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CCBA is pleased to announce our April MCLE Webinar


Presented by Los Angeles Public Defender,

Ricardo D. García

Tuesday - April 11, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

Los Angeles County Public Defender Ricardo D. García is the oldest of seven children born to immigrant parents from Mexico. Raised by a single mother, he attended eleven different schools in both the United States and Mexico before graduating from Santa Monica High School in 1987.

Mr. García is the first person in his family to go to college. He graduated, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1991. He obtained his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1995 and soon thereafter joined the San Diego Office of the Public Defender In 1998, Mr. García was recruited to join the Office of the Alternate Public Defender in San Diego as its youngest felony litigator. Six years later, having tried nearly 40 cases to verdict, Mr. García joined the ACLU of Southern California as their Criminal Justice Director.

While with the ACLU-SoCal, Mr. García led the team that monitored Los Angeles County jail conditions. He was also responsible for monitoring the consent decree that resulted from LAPD’s Rampart scandal.

In 2006, Mr. García returned to the San Diego County Office of the Alternate Public Defender as both a manager and trial attorney.

In 2009, he left management to join an elite team of homicide litigators within the Public Defender’s Office, the Major Cases Office. While with MCO, Mr. García met Jorge Rojas, a client he represented during a 15-month multiple-murder death penalty trial. Despite having been charged with nine separate murders, Mr. García and his trial team were able to secure a life verdict for Mr. Rojas.

Mr. García has also taught at Cal Western School of Law’s Spanish-language LLM program as an adjunct professor. He has been on the faculty for the Santa Clara University School of Law’s Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College and has lectured extensively for the California Public Defenders’ Association.

On October 3, 2018, after three nationwide searches, Ricardo D. García was sworn in by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as their Public Defender. He now leads the nation’s first and largest public defender office as its eleventh Chief Defender and the first Latino director in the Office’s 108-year history.

Mr. García was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Award by the Honorable Supervisor Hilda Solis and the Leadership Award from the Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers Association.

Mr. García launched the Public Defender’s Strategic Initiative, which implemented the department’s first strategic plan in over two decades and shepherded in a strategic restructuring of the department to better address client and community needs on a regional level. He also led the largest technology transformation project in the Department’s history which digitized 160-million records and completely transformed the County’s indigent defense representation to one that is both mobile and remotely accessible.

This will be an outstanding event - not to be missed.

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