, Ms. Zuvela has helped prepare the team for the competition by instructing the students two days a week after school.  If the River City High School Mock Trial performs well they are eligible to advance to a state and even a national Mock Trial competition.       
    • On February 5, 2013, felony supervisor, Monica Brushia, spoke to a Regional Occupational Program Administration of Justice class at Woodland High School in Woodland. 
      • The course is taught by Davis Police Lieutenant Glen Glasgow and is comprise of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
      • Ms. Brushia educated the class about the criminal justice system and the role of the Public Defender in the criminal justice system.  Ms. Brushia focused on the duties and responsibilities of a criminal defense attorney during a jury trial and provided the students with actual examples.  Ms. Brushia also provided instruction on how to effectively cross examine witnesses using exhibits.    
      • Ms. Brushia's presentation was part of a series of instruction in which the students also received lessons from a representative of the Yolo County District Attorney's Office and the Honorable Steven M. Basha.    
    • In October of 2012, juvenile delinquency attorneys, Andrea Pelochino and Stephen Betz, spoke to a mock trial class at River City High School in West Sacramento.
      • Ms. Pelochino and Mr. Betz educated the mock trial class about the juvenile court process and their roles as Deputy Public Defenders. 
      • Ms. Pelochino and Mr. Betz also discussed with the class issues surrounding juveniles' Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.