Avis E. Buchanan

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Avis E. Buchanan
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Prince George's County in Washington, DC
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Spanish
  • Criminal Justice
Alma mater
  • Michigan State
  • Harvard Law School

Avis E. Buchanan has served as the director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia since 2004.[1] [2]

Early Life

Avis grew up in Prince George's County in Washington, DC[1].[3] Buchanan studied spanish and criminal justice at Michigan State[3].

Legal Career

Buchanan received her law degree from Harvard Law School. She went on to clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Judge Theodore J. McMillan who was the first Black judge on the Eighth Circuit. [3] Buchanan joined the Public Defenders Service as a staff attorney in 1982[1] after having been an investigative intern for the office during a summer off from law school. [3]

In 2014, Buchanan earned the Washington Council of Lawyers' President's Award for Public Service.[4]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 went, Rush Limbaugh We; end, ‘Ugh ’ It turned out he was one of the best jurors for us in the (2020-03-10). "Why DC's Public Defender Service Is Among the Country's Best". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  2. "Executive Office". pdsdc.org.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Brown, Nell Porter (2014-02-18). "Shades of Justice". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  4. Carrasco, Leandra. "2014 Presidents' Award for Public Service: Avis Buchanan – Washington Council of Lawyers". Retrieved 2021-01-27.

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