Pamela Bishop, Commonwealth Litigation Support Services, Inc., Ashland, Virginia
Pamela Bishop is the principal at Commonwealth Litigation Support Services, Inc., in Ashland, Virginia. A casualty of the federal budget crisis, she took early retirement in May of this year after having been with the Federal Public Defender's office in Richmond since it opened in October, 2001. During her career with the Richmond FPD office, she managed five death penalty cases, most notably U.S. v. Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged with the 9/11 hijacking. Of the five cases, two resulted in dismissals, the other three in life sentences. She also specialized in large scale fraud and financial cases. Pam has lectured at a number of conferences and training programs on paralegal skills, financial investigations, document analysis, and e-discovery. She continues to provide litigation support to a select number of defense attorneys in the Richmond area and teach for both the NDIA and the DSO Training Division.
Paresh Patel, Appellate Attorney, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the 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.