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Meet your New Board Members

Board Member
Lisa D'Orazio', Oakland

I have been committed to criminal defense work since I started practicing law in 2008. First in private practice, I am now a deputy with the Office of the State Public Defender in Oakland. I represent clients convicted of felony and capital charges in direct appeals and habeas petitions before the California Supreme Court and courts of appeal. Having appreciated and supported the work that CACJ performs for the criminal justice community for years, I would be honored to be elected to the board. I am eager to continue to fight for the rights of criminal defendants with CACJ.

Board Member

Rick Horowitz, Fresno

Though a little late to the game—I was sworn in at the age of 48—I opened my own office even before graduating law school. On the door? “Rick Horowitz: Independent Law Clerk.” By the time I changed the words to “Attorney at Law,” I was already known in the community as a fighter. I continue to fight today, nearly 10 years later. As always, I practice only criminal defense, including defense of juveniles, on which I focused 8 years. I look forward to furthering the fight by serving on the Board of Governors for CACJ.

Board Member
Karen Hunter Bird, Torrance

I have been a criminal defense attorney as a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender and private defense counsel for over 30 years. My practice includes felony and misdemeanor trials and appeals in Los Angeles County and the surrounding areas. Throughout my career, I have regularly attended CACJ seminars. I have always appreciated and admired the work done by CACJ and look forward to working with other board members to support all of the programs of CACJ.

Board Member
Robert Marshall, Chico

I attended my first CACJ fall seminar in 1999, the year I was admitted, and walked out feeling like I could tear phone books in half with my bare hands and make prosecutors cry. I haven’t missed one since. As a member of the CACJ board, I would share that inspiration with other defenders, our allies in the legislature, and the voters of California, who are increasingly fed up with mass incarceration and seeking reform of the criminal justice system.

Board Member
Maria Morga, Oakland

After starting my career in civil defense, I have been a public defender since 2001. I worked first as a deputy trial attorney for the San Francisco City and County Public Defender. Subsequently, I joined the Office of the State Public Defender. As a deputy state public defender, I have handled court of appeal cases and currently litigate death penalty cases on direct appeal before the California Supreme Court. I am drawn to CACJ’s mission of supporting criminal defense attorneys and fighting for the rights of the accused. I am a long-time member of CACJ and would be thrilled to join the CACJ board and continue its crucial work.

Board Member
Jessica Oats, Oakland

I am a capital appellate attorney with the Office of the State Public Defender. I am committed to reforming criminal justice in California with CACJ, and will work hard as a board member to broaden CACJ’s reach and impact.

Board Member
Susan Roe, Los Angeles

I recently celebrated my 22nd anniversary as a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender, with the last 16 years in a felony assignment. I have dedicated my life to public service by mentoring law students and young attorneys and as a long-standing board member of my local API bar association. In 2014, the API law students of UCLA SOL selected me as the Alumnus of the Year. I am in awe of CACJ’s efforts in obtaining justice for all through its legislative work. I have also been a beneficiary of its role in continuing education. If elected, I would continue to promote CACJ’s mission for justice, increase outreach to younger attorneys/students, and develop programs which push our practice into the digital age


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