Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Ethan Frenchman is an assistant public defender in the Appellate Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, where he represents clients in criminal and family law appeals. Mr. Frenchman is also involved with the Office of the Public Defender’s efforts to minimize pretrial incarceration in Maryland. His research demonstrating that the imposition of money bail is not effective in reducing the risk of non-appearance, but causes increased rates of conviction and recidivism, received extensive media coverage and has been cited in civil rights litigation challenging wealth-based pretrial detention. In 2016, his investigation of pretrial detention in Maryland contributed to the adoption of a rule change limiting money bail. Mr. Frenchman holds a B.A. in History, Phi Beta Kappa and with honors, from the University of Chicago, and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he received the Edwin F. Mandel Award for excellence as a clinical law student. Mr. Frenchman was previously a trial attorney in the Baltimore City Public Defender's office and a fellow at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.