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“The Federal Public Defender provides legal representation to individuals financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal and related proceedings. Our office is committed to providing every client with exceptional legal representation. Our attorneys and staff are highly qualified and completely dedicated to indigent defense.”

The Federal Defender is authorized and funded pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, (“CJA”), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, et seq. The Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada, was established in 1974. The district has two offices, located in Las Vegas and Reno.

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Rene L. Valladares

Federal Public Defender

Rene L. Valladares has been the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada since 2011. He is an adjunct professor at the UNLV Boyd School of Law and a part-time instructor at the UNLV Criminal Justice Program.

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Lori Teicher

First Assitant Federal Public Defender

Lori Teicher has been the First Assistant Federal Public Defender since 2011 and has focused on habeas litigation since 2003. Lori has been practicing criminal law in Nevada since 1996.

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