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Michele A. McKenzie
Supervisory Attorney

Stanford University, School of Law, J.D
Smith College, B.A.


Michele McKenzie first joined Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. as a trial attorney in the fall of 2000. During her time with FDSDI, she has represented clients charged with drug importation, drug possession with intent to distribute, alien smuggling, illegal reentry after deportation, bank robbery, assault, passport fraud, counterfeiting, etc. In 2004, she was promoted to a supervisory position as a Trial Team Leader where she was responsible for overseeing a team of trial attorneys while maintaining her own trial and appellate case load.

Since 2006, Michele has overseen FDSDI's recruitment of new and lateral attorneys. She also is in charge of FDSDI's All Attorney Training Program which organizes annual lectures on trial skills for the San Diego federal defense community and creates practical trial skills training exercises for FDSDI staff attorneys. In 2010, Michele coordinated the production of the most recent, three-volume edition of Defending a Federal Criminal Case -- the ultimate practice guide for federal criminal defense attorneys. She graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School. While at Stanford, she was active in the Street Law program, interned with the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office, and spent a semester working on conditions of confinement issues with the Special Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

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