McGeorge School of Law

From Defender to Bench

  • Hon. L. Felipe Restrepo, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit & McGeorge Lou Ashe Scholar in Residence
  • Hon. Allison Claire, United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Hon. Michael Washington, San Diego County Superior Court

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. | McGeorge School of Law | Courtroom

About The Symposium

View photos. Prosecutor to Judge is a recognized career path. Perhaps less known, but increasingly common, is the career path of Defender to Judge. In the last several years Governors and the President have been appointing career public defenders to the state and federal judiciary. During a panel discussion, three outstanding jurists currently sitting on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of California, and the San Diego County Superior Court, all of whom made this career transition, will share their experiences. They will describe their work "in the trenches" as defenders and how they shifted from representing clients in court to presiding over those same courts. A question and answer session will follow this fascinating panel discussion.

Professors Cary Bricker and Mary-Beth Moylan, co-directors of the McGeorge Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, organized the 2016 Lou Ashe events.