HON. MARK K. HANASONO
Hon. Mark K. Hanasono was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in December 2013. He currently serves as the Criminal Division’s Assistant Supervising Judge for Limited Jurisdiction Courts. He served as a deputy alternate public defender in the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office from 2004 until his appointment, and a deputy public defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 2000 to 2004. Judge Hanasono was a law clerk for the Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters at the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1999 to 2000. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Cynthia Nakao is the Professional Responsibility Advisor at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. She advises, teaches and supports an officewide understanding and practice of ethical and professional conduct. Since joining the office in 1988, Ms. Nakao served as the founding Deputy-in-Charge of the E-SCARS (Electronic Suspected Child Abuse Report System) Unit. She has worked in a variety of assignments, including the Health Care Fraud Division, Training Division (where she trained eight New Hire classes), Asset Forfeiture Section, White Collar Crime Division, Victim Impact Program, Hardcore Gang Division (where she served as the first designated Asian Gangs Prosecutor), Juvenile Division, Central Trials, and Branch Area and Operations. A long-time faculty member of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), Ms. Nakao has lectured extensively on ethics and trial advocacy, both for the NDAA and the California District Attorneys Association. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985 and Loyola School of Law in 1988.
MICHAEL S. OGUL
Michael S. Ogul, , Office of the Public Defender, Santa Clara, has been a public defender for nearly 38 years, having previously worked in San Joaquin, Alameda and Solano counties. He has litigated numerous capital and other murder cases, published many articles on various aspects of capital and criminal defense, taught seminars on capital defense and other criminal defense topics, and serves as the editor of the California Death Penalty Defense Manual.