Welcome to New Staff Attorney, External Career Opportunities, Changes to FDAP Website …

November 18, 2020

In this panel alert, we welcome FDAP’s newest Staff Attorney: Megan Hailey-Dunsheath. We also share a couple of external career opportunities and announce changes to our website.

Welcome to Megan Hailey-Dunsheath

Megan Hailey-Dunsheath has joined FDAP as a staff attorney after several years representing adults and juveniles in criminal and delinquency appeals. While on FDAP’s appellate panel, she successfully argued In re Ricardo P. (2019) 7 Cal.5th 1113 in the California Supreme Court. Prior to that, she worked as a deputy public defender in Contra Costa County and represented death-sentenced inmates in post-conviction proceedings at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center. She has also represented families of children with special education needs in litigation against school districts and taught legal research and writing to international law students. Megan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

We welcome Megan to the FDAP team and look forward to continuing the collaboration with Megan that began when she was a panel attorney.

New FDAP Website Launch / FDAP Website Down Weekend of 11/21-11/22

We are excited to announce we are launching a new website on Monday November 23. The transition from the old to the new site will require some downtime for our website over the weekend of November 21 and 22 (and possibly as early as the evening of Friday November 20.)

Ecaims and TrueFiling will not be affected by this outage.

Once it goes live, the new website can be found at the same url as the old one: www.fdap.org. The website is entirely new, so bookmarks to sub-pages will have to be updated.

Two External Job Opportunities: OSPD and Ninth Circuit

OSPD, Deputy Director of Indigent Defense Improvement Division. In 2020, California expanded the mission of the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD). The mission now includes providing support and training for county indigent defense. It also includes general efforts to improve indigent defense. OSPD is recruiting for a Deputy Director to lead an exciting new division – the Indigent Defense Improvement Division (IDID) to carry out this mission. The IDID Deputy Director will have responsibility for formulating, planning, and implementing programs to improve indigent defense throughout the state.

Click here to learn more about this position.

Ninth Circuit, Criminal Justice Act Administrative Attorney. The Ninth Circuit is hiring an attorney responsible for: reviewing and approving CJA payment vouchers and funding authorization requests for the Court of Appeals; managing the appointment, substitution, and withdrawal of counsel in criminal and habeas corpus appeals; conducting case management conferences in complex criminal appeals; managing pro se filings in counseled criminal appeals and requests to proceed pro se; and resolving requests related to sealed filings in criminal appeals.

Click here to learn more about this position.