Will Maas is a veteran of many kinds of wars--military, legal and personal. He has tried
tough rape and murder cases. He served three tours of combat duty in Vietnam, and is fighting
and winning his own personal battle against alcoholism.
Maas grew up in a small Iowa farm town and joined the army at age 18. He became a paratrooper
with the 1st Cavalry Division and later served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam. In
part because of having to kill during the war,
Maas is driven by a search for his own redemption to defend the accused. He believes that
we are all flawed and all have the potential to murder.
There's very little he won't do to defend his clients, as can be readily seen in his
video diaries, nocturnal musings that expose his searching soul. Now,
he faces the most disturbing and difficult case
of his career.
After military service, Maas graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the
University of Iowa. He received his law degree from John F. Kennedy Law School and has been a
public defender for over 15 years. He is married and has two children, Tom a public defender
in Solano County, California, and Anne, a law student whose goal is to become a public defender.