Misdemeanor Team


Hayley E Dewey

Hayley E Dewey joined the Nevada County Public Defender's Office in 2016. Originally from East Tennessee, she earned her law degree from Florida State University and studied English literature, economics, and social work as an undergraduate.

She began her career in public defense in Leon County, Florida, where she wrote and argued appellate briefs before the First District Court of Appeals and later clerked for the Honorable Judge Terry Lewis and the Honorable Judge Mark Walker. Upon becoming licensed in California, she practiced private criminal defense before joining the Office of the Public Defender in Nevada County. 

Matthew Kellegrew

Matthew Kellegrew is a 2013 graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. As a law student he interned with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office as well as Justice Now, a prison abolitionist policy center in Oakland, California. He was the 2014 Legal Fellow at the Bill Of Rights Defense Committee. He has previously worked as a criminal defense attorney at Cohen and Dickstein in San Francisco and as a tenant’s-side housing attorney at Biletsky Rosenberger in Los Angeles. He is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild


Sara Coppin

Sara Coppin graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1996 and from U.C. Hastings College of Law in 2006. She represents misdemeanor clients with the office on a part-time basis. She also practices locally as an immigration lawyer and as court appointed counsel for criminal appellants in the Third, Fifth and Sixth California Appellate Districts.