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New Education Supervisor Ray Ibarra

Ray Ibarra Named Education Supervisor

The DPA Education & Strategic Planning Branch is thrilled to announce Ray Ibarra as the newest addition to the education team. Ray will serve as the Education Branch Supervisor, a newly created position within the Education & Strategic Planning Branch. Ray has been active in DPA education since 2015 and is one of the agency experts on bail and pretrial release litigation. He is a faculty member of the DPA Public Defender College where he assists with Circuit Court training, District Court training, Litigation Persuasion Institute and Investigation Institute. Ray is also a founding member of the DPA mentorship program where he helped guide the goals and structure of the program. 

Ray is a Gideon’s Promise alumnus and continues to assist Gideon’s Promise as a faculty member in their newly created structured mentorship program. Prior to joining the DPA Education Branch, Ray was the Directing Attorney of the Cynthiana Trial Office. He has also worked in the Covington and Newport Trial Offices. Prior to coming to Kentucky as an Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps Fellow specializing in Pre-Trial Release Litigation, Ray graduated from Georgetown Law in Washington, DC in 2009. He has also worked at public defender offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara County, California, and Montgomery County, Maryland. Ray and his wife Andrea Kendall—who is also a DPA attorney in the Capital Trials Branch— are proud foster parents and have a combined total of eighteen years and seven household moves in the service of public defense reform.