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 Appendix A: Committee Member Biographies
HON. KATHlEEN CARDONE is a United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
She was appointed to the federal bench in 2003 by President George W. Bush. In 2015, Judge Cardone was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to Chair the Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program. Prior to taking the federal bench, Judge Cardone had over sixteen years of judicial experi- ence. She served as Visiting Judge for the State of Texas (2001-2003), first Judge of the 388th Judicial District Court of the State of Texas (1999–2000), first Judge of the 383rd Judicial District Court of the State of Texas (1995–1996), Associate Judge for the Family Court
of El Paso County, Texas (1990-1995) and Municipal Court Judge for the City of El Paso, Texas (1983–1990). Judge Cardone served on the United States Judicial Conference Defender Services Committee (2010–2017) and has been appointed to the Administrative Office’s Legal and Policy Task Force for the eVoucher system. Judge Cardone graduated from Binghamton University with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and Latin American Studies, and received a J.D. from Saint Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Judge Cardone is the first woman to be appointed to the federal bench in El Paso, Texas.
REUBEN CAMPER CAHN has been the Executive Director of Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. since 2005. He began his career in public defense in 1988 with the Office of the Public Defender for the 17th Judicial Circuit (Broward County) Florida. In 1993, Mr. Cahn became an Assistant Federal Public Defender
for the Southern District of Florida and, in 1995, the Chief Assistant of that office. He has served as learned counsel in a number of federal capital prosecutions.
As Executive Director, Mr. Cahn continues to try cases and represent clients not only in the trial court but
also before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and
the Supreme Court. Mr. Cahn received his A.B. from Stanford University in 1981 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1984 where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following graduation, Mr. Cahn served as law clerk to the Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, before working as a litigation associate at Wachtell Lipton and then Paul Weiss. Mr. Cahn has served as co-chair of the Defender Services Advisory Group and the Community Defender
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Offices’ representative to the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference, chair of the Defender Death Penalty Working Group, and a member of the Community Defender Organization, Performance Measurement, and Death Penalty Working Groups, as well as the Capital Trials Expert Panel.
HON. DAlE S. FiSCHER is a United States District Judge for the Central District of California. She was appointed to the federal bench in 2003 by President George W. Bush. In 2015, Judge Fischer was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the Committee
to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program. She has served as a member of the Ninth Circuit’s CJA Oversight and Pro Se Litigation Committees, and presently chairs the Central District’s Criminal Justice Act Committee. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Fischer served on the Los Angeles Superior Court, where she presided over a felony trial court and chaired the Court’s Bail, Probation, and Temporary Judge Committees. She has been actively involved in educat- ing young lawyers as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial Program, and taught courses on arraignment and bail, voir dire, calendar management, and criminal trials to California judges at the B.E. Witkin Judicial College and Continuing Judicial Studies Program. She has also edited “bench guides” for California judges prepared by the California Center for Judicial Education and Research on the subjects of bail and own-recognizance release, misdemeanor arraign- ments, felony arraignments and pleas, and jury man- agement. Judge Fischer graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in English and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980.
HON. JEFFERY S. CHiP FRENSlEY was appointed as a Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee in October 2016. Prior to his appoint- ment to the bench, Judge Frensley served for over twenty years as both a criminal and civil defense attor- ney. From 2009 to 2016, Judge Frensley served as the National CJA Representative to the Defender Services Committee of the United States Judicial Conference rep- resenting over 10,000 private attorneys nationwide who represent indigent defendants in federal court. He was a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee from 1997 to 2016. He has
States unless approved by the Conference itself.
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