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A. Bayer

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During my fourteen years as a Deputy Public Defender, I witnessed the complex pathways that bring people into the criminal justice system. I further studied these dynamics as I earned my Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. I now endeavor to integrate my experiences in jurisprudence with developmental, interpersonal, and family theories as I pursue a PhD in Human Development. I am committed to helping individuals receive a well-prepared and successful defense in a compassionate manner.


August 2020 – present


  • Doctoral Student –  Human Development and Family Science – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Research involving the intersection of human development and the criminal justice system.


May 2020


  • Master of Arts – Criminal Justice – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Thesis: A Jurisdictional Analysis of Franklin Proceedings: A Preliminary Study; Graduated with a 4.0 GPA


December 2003


  • Juris Doctor – Thomas Jefferson School of Law Honors: Cum Laude; Certificate in Law and Social Justice


May 2001


  • Bachelor of Arts – French studies – Mills College Honors: Cum Laude


January 2019; August 2019 – present
Graduate teaching assistant – University of Nevada, Reno


  • Taught undergraduate students in research methods.
  • Lectured and facilitated class discussions in matters related to criminal justice.


December 2004 – December 2018
Deputy Public Defender – San Diego Cunty Public Defender’s Office


  • Conducted over 25 jury trials ranging from misdemeanors to first degree murder.
  • Participated in over 40 juvenile adjudications including 707 proceedings.
  • Represented numerous clients in complex life top cases.
  • Attended trainings on Criminology, Capital Cases, Juvenile Sentencing, Sex Offenses, Criminal Law and Procedure and Defense Trial Strategies.
  • Conducted office trainings on trial practice.

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