Lincoln mayor nominates deputy public defender to be next city attorney

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Thursday announced her choice for Lincoln's next city attorney. 
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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Thursday announced her choice for Lincoln’s next city attorney.

Gaylor Baird nominated Yohance Christie, who has been a deputy public defender in Lancaster County for more than 10 years.

If approved by the City Council, Christie would replace Jeff Kirkpatrick and begin his new role on July 21.

Kirkpatrick’s contract recently expired.

Christie serves as an adjunct professor at the UNL College of Law and is a former faculty member with Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit organization working to transform the criminal justice system. He is a Past President of the Robert Van Pelt Inns of Court and currently serves on their Executive Committee, as well as a member of the UNL College of Law Dean’s Advisory Board, the Nebraska Appleseed Litigation Committee, and the NAACP Lincoln Chapter.

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