New Public Defender sworn in


The Public Defender’s office has a new member on their team. Karen Shelley was sworn into office Tuesday morning by his Honor Chief Justice Michael Kruse.

Originally from Manchester, England, Shelley and her family moved to the United States in 1991, where she attended high school in New Port Richey, Florida. Ms Shelley told Samoa News that she also attended the University of Central Florida and worked at Walt Disney World performing in the parades and shows there.

She received a BA in Journalism in 1999 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. “For five years I worked in marketing and then decided to apply to law school”, she said.

Ms Shelley attended Georgia State University and graduated, cum laude, in 2008. Speaking with Samoa News, the newest Assistant Public Defender Shelley said her interest in Criminal Defense began in law school and culminated with a position with the Fulton County, Georgia Public Defender's Office. She said moving to American Samoa is a great opportunity to learn a new level of legal expertise while soaking up the warmth and culture.

“I am excited to be here serving the people of American Samoa for the next two years and look forward to making new friends on this breathtaking island”, she said.


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