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On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, San Bernardino County Public Defenders volunteered at the Veteran Stand Down and Homeless Resource Event organized by Reaching New Heights Foundation at Perris Hill Park. Public defenders helped approximately 100 members of the community clear up their warrants, traffic tickets, and misdemeanor and felony cases.

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San Bernardino County Public Defenders volunteered time to assist community members clear their records at the 17th Annual Fontana CAP Resource Fair on Saturday, August 14. Record clearing, or getting criminal convictions dismissed, enables individuals to obtain employment, access better housing, and receive social services. Fontana CAP, or Community Assistance

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On Tuesday, September 21, San Bernardino County Public Defender staff will be available in person to assist High Desert residents seeking to clear adult felony and misdemeanor records and/or apply for Certificates of Rehabilitation. The record-clearing event will take place at Abundant Living Family Church’s High Desert campus at 17555

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On Monday, August 2, 2021, attorney Kawika Smith took his oath of office to serve as a judge in the San Bernardino County Superior Court. Governor Gavin Newsom announced Judge Smith’s appointment on July 9. Judge Smith served as Supervising Deputy Public Defender at the Law Offices of the Public

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Last month San Bernardino County Public Defender Social Service Practitioners (SSPs) lent support to San Bernardino Fatherhood for two events. Our SSP team co-sponsored the organization’s 24/7 Dad Key Behaviors Workshop, held at the San Bernardino YMCA on Saturday, June 12, 2021, with item donations. Workshop participants learned about the

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On May 27, 2021, more than a dozen Public Defender staff participated in the Way World Outreach Resource Fair in San Bernardino. The staff members (pictured below) received over 300 intake packets that will be processed to help community members get their criminal convictions dismissed so as to obtain employment,

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This morning, May 7, 2021, San Bernardino County Public Defender Thomas Sone was invited to speak with the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce on “How the Public Defender’s Role Relates to the Business Community.” The event was held virtually. Mr. Sone, who was formally appointed as Public Defender on

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In partnership with The Way World Outreach, San Bernardino County Public Defender staff will be available in person on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 9am to 2pm, to assist individuals seeking to clear adult felony and misdemeanor records and/or apply for Certificates of Rehabilitation. To sign up, visit TheWayWorldOutreach.org or

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On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appointed interim Public Defender Thomas Sone to serve as the county’s new Public Defender. Sone has served as interim Public Defender since December 2020 and previously served as Assistant Public Defender. He joined the Public Defender’s Office in

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