Our good friend, Lynn Deffebach, a federal public
defender in Oregon, passed away on April 19 at her home in Portland, Oregon.
Lynn was one of that Federal Public Defender office’s dream team of attorneys who refused to give up the fight for justice just because the sentence had been pronounced and the prison doors closed on her clients. Lynn and her colleagues worked in the courts to increase federal good time credits, expanded use of community confinement, and robust use of the residential drug abuse program. These issues matter a lot to prisoners, and Lynn never forgot that. We met Lynn when one of the cases she championed went all the way to the Supreme Court. We at FAMM knew Lynn as a dedicated advocate and skilled attorney who was never too busy to answer one of our many questions about how the federal Bureau of Prisons functions. We were proud to be on the same side with her in our battles with the BOP and we will miss her very much.