Paul B. DeWolfe

Since 1972, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender has been providing counsel to those unable to afford an attorney.

Public Defender | Paul B. DeWolfe

Mr. DeWolfe has practiced in the area of criminal defense since 1980.  Most of his practice has been as a public defender in the State of Maryland.  In 2009, Mr. DeWolfe was appointed by the Board of Trustees as the Public Defender of Maryland, the fourth attorney to hold this position in the agency’s history. In this capacity, he leads an office of 570 attorneys and 344 support staff. He first joined the Montgomery County office in 1981 as an Assistant Public Defender before leaving the office for private practice in 1989. He returned to the office in a leadership role in 2000 serving as District Public Defender for Montgomery County, Maryland and overseeing a staff of 34 lawyers.

During his career, Mr. DeWolfe has tried criminal jury trials in cases ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder in both state and federal court. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2005, Mr. DeWolfe formerly served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a former President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, and a former President of the Bar Association of Montgomery County Maryland. Currently he is the Chair of the National Association of Public Defenders and an ex officio member of the Criminal Law Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Mr. DeWolfe is a 2008 recipient of the Joseph P. Curran Award for Distinguished Public Interest Lawyers from the Maryland State Bar Association.

Deputy Public Defender | Becky Kling Feldman

Ms. Feldman is a 1998 graduate of Loyola University, Maryland where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and a 2002 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.  From 2002 - 2004,  she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Christian M. Kahl in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  Ms. Feldman joined the Collateral Review Division in 2004 as an Assistant Public Defender.    During this time as a post-conviction attorney, Ms. Feldman successfully negotiated the release of 5 men serving life sentences in Maryland.   In February, 2011, Ms. Feldman became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).  To pursue her interests in project and business management, Ms. Feldman joined the Department of Defense in November, 2011, where she worked as an International Traffic-in-Arms (ITAR) compliance manager and defense policy writer.   In October, 2013, Ms. Feldman returned to the Public Defender's Office to manage the Agency's statewide Unger v. State litigation, and began laying the groundwork for post-conviction litigation regarding the constitutionality of juveniles serving life without parole pursuant to Miller v. Alabama.  In January, 2014, Ms. Feldman was promoted to serve as Chief of the Collateral Review Division.  In October, 2014, she was awarded the Public Defender's highest honor, the Alan H. Murrell Leader of Justice Award.  In January 2017, she became Acting Deputy Public Defender.  Ms. Feldman was born and raised in Essex, Maryland.  She now resides in Anne Arundel County with her family.