Humboldt County Public Defender to Retire

After two decades providing legal services to the county’s indigent persons, Humboldt County Public Defender Kevin Robinson has decided to step down. Robinson said he will retire in January. As for what he plans to do next, “I’m not exactly sure what I plan to do,” Robinson said.

The 66-year-old attorney has over 36 years of experience in the field. He graduated from UC Berkeley and attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. Before coming to Humboldt, Robinson worked in Siskiyou County. He previously practiced agricultural law.

First District County Supervisor Rex Bohn said he was sorry to see Robinson go, but excited for him as he begins the next chapter of his life. Robinson also shared some of his favorite aspects of the job. Seeing clients he once worked with who have turned their lives around is by far his greatest triumph, he said.

“The best things you can do as a public defender is meet a former client who used a chance to get ahead.”

The county is now looking for a professional to fill Robinson’s shoes. They will earn around $150,000 per year.

“If we could clone him, that’s who we would hire tomorrow,” Bohn quipped.