[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
73°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
September 20
1954 - C-46 cargo plane crashes at Saugus Drunk Farm; Civil Air Patrol chaplains parachute to safety [story]


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has selected Ricardo Garcia to be the county’s new Public Defender.

One of California’s most accomplished and respected criminal defense attorneys, Garcia has dedicated his talents to defending indigent clients who could otherwise afford no representation.

Garcia, currently a supervising attorney in San Diego County’s Office of the Public Defender, is expected to begin his new role later this year.

Los Angeles County Supervisors praised Garcia as an acknowledged leader in a profession charged with ensuring the Constitution’s pledge of equal justice under law, regardless of the economic status of the defendant.

“There are few county services as critical to their recipients as those provided by the superb staff of the Office of the Public Defender,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Sheila Kuehl.

Ricardo Garcia, Public Defender (from LinkedIn)

Ricardo Garcia, Public Defender (from LinkedIn)

“Their quality and dedication demand a leader who understands the challenges they face, who has walked their walk, and has fully demonstrated the professional capabilities and leadership capacity necessary to help them realize their full potential as protectors of the legal interests and general well-being of their clients,” she said. “The Board is delighted to have recruited one of the very best to this noble cause.”

 

“Ricardo Garcia is an exceptionally accomplished defense attorney who will elevate the L.A. County Public Defender’s Office as a model for holistic representation nationally, working collaboratively with the justice partners, service providers, community-based organizations and other key stakeholders,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “The County of Los Angeles is very fortunate to have such a seasoned attorney lead the first and largest Public Defender’s Office in the nation.”

“I’m so pleased that Ricardo Garcia will be leading the largest and oldest Public Defender department in the country,” Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said. “The importance of the Public Defender’s position cuts across all communities, and the Public Defender provides legal representation — a constitutional right — to those who cannot afford it. Ricardo Garcia is a highly qualified attorney and, as the first Latino to head a major L.A. County Department, I look forward to watching Ricardo take the Public Defender’s office to the next level.”

“After a thorough and exhaustive search, I look forward to having veteran trial attorney Ricardo Garcia serve as Los Angeles County’s new Public Defender,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “I am confident that he will be a strong partner in carrying out the Board of Supervisors’ criminal justice reform agenda and making the Office of the Public Defender the best it has ever been.”

Superior Court seal“Ricardo Garcia is the right person for the job,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said. “Our Public Defenders work very hard every day to give the best possible legal defense, and in Ricardo Garcia they will have a leader at the helm who embodies their spirit and commitment to justice.”

In more than two decades as a public defender in San Diego County, he has tried numerous complex criminal cases, most recently as supervising attorney of the Multiple Conflicts Office/Major Cases. In that capacity, he has litigated a wide range of serious and violent felonies, as well as death penalty cases.

Garcia joined the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office in 1995 as a trial attorney. In 1998, he was recruited to join the Department of the Alternative Public Defender, created to handle multiple-defendant conflict cases.

From 2004-06, he served as the Criminal Justice Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, where he was responsible for monitoring the consent decree with the Los Angeles Police Department as well as conditions within the L.A. County jails.

Garcia returned to the San Diego Alternative Public Defender Department in 2006 as supervising attorney of its South Bay Office, before moving to his current post in 2009.

Beyond his skills in the courtroom, he is also a sought-after educator. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor of Criminal Procedure & Motions Practice at California Western School of Law, he is a faculty member at the Shechmeister Death Penalty College at Santa Clara University.

Garcia also lectures on litigating complex gang cases in the continuing legal education programs of the California Public Defenders Association. In addition, he teaches Spanish language trial skills to graduate student lawyers.

He was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association in 2015. He was awarded the Dale Melvin Ray Memorial Award for Excellence in the Representation of the Indigent by San Diego County’s Department of the Alternate Public Defender.

Garcia holds a BA with highest honors from UC Santa Cruz, and a Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law (now known as Berkeley Law).

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
    Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
    County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) encourages all pet owners to be prepared before disaster strikes.
    Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
    The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has presented the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation with one of its Best of California Awards, which recognize state and local government organizations for innovative technology initiatives.
    Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
    Los Angeles County took a major step towards fostering a vibrant business ecosystem to help the local bioscience industry reach its full potential as a job-creating economic engine that advances breakthroughs in global health.
    Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018
    The Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the county of Los Angeles has released Notice of Funding Availability Round 24-A, which will provide capital funding and vouchers for the creation and operation of multifamily rental housing units.
    Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018
    Los Angeles County is ramping up its efforts to register all eligible citizens to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election, including those currently or previously incarcerated or otherwise involved with the justice system.

    Keep Up With Our Facebook
    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    The Old Town Newhall Association’s Chalk Art Festival is coming this weekend with dozens of local artists and organizations ready to share their works with the Santa Clarita Valley community.
    Organizations, Local Artists Taking Part in This Weekend’s Chalk Art Festival
    County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) encourages all pet owners to be prepared before disaster strikes.
    Animal Care & Control Encourages Pet Owners to Prepare for Disasters
    The contemporary art journal X-TRA and the Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles present, "The Un-Private Collection Workshop: Edgar Arceneaux" on Saturday, Sept. 22.
    Sept. 22: CalArts Alum Presents Financial Workshop at Broad Museum
    NORTHRIDGE - Senior defender Lindsay Kutscher has been selected as one of 30 women's soccer candidates for the Senior CLASS award.
    CSUN’s Lindsay Kutscher Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
    The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has presented the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation with one of its Best of California Awards, which recognize state and local government organizations for innovative technology initiatives.
    County Parks & Recreation Recognized with Best of California Award
    The city of Santa Clarita and Caltrans engineers have partnered with Caltrans to provide traffic enhancements.
    City Implements Traffic Improvements at Sierra Highway, Golden Valley Road
    Continuing the momentum developed from such programs as iTEENS during the school year and the Teen Summit hosted earlier in 2018, the city of Santa Clarita will host a teen leadership development training on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street).
    Sept. 26: ‘I Can Achieve Now!’ Teen Leadership Workshop
    College of the Canyons has named the main road at the Canyon Country Campus in Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook’s honor in recognition of her 30 years of leadership, which makes her the longest serving community college CEO in California.
    COC Canyon Country Campus Unveils Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook Drive
    NORTHRIDGE - CSUN's Michael Merchan has been named Co-Big West Athlete of the Week for men's cross country. Merchan is the first Matador men's cross country student-athlete to earn the award since it was established in 2001. Merchan shares the honor with Nick Randazzo of UCSB.
    CSUN’s Merchan Nabs Big West Co-Athlete of the Week
    California Secretary of State Alex Padilla stopped by Golden Valley High School Wednesday morning to encourage students to register to vote.
    CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Encourages Local Students to Vote
    SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California Air Resources Board, and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed suit Tuesday against the Trump Administration for its unlawful attempt to dismantle critical environmental waste protections.
    Becerra Sues Trump Admin for Unlawful Attempt to Dismantle Waste Protections
    Kaiser Permanente will open all seasonal flu clinics throughout Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 22, and urges all members to get their no-cost vaccinations early.
    Sept. 22: Kaiser Permanente Opens Seasonal Flu Clinics Throughout So Cal
    On Tuesday, The Home Depot Foundation increased its financial support to $3 million for disaster relief efforts and communities impacted by recent disasters, including Hurricane Florence, Olivia, the California wildfires and flooding in the Midwest.
    Home Depot Foundation Increases Financial Support for Disaster Relief Efforts
    Los Angeles County took a major step towards fostering a vibrant business ecosystem to help the local bioscience industry reach its full potential as a job-creating economic engine that advances breakthroughs in global health.
    County Committed to Becoming Bioscience Global Leader
    SACRAMENTO – Every day, thousands of parents and caregivers in California travel with children in their vehicle.
    Sept. 23-29: Child Passenger Safety Week
    The 3rd annual Gran Fondo Santa Clarita will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
    Sept. 29: Gran Fondo Santa Clarita
    The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to their 34th annual Oktoberfest Golf Tournament, sponsored by Chiquita Canyon. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
    Oct. 22: SCV Chamber’s 34th Annual Oktoberfest Golf Tournament
    1954 - C-46 cargo plane crashes at Saugus Drunk Farm; Civil Air Patrol chaplains parachute to safety [story]
    Filmmaker Magazine recently unveiled its annual roundup of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and CalArtians Hannah Peterson (Film/Video MFA 2018) and Richard Van (Film/Video MFA 2018) were included on the 2018 list.
    CalArtians Among Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film
    The 19th season of KCET's Fine Cut Festival of Films will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. on KCET in Los Angeles, and of the 16 finalists chosen, four films are by CalArtians from the School of Film/Video.
    Four CalArtians in KCET’s Fine Cut Festival of Films
    The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday reinstated right-handed pitcher John Axford from the 10-day disabled list and left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani from the 60-day disabled list, and recalled right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
    Dodgers Reinstate Axford, Cingrani from DL; Recall Garcia
    The Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the county of Los Angeles has released Notice of Funding Availability Round 24-A, which will provide capital funding and vouchers for the creation and operation of multifamily rental housing units.
    County Releases Funding Application to Increase Affordable Housing
    The Master's University women's basketball team's schedule for 2018-2019 looks something like the NAIA Division 1 national tournament bracket from a year ago.
    Master’s Women’s Basketball Unveils 2018-2019 Schedule
    There's a sense in which this week's No. 14 ranking, the program's highest since 2013, validates last season's rebuild for The Master's University women's volleyball team.
    A Peek at the Polls: TMU Women’s Volleyball Rises to No. 14
    The Mustangs men's golf team pushed into second place on Monday at Olivas Links Golf Course in Ventura before falling back into a tie for sixth by Tuesday's finish.
    Dudeck, Brueckner’s Hole-in-One Highlight Ventura Match for TMU
    Florida National University spotted The Master's two first-half goals and then scored four unanswered goals spanning both halves to post a 4-2 win over the Mustangs on Reese Field on Tuesday.
    Mustangs Men’s Soccer Team Falls to Florida National 4-2
    The city of Santa Clarita will present a visual arts symposium at The Centre on Saturday, Oct. 20, free and open to the public.
    Oct. 20: Free Visual Arts Symposium at The Centre
    Six different Mustangs scored in an 8-0 win over Mills College on Sunday, the non-conference win lifting Master's to 6-2-1 on the season and extending its winning streak to three.
    Six Mustangs Score in Win Over Mills College
    College of the Canyons' women's volleyball team (5-4) took down the Warriors 3-2 to begin the day, then played a tough five-set match vs. No. 8 Grossmont College, eventually falling 3-2.
    COC Volleyball Claws No. 3 El Camino, Goes 5 with No. 8 Grossmont
    College of the Canyons competed at the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Preview on Friday, providing the Cougars with an early look at the regional competition that will be vying for a trip to the state championship meet later this fall.
    Cougar Cross Country Teams Compete at SoCal Preview
    The College of the Canyons Cougars football team crushed the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros 63-0 on Saturday.
    No. 6 Canyons Crushes Santa Barbara 63-0
    Los Angeles County is ramping up its efforts to register all eligible citizens to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election, including those currently or previously incarcerated or otherwise involved with the justice system.
    County Steps Up Inmate Voter Registration
    Jeffrey Watson is the new Executive Vice President- Strategic Initiatives and Thomas Fiebig has been named Vice President and Manager of the new Loan Production Office for Mission Valley Bank.
    Watson Joins Mission Valley Bank as EVP of Strategic Initiatives
    Detectives are seeking other possible victims of a Santa Clarita Valley woman arrested Monday on suspicion of embezzling more than $88,000 from a number of non-profit organizations.
    Detectives Seek Other Victims of Suspected Embezzler
    Paving the way for greater local workforce participation and veteran employment opportunities, the SCV Water Board of Directors authorized a Community Workforce Agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council at the water agency's Sept. 18 board meeting.
    SCV Water, Trades Council Team for Community Workforce Deal