Author: Federal Public Defender

10 CASA Participants Graduate from Program

Posted on May 10, 2017

Today, a graduation ceremony was held at the California Central District’s United States Courthouse in Los Angeles for 10 people who successfully completed the Conviction and Sentence Alternatives (CASA) Program. The event was held in the ceremonial courtroom and presided over by the Hon. Dolly Gee, U.S. District Court Judge, Hon. Paul Abrams, U.S. Magistrate Judge, and Hon. Virginia Phillips, Chief U.S. District Judge. Friends and family attended the graduation ceremony. Staff from the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California attended […]..

Former Deputy Federal Public Defender Ingrid Eagly Receives 2017 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award

Posted on March 13, 2017

UCLA School of Law Professor (and former Deputy Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California) Ingrid Eagly has been honored with UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor for academic instruction at the university. Eagly, the faculty director of UCLA Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, is one of six professors to receive the honor in 2017. The Distinguished Teaching Award was first granted in 1961. It aims to inspire students and faculty by shining a light on […]..

What are the minimum requirements of STAR?

Posted on February 6, 2017

As a STAR participant, you will be expected to attend weekly STAR court sessions, remain in contact with probation and, perhaps most importantly, you must make every effort to remain clean and sober.  In addition to random drug testing, you would also be expected to engage in some form of drug treatment or therapy, attend at least three 12 Step meetings per week, and seek employment or educational opportunities.  At least once a month, the entire STAR program also participates in several hours of community […]..

Can I participate in STAR if I have a pending supervised release or probation violation?

Posted on February 6, 2017

In order to participate in STAR, you will need to resolve any pending violations with your sentencing judge before you begin our program.  However, you may want to apply to STAR and observe court sessions before any violation hearing so that your sentencing judge may take this into consideration when determining what sanctions, if any, you should serve before commencing STAR. To observe in Los Angeles, STAR meets every Thursday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. with the Hon. Otis Wright, III and the Hon. Rozella A. […]..

Who are the STAR team members?

Posted on February 6, 2017

The STAR team is comprised of two judicial officers: United States District Judge, Otis D. Wright, II, and United States Magistrate Judge, Rozella A. Oliver. Other team members include representatives from the United States Probation Office, The United States Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California...

How do I successfully complete STAR, and what happens after that?

Posted on January 30, 2017

In addition to the requirements listed above, and your completion of the three different phases of the program, all STAR graduates must maintain at least six months of uninterrupted sobriety, attend regular twelve step meetings, work with a sponsor or other mentor, have stable living conditions, and present a relapse prevention plan.  Upon graduation, your term of supervised release is reduced by one year.  If you have more than one year left of supervised release after you graduate, you will return to regular supervision until […]..