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The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., has long fought for juries that reflect the racial diversity of our community. Despite our decades of work, federal juries in San Diego still underrepresent people of color, especially Black community members.

Last month, FDSDI joined community groups, academics, law firms, solo practitioners, and individuals across San Diego and Imperial Counties once more to fight for more diverse juries. FDSDI submitted comments to the Southern District of California describing the steps the Court should take to increase the racial diversity of our juries. These steps are simple and pragmatic. They would bring the Southern District of California in line with the jury practices of every other federal district in California.

For more information, please click here. to see

the linked letters from FDSDI and Criminal Justice Act panel members, academics, and other members of our San Diego and Imperial County communities. For questions and information for the press, please contact Vince Brunkow at vince_brunkow@fd.org



Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. stands in solidarity with protesters in San Diego and across the United States. The police in this country routinely brutalize Black people with impunity. For too long, society has looked the other way. The dehumanization must end now.


The American legal system continues to inflict and sustain racial oppression. As public defenders, we witness daily how the legal system imposes immense and unjustifiable harm on communities of color. The physical violence, caging, and forced family separation that state, federal, and immigration authorities inflict upon our clients is part of the same government-sanctioned violence that killed George Floyd.


We stand with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and all those killed by anti-Black police and vigilantes. We stand with the families of Earl McNeil, Aleah Jenkins, Alfred Olango, James Lacy, and all those before them who died because of anti-Black racism in San Diego.


We stand with the protesters in the streets who are fighting for a better country. We stand with those fighting to breathe.


To view the Joint Statement from Federal Defenders on the Killing of George Floyd, click here.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the growing pandemic, we are changing the way we work. Our physical offices are minimally staffed, but we continue to work remotely. If you need to reach us please email or call and we will do our best to assist you as quickly as possible.


We will continue to contact our detained clients, appear in court, and tend to business, even if business is delayed. Our immediate responsibility—everyone’s immediate responsibility—is to slow the spread of the contagion. We do that by limiting contact with each other and other members of the general public.


Our celebration of John's life has now been moved to Friday, July 30, 2021.


NOW AVAILABLE: The 2016 edition of Defending a Federal Criminal Case is now available! To learn more about this excellent resource and to order your copy today, click on the "Publications" link above or click here.

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