A comprehensive discussion of new Ninth Circuit cases, and of other new legal challenges and ideas, can be found on the Ninth Circuit blog. The Ninth Circuit blog contains Federal Defender Jon Sands' weekly Ninth Circuit summaries, interesting new defense challenges and theories posted by AFPDs David Porter and Steve Sady, and the “Case o’ The Week” memos by Federal Defender Steve Kalar. The Ninth Circuit blog is a useful starting place for the latest developments in federal criminal defense.
CJA counsel are encouraged to comment on the blog postings – many new ideas have been fleshed out and enhanced by attorney commentary.
To search the Ninth Circuit blog use the white search box next to the orange "B," in the upper left hand corner of the site. Note that many blog entries have been tagged by Judge involved or by subject. Clicking on those tags will pull up all blog entries related to that tag entry.
Invitation for Public Comment
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is conducting an evaluation of the performance of the Federal Public Defender (FPD) for the Northern District of California, Mr. Steven G. Kalar.The Court conducts these evaluations in order to determine if the incumbent FPD should be appointed to an additional four year term without a competitive recruitment. Any persons having knowledge of the performance of Mr. Kalar and/or his respective staff are invited to submit comments. Anonymous responses will not be accepted. However, the identity of all respondents will be kept confidential except to those with a need to know.
All comments must be received no later than Friday, July 10, 2015, in order to be considered. Comments may be submitted on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/can-kalar or by mail or email to:
Office of the Circuit Executive
Evaluation — FPD, CAN
U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit
P.O. Box 193939
San Francisco, CA 94119-3939