Hashing Out the Law - Meet the Criminal Court Bar Association: Jaunita Kay-Duran

On this episode our guest is Jaunita Kay-Duran. (https://jkdefense.com) Juanita Kay grew up in Los Angeles, California and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 2006, where she majored in Sociology. While at UCLA, in addition to balancing a full course load, Juanita also found the time to volunteer at various Los Angeles County courthouses, for the purposes of assisting self-represented litigants regarding family law issues. After volunteering for over 400 hours and helping people thru the legal process, Juanita realized that she wanted to be the kind of attorney who could help people when faced with a legal problem. With that vision in mind, Mrs. Kay enrolled into law school and earned her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark in 2010. During law school, she earned a specialized certificate in the field of Criminal Law and Procedure, which recognized her concentration in the area of criminal law. In pursuit of more hands on experience, in 2009, Juanita worked at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s, in Portland, Oregon, as a certified law student working on the trial team. During this time, she took several misdemeanor cases to trial which gave her first-hand experience of the different stages of court proceedings, and earn the ins and outs of a criminal trial, from the perspective of the prosecution. Working in the courtroom was a turning point in her career because that is when she developed a sense of passion, developed new enthusiasm for criminal law and the justice system. After successfully passing the California Bar exam in 2011, Juanita accepted a defense attorney position at one of the largest firms in Los Angeles in the area of Workers Compensation. However, she quickly realized that practicing workers compensation law did not incite a passion and excitement as practicing criminal law. Mrs. Kay’s passion lay in the courtroom advocating for those who need it most of all. Impassioned about the pursuit of criminal justice, Juanita made the best decision of her life and re-entered the profession of criminal law in Today, Attorney Juanita Kay owns her own law firm in Los Angeles. Bilingual in English and Spanish. She focuses her practice in the area of criminal defense. She represents clients on felony and misdemeanor cases throughout all criminal courts in Southern California. Some of the cases she handles are: driving under the influence, drugs and narcotics, domestic violence, sexual assault, and gang and murder cases.

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