Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Defender, was appointed effective December 17, 2012. There is an informative article published July 10, 2013 in the East Bay Express at http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/balancing-the-scales-of-justice/Content?oid=3647260. He has worked in the Public Defender’s Office since 1996, prior to his appointment, his most recent position was Senior Assistant Public Defender under Diane Bellas, his predecessor who retired in March. The Office of Public Defender was created in 1927 when Earl Warren, then Alameda County District Attorney, was successful in having the office included in the county charter. The Office of Alameda County Public Defender is the third oldest office of public defender in the United States. Visit the website for the Alameda County Public Defender Office at http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/defender/ . There is a brief history of the office, a list of services, a list of locations with contact information, jobs, faqs, criminal docket finder, inmate locator, and news.