Norma Aguilar, Visiting Attorney Advisor, Defender Services Office, Training Division
Norma Aguilar is a Supervisory Attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. and is currently detailed to the Training Division of the Defender Services Office in Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside, and her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. During her 14 year career, Norma has tried almost 50 federal felony jury trials and has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seven times. As a supervisory attorney, her responsibilities include handling more complex federal criminal cases as well as supervising and training younger attorneys. Norma has lectured on both federal criminal defense and trial skills throughout the United States, including training at the annual Orientation Seminar for New Federal Defenders, as well as training attorneys on the federal Criminal Justice Act Panel in various jurisdictions. Norma has also trained international lawyers in Mexico and in the United States for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and other programs focused on developing trial skills for Latin American lawyers as their countries transition to an adversarial system.

Joshua Carpenter, Appellate Chief, Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc.

Joshua Carpenter is the appellate chief for the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc.  Before joining that office in 2012, he served as a law clerk to the honorable Judge M. Blane Michael of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and worked for several years in Washington, D.C. as a litigation associate at the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Covington & Burling LLP.  Josh graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an Executive Articles Editor for The Georgetown Law Journal. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Marshall University and was a member of the university’s Society of Yeager Scholars.  Since joining FDWNC, he has argued 14 cases in the Fourth Circuit and in 2014, he argued Whitfield v. United States before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Paresh Patel, Appellate Attorney, Federal Public Defender's Office, District of Maryland

Paresh Patel has been with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland as an appellate attorney since 2003.  Before then, he worked as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. and the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York, New York. In 1999-2000, he clerked for the Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland.  Paresh earned his J.D. from American University in 1996, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 1993.