Charles R. Garry Award

Marshall Manne Schulman, Esq.

Marshall Schulman, one of the founding members of CACJ in 1973, sat on the first Board of Governors and currently remains a CACJ member. He is also a member of California Public Defenders Association, Northern California Criminal Lawyers Association, and National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Mr. Schulman received his JD from Loyola Law and after being admitted into the CA State Bar went into Private Practice for 3 years before becoming an LA County Deputy District Attorney for nearly a decade. He then returned to private practice specializing in criminal defense in Orange County until 2002 when he moved and opened an office in San Francisco and practiced criminal law until for health reasons retired February I, 2016. Mr. Schulman tried his last jury trial last jury trial late 2015 at the age of 89!

As a defense attorney, some noteworthy cases Mr. Schulman took on included the Risoto case, People v Risoto, Franklin and Vahovitch, in which he reversed on penalty about twenty minutes before all three were to be executed. Long story short, a simple discovery motion produced suppression of evidence for innocence and impeachment and a slew of information that showed his client, Don Franklin, innocent of the crime. Mr. Schulman became a true defense attorney overnight. Before being a defense attorney, Mr. Schulman was a prosecutor who tried cases including Capital cases. Some notable cases include “Onion Field”, People v Gregory Powell and Jimmy Smith, among others.

As a defense attorney, some noteworthy cases Mr. Schulman took on included the Risoto case, People v Risoto, Franklin and Vahovitch, in which he reversed on penalty about twenty minutes before all three were to be executed. Long story short, a simple discovery motion produced suppression of evidence for innocence and impeachment and a slew of information that showed his client, Don Franklin, innocent of the crime. Mr. Schulman became a true defense attorney overnight. Before being a defense attorney, Mr. Schulman was a prosecutor who tried cases including Capital cases. Some notable cases include “Onion Field”, People v Gregory Powell and Jimmy Smith, among others.

Mr. Schulman taught criminal procedure, law, evidence, and trial practices at Western State Law School, Hastings College of Law, and Pepperdine School of Law.

Some notable Honors and Associations to mention include: AV rating from Martindale/Humble: Named in the publication “Best Lawyers in America”; AVVO highest rating, Fellow of The American Board of Trial Attorneys (a past president of the Orange County Chapter); Fellow of The American College of Trial Attorneys; Fellow of The American Board of Criminal Lawyers; Specialist by the California DUI Lawyers organization in DUI law and trials; Active in Orange County and San Francisco City and County in the American Inns of Court ( rank of Master); Received a Special Commendation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors; Admitted and tried cases in various Federal District Courts including of the United States District Courts in California as well as Arizona, Utah, Florida District Courts, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeal; Member of the Board of the Orange County Bar Association, and also member and past chairman of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a charitable organization which funds and administers a juvenile program to short stop young people on the cusp of a criminal career; Active and chairman in State Bar activities such as Orange County State Bar Delegation (drafted the resolution regarding diversion which became the vehicle where Penal Code section 1000 et the law of diversion was enacted); Member of the State Bar Association Criminal Law Advisory; Commission to the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization while it was a pilot program; Chairman of the Commissions (as chairman was on the Board of Legal Specialization); Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar Board of Specialization and Former member of the Executive Committee of the Criminal LawSection of the State Bar and Advisor to the Committee.


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