Dawn Deaner is the Metropolitan Public Defender for Nashville-Davidson County, a position she has held since 2008. Before then, she spent 11 years as an Assistant Public Defender in Nashville. Dawn is also an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Vanderbilt University Law School. She received her law degree from George Washington University Law School, and her undergraduate degree from Columbia University. In 2011, Dawn received the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2011 Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year award. In 2012, she was recognized by Gideon’s Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center) with the Stephen B. Bright Public Defender Award for her contributions to improving the quality of indigent defense in the South.