Category: Press & Internal News

President Biden Nominates former FPD-CDA Attorney/Magistrate Judge Kiya Kato

Posted on December 15, 2021

President Biden today announced the next round of Judicial Nominees for the United States District Court, including former FPD-CDCA staff attorney – and now Magistrate Judge – Kiya Kato. Judge Kato served as an attorney with our office from 1997 to 2003. Judge Kenly Kiya Kato has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California since 2014. From 2004 to 2014, Judge Kato was a solo practitioner, representing clients in civil and criminal cases. From 2003 to 2004, Judge Kato […]..

Governor Newsom Appoints Patricia A. Young as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge

Posted on November 29, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of Patricia A. Young, a supervising attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, as Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Patricia A. Young, 42, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Young has been a Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender at the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Central District of California since 2014, where she has served as a Deputy […]..

Federal Defender Committed to Improving Hispanic Representation in the Legal Field

Posted on October 7, 2021

Published on October 7, 2021, by the United States Courts Judiciary News. Cuauhtemoc Ortega grew up in the working-class neighborhood of La Puente in Los Angeles County, where people he knew sometimes struggled through negative encounters with law enforcement and immigration officials. Now, he leads the Federal Public Defender’s Office representing La Puente and the greater Los Angeles area. “In our clients, I see myself, my family, my friends, and my neighbors,” Ortega said. “Being able to show our clients compassion is critical in gaining […]..

David Sutton to Become Marin County Public Defender

Posted on September 14, 2021

Our Los Angeles Trial Chief, David Sutton, will start as the new Marin County Public Defender on October 4, 2021. The Marin County Public Defender news release is below. Marin County Hires New Public Defender San Rafael, CA – David Joseph Sutton began his legal career with the Marin County Public Defender’s Office, and now he is the choice to lead that department. County Administrator Matthew Hymel said a nationwide recruitment process concluded with the recommendation of Sutton, who has served as Trial Chief for the Office […]..

ACLU Names Attorney Yasmin Cader to Lead Trone Center for Justice and Equality

Posted on July 28, 2021

We are excited to announce that former FPD-CDCA Supervising Attorney Yasmin Cader has been selected to lead the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality. The official announcement is below, courtesy of the ACLU. The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that Yasmin Cader will lead the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, effective September 15. For nearly three decades, Cader’s career as a public defender and civil rights attorney has kept her on the front lines of the national struggle for racial and criminal […]..

Margo Rocconi Appointed as United States Magistrate Judge

Posted on March 19, 2021

We are excited to announce that the Chief of our Capital Habeas Unit, Margo Rocconi, has been appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California. Below is the official District Court press release. The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Margo A. Rocconi as a United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Rocconi, who was sworn in on March 19, 2021, will sit in Los Angeles, the Court’s Western Division. Judge Rocconi succeeds former […]..

Governor Newsom Appoints former FPD-CDCA Attorneys Alicia Blanco and Ronald Kaye as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges

Posted on November 13, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of Alicia Blanco, former supervising attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, and Ronald Kaye, former Deputy Federal Public Defender with FPD-CDCA, as Los Angeles County Superior Court judges. Alicia Y. Blanco, 54, of Burbank, has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Blanco has served as a Commissioner at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2015. She was a Sole Practitioner from 2014 […]..

A Tale From Two Cities: David Joseph Sutton ’08 didn’t think he’d go to college. He’s now the Los Angeles Trial Chief in the largest federal district in the country.

Posted on October 30, 2020

Los Angeles Trial Chief David Sutton was recently featured in University of San Francisco Law School’s fall 2020 alumni magazine. By: Annie Breen To a middle schooler growing up with a single mom in San Francisco’ s Western Addition in the ‘90s, success often meant staying out of trouble — and not much more. But even that sometimes seemed like a tall order to David Sutton ‘08. “Back then, the neighborhood     wasn’t known as ‘NOPA,’ there weren’t any nice restaurants, and no one had heard […]..