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|Executive Management|Lesli M. Caldwell, Solano County Public Defender since 2010, attended the University of Santa Clara, receiving her J.D. in 1979. Ms. Caldwell received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Caldwell was a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County for 27 years and joined the Solano Public Defender’s Office as a Chief Deputy in 2007. Her specialty area of practice has been Mental Health. Ms. Caldwell is active in the California Public Defenders’ Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Legal Aid and Defense Attorneys Association as well as the American Council of Chief Defenders.
Thomas A. Barrett was promoted to Chief Deputy of the Alternate Defender Office on October 22, 2018. Mr. Barrett received his undergraduate degree, a B.A. in History, from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995, and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1998. While in law school, Mr. Barrett was a member of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, a clinical program that assists indigent defendants in pending capital cases in Virginia, eventually becoming program editor. After law school, Mr. Barrett worked for three years at the United States District Court of California, Northern District, as a capital habeas law clerk where he advised and assisted federal district court judges on adjudicating capital habeas petitions. In October 2001, he joined the Napa County Public Defender office as a deputy public defender. In May 2007, Mr. Barrett joined the Solano County Public Defender Office where he worked until May 2013, when he moved to the Solano County Alternate Defender Office.