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Kara J. Portnow

Kara J. Portnow

Alameda County Public Defender's Office
Deputy Public Defender & Proposition 47 Coordinator
Oakland, CA, USA

Kara Portnow received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and law degree from the New York University School of Law.  She spent two years working at the Alaska Public Defender's Office in Anchorage before relocating to the Bay Area. She has been with the Alameda County Public Defender's Office for the past 17 years. In 2015, she became the Proposition 47 coordinator for the public defender's office. Her current assignments include Proposition 64, Early Intervention Court (felony pre plea diversion), Parole Reentry court, Homeless Court, and Veteran's Court.

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