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September 5, 2008

Local public defender Justin Carver will be among the honorees at the Missouri Bar’s Annual meeting in Kansas City later this month. The head of the Fulton District Office of the Missouri State Public Defender System has been selected as a 2008 recipient of the Lon Hocker Award, an award given each year to a Missouri attorney who has demonstrated exceptional courtroom skills and talent as a litigator.

A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Carver received a B.A. in International Business from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1998 and his law degree from Saint Louis University in 2001. During law school, he served on the Law Review and clerked for the firm of Becker, Paulson & Hoerner, but also undertook a decidedly non-traditional law school project. Carver and two other students (one of whom is now his wife) formed a corporation and leased an abandoned parking lot close to the school, which they cleaned up and then used to sell parking spots to fellow students.

Upon graduation, they sold the parking lot business to younger law school students. Carver moved to Jefferson City, where he joined the law firm of Mariea & Sigmund, L.L.C and began a practice in business and real estate. The following year, he decided his heart lay in the practice of criminal defense trial work instead of the world of business, and he joined the Fulton Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender. In 2005, he was promoted to District Defender and now runs the five-attorney office, which is responsible for providing defense services to indigent criminal defendants in Audrain, Callaway, and Montgomery counties.

Carver is married to Gaylin Rich Carver, an attorney at the firm of Hendren, Andrae in Jefferson City. They live in Jefferson City with their two children, Andersen and William, ages six and four.

For more information, contact

Cat Kelly, MSPD Deputy Director