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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Office of the Federal Public Defender

700 E San Antonio Ave
Ste D-401
El Paso, TX, 79901

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    10 years
  2. Sex Crime: 20%
    10 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    17 years

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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Author/SpeakerState Bar of Texas CLE2013
Mentor - Job Shadow ProgramValle Verde ECHS2012
Volunteer JudgeEl Paso Teen Court ProgamN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Federal Public DefenderOffice Of The Federal Public Defender2006 - Present
Law ClerkUS District Court2003 - 2006
AssociateCoudert Brothers2001 - 2003
Staff AttorneyUS Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitMember2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of TexasMember2004 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember2002 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaMember2001 - Present
United States District Court for the District of ColoradoMember2001 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Appellate Courts SectionExecutive Committee2002 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Belaire, 480 Fed.Appx. 284, 2012 WL 2377850 (5th Cir. 2012)Vacate and reverse jury guilty verdict
United States v. Torres, 566 F.Supp.2d 591 (W.D. Tex. 2008)Court found portions of Bail Reform Act unconstitutional
United States v. Swanson, 502 F.Supp.2d 563 (W.D. Tex. 2007)Court granted defendant's objection regarding crimes of violence
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Internet LawClick Softly and Carry a Big Gavel: Internet Jurisdiction in the Year 20022002
Lorman Education Services publicationSpearin Doctrine: Defective Specifications2002
Lorman Education Services publicationTermination Claims2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Stanford Law SchoolEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federal Bar Association WebinarWhite Collar Roundup2014
Federal Bar Association WebinarFederal Sentencing2014
El Paso Criminal Law SeminarSORNA UPDATE2014
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law CourseSORNA2013
Federal Bar Association - Federal Criminal CasesDevelopments in Federal Sentencing2012
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Defending the Modern Drug CaseDrug Sentencing2010
Sentencing Workshop for Federal DefendersSORNA2008
San Antonio Bar & Federal Defenders - Criminal Practice in Federal CourtDefending Federal Sex Crimes2008
Defending Federal Criminal CaseSORNA2008