The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California (FPD-CDCA) strives to provide high quality, effective, and client centered representation for all our clients. We’re excited to share some of the wonderful and kind words from our clients and their family, friends and loved ones, and former interns and employees of the FPD-CDCA.

Please note these messages, stories, or endorsements found on our website do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter.


Support during LWOP sentence commutation

I want to thank you both, and your staff, for all the hard work and support you all provided me before, during, and after my case went through the courts. You all have played a very big part in all of this, and I just wanted to share this good news with you all. Myself, and my family thank you all...READ MORE

I want to thank you both, and your staff, for all the hard work and support you all provided me before, during, and after my case went through the courts. You all have played a very big part in all of this, and I just wanted to share this good news with you all. Myself, and my family thank you all so very much.

- Client, Dec. 26, 2018.

Externship Surpassed Expectations

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me in the Public Defender network over the past months. My time here was brief yet so fulfilling. I have met so many inspiring individuals throughout my placement and I will carry this experience with me wherever...READ MORE

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me in the Public Defender network over the past months. My time here was brief yet so fulfilling. I have met so many inspiring individuals throughout my placement and I will carry this experience with me wherever I go next. . . .This externship surpassed my expectations, and that is thanks to all of you individually. I am truly grateful.

- Law Clerk, April 10, 2018.

Appreciate character, diligence & effectiveness

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you again for you effort and work. Our family understands the many hours required to do your job and can only assume the caseload you carry. We appreciate your stand up character, diligence, and effectiveness. [Client] wants you to know that he is filled with...READ MORE

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you again for you effort and work. Our family understands the many hours required to do your job and can only assume the caseload you carry. We appreciate your stand up character, diligence, and effectiveness.

[Client] wants you to know that he is filled with gratitude and appreciation. He said that he admires
your character and that his initial instincts about you were right. Also, [your legal assistant] was very helpful and professional. She is an asset to your team.

- Client, Nov. 13, 2017.

Truly thankful for your hard work!

Hello. I want to say thank you for all your hard work for fighting for my release after 25 years. I’m truly thankful to you  . . . No matter my outcome, I’m still thankful to you and I appreciate you.

- Client, Sept. 6, 2017.

Wonderful environment to learn and thrive!

This internship provides great insight into the work environment of an IT Department. The people here really care about their interns, and it was a wonderful environment to learn and thrive.

- IT Intern, Aug. 29, 2017.

Thank you for everything!

I don’t know where to start. Thank you for everything. Your meticulous notes, your bottomless packets, multi-tasking abilities, and belief in this program. Continue to have faith.

- CASA Graduate, May 2017.

Appreciation for hard work in a tough death penalty case.

I am writing to express my thanks about the work my attorneys and their staff/team do for me. I receive complete and understandable answers to my questions regarding my case and want you to know I appreciate the hard work [the] staff have done for me over this hectic period of new laws and unknown...READ MORE

I am writing to express my thanks about the work my attorneys and their staff/team do for me. I receive complete and understandable answers to my questions regarding my case and want you to know I appreciate the hard work [the] staff have done for me over this hectic period of new laws and unknown death penalty future.

- Client, Jan. 8, 2017.

Going in and getting out.

Here’s the funny thing about the clemency: I did not apply for it. When Obama did this Clemency Project in 2014, they wanted people who were at least ten years in so they wouldn’t get flooded with every inmate in America. I saw it and knew I was only an eight-year, so I didn’t even apply for...READ MORE

Here’s the funny thing about the clemency: I did not apply for it. When Obama did this Clemency Project in 2014, they wanted people who were at least ten years in so they wouldn’t get flooded with every inmate in America. I saw it and knew I was only an eight-year, so I didn’t even apply for it. The following year, I get this letter that says, “You’re a perfect candidate for clemency, would you like to be involved?” Then this wonderful man, who I still talk to today, Andre Townsend, gets a hold of my stuff and he was an esquire for the federal public defender’s office. He calls me up and asks me some questions like, “Tell me about yourself.” He just put this hella-tight package together, stuff that I didn’t even remember that I did. I’m reading this thing like, “Who is this guy he’s talking about?” Then he sent it. That was it. I didn’t hear nothing back. All of a sudden you start seeing the first wave of people go, the second wave of people go, third wave. I’m counting. It’s 2016, and I’m counting as these people are leaving. I’m getting eager. I’m like, Damn, Obama’s going to be leaving soon. He’s probably got about two or three more times he can even do this. At no point in time did I actually think I was going to get it. But why shouldn’t I?

Then one day they close the whole yard and call me. I went upstairs, and my case manager is sitting there and she’s crying. I’m like, “What’s wrong? Did something happen to my mother? Did something happen to my grandmother?” She said, “No, you better have a seat. Mr. Joshua, you’re going home. The president has just released you. You’re getting your ass home.” The craziest thing was, it was on my mother’s birthday. So it was just like it was supposed to happen. That was the moment that the waterworks came down. The first thing in my mind is that I needed to call my mother. My case manager goes, “No, you have to call the United States office-of-something. Act like you don’t know.” So she called, and I said hello. “Hey, Mr. Joshua. You know that the president has just released you and you’ve made our list for the commutation. What can we do for you? Do you need a ride? Do you need help? Do you need anything? Because this is from the president, so whatever you want, it’s on us.” So I say, “Can you bring me Air Force One?” She just starts cracking up. She’s rolling. Then she says, “No, we can’t bring you Air Force One.” I say, “Oh, wait a minute, can you do me one favor? Well, since me and the president are on a first-name basis now, can you tell Barry I said, ‘Thank you very much’?

- Client, Oct. 2016.

Caring attitude by support staff!

I just want to let you know that you display a caring attitude, and that has been such a pleasant surprise in such an ugly event in our lives. Thank you for that. Just thought I would let you know, as you are a gem, who has has gone far beyond the scope of your duties in helping. You are an example...READ MORE

I just want to let you know that you display a caring attitude, and that has been such a pleasant surprise in such an ugly event in our lives. Thank you for that. Just thought I would let you know, as you are a gem, who has has gone far beyond the scope of your duties in helping. You are an example of a heroic person.

- Client, Sept. 2016.

Home for the holidays!

I don’t know if I made it clear just how grateful I am to [my attorneys] for all the hard work and legal expertise they put forth to allow me to see my family for Christmas. It was nothing short of a Miracle. I hadn’t seen them for 3 years and they are very grateful to you both also....READ MORE

I don’t know if I made it clear just how grateful I am to [my attorneys] for all the hard work and legal expertise they put forth to allow me to see my family for Christmas. It was nothing short of a Miracle. I hadn’t seen them for 3 years and they are very grateful to you both also. Now, tomorrow I am going to be able to visit my little girls that I haven’t seen since they were 3 and 5, they are going to be 7 and 9 in the next couple of months. I know it’s not over but at least I’ll have a chance to get a different result from another trial.

- Client, Dec. 28, 2015.

Law Clerk unparalleled experience.

Thank you for this unparalleled experience. I’ve been fortunate to represent these clients, hone my skills and meet amazing people. You . . . are warriors in every sense of the word and your colleagues’ camaraderie is unmatched and contagious. Thank you.

- Law Clerk, Summer 2015.

Law Clerk amazing experience.

What an experience, I have to say the program [is] amazing! I have a much better understanding of how unjust our system is and I have a newfound drive to jump into the fight and I have awesome new friends. The value that you instilled in me will stay with me for life, and words can express how lucky...READ MORE

What an experience, I have to say the program [is] amazing! I have a much better understanding of how unjust our system is and I have a newfound drive to jump into the fight and I have awesome new friends. The value that you instilled in me will stay with me for life, and words can express how lucky and humbled I am to have had the chance to learn from you. Thank you.

- Law Clerk, Summer 2015.

Law Clerk transformation.

You have effected a transformation in each and every one of us and you have enriched my understanding of the criminal justice system, of myself and of those around me. Thank you so much.

- Law Clerk, Summer 2015.

CASA Graduate on the right path.

I quickly learned that [CASA] was going to be very supportive of me and that they [are] dedicated to my success. They believed in me, and they believed that my life could return back onto the right path.”

- CASA Graduate, Feb. 2014.

STAR Graduate is closer to family.

I had to change EVERYTHING. This change has made me healthier, helped me build relationships with my family and given me a chance to be a mother again. It helped me get a job . . . To give that up would be insane. I want to live a productive, happy life.”

- STAR Graduate, Jan. 2014.