Our Mission

We represent people who can’t afford counsel and who are under federal investigation or charged with or convicted of federal crimes in Kansas. We want fewer people going to prison and more people going home. Here is how we work to make that happen:

We represent. Most importantly, we represent you. We hear you, we respect you, and we will fiercely defend you.

We collaborate. We build relationships with each other and others in the community to support you both in and out of court.

We educate. We are constantly learning and teaching others new ideas about the law, poverty, race, and culture, and the need for institutional reform and systemic change.

Call Us

Call us at one of the numbers in the upper right-hand corner of this page if you or someone you care about has been arrested for or charged with a federal crime in Kansas, received a federal target letter, or been summoned to appear before a federal grand jury.

We accept collect calls from jails and prisons.

We Protect Our Employees

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Kansas is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and dignity are central to our work. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in any personnel decisions or employee interactions.

Read our Employee Dispute Resolution Plan

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News & Announcements

News & Announcements
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Check out the latest edition of Issues Pending for summaries of legal issues currently pending in criminal appeals in the Tenth Circuit. 

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The Tenth Circuit will be holding oral arguments January 16-18, 2024. Read our summaries of the direct criminal appeals scheduled to be argued here.

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Lessons Learned: The Tenth Circuit From An Author's Perspective by Dan Hansmeier, Appellate Chief, Kansas Federal Public Defender Office, will be held by Zoom on Friday, February 9, 2023 at noon CST. Contact dana_burton@fd.org to register. 

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Pretrial/Probation Orientation Program (POP) - Will be held by Zoom on February 20, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. Contact Sara_Valdez_Hoffer@ksp.uscourts.gov for the Zoom link.

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Check out the latest edition of Issues Pending for summaries of legal issues currently pending in criminal appeals in the Tenth Circuit. 

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