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Blank Rome’s John Curp Appointed to the Ohio Public Defender Commission

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Partner John P. Curp has been appointed to the Ohio Public Defender Commission by Ohio Governor John Kasich, effective August 26, 2016.

The Ohio Public Defender Commission is a nine-member board appointed by the Ohio Governor and the Supreme Court of Ohio for the purpose of overseeing the Office of the Ohio Public Defender (“OPD”). The mission of the OPD is to protect the rights of indigent persons throughout Ohio by providing quality representation and leadership in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The OPD provides representation on appeals and post-conviction actions in death penalty, criminal, and juvenile delinquency cases; at trial when requested by local courts and in counties that contract with OPD for trial services; and at parole revocation hearings for the more than 50,000 people in Ohio’s prisons. The agency provides technical assistance, research services, educational programs, and investigation and mitigation services to local public defenders and court-appointed counsel across Ohio. The OPD also reimburses counties for a portion of the cost of running local indigent defense systems, and enforces standards established by the OPD Commission. To learn more, please visit

At Blank Rome, Mr. Curp focuses his practice on business and economic development matters with unique cross-practice capabilities in administrative law and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as City Solicitor for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role, Mr. Curp served as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Prosecutor for the city, and advised the Mayor, City Council, and over 20 operational departments, boards, and commissions. Additionally, Mr. Curp has served as a board member of numerous organizations within Ohio, including the Ohio State Victims Assistance Advisory Board, the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program, and the Cincinnati Zoo.