2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Christine Rapillo

Division of Public Defender Services Office of Chief Public Defender
Chief Public Defender
Hartford CT
Christine Rapillo is the chief public defender for the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services. She previously served as director of delinquency defense and child protection, where she co-managed consolidation of child welfare and family operations into the public defender system. Attorney Rapillo is also active in justice reform, sitting on the Connecticut Sentencing Commission and the Juvenile Justice Policy Oversight Committee, where she worked on successful efforts to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 and to reform transfer and detention statutes. She supervised the Hartford Juvenile Court Public Defender’s Office and has practiced in adult felony trial courts in New Haven and New Britain. She served two terms on the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice and serves on various boards and steering committees for groups involved in justice reform. Attorney Rapillo graduated from the University Connecticut School of Law and Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.