Public Defender

Before joining the Adams County Public Defender’s Office, John Heieck received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Notre Dame, and his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Creighton University School of Law. He then went on to obtain a Latin Legum Magister (LLM) from the Leiden University School of Law, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) from the University of Kent Law School. Heieck has served in the Trial and Appeals Divisions of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and taught Public International Law at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. He is the author of A Duty to Prevent Genocide: Due Diligence Obligations Among the P5 (Edward Elgar Publishing 2018), as well as several articles and blog posts on the law of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. In his free time, Heieck enjoys reading Dickens, Irving, and Calvin & Hobbes.