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Announcements and Law Updates

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.

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.

CJA counsel are encouraged to comment on the blog postings – many new ideas have been fleshed out and enhanced by attorney commentary.

Court Selects New Lawyer Representatives

The Court announced the selection of six new Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council. These six attorneys will serve for three years, joining twelve continuing lawyer representatives and replacing six who have completed their three years of service. The 2019 co-chairs are Miriam Kim and Elizabeth Pipkin.

The new Lawyer Representatives and their professional affiliations are:

Mark Conrad—Conrad & Metlitzky LLP
Elizabeth Falk—Office of the Federal Public Defender
Jane Kim—Keller & Benvenutti LLP
Bambo Obaro—Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Michelle Roberts—Kantor & Kantor LLP
Javier Serrano—Office of the County Counsel, County of Santa Clara

Continuing Lawyer Representatives serving through 2020 are:

Nadia Aziz—Law Foundation of Silicon Valley 
Chinhayi Cadet—Office of the U.S. Attorney 
Jamie L. Dupree—Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP 
Miriam Kim—Munger Tolles & Olson LLP  (Co-Chair)
Gonzalo C. Martinez—Office of the Solicitor General, State of California
Randy Sue Pollock—Law Offices of Randy Sue Pollock

Continuing Lawyer Representatives serving through 2019 are:

Joshua Hill—Morrison & Foerster LLP
Lindsay Nako—Impact Fund
Elizabeth Pipkin—McManis Faulkner (Co-Chair)
Elizabeth Pritzker—Pritzker Levine LLP
Ashok Ramani—Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
David Tsai—Vinson & Elkins LLP

Lawyer Representatives completing their terms in 2018 are:

Peter Borkon, Esq. 
Robert Fabela—Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Erick Howard—Shartsis Friese LLP
Stacey Leyton—Altshuler Berzon LLP
Ellen Leonida—Office of the Federal Public Defender
Christopher Sullivan—Diamond McCarthy LLP

Candis Mitchell