Robert M. Sanger - born Arlington, Virginia, 1949;
Admitted to Practice Law: 1973, California; 1974, U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California; District of Arizona; Western District of Oklahoma; 1975, U.S. Tax Court; 1979, U.S. Supreme Court; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.
Education: University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. 1970); University of California School of Law at Los Angeles (J.D. 1973).
Author (Articles): Frequent contributor of articles and book reviews published in the American Bar Association Journal, The Federal Lawyer, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Forum. Writes a monthly column for the Santa Barbara Lawyer entitled Criminal Justice (2006 to present).
Author (Law Review): Comparison of the Illinois Commission Report on Capital Punishment Recommendations with the Capital Punishment System in California published in Volume 44, University of Santa Clara Law Review, September 2003.
Faculty: Adjunct Professor of Law, Santa Barbara College of Law, 1975-1976; Capital Case Defense Seminar, 2006 to present.
Lectured: University of California at Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College as Guest Lecturer. Lectured at MCLE courses for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), the California Public Defender's Association (CPDA), Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Kern County Bar Association and the Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Bar Association. Presented at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Symposium on the Wrongfully Convicted.
Member (Professional Legal Organizations): American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1976 to present (Board of Governors 2006 to present; Co-Chair of the CACJ Legislative Committee, 2007 to present); California Public Defenders Association, 1977 to present; Santa Barbara Women Lawyers; Santa Barbara County Bar Association (Member Board of Directors 1977 -- Chair, Criminal Law Section, 1978-1979, 1981, 1986-1988); Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyer's Bar Association (Co-chair 1994-1995).
Member (Law Related Organizations): Death Penalty Focus (Director 1998 to present); American Civil Liberties Union, Santa Barbara Chapter (President 1987-1989; 1991-1993).
Delegate: Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2004-2007).
Awards: California State Bar Board of Governor's Award for Pro Bono Services, 1982; Bill of Rights Award, A.C.L.U., Santa Barbara Chapter, 1994; Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Bar Association Order of the Reasonable Doubt, 1993; The Death Penalty Focus Special Achievement Award, 2004.
Board Certification: Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
PRACTICE AREAS: Criminal Defense (State and Federal): Homicide; Death Penalty; Business and Securities Offenses; Sex Offenses and Crimes Against the Person; Complex Civil Litigation.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009, 10, 11||SuperLawyers||2009|
|Special Acheivement Award||Death Penalty Focus||2004|
|Bill of Rights Award||American Civil Liberties Union - Santa Barbara||1994|
|Order of the Reasonable Doubt||Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association||1993|
|Award for Pro Bono Services||Board of Governors California State Bar||1982|
|Senior Partner||Sanger & Swysen||1973 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor of Law||Santa Barbara College of law||1976 - 1978|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||1977 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Officer, currently Vice President||1976 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||1976 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Santa Barbara County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association||Co-Chair||1994 - 1995|
|Criminal Law Section Santa Barbara County Bar||Chairman||1986 - 1988|
|Criminal Law Section Santa Barbara County Bar||Chairman||1981 - 1981|
|Criminal Law Section Santa Barbara County Bar||Chairman||1978 - 1979|
|Santa Barbara County Bar Association||Board of Directors||1977 - 1977|
|State and Federal Criminal Cases||Numerous wins at trial and avoidance of indictments and favorable resolutions pretrial|
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|Santa Barbara Lawyer||Monthly Criminal Justice Column, 2007 to present||2007|
|Santa Clara Law Review||Comparison of the Illinois Commission Report on Capital Punishment to the Capital Punisment System in California||2003|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1973|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1970|
|Capital Cases Defense Seminar||Death Penalty Defense -- Member of Faculty 2008, 09, 11||2011|
|Symposium on the WrongfullyConvicted||Death Penalty Deterrence Studies||2008|
|Numerous Conferences||Criminal Law||2005|