Commission Members

The membership of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission is established by Virginia code § 19.2-163.02.

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission was established in 2004 replacing the original Public Defender Commission.

This change was made after a number of studies on indigent defense in Virginia. Of the many changes that were made the two most significant were the creation of the standard of practice for court appointed counsel and the requirement that anyone representing someone in a court-appointed case undergo training and be certified.


Carolyn Grady (Virginia State Bar, Chair of VIDC)
Steven D. Benjamin (Senate Committee On Rules)
Henry Chambers (Governor)
Delegate Christopher E. Collins (House Courts of Justice)
Senator R. Creigh Deeds (Statute, Senate Courts of Justice Chair)
John G. Douglass (Virginia State Bar)
Karl R. Hade (Statute/Exec Sec Supreme Court)
Judge Edward W. Hanson, Jr. (ret.) (Senate Committee On Rules)
Guy W. Horsley, Jr. (Speaker of the House)
Kristen Howard (Designee, Crime Commission)
Adeola Ogunkeyede (Governor)
Judge Alan E. Rosenblatt (ret.) (Senate Committee On Rules)
David D. Walker (Speaker of House)
Carmen B. Williams (Speaker of House)