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KIRA FONTENEAU, THE PUBLIC DEFENDER. Kira Fonteneau is the Jefferson County Public Defender, Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining the Public Defender's Office, Ms. Fonteneau maintained an active practice focusing in criminal defense, employment law and other civil litigation. She has served on the Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee and is a member of the American Bar Association. Kira also serves as Board member and Advocacy Chair for the American Diabetes Association, and has been a participant in the Birmingham Bar Future Leaders Forum and the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum. She holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.