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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 SPECIALTIES:

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.

REPRESENTATIVE PRACTICE AREAS:

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.

ADMITTED:

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

LAW SCHOOL:

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

COLLEGE:

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)

MEMBER:

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.

BIOGRAPHY:

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.

PUBLICATIONS:

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.

NEWS COMMENTATOR:

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

REPORTED CASES:

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.).