Stacey Donovan joined the Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office as an assistant public defender after graduation from KU Law in 1997 and became the Chief Public Defender in 2011. She became an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy in 2008. As a public defender, she defends indigent adults charged with felony crimes in Kansas District Court throughout the trial process. Her caseload consists of all types of felonies, with the majority of cases being sex offenses, homicides and other person crimes. She has dual B.A. degrees from Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts and a J.D. from the University of Kansas.
J.D., University of Kansas, 1997; B.A. African-American Studies and B.A. English Literature, Simmons University, 1992.
Offender registration law
Kansas and United States District Court 1997
Chief Public Defender, Third Judicial District Public Defender Office, 2011-present; Assistant Public Defender 1997-2011; Adjunct Professor Trial Advocacy, KU Law, 2008-present. Appointed to the Kansas Sentencing Commission in 2015, currently serving second term.
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Governors since 2013; Shawnee County Jail Public Relations Board, Chair since 2016; Topeka Bar Association member; Women Attorney Association of Topeka member; Topeka Criminal Defense Bar member; and Kansas Task Force on Attorney Well-Being member.