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Kent Young

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Kent attended law school at Michigan State University, graduating cum laude. While at Michigan State, Kent developed an avid interest in appellate practice as a member of the moot court team, earning several prestigious moot court awards. Kent also received the highest grade in his class in advanced criminal procedure while at Michigan State. As a former federal public defender, Kent is committed to protecting your rights!


Kent Young began his legal career as a law clerk at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He moved to San Diego in 2012, working as an appellate attorney for the Federal Public Defender’s Office from 2012 to 2016. He has handled over one-hundred appeals in state and federal court. Notable wins include the following:


  • Four petitions for review granted by the California Supreme Court. See People v. Cardenas, No. S249262, People v. Little, No. S247279, People v. Rajabiy, No. S245850, People v. Reed, No. S254163
  • United States v. Nava-Arellano, 795 Fed.Appx. 500 (9th Cir. Nov. 22, 2019) (unpublished) (vacating sentence and remanding for resentencing)
  • People v. Hunt, No. C084821, 2019 WL 1373527 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 27, 2019) (unpublished) (reversing sentence and remanding for resentencing)
  • People v. Rodriguez, No. F074741, 2018 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 170 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 10, 2018) (unpublished) (reversing defendant’s conviction for corporal injury to a cohabitant with a prior)
  • In re J.R., No. D071249, 2017 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 4042 (Cal. Ct. App. June 13, 2017) (unpublished) (reversing minor’s criminal threats conviction due to insufficient evidence)
  • People v. Salgado, No. B282368, 2018 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 1328 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2018) (unpublished) (remanding for the trial court to exercise its discretion to strike a firearm enhancement)
  • People v. Williams, No. B296796 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 24, 2020) (unpublished) (vacating one-year consecutive sentence for a prison prior and remanding for resentencing)
  • United States v. Esparza, 791 F.3d 1067 (9th Cir. 2015) (vacating jury trial conviction due to confrontation clause violation)
  • United States v. Urrutia-Contreras, 782 F.3d 1110 (9th Cir. 2015) (vacating sentence due to the district court’s failure to solicit the government’s sentencing recommendation)
  • United States v. Sanchez-Soto, 617 Fed.Appx. 695 (9th Cir. June 17, 2015) (unpublished) (vacating jury trial conviction)


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