Raul Ayala, Visiting Attorney Advisor, Defender Services Office Training Division, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Central District of California Federal Public Defender

Raul Ayala is currently serving as a Visiting Attorney Advisor to the Training Division of the Defender Services Office at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in Washington, DC.  A graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California and U.C. Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, he has been a criminal defense attorney for more than thirty-three years, including a total of over eleven years as a Deputy Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California.  Raul also serves as Co-Chair of the Immigration Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.

Joanna Silver, Appellate Attorney, Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Maryland.
Joanna Silver has been with the Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Maryland since 2004.  For the past five years she has been an appellate attorney, while also maintaining a small trial caseload and serving as the in-house expert on the intersections between criminal and immigration law.  Joanna began her career as a public defender at the Office of the Public Defender for the State of Maryland in Montgomery County.  Prior to that, she clerked for the Honorable Jerry Buchmeyer on the District Court for the Northern District of Texas.