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.

Juval Scott, Attorney Advisor, Defender Services Office, Training Division.
Juval Scott joined the Training Division of the Defender Services Office in early 2015 as an Attorney Advisor. Juval came to the Training Division from the Milwaukee office of the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc., where she was an Assistant Federal Defender (AFD). Prior to that, she was an AFD in the Southern District of Indiana. Before becoming an AFD, Ms. Scott worked as an associate in a small firm primarily handling criminal, personal injury, and family law matters; a deputy prosecutor for the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office in Lafayette, Indiana; and as Associate General Counsel for a private investigation firm focusing on trademark litigation. She has also served as Judge Pro Tempore in the Marion County Criminal Courts. Ms. Scott received her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, from Xavier University of Louisiana. Ms. Scott teaches regularly at local Criminal Justice Act panel trainings as well as programs sponsored by the Defender Services Office, Training Division, The National Criminal Defense College, Wisconsin State Public Defenders, and the National Bar Association.