On May 18, 2023, Governor Dan McKee swore in Collin Geiselman '02 as Rhode Island's next Public Defender. Collin Geiselman has served as the Assistant Public Defender since 2003 and as Chief of the Trial Division since 2015. He also currently teaches at Roger Williams University School of Law and the Community College of Rhode Island. Geiselman was nominated by McKee for the position on February 20, 2023.
In a news statement provided by the Rhode Island government, Geiselman was quoted, "I am grateful to Governor McKee for nominating me to be the Public Defender for the State of Rhode Island and to the Senate for providing its advice and consent to that nomination. I am incredibly proud to lead such an incredible staff of attorneys, support staff, investigators, social workers, and interpreters who provide tireless advocacy on behalf of indigent clients. I look forward to working with my colleagues, as well as other criminal justice stakeholders and community leaders to ensure that the Constitutional rights of all members of society are protected."