I have been a criminal defense attorney since graduating law school at UCLA in 2009. I first served as a deputy public defender in Alameda County, then worked at a private criminal defense firm in Palo Alto, before working for myself as a court appointed appellate attorney.
I started this blog to discuss three obviously related and equally important topics: celebrity Dirt. Defenses. And doggies. The name survived while the blog evolved to focus on criminal defense, neglecting the celebrity gossip and corgis. It now acts as a forum for discussions of new cases, novel ways to frame issues (typically rejected by the appellate courts a few months later), new laws and pending legislation, as well as movie and book reviews. I also use the blog as a platform to bridge the gap between trial and appellate lawyers.