Board of Governors 2020

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

Spring Meeting
Friday, February 14, 2020
5:15pm, Sapphire A
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, CA
Summer Meeting
Friday, April 3, 2020
5:30pm, via Web Call
Fall Meeting
Friday, August 28th, 2020
Room & Time TBA
Location TBA
San Francisco, CA
Winter Meeting
Friday, December 4, 2020
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.

Each summer the Nominating Committee works to compile a slate of candidates for the Board vacancies and the Secretary. Members can also be nominated in a petition process, though this is seldom done. The list of candidates is sent out the members, and then in October the ballots are mailed. The results of the election are announced at the Annual Seminar in December, and the new Board takes office at the close of that seminar.


CACJ’s 2020 Board Officers


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.

Vice President

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.


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.


Orchid Vaghti, Santa Rosa

I originally joined CACJ as a law student, and have been a member ever since. Immediately upon joining the organization and attending the Fall Seminar, I found a large group of incredible attorneys dedicated not only zealous advocacy for their clients, but also committed to making a difference in criminal justice through legislative reform. I have been a board member for the last six years. During this time, I have served on the Mock Trial Committee, as a chair of the Membership and New Lawyers Division, and most recently as chair of the Forum magazine.

I am humbly honored to be nominated to Secretary where I can continue to give back to this phenomenal organization. If elected to Secretary, I will continue to work for and with CACJ in advocating for criminal justice reform and in fostering stronger legal advocates for the accused.

2020 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.

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.

Anthony Capozzi, Fresno

My goals as a Board Member are to educate the public regarding the role of the criminal defense attorneys within the court system of California and to enhance the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard ones constitutional rights.


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.

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.

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. 

David Epps, San Jose

David Epps is the Supervising Attorney of the Santa Clara County Alternate Defender Office. When appointed to the position in 2005, he was the first African American to assume an executive management position in any of the County’s law offices. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and is a 1992 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. He is a past president of the Santa Clara County Black Lawyers Association and has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

There is a new model of criminal defense that focuses not only on the direct but the collateral aspects of criminal cases. As public defenders and criminal defense lawyers we understand for most poor people arrested and charged with a crime, the criminal case is not the only issue with which they struggle. We realize that to be effective advocates we must broaden the scope of our work to include both the underlying legal and non-legal issues that drive our clients into the criminal justice system. Representing clients with immigration issues, mental health problems, substance abuse, childhood trauma, and abuse requires an interdisciplinary approach blending aspects of civil advocacy, social services, psychology, and criminal law. We must be equally

gifted in crafting exit and treatment plans as closing arguments.

This “Holistic Advocacy” requires attorneys with a client-centered interdisciplinary skill set and most importantly passion, commitment, and the desire to become agents of permanent change and transformation in the lives of our clients. Essential to this is an understanding and connection to the community served. We realize that zealous advocacy with traditional formalistic legal training is insufficient to achieve justice for our clients.


Working to stabilizing the lives of our clients leads to better outcomes and reduces the likelihood of recidivism.


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.

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.


Ron Johnson, Woodland

My sole intention in going to law school was to practice at a public defender office. I have been at the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office since 2005 and am currently the Assistant Chief Deputy. During most of my time at the office I have been heavily involved in recruiting and mentoring interns from local law schools as well as undergraduate interns, and have served as a trial practice adjunct at UC Davis School of Law since 2009. I am also interested in using technology to make our practice more effective. I led the effort to transform our office to a paperless system and have been involved in constant upgrading and data collection improvements. Looking to the core of why I’m involved in this work, though, is to fight back against the host of draconian measures that resulted in mass incarceration. Although there have been dramatic changes since I began to practice criminal law, I believe there is still a lot more we can do and would like to serve on the board to help effect those changes.


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.

Gabriela Lopez, Oakland

I have been a CACJ member since I graduated law school in 2012. Since then I have attended the wonderful CACJ conferences where I have had the honor to learn from some of the best and brightest in criminal law, all of whom are members of CACJ. As a member of the Board of Governors, I have been fortunate to participate in pushing the vision of CACJ forward in the legislature. I hope to continue to represent you all as a member of the Board of Governors in for the next three years and to expand the reach of CACJ so that the new generation of criminal defense lawyers can also find a home in CACJ.


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.

Jeff G. Moore, Riverside

I am honored by my nomination to the CACJ Board of Governors. The mission of this organization to champion the rights of the accused and support those who defend them is tremendously important to me. I have spent every day of my 23 years in the legal profession fighting in the California criminal justice system. After clerking at the Mendocino and San Francisco District Attorney’s offices, I worked for eight years as a Deputy District Attorney in Riverside County. The last thirteen years of my career has been spent representing the accused at a private criminal defense firm here in Riverside, with a mix of private and conflict panel clients comprising my caseload. While most of the firm’s practice is focused on representation at the trial court level, just this year we argued before the California Supreme Court and won in People v. Aranda. The Court there held that their seminal Stone decision survived SCOTUS’ disappointing denial of an accused’s right to partial verdicts in the 2012 Blueford v. Arkansas opinion.

This is an exciting time for CACJ. Public attitudes towards criminal justice in California seem to increasingly support the sorts of reforms that we have been championing for years. Mental Health Diversion, Prop. 47, Prop. 57, Felony Murder reform, cash bail reform, and so many other recent moves away from the legacy of the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” era have transformed the criminal justice system not just for defendants but also for those of us who practice within it. CACJ is in a unique position to help practitioners adapt their practices to these changing times while, at the same time, pushing further reforms at the legislative level. If selected, I look forward to helping shape our strategy going forward as well as making sure that our members are receiving the information and training needed to keep abreast of our rapidly changing profession.

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.

Sara Ross, Santa Ana

Sara Ross supervises the Writs & Appeals Unit of the Orange County Public Defender’s Office (OCPD). She provides training to trial and appellate lawyers, serves on the Orange County Bar Association’s Legislative Resolutions Committee, and volunteers as a judge and scorekeeper for various Mock Trial organizations. As an Orange County public defender, she has litigated a wide variety of cases and controversies, including issues involving prosecutorial misconduct, illegal police activity, mental health matters, juvenile cases, homicide law, and Sexually Violent Predator cases. She also served as second chair to Scott Sanders in the latter portion of the People v. Dekraai capital case. Currently, Ross is litigating on behalf of public defender clients who have had their attorney-client phone calls recorded and turned over to law enforcement and the prosecution.


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.

Vince Tucci, Irvine

I am a previous CACJ board member and the former Co-Chair for DUI Committee for CACJ. I am also the former President and current board member of the California DUI Lawyer's Association. I enjoy an AV Preeminent® Rating - the Highest Possible Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. This rating is the gold standard in our industry. I say that not to impress anyone but to give you confidence that I plan on working as hard and as ethical as a CACJ board member as I do as an attorney.

I have been practicing for 22 years and currently have a law practice with my wife, Sonia Tucci, in Irvine, California I currently train the public defenders in both LA and Orange County on DUI.

Lastly, I look forward to the privilege of serving on your board should you see fit. I fight everyday in court and at the DMV. I will do the same as a CACJ board member

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

  • Jacqueline Goodman, Fullerton, 2019
  • 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

Budget Committee

Contempt Defense Committee

Death Penalty Committee

FLASH Committee
Ted Cassman, Chair

FORUM Committee
Orchid Vaghti, Chair

Fundraising Committee

Indigent Defense Committee

Legislative Committee
Ignacio Hernandez

Membership Committee

Mock Trial Committee

NACDL Liaison

Nominating Committee

Public Information Committee

Seminars/Webinars Committee

Strategic Planning Committee

Technology Committee


CACJ Foundation
Jacqueline Goodman, Chair

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

Affiliates & Affinity Partners