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Janice Deaton is a federal criminal defense attorney with over thirty years experience. Her private practice includes all stages of criminal proceedings from first appearance through appeal. She practices in Federal Court throughout the country and has represented clients in Tennessee, Arkansas, as well as California. In 2013, 2017, and 2018, she was recognized as a “Top Lawyer in San Diego,” published in San Diego Magazine.

About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

History

Janice Deaton has been a federal criminal defense attorney since 1987. After leaving Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., she continued to focus on criminal defense. Her private practice includes all stages of criminal proceedings from first appearance through appeal. She practices in Federal Court throughout the country and has represented clients in Tennessee, Arkansas as well as California. In 2013, 2017, and 2018, she was recognized as a “Top Lawyer in San Diego,” published in San Diego Magazine.

She is fluent in Spanish, has coordinated and taught several courses oral trial advocacy and advanced litigation techniques for the Poder Judicial in Guanajuato, Mexico, and is on the teaching faculty for oral trial advocacy skills for Latin American judges and attorneys at Cal Western School of Law (“Proyecto Acceso’s Academia de Destreza de Litigación,”).

In 2012, Ms. Deaton authored and published an article on Mexico’s detention-without-arrest mechanism called arraigo.

 

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Education

LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1987

BAR ADMISSION
1988, California and U.S. District Court, Southern
District of California
1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
1990, U.S. Supreme Court

UNIVERSITIES
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Kroc School of Peace Studies
Master of Arts, 2010
• Human Rights and Rule of Law in Mexico and Guatemala specialization

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts, Classics and Spanish, 1982

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (SPAIN)
Certificate, Spanish Studies, 1980

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING INSTITUTE
Licensed Mediator, YEAR


Professional Activities

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION - RULE OF LAW INITIATIVE

CAL WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW
Proyecto Acceso Academia de Destreza de Litigación (Oral Trial Advocacy Skills Training Institute)
Faculty Instructor, YEAR-YEAR
• Taught oral trial advocacy skills to (#) Latin American judges and attorneys

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO, JUSTICE IN MEXICO PROGRAM
Oral Trial Skills Course Director, Oral Adversarial Skill-Building Seminar (OASIS), 2013-PRESENT

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY (NITA)
Faculty Instructor,
• Teaching oral trial advocacy skills to (#) Latin American judges and attorneys, YEAR

teaching faculty for oral trial advocacy skills for Latin American judges and attorneys at Cal Western School of Law (“Proyecto Acceso’s Academia de Destreza de Litigación,”). From 2010-2011 she was contracted by the Conference of Western Attorney Generals (CWAG) and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) to teach oral trial skills to Mexican attorneys and judges.

Boards & Councils

• USD Trans-Border Institute, Advisory Council Member
• San Diego Museum of Man Border Crossing Project, Member-at-Large
• Consejo Asesor de Escuela de Estudios e Investigación Judicial, Guanajuato, México

Awards

• “San Diego’s Top Lawyer”, San Diego Magazine, 2012, 2016, 2018
• University of San Diego Alumni Honoree for Exceptional Achievement, 2016