Board of Parole Hearings
ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT OVERVIEW


To maintain compliance with Title 15, section 2256, the Board of Parole Hearings (Board) provides inmates and parolees with attorney representation at State expense if they cannot afford to retain a private attorney at their Board hearing. The Panel Attorney Appointment Program (Program) is administered in a transparent, evenhanded and standardized way.

In 2013, the Board approved a revised Panel Attorney Appointment Process for selection of state appointed attorneys to represent inmates and parolees for Parole Suitability Hearings, Medical Parole Hearings and Mentally Disordered Offender Hearings (MDO). Assignments are located at all 34 institutions statewide and two State hospitals; Atascadero State Hospital and Patton State Hospital.

Those candidates who submitted a completed Lifer application by the December 31, 2013 deadline were eligible for entrance into the one-time public lottery for selection of the Board’s Lifer attorney appointment list, which was held on January 17, 2014. Based on the Board Proceedings by Location, a total of 59 active attorney assignments were awarded for Panels 1 through 13.

Those candidates who submitted a completed MDO application by the May 15, 2014 deadline were eligible for entrance into the one-time public lottery for selection of the Board’s MDO attorney appointment list, which was held on June 2, 2014. Based on the Board Proceedings by Location, a total of 7 active MDO attorney assignments were awarded for Panel 14 and 15.

Below represents the three classifications which created our original lists:

ACTIVE ATTORNEY- Experienced Awarded - The first half of the active attorneys selected and awarded on each panel were filled in order of experience among the candidates applying for the specific panel. Those positions were filled by calculating the number of full hearings (i.e., hearings resulting in a grant, denial or stipulation) that each attorney conducted.

ACTIVE ATTORNEY- Lottery Awarded - The second half of the active attorneys selected on each panel were filled randomly among the candidates applying for each panel who were not previously selected.

INACTIVE ATTORNEY - The entirety of the inactive list was then filled with the remaining candidates in the same order as randomly drawn.