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Ben Walter Pesta II

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
named to Editorial Advisory BoardCalifornia Lawyer Magazine2012
Listed in Who's Who in America, 2003 - presentMarquis Who's Who2011
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who2011
Named Contributing WriterCalifornia Lawyer Magazine2011
Listed in Who's Who in American Law, 2000 - presentMarquis Who's Who2008
AV (Preeminent) Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
Listed in Who's Who in the West, 1989-1990Marquis Who's Who1989
Gerald N. Hager Scholar at LawBoalt Hall School of Law1971
John Woodman Ayer Fellow at LawBoalt Hall School of Law1970
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Ben W. Pesta2003 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Roger J. Rosen1990 - 2003
AttorneyGonzalez & Harris1990 - 1990
Deputy Staff Judge AdvocateUnited States Air Force1973 - 1973
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1973 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/AN/A
Authors' GuildN/AN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationN/AN/A
American Civil Liberties UnionN/AN/A
Criminal Courts Bar Associationsustaining memberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office Wiretapping Investigation, Research, Education and Defense (W.I.R.E.D.) Projectprivate attorney memberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Mardesich v. California Youthful Offender Parole Board, 69 Cal. App. 4th 1361 (1999)Petition granted, case remanded to superior court
Frank Wells v. Compton Unified School District, et al.Settlement of $145,000 to plaintiff
Petillon & Hiraide, et al., v. El Camino Sports, et al.Structured settlement of $35,000 to plaintiffs.
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Publication NameTitleDate
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Justice for Hedgehogs by Ronald Dworkin2012
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Criminology Goes to the Movies, by Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown2012
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain, by Michael S. Gazzaniga2012
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Anatomy of Injustice, by Raymond Bonner2012
California Lawyer MagazineReview: A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice, by Kenji Yoshino2011
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Judicial Restraint in America, by Evan Tsen Lee2011
California Lawyer MagazineReview: The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science, by Douglas Starr2011
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Who Are the Criminals? The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan, by John Hagan2011
California Lawyer MagazineReview: In Defense of Flogging, by Peter Moskos2011
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Smart on Crime, by Kamala D. Harris2010
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice, by Alexandra Natapoff2010
California Lawyer MagazineReview: The Road to Abolition?, Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat, eds.; Death Penalty, Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum, eds.2010
California Lawyer MagazineReview: The Last Gasp, by Scott Christianson2010
California Lawyer MagazineReview: L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, by John Buntin2009
The Champion magazineReview: The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions and the Norfolk Four, by Tom Wells and Richard A. Leo2009
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America, by Anne-Marie Cusac; Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, by Paul Butler2009
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror, by Peter Jan Honigsberg2009
California Lawyer MagazineReview: Alcatraz: The Gangster Years, by David A. Ward and Gene G. Kassebaum,2009
California Lawyer MagazineLife in the Balance2009
Los Angeles Daily News Sunday ViewpointPrison Excess: With Courage, State Budget Could Be Balanced2003
Los Angeles TimesLike, It Needs a Name2001
Los Angeles TimesAn Angel Flies Back With Good News1985
The Writer's HandbookChapter: "Writing the Query Letter"1976
American Bar Association JournalReview: Political Criminal Trials: How to Defend Them, by John M. Sink1974
American Bar Association JournalReview: A Prayer for Relief: The Constitutional Infirmities of the Military Academies' Conduct, Honor and Ethics Systems, by Michael T. Rose1974
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of California at Los AngelesN/AundergraduateN/A
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt HallN/AlawN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Documentary film: "Dominick Dunne: After the Party"Commentary on legal reporting of Dominick Dunne:
Banfield & Ford: CourtsideCommentary on Phil Spector Trial2007
Catherine Crier LiveCommentary on Robert Blake trial2004