Who We Are

Sustained is brought to you by Jenny Andrews, a California public defender for over twenty years.  Jenny has developed and presented well being workshops to public defenders around the county.  She teaches well being practices— drawing from writing, poetry, yoga, meditation, and gratitude exercises—for public defenders.  Some of the workshops were developed in collaboration with Dave Klaus. Jenny and Dave started together as public defenders in Oakland, California in 1996.

Jenny Andrews


A child of counterculture, raised off the grid by back-to-the-land hippies on the Lost Coast of Northern California, Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School.

Jenny has been a public defender in California since 1996, and is currently a Senior Deputy Public Defender and the Director of Training at the Santa Barbara County Public Defender, where she is creating a new training curriculum and litigating capital and other complex cases. She worked previously at the Sonoma County Public Defender and the Alameda County Public Defender.

Jenny teaches on the faculty of Gideon’s Promise, the National Association for Public Defense, the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School, the National Criminal Defense College and the California Public Defenders Association. She has taught in public defense training programs in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, and throughout California. She is a member of the Education Committee of the National Association for Public Defense and of the Forensic Sciences Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Jenny became a certified yoga teacher in 2004, taught yoga from 2004 to 2007, and worked at Yoga Journal magazine from 2003 to 2006. She has attended yoga and meditation classes and trainings for 20 years, and recently has studied gratitude practices through the Greater Good Science Center and the dynamic mindfulness curriculum of Niroga.  She believes in finding supportive practices to sustain a career in public defense—hers include yoga and meditation, writing, hiking along the beach with her husband and daughter, and tending a rural apple farm in Sonoma County, California.

David Klaus


Dave Klaus has served as a Public Defender attorney in Alameda County for 23 years, and worked for the Ohio State Public Defender before that. He speaks often about emotional resilience and secondary trauma in the profession.

Dave had his first burnout experience in 2010, when a combination of intense work-life, chronic pain, and mid-life crisis, all while raising little kids, dug him into depression and anxiety.

In his effort to ground himself, he explored the world of healing and integration widely, becoming an ordained Zen priest and committed meditator, a second degree black belt in jujitsu, and a writer and poet.

He lives in San Francisco with his wife Alycia, their teenage son Enzo, and their scruffy dog Trixy.  Their daughter Anya recently left for college.