Board of Governors

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice is managed by a Board of Governors which consists of 40 members plus all past presidents, and four officers.

Spring Meeting
Friday, February 15th
Bonsai Ballroom
Portola Hotel
Monterey, CA  
Summer Meeting
Friday, April 5, 2019
6:00pm, Condesa 2
The Cosmopolitan Hotel
Las Vegas, NV  
Fall Meeting
Friday, August 23rd
7:30 PM, Pueblo Room
Renaissance Hotel
Palm Springs, CA
Winter Meeting
Friday, December 6th
7:30 PM, Carmel Ballroom
Hotel Nikko
San Francisco, CA

About CACJ Board of Governors

"CACJ is a family of criminal defense lawyers. We share knowledge, experience and affection. It is a mirror in which we bond with others like us to experience the best in law and lawyers. It is a message that we are not alone."

Ephraim Margolin, CACJ's First President & Founding Member

The dedicated attorneys who serve as Governors work through the committees to effect legislation, build membership, maintain a brief bank and keep the organization running. Present and past Governors are also eligible to serve as Officers. The remarkable talent and commitment of these defenders works to bend the path of history toward justice.

From January to June the Nominating Committee searches for qualified candidates for the upcoming vacancies on the Board. The bylaws require that they recommend a candidate for each vacancy no later than early July. All members are eligible for nomination, and if you want to suggest yourself or someone else to the committee you can email the information to

There is an alternate procedure for nominations by petition. A written petition signed by 15 members must be submitted to the Secretary at least 75 days before the Annual Meeting (at the seminar in December) which is about September 20. A Nominating Petition can be found [here] Self-nominations are accepted.


CACJ’s 2019 Board Officers


Jacqueline Goodman, Fullerton

It’s hard to imagine a greater honor than to serve as an officer of CACJ. I first joined in 1991, and I am still stunned with gratitude at receiving CACJ’s Skip Glenn Award in 2011. As a defense lawyer since 1994, I’ve learned that the struggle against injustice can lead to a dark and daunting place. The lone criminal defense lawyer, if dedicated, is indeed the bravest of soldiers: honorable and patriotic. But lawyers need the support of CACJ if we are to be successful in our struggle against injustice. I have served on the CACJ Board, and then the Executive Committee, and now hope to serve as Vice President in assisting the courageous members of the CACJ to further their important work

Vice President

Eric Schweitzer, Clovis

If elected to be on the CACJ Board, I mean to carry on the fight for Justice and to use every bit of acumen that I have gained through this, my CACJ experience, to maintain the unstoppable initiative that CACJ has seized from contrary movements. Through CACJ's 40 plus years of constant Legislative and Judicial efforts, California is moving in a better, non-reactionary direction for everyone. Like any organization, you get from CACJ what you put into it. For me, and a lot of other involved CACJ members, the work goes on.


Allison Zuvela, Woodland

Allison Zuvela has served on the Board of Governors for CACJ since 2013 serving in different capacities including co-chair for the membership/NLD division, seminar committee, as well as serving as a member of the legislative committee. She currently serves as the Chief Deputy Public Defender for the Yolo County Public Defender's office where she is in charge of training and operations. She is also a certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Board of Legalization of the State Bar of California. Prior to her employment with the Office in 2003, Allison served as a Deputy Public Defender in Tulare County after her graduation from the California Western School of Law in 1994.


Stephen Munkelt, Nevada City

I have been a proud member of CACJ since my first Fall Seminar in 1978, where Jerry Spence (voir dire) and Tony Serra (Crystal Palace of Kubla Khan) were the headline speakers. The seminars and the association have continued to support and inspire my passion for justice and for individual civil rights ever since. I have been a member of the Legislative Committee for almost ten years, and have come to appreciate the dedication of so many who have given time to try to make the law a little more fair and a little more just with each passing year. If elected to the office of Secretary I will dedicate myself to achieving the criminal justice goals we all share through education, legislation, litigation, and if necessary direct action. I hope you will give me your vote and allow me to serve.

2019 Board Members

CACJ is managed by four officers and a Board of Governors. There are 40 elected Board members, plus all living past Presidents. The Board meets four times per year in conjunction with annual MCLE seminar events: Capital Case Defense, Forensic Science & the Law, DUI or Appellate, and our Annual Criminal Defense Seminar. Governors are elected to three year terms by annual balloting of all members.

Board members are expected to contribute to CACJ by recruiting new members, working on committees, and representing the values of CACJ in their practice. They review and ultimately approve the budget, guiding the organization by allocating resources.

Elias Batchelder, Oakland

Elias Batchelder currently works for the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) in Oakland, representing prisoners on California's death row in their direct appeals to the California Supreme Court.  Both at OSPD and as a former attorney at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, he has also represented California inmates in capital and non-capital habeas proceedings.  Mr. Batchelder has worked extensively on amicus briefing and impact litigation, including the administrative attacks on California's lethal injection protocols and on Chapter 154 of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.  He has taught seminars on the death penalty at UC Berkeley Law School and UC Hastings, College of Law, and regularly presents trainings on various aspects of appellate law, particularly issues concerning the California Constitution.  Mr. Batchelder is currently the co-chair of the CACJ Legislative Committee.

David Bigeleisen, San Francisco

I have worked hard to make pre-trial diversion under Penal Code Section 1001.1 et seq. available in every county as well as to end the death penalty. I have defended criminal cases for nearly forty years.  I will attend every board meeting.


Robert Boyce, San Diego

CACJ is an essential state-wide organization for all criminal defense attorneys. The seminars, seminar materials, and Forum magazine are outstanding, addressing the latest issues and developments in criminal law, procedure and evidence. All of the committees are accomplished and hardworking. The Legislative Committee and Ignacio is a prime example: an important and respected voice in the legislature continually achieving impressive results.

Seth Chazin, Albany

I have been dedicated to the practice of criminal defense for the past 26 years and have been a long-time member of CACJ.  After starting out in private practice representing defendants on appeal in both state and federal court, I worked as a Deputy Public Defender for seven years and then moved on to work at the State Public Defender’s Office conducting capital habeas investigation and litigation.  I eventually entered into private practice in the Bay Area with offices in San Francisco and the Berkeley/Albany area.  I have been active at the trial level in both state and federal court, mainly focusing on serious felony matters including capital cases and other serious and violent felonies. 

I am honored to be nominated to serve on the CACJ Board of Governors and look forward to supporting the many ongoing efforts of CACJ as well as working on identifying new areas of need for the accused and the criminal defense bar.  We have the highest incarceration rate in the western world – thus we are in serious need of reforming the criminal justice system as it exists today and CACJ is one of the primary organizations leading this effort. 

Kate Corrigan, Newport Beach

My practice is dedicated to the representation of individuals facing criminal investigation and prosecution in the state and federal courts. I am past President of the O.C. Criminal Defense Bar Association and the FBA/OC Chapter. In addition, I was the first Chair of the OCBA Criminal Law Section, and I am currently on the boards of the OCBA, FBA/OC Chapter and the OCBA Masters Division. This month, I will be receiving the Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler Award, an award that has never been bestowed upon a woman lawyer or criminal defense attorney. I have served on the faculty and guest lectured for multiple criminal trial advocacy and white collar crime programs (Cardozo Law School, UCI Law School, USF Law Scool and Federal Defender Services), as well as a number of other criminal law related seminars. I am most proud of the MCLE programs I have put together for the OCCDBA and FBA/OC Chapter for the last several years. As a founding board member of the OCCDBA, I have attempted to increase education and awareness in the bar of important issues affecting our clients, justice and access to justice.

As a member of the CACJ Board of Directors, it is my goal to help increase membership and to continue to emphasize to criminal law practitioners the importance of strong advocacy, awareness of issues, and education.

Elena D'Agustino, Fairfield

Elena D’Agustino has been an attorney with the Solano County Public Defender’s Office since 1998, and Chief Deputy Public Defender since 2010. Ms. D’Agustino received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and obtained her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York. As a law student, she interned with the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in Manhattan. Ms. D’Agustino has handled all kinds of criminal cases ranging from traffic to death penalty, with a meticulous, well-planned and tenacious litigation practice. She is a longtime member of CACJ, CPDA, NACDL and is an Associate Member of the Jurisprudence Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Ms. D’Agustino is a committed advocate for both her individual clients and to improve the system as a whole, and to developing a new generation of lawyers to keep up the fight. She is seeking to become a member of the CACJ board in order to be a part of our larger efforts to fight against injustices in the system.

Lisa D'Orazio, Oakland

I have been committed to criminal defense work since I started practicing law in 2008. First in private practice, I am now a deputy with the Office of the State Public Defender in Oakland. I represent clients convicted of felony and capital charges in direct appeals and habeas petitions before the California Supreme Court and courts of appeal. Having appreciated and supported the work that CACJ performs for the criminal justice community for years, I would be honored to be elected to the board. I am eager to continue to fight for the rights of criminal defendants with CACJ.

Emily Dahm, Pleasanton

I am honored to be nominated for the CACJ Board. CACJ is a vital organization for not only practitioners and our clients, but for the criminal justice system itself. Beyond providing support and training for the defense bar, CACJ serves as a strong, unified voice for the rights of the accused in the Legislature. We need strong advocates both inside and outside the courtroom to keep the system honest, fair, and laser-focused on justice. If selected, I look forward to working with the Board, the Officers, and CACJ members to create a more perfect justice system for all.

I started my career at Latham & Watkins, LLP, practicing first in Hong Kong in corporate finance and later in San Francisco in corporate litigation. While at Latham & Watkins, I spent probably a few too many hours on pro bono cases – representing homeless individuals accused of public nuisance crimes and asylum applicants. I quickly found myself litigating motions to suppress in traffic court and taking appeals to the Appellate Division in these cases. After a few years, the draw of indigent defense and the courtroom was too strong. I joined the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where I practiced for eight and a half fantastic years in both the misdemeanor and felony trial units.

For the past year and a half, I have been in private practice. I am currently a partner at Bonjour, Thorman, Burns, Dahm & Wargo, practicing criminal defense in several Bay Area counties. I am on the panel for serious felony court-appointed cases in Contra Costa County.

During my ten years of criminal defense practice, I have handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases, ranging from DUI and simple drug possession to complex public benefits fraud, gang wiretap cases, sex offenses, and murder.

I am a graduate of UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (2004) and have a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. I live in Oakland with my husband and my son.

Graham Donath, Riverside

In my time on the Board of Governors, I’ve been deeply impressed and equally inspired by the work done by our organization. CACJ’s role is absolutely critical in helping both defendants and defense attorneys alike in our missions for justice. Enhancing and expanding the way we help our members in their daily practice is a fundamentally important and should be a primary goal for further development of our organization, as well as expanding our membership base. I’m proud of our organization, and am honored and thankful to be nominated for Treasurer so I can help continue the success of CACJ.

Stephen Dunkle, Santa Barbara

Stephen K. Dunkle is a partner at Sanger Swysen & Dunkle in Santa Barbara.  His practice includes criminal trials and appeals.  He is an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  He serves as the Chair of CACJ’s Amicus Committee. 

Doug Feinberg, Fresno

My entire law career of 23 years has been with the Fresno County Public Defender Office. I am a certified criminal law specialist. I co-author the juvenile delinquency chapter of CEB’s California Criminal Law Procedure And Practice. I write and distribute an outline of Proposition 47 cases. I have lectured for CACJ on Proposition 47. I am very interested in the legislative and amicus work that CACJ promotes and I have provided draft legislation for the legislative committee that was enrolled and signed by the Governor. If elected to the Board of Governors, I plan to be an active member of one or more committees and to do all I can to further CACJ’s path to better criminal justice for all.

Brian N. Gurwitz, Tustin

I am a private practitioner in Orange County who has focused on criminal defense since 2009. My goal as a CACJ board member would be to work on legislative issues with the hope of improving the way Californians are treated in the criminal justice system; including those under investigation, those being prosecuted, and those who are incarcerated or on some form of supervised release. I have a strong passion for these issues, and it would be a tremendous honor to be selected for a leadership role in an association that does such wonderful work, and that I admire so deeply.

John Hamasaki, San Francisco

As a criminal defense lawyer focused on defending constitutional protections in cases implicating civil rights and civil liberties, I have always depended on CACJ and its members for guidance and support. Working with our close-knit defense community, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to litigate evolving legal issues, including first successful exclusion under Kelly-Frye of ShotSpotter technology in the nation. I look forward to serving on the board and working together to strengthen our defense community.

Rick Horowitz, Fresno

Though a little late to the game—I was sworn in at the age of 48—I opened my own office even before graduating law school. On the door? “Rick Horowitz: Independent Law Clerk.” By the time I changed the words to “Attorney at Law,” I was already known in the community as a fighter. I continue to fight today, nearly 10 years later. As always, I practice only criminal defense, including defense of juveniles, on which I focused 8 years. I look forward to furthering the fight by serving on the Board of Governors for CACJ.

Dustin Johnson, Sacramento

My father-in-law, Michael Millman, first taught me about CACJ and the import work of the organization. He has inspired me to do everything I can to help make CACJ the best resource it can be for defense practitioners.


Bruce Kapsack, Redding

My Name is Bruce Kapsack and I would like to serve CACJ as a member of the Board of Directors. While many of you may know me from the various lectures I have done for CACJ over the years, not everyone is familiar with my history.

I began as a public defender working for the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, Bronx office in 1987 after graduating American University. While studying for the California bar in 1992, after 5 years in the Bronx, I clerked in the Contra Costa Public Defenders office. When it was clear I would not be hired, I opened my own criminal defense firm in Alameda working with Fred Remer. Eventually, after a stint prosecuting police misconduct for the Office of Citizen Complaints, I opened a DUI defense firm which I took from a 2 person team 20 years ago, to as many as 9 employees near the end.

While throughout this time I stayed active in CACJ and CPDA as a lecturer, writer and list serve contributor, and served on Boards of Directors for various criminal associations, my primary concerns were my practice and my family. This did not prevent me from testifying on criminal issues before the California State Senate or the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on several occasions on a variety of policy issues. With my kids mostly grown and out, I returned to my Public Defender roots as the Assistant Public Defender in the Shasta County Public Defender office.

It is this variety of experience, in private practice and governmental work, which makes me feel I can be a valuable asset to CACJ. To that end I ask for your support.

Nicole Lambros, Santa Cruz

I was hired by the Riverside Public Defender in 2001 and worked as a Deputy Public Defender for ten years in Southern and Central California. I moved to the Bay Area and began a private practice in 2012. My practice consists primarily of appointed cases in Santa Clara County, but I have had the opportunity to work with criminal defense attorneys throughout California and I have learned that our clients face unique challenges in each county. I have benefitted tremendously from CACJ’s well informed legal and legislative updates. I would be honored to sit as a board member and support the organization’s dedication to criminal justice.

Lisa Zhao Liu, South Pasadena

Lisa Zhao Liu is a Los Angeles County native and a former district attorney in Kern County and Tulare County. She has been practicing criminal defense for the last two years in LA, OC and San Bernardino counties. Due to her criminal law experience throughout Central and Southern California, Lisa hopes to bring these perspectives to the CACJ Board.

Logan McKechnie, Merced

I have been a Patron of the CACJ for nearly 40 years. I now have the time to give back some of what the organization has given to me. The only promise I can make is to work hard on your behalf.

Robert Marshall, Chico

I attended my first CACJ fall seminar in 1999, the year I was admitted, and walked out feeling like I could tear phone books in half with my bare hands and make prosecutors cry. I haven’t missed one since. As a member of the CACJ board, I would share that inspiration with other defenders, our allies in the legislature, and the voters of California, who are increasingly fed up with mass incarceration and seeking reform of the criminal justice system.

Matthew Missakian, Long Beach

I am honored to serve on the board of an organization that has done so much to further the causes of justice and equality before the law. I am a former public defender and now focus on criminal appeals as a solo practitioner, and know firsthand the unique role that CACJ plays in giving a collective voice to countless dedicated attorneys. CACJ has led the way as California’s justice system has been corrected in ways that once seemed impossible. I look forward to contributing to the hard work still to be done.

Maria Morga, Oakland

After starting my career in civil defense, I have been a public defender since 2001. I worked first as a deputy trial attorney for the San Francisco City and County Public Defender. Subsequently, I joined the Office of the State Public Defender. As a deputy state public defender, I have handled court of appeal cases and currently litigate death penalty cases on direct appeal before the California Supreme Court. I am drawn to CACJ’s mission of supporting criminal defense attorneys and fighting for the rights of the accused. I am a long-time member of CACJ and would be thrilled to join the CACJ board and continue its crucial work.

Jessica Oats, Oakland

I am a capital appellate attorney with the Office of the State Public Defender. I am committed to reforming criminal justice in California with CACJ, and will work hard as a board member to broaden CACJ’s reach and impact.

Alexander Post, Oakland

I'm serving on the CACJ board because my commitment to my clients means fighting for them outside of the courtroom as well. We know the justice system is designed to perpetuate racism and to keep poor people in their place. We can only do so much to fight back, individually, but when we organize together as defense attorneys we can make big changes that improve our clients' lives.

The police are organized, the district attorneys are organized, CACJ allows us to organize and fight back!

Mano Raju, Martinez

Manohar Raju is the Manager of the Felony Unit in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Previously, he was the Training Director in San Francisco, and prior to that, was a line deputy in the San Francisco Office and in the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office. He has successfully tried multiple homicide, attempted murder and gang cases. He is a member of the Racial Justice Committee in the San Francisco PD’s office and is a member of the Training Committee for the Public Defender’s for Racial Justice—a Bay Area wide organization.

He has lectured for CACJ and CPDA at the Homicide and Gang Seminars. As the Training Director in San Francisco, he organized and facilitated Trial Colleges on Opening Statement, Psychodrama Trial-in-Action techniques, and Dynamic Cross-Examination. He has also testified in Sacramento on jury diversity initiatives.

Sara Rief, San Francisco

I have devoted my entire legal career to the practice of criminal law. I graduated with honors from the University of Pacific in 1999. I received an academic scholarship to attend Golden Gate University Law School. During law school, I received several academic awards and was an appellate Advocacy Semi-Finalist. I also received the Faculty Award from the University of San Francisco Summer Trial Advocacy Program.

During my third year in law school, I participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic, under the supervision of Julie Traun, and interned at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. It was this experience that led to my decision to become a criminal defense practitioner. Right out of school, I began working for Tony Tamburello and the other criminal defense attorneys at 214 Duboce. I was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003. In 2004, I became a full-time associate at the Law Offices of Stuart Hanlon in 2004. In January 2009, I became a partner of the Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief where I remain today.

Our practice consists of both federal and state cases which gives me a unique perspective on our community as defenders. While there are vast differences in each jurisdiction, the core is the same- defending your client to achieve the best result possible.

Over the years, Stuart and I have made it a focus to bring in attorneys fresh out of law school and give them experience so that they can become criminal law practitioners. It has been a main focus of mine to make sure that I am available to mentor young attorneys in this field.

In 2013, I was appointed as a member of the State Bar Criminal Law Executive Committee and I continue to be an active member. Currently, I am the section Council Representative. This committee focuses on educating members of the State Bar and fostering law students interested in criminal law.

David Rizk, San Francisco

David Rizk represents individuals and corporations in civil as well as criminal matters at the state and federal level at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Mr. Rizk studied law and public policy at Stanford University. Mr. Rizk graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. While in law school, Mr. Rizk interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and served as the Charles H. March Fellow under the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Rizk clerked for Judge Richard Seeborg on the Northern District of California and Judge Jacqueline Nguyen on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Rizk is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform and sits on its Use of Force Subcommittee. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department Citizen Review Board, which advises on the Police Department’s policies, reviews allegations of officer misconduct, and conducts community outreach with the Office of the Independent Police Auditor.

In addition to his pro bono practice at the firm, which focuses on criminal and civil rights cases, Mr. Rizk supervises law students at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center’s Workers' Rights Clinic at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Susan Roe, Los Angeles

I recently celebrated my 22nd anniversary as a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender, with the last 16 years in a felony assignment. I have dedicated my life to public service by mentoring law students and young attorneys and as a long-standing board member of my local API bar association. In 2014, the API law students of UCLA SOL selected me as the Alumnus of the Year. I am in awe of CACJ’s efforts in obtaining justice for all through its legislative work. I have also been a beneficiary of its role in continuing education. If elected, I would continue to promote CACJ’s mission for justice, increase outreach to younger attorneys/students, and develop programs which push our practice into the digital age

Mark Rosenfeld, Beverly Hills

Please consider me for the CACJ Board. I have dedicated my career to helping individuals accused of crimes in California. Part of my legal philosophy and goal in life is not only to help my clients, but to also help other lawyers to help their clients. I believe that a strong defense bar is imperative to getting justice. Justice must be fought for; and it must be fought for both one client at a time, and as a group of similarly situated people. The defense bar must stand as a unified front to the injustice that exists in our system; and the defense attorney must stand and defend his or her client, and seek justice on an individual basis. I welcome your vote; and I welcome the challenge of continuing CACJ’s fight for justice.

Dan Roth, Berkeley

Dan Roth runs the Law Office of Dan Roth, a criminal defense practice in Berkeley, and represents clients in state and federal cases and investigations throughout the Bay Area. He has served as Chair of the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society since 2011, and was recognized by the Bar Association of San Francisco in 2010 and 2011 as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service.

Scott Sanders, Santa Ana

Scott Sanders is an Assistant Public Defender with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, where he has worked for the past 26 years. Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Emory University School of Law. He has worked on a wide range of matter including death penalty cases.

Lou Shapiro, Los Angeles

I am serving on the CACJ board to advance the single most important lobbying organization for criminal justice in California. A large part of the work that CACJ does goes unrecognized because it lives by the old motto that "actions speak louder than words". Therefore, I feel a moral duty to raise awareness for the organization's accomplishments and milestones. The CACJ has always been there for us. We need to be there for it.

Bobbie Stein, San Francisco

I am a San Francisco attorney and former president of the Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. I have served as faculty at Berkeley Law, JFK School of Law and New College School of Law, where I founded and directed the in-house criminal defender clinic. I have spent my entire legal career advocating for criminal defendants and working for justice in our flawed system. Given the troubled Trumpian political landscape, it is more important than ever to zealously protect the constitutional advances that we have made over the past fifty years. I look forward to continuing my work as a board member on CACJ’s Legislative Committee as well as the Mock Trial Competition.

Lee Stonum, San Francisco

CACJ is a crucial voice in Sacramento in the fight for criminal justice reform. As a public defender, I fight daily for the voiceless on a micro level in the courts. CACJ allows me to fight that fight on a broader level seeking legislative change to help my clients. I am eager to continue my work as a Board Member, especially my participation in the amazing accomplishments of the Legislative Committee.

Jesse Stout, San Francisco

Incarceration, the deprivation of physical liberty, should be a last resort in civilized society. I joined CACJ to further its mission to defend the rights of the accused, especially the right to liberty. CACJ is our state's premier organization advocating for counsel to the accused. CACJ's staff and members have immeasurably improved lives through support for legislation to reduce criminal sentences and collateral consequences.

Orchid Vaghti, Santa Rosa

First, I would like to express what a privilege it is to have been selected as a nominee for the CACJ Board of Governors for the 2014 ballot.  I am in my third year practicing law, working as an associate attorney in a private criminal defense office. Prior to this, I spent 7 years in the same law office working in various capacities. The mission of the CACJ encompasses the same reasons that drew me to this line of work: to make a stand for justice as a defense attorney by advocating for the accused and making certain their constitutional rights are upheld to the standards the Unites States and California Constitutions require. In my short career, I have worked closely on criminal cases ranging from attempted homicides and complex felonies to simple narcotic possessions and DUIs. A highlight of my career was sitting second chair in the final case arising from the 2006 Dateline NBC To Catch a Predator, which resulted in an acquittal.

If given the opportunity to serve on this board, I will bring the upmost level of dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism to every assignment brought before me. I will uphold the same standards that give the CACJ their reputation as a well-respected organization providing valuable services to our communities. Again, it is an honor to have been selected as a nominee for the Board of Governors and if selected, I promise my absolute commitment to the valiant efforts of CACJ.

Charles Windon III, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Over many many years, I have benefited from CACJ superb programs and I am honored to serve on its Board of Directors. It is like me giving forward to the outstanding future defense bar that I would like to contribute especially to the future lawyers of color.

I would like to see more programs where young lawyers can be mentored on a one on one basis and we should create a bridge between the criminal defense bar and out religious brothers and sisters through neighborhood forums in our churches where we should discuss and educate them on issues and problems like exclusion of jurors of color from jury service in many cases. There is lots work to be done and I want to do my part.

Thomas Worthington, Salinas

I joined CACJ in 1974, brought in by Charles Garry when we tried the Inez Garcia/Freddie Madrano murder case together in Monterey County. CACJ became a guiding light to me-training with and learning from the best. But more important has been the encouragement from so many members during the hard times. I have tried to reciprocate, serving a total of nearly 20 years on previous Boards and participating on many committees. Winding down my caseload after 49 years gives me an opportunity to contribute again.

Past Presidents

Back row: Robert Sanger, Richard Santwier, Michael Rothschild, Jack Earley, Christopher Chaney, Richard Hirsh, Jim Thomson, Elisabeth Semel, Marcia Morrissey, Jon Minsloff, Ted Cassman, Charles Sevilla, and Tom Nolan

Front Row: Phil Schnayerson, Anne Fragasso, Dennis Roberts, the late Lou Katz, Gerald Uelmen,
Ephraim Margolin, Jim Larson, Mia Yamamoto, and the late Michael Millman

  • Steve Rease, Salinas, 2018
  • Cris Lamb, San Francisco, 2017
  • Honorable Matthew Guerrero, Oceano, 2016*
  • Jeffrey E. Thoma, Fairfield, 2015
  • Scott Sugarman, San Francisco, 2014
  • Robert Sanger, Santa Barbara, 2013
  • Christopher Chaney, Pasadena, 2012
  • Jeffrey R. Stein, San Luis Obispo, 2011
  • Ann C. Moorman, Ukiah, 2010*
  • Ted W. Cassman, Berkeley, 2009
  • Rickard Santwier, Pasadena, 2008
  • Richard Hutton, Pasadena, 2007
  • Carleen Arlidge, San Jose, 2006
  • Lynne S. Coffin, San Francisco, 2005
  • Jack Early, Irvine, 2004
  • John Cotsirilos, San Diego, 2003
  • Phillip Schnayerson, Hayward, 2002
  • Mia F. Yamamoto, Los Angeles, 2001
  • Jon Minsloff, Santa Cruz , 2000
  • Cynthia A Thomas, Elk Grove, 1999
  • Marcia A. Morrissey, Santa Monica, 1998
  • The Late Jerry J. Kenkel, 1997
  • Cristina C. Arguedas, Berkeley, 1996
  • Anne E. Fragasso, Monterey Park , 1995
  • James S. Thomson, Berkeley, 1994
  • Honorable James Larson, San Francisco, 1993*
  • Honorable Phillip H. Pennypacker, San Jose, 1992*
  • Michael Rothschild, Sacramento, 1991
  • Elisabeth Semel, Berkeley, 1990
  • Leslie H. Abramson, Arcadia, 1989
  • Thomas J. Nolan, Palo Alto, 1988
  • Richard G. Hirsch, Santa Monica, 1987
  • Alex Landon, San Diego, 1986
  • The Late Robert Berke, 1985
  • The Late Michael G. Millman, 1984
  • Gerald Uelmen, Santa Clara, 1983
  • John J. Cleary, San Diego, 1982
  • Dennis Roberts, Oakland, 1981
  • Charles M. Sevilla, San Diego, 1980
  • The Late Charles Garry, 1979
  • Barry Tarlow, Los Angeles, 1978
  • The Late Louis S. Katz, 1977
  • The Late George Porter, 1976
  • The Late Paul J. Fitzgerald, 1975
  • Ephraim Margolin, San Francisco, 1974
*Sitting Judge and no longer a CACJ Member


Executive Committee

Per CACJ Bylaws, Article VIII, Section I- The Executive Committee consists of the four elected Officers, and the immediate the Past President,
and the Chairs of Budget, Legislative, Seminars, Membership, Death Penalty, Finance/Fundraising, and Public Information Committees

Committees & Chairs

Amicus Committee
Stephen Dunkle, Chair
John Philipsborn, Vice Chair

Budget Committee
Allison Zuvela, Chair

Contempt Defense Committee

Death Penalty Committee
Nancy Haydt, Chair

FLASH Committee
Ted Cassman, Chair

FORUM Committee
Orchid Vaghti, Chair

Fundraising Committee

Indigent Defense Committee

Legislative Committee
Elias Batchelder, Co-Chair
Steven Munkelt, Co-Chair
Eric Schweitzer, Co-Chair
Ignacio Hernandez

Membership Committee
Graham Donath, Chair

Mock Trial Committee
Bobbie Stein, Chair

NACDL Liaison
Jeff Thoma

Nominating Committee
Jeff Thoma, Chair

Public Information Committee
Jacqueline Goodman, Chair

Seminars/Webinars Committee
Jeffrey E. Thoma, Chair

Strategic Planning Committee
Allison Zuvela, Chair

Technology Committee

Clyde Blackmon, Chair

CACJ Foundation
Steve Rease, Chair

CCDS Planning Committee
Robert Sanger, Co-Chair
CACJ Representatives:
Robert Boyce
Nancy Haydt
Russ Stetler
Charles Windon III