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Get to Know Marion County (IN) Public Defender Matthew Katz ‘11


After graduating from the College of Law in 2011, Matthew Katz is back in his hometown of Indianapolis. The Indiana University graduate is currently a public defender with the Marion County Public Defender Agency, where he interned during the summer following his 2L year. He pursued a law degree to become a defense attorney and was drawn to the College of Law by the Ohio Innocence Project.

Katz on his pursuit of public defender work:

“I first became interested in becoming a defense attorney after seeing a TV special about the Innocence Project. I knew for sure that I wanted to become a defense attorney after taking Jay Clark’s trial practice class.”

Katz on his experience with the Marion County Public Defender Agency:

“The Public Defender Agency is a lot of fun. It is crazy busy all the time. I really like working with the clients and enjoy not sitting at an office all day. Whether in court, at the jail or doing depositions, the day flies by and I am hardly ever in my office. My favorite part is probably going to crime scenes because you get to be the nosy neighbor and get paid for it.

Katz on the challenges of his job:

“The biggest challenge outside of the caseloads is that nobody likes you. Judges, alleged victims, prosecutors, and often clients are typically angry with you. On the other hand, that is also the fun part.”

Katz on what he misses the most about Cincinnati:

“I miss the hills. Indianapolis is flat, flat, flat!”

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13