Meet your New 2019 Board of Governors
My practice is dedicated to the representation of individuals facing criminal
investigation and prosecution in the state and federal courts. I am past
President of the O.C. Criminal Defense Bar Association and the FBA/OC
Chapter. In addition, I was the first Chair of the OCBA Criminal Law Section,
and I am currently on the boards of the OCBA, FBA/OC Chapter and the OCBA
Masters Division. This month, I will be receiving the Judge Alicemarie
H. Stotler Award, an award that has never been bestowed upon a woman lawyer
or criminal defense attorney. I have served on the faculty and guest lectured
for multiple criminal trial advocacy and white collar crime programs (Cardozo
Law School, UCI Law School, USF Law Scool and Federal Defender Services),
as well as a number of other criminal law related seminars. I am most
proud of the MCLE programs I have put together for the OCCDBA and FBA/OC
Chapter for the last several years. As a founding board member of the
OCCDBA, I have attempted to increase education and awareness in the bar
of important issues affecting our clients, justice and access to justice.
As a member of the CACJ Board of Directors, it is my goal to help increase
membership and to continue to emphasize to criminal law practitioners
the importance of strong advocacy, awareness of issues, and education.
My entire law career of 23 years has been with the Fresno County Public
Defender Office. I am a certified criminal law specialist. I co-author
the juvenile delinquency chapter of CEB’s California Criminal Law
Procedure And Practice. I write and distribute an outline of Proposition
47 cases. I have lectured for CACJ on Proposition 47. I am very interested
in the legislative and amicus work that CACJ promotes and I have provided
draft legislation for the legislative committee that was enrolled and
signed by the Governor. If elected to the Board of Governors, I plan to
be an active member of one or more committees and to do all I can to further
CACJ’s path to better criminal justice for all.
I am a private practitioner in Orange County who has focused on criminal
defense since 2009. My goal as a CACJ board member would be to work on
legislative issues with the hope of improving the way Californians are
treated in the criminal justice system; including those under investigation,
those being prosecuted, and those who are incarcerated or on some form
of supervised release. I have a strong passion for these issues, and it
would be a tremendous honor to be selected for a leadership role in an
association that does such wonderful work, and that I admire so deeply.
||As a criminal defense lawyer focused on defending constitutional protections
in cases implicating civil rights and civil liberties, I have always depended
on CACJ and its members for guidance and support. Working with our close-knit
defense community, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to litigate
evolving legal issues, including first successful exclusion under Kelly-Frye
of ShotSpotter technology in the nation. I look forward to serving on
the board and working together to strengthen our defense community.
I was hired by the Riverside Public Defender in 2001 and worked as a Deputy
Public Defender for ten years in Southern and Central California. I moved
to the Bay Area and began a private practice in 2012. My practice consists
primarily of appointed cases in Santa Clara County, but I have had the
opportunity to work with criminal defense attorneys throughout California
and I have learned that our clients face unique challenges in each county.
I have benefitted tremendously from CACJ’s well informed legal and
legislative updates. I would be honored to sit as a board member and support
the organization’s dedication to criminal justice.
Lisa Zhao Liu is a Los Angeles County native and a former district attorney
in Kern County and Tulare County. She has been practicing criminal defense
for the last two years in LA, OC and San Bernardino counties. Due to her
criminal law experience throughout Central and Southern California, Lisa
hopes to bring these perspectives to the CACJ Board.
|I have been a Patron of the CACJ for nearly 40 years. I now have the time
to give back some of what the organization has given to me. The only promise
I can make is to work hard on your behalf.
I am a San Francisco attorney and former president of the Bay Area chapter
of the National Lawyers Guild. I have served as faculty at Berkeley Law,
JFK School of Law and New College School of Law, where I founded and directed
the in-house criminal defender clinic. I have spent my entire legal career
advocating for criminal defendants and working for justice in our flawed
system. Given the troubled Trumpian political landscape, it is more important
than ever to zealously protect the constitutional advances that we have
made over the past fifty years. I look forward to continuing my work as
a board member on CACJ’s Legislative Committee as well as the Mock
I joined CACJ in 1974, brought in by Charles Garry when we tried the Inez
Garcia/Freddie Madrano murder case together in Monterey County. CACJ became
a guiding light to me-training with and learning from the best. But more
important has been the encouragement from so many members during the hard
times. I have tried to reciprocate, serving a total of nearly 20 years
on previous Boards and participating on many committees. Winding down
my caseload after 49 years gives me an opportunity to contribute again.