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Rose Fay Arfa

About Rose Arfa

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Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law - Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law - by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization.


Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


Assault and Battery; Burglary; Criminal Defense; Criminal Appeals; Drug Crimes; Felonies; Forgery; Murder; Mail Fraud; Misdemeanors; Sex Crimes; Theft; Criminal Conspiracy; Homicide; Manslaughter; Sexual Assault; Habeas Corpus; Post-Conviction Remedies; Search and Seizure; Wire Fraud.


1981, California State Bar; 1986, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1989, U.S. Supreme Court


Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1981


University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., cum laude, 1972) Phi Beta Kappa. Education Abroad Program, Jerusalem, Israel.

University of California at Los Angeles, Master of Public Administration ( M.P.A., 1975)


Los Angeles County Bar: (Member, Small Firm and Solo Practice Executive Committee, 1996-1997)

Century City Bar: (Chair, Sections on: Criminal Law, 1998-present; Substance Abuse Section, 1997-1998; Member, Board of Governors, 1998-present; Vice President, 2010.)

Criminal Courts Bar Associations; National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers; California Public Defenders Association; California Appellate Defense Counsel, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Los Angeles Women's Lawyer's Association.


Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation, 1986 to present.

Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney, 1985-1986.

General Attorney, Federal Aviation Administration, 1982-1984.

Deputy, Los Angeles City Council, Fifth Council District, 1975-1979.

Government Intern, United States Senate, Washington, D.C., Summer, 1972.


Author: "Knock, Knock...Who's There? The Police. Do the Police Have a Right to Enter Your House?," Century City Lawyer, November 2000.

Guest Lecturer, "Criminal Law Motion Practice," Loyola Law School, 2002.

Guest Speaker, "Alcohol: Effects on Life Liberty and Livelihood," UCLA School of Law, 1997.

Speaker, "Substance Abuse: Effects on Life Liberty and Livelihood," Century City Bar Association, 1997.

Moderator: "Marijuana - The Good, Bad and Legal (?)," Century City Bar Association, 1997

Moderator: "Sex Addiction, the Highs, the Lows, the Ups, the Downs, and the Ins and Outs," Century City Bar Association, 1999.


National Public Radio, Sky News, Court TV/CNN.


People v. Clark (1989) 212 CA 3 1233; In re William S. (1989) 208 CA3 313; People v. Mitchell (1994) 30 CA4 783; People v. Monette (1994) 25 CA4 1572; People v. Ponce (1996) 44CA4 1380; People v. Ellison (1998) 68 CA4 203; U.S. v. Robertson, 158 F.3d. 1370 (1998, 9th Cir.); People v. Borrelli, (2000) 77 CA4 703; People v. Young, (2001) 92 CA4 229; In re Eduardo C., (2001) 90 CA4 937; U.S. v. Franklin, 321 F.3d 1231 (2003 9th Cir.).

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