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.