Attacking State and Federal Gang Cases: Motions, Emotions, and Trial Tactics (Community Defenders)

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Date and Time

  • Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Warren Hall, Room 3A

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Appellate courts are slowly and finally starting to limit the kind of evidence that can be presented in gang prosecutions. Meanwhile, both county and federal prosecutors not only continue -- but seem to be escalating -- their gang prosecutions. In this environment, we criminal defense attorneys must understand not only the current state of federal and state law concerning such prosecutions, but we also need to know how to effectively attack the prosecution's case.

Presenters at this year's seminar will call upon their combined practical experience in federal and state trials in discussing (1) moving to limit gang evidence and in some cases getting outright dismissals of gang allegations, (2) presenting gang experts, (3) cross-examining the prosecutor’s experts, and (4) attacking the use and misuse of social media in gang cases.


  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration/Coffee and Muffins
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m. Federal and State Gang Motions and Case Law Update with Kurt Hermansen and Jane Kinsey
  • 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Gang Structure with Reginald Washington
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. BREAK
  • 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Prosecution and Defense Gang Experts with Matthew Mohun and Reginald Washington
  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Presentation: How to Understand Your Clients with George Montoya
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Attacking Social Media Evidence with Saman Nasseri and Parwana Anwar Johnson


Early Registration Rates (received before 1/9/16)
(includes syllabus, coffee and muffins, and lunch)

  • General Registration: $50.00
  • USD Alumni: $40.00
  • Current Federal Defenders and Appellate Defenders: $40.00
  • Office of the Public Defender/Alt. Public Defender/CJA, OAC and ADI Panel Attorneys: $40.00
  • USD Students: $25 (Full reimbursement with proof of attendance)
  • Former Defenders, Inc (1968-1986). or Community Defenders, Inc (1987-1988). Attorneys: No charge
  • USD Faculty: No charge

If you are unable to register online, please email

Registration Rates (received after 1/9/16 and at the door)

  • $65.00 (at-door registration will not guarantee lunch or syllabus)


University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for MCLE in the amount of 5.25 hours of General credit.

Community Defenders, Inc. Grant Committee

  • Laura Berend, Esq., Professor of Law, University of San Diego
  • Kurt Hermansen, Esq.
  • Alex Landon, Esq.
  • Liz Missakian, Esq.
  • Lynda Romero, Esq.
  • Zaki Zehawi, Esq.

Location and Directions

From the North: Use I-5 South, exit Sea World Dr. & Tecolote Rd. and proceed left at stoplight toward Morena Blvd. Turn right on Morena, left on Napa, and left on Linda Vista Rd. Travel to the second stoplight to USD's East entrance, turn left and enter campus.

From the South (or the airport): Use I-5 North, exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say: Morena Blvd. use I-8 East) Stay to the right and follow the signs for Morena Blvd. Take the first right onto Linda Vista Rd. Travel to the third stoplight to USD's East entrance, turn left and enter campus.

From the East: Use I-8 West, exit at Morena Blvd., go right onto Linda Vista Rd. and travel to the third stoplight to USD's East Entrance, turn left and enter campus. 

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