St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office
48 Court Street
Corner Building
Canton, New York 13617

Ph: 315-379-2115
Fx: 315-386-8241

Interim Public Defender: 
James M. McGahan, Esq.

Assistant Public Defenders:
Bethany R. Crowhurst, Esq.- Family Law; Criminal Law
James T. Farrell, Esq. - Family Law; Criminal Law
David F. Huber, Esq.- Criminal Law
Steven G. Ballan, Esq.-Criminal Law
James L. Monroe, Esq.-Family Law; Criminal Law

Office Staff:
Legal Secretary: Kristen Reed
Legal Secretary: Caitlin Gollinger
Keyboard Specialist: Krista Balster
Clerk: Koren Smith


 

St. Lawrence County Public Defenders

Attorney Profiles

James M. McGahan 
Family Law; Criminal Law

           Personal Information-

Mr. McGahan graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in 2012, graduated from New England Law School with a Juris Doctorate.  

He was admitted in New York State and Massachusetts in June 2012.

Mr. McGahan joined the St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office in June 2014.  Prior to that, he worked for the Greene County Public Defender's Office from September 2012-June 2014.  

 

Steven G. Ballan
Criminal Law

Personal Information -

Chief Public Defender Steven Ballan graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a Bachelor's of Science and from Golden Gate University in San Francisco with a JD in 1993.

He started at the Public Defender's office in May 2007 from Private Practice in Potsdam.

"I do this work because in order for justice to be served, I believe that indigent defendants are entitled to have good attorneys."

James Farrell
Family Law; Criminal Law

 Personal Information-

Mr. Farrell graduated from St. Lawrence University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors) and Government in 2007.  He then attended the University of Buffalo Law School, where he concentrated in International Law and graduated in 2010.  While at Buffalo Law, Mr. Farrell completed human rights and rule of law research in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Mr. Farrell was admited to the New York State Bar in December 2010.

Mr. Farrell joined the Public Defender's Office in November 2011.   

Bethany Crowhurst
Criminal Law; Family Law

 Personal Information-

Ms. Crowhurst graduated from the University of Sussex (UK) in 2010. She then attended the University of California, Hastings where she completed her LLM (Master of Laws) in 2013.

Ms. Crowhurst was admited to the New York State Bar in 2015.

Ms. Crowhust joined the Public Defender's Office in May 2016. 

David Huber
Criminal Law

 Personal Information-

Mr. Huber graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religious Studies. He then attended Syracuse University College of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 2016.

Mr. Huber, a Canton native, was admited to the New York State Bar in 2017 and joined the Public Defender's Office in January of the same year.

James Monroe
 
Criminal Law; Family Law

 Personal Information-

Mr. James Monroe was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1992 and joined the Public Defender's Office in November of 2018. Prior to that, he has worked as an Assistant District Attorney and as a private attorney.

 

****To find out the status of your case, your next scheduled court date, or to set up an office/telephone appointment, you can email the Attorney's secretary.

If your Attorney is:  James McGahan, James Monroe, or James Farrell--  please email Krista at kbalster@stlawco.org.

If your Attorney is:  Steven Ballan, Bethany Crowhurst, or David Huber-- please email Kristen at krreed@stlawco.org .

Please be advised that every effort is made to get back to you by email the same day, but depending on the day to day workload you may not get an email back until the next day. 

Thank you for your patience.   





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