William J. Kopeny
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William J. Kopeny
Firm: Appellate Law Office of William J. Kopeny
Address: 2102 Business Center Drive
Suite 130
Irvine, CA 92612-1001
Phone: (949) 253-5875
Fax: (949) 253-5766
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.writsnappeals.com

Areas of Practice Bar Admissions Education
Published Works Affiliations
Lawyer Profile:
My services as an expert witness in criminal and appellate law cases have been sought by other attorneys in a number of matters. I have been accepted as an expert witness in both state and federal courts.
Areas of Practice:
Criminal Appeals
Civil Appeals
Extraordinary Writs
Certification/Specialties:
Appellate Law, Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Criminal Law, Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions:
California, 1974
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1989
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1997
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1991
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2003
Education:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, August, 1981
College of Trial and Appellate Advocacy

University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California, 1974
J.D.

University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, 1971
B.A.

California State College at Fullerton, Fullerton, California

Published Works:
In re Yurko, Orange County Bar Journal, 1974

Rost Motion Manual, C.A.C.J, 1975

Capital Punishment: Who Should Choose?, Western State University College of Law, 1985

Death Penalty Cases (Lead Author, Chapter 55), California Criminal Law: Practice and Procedure, First Edition, Supplement, C.E.B. (1986); 1987, 1988

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Appellate Law Practice, Guest Lecturer, Whittier Law School, Fall, 2004

MCLE Seminar, Lecturer, Law Talk, Inc., January, 2004

MCLE Seminar, Lecturer, Law Talk, Inc., December, 2003

Appellate Law Practice (Oral Argument), Guest Lecturer, Chapman University School of Law

Speaker, Orange County Bar Association College of Appellate Advocacy, 2000

"What Makes A Great Judge?", Panelist, Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA), May, 2003

"The Rodney King Case", American Bar Association (Los Angeles), White Collar Crime Section

"Ethics and the Rodney King Case", American Inns of Court (Banyard)

Criminal Law - Procedure, Faculty, California State University at Fullerton

Criminal Procedure, Legal Analysis, Faculty, Western State College of Law - Orange County

Death Penalty Training Seminars, Lecturer, California Public Defender's Association/NACDL

22nd Annual Convention Program, Lecturer, California Public Defender's Association/NACDL, April 22-24, 1992

Lecturer, various occasions, California Public Defender's Association/NACDL

"The King Trial, A Retrospective of Legal and Practical Issues", American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Committee, June 15, 1993

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Seminar Presenter, University of California, 1975 - Present

Taught judges about due process and record on appeal issues in traffic and misdemeanor cases, California Judicial Council

"Ethics, Gangs, Race & Smart Weapons" Seminar, Lecturer, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1992

Asilomar Death Penalty Seminar, Lecturer, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, 2007 - 2008
Chair

State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, 2006
Vice Chair

State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, 2004 - 2008
Member

State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section

Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Section, 1995 - Present
Founding Member

Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Section, 1999
Director, College of Appellate Advocacy

Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Section, 2000
Program Chair

Orange County Bar Association Appellate Section, 2001
Chair

Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, 1980 - 1995
Member

American Inns of Court, Robert A. Banyard Inn
Founding Member and Master Bencher

California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Past Employment Positions:
William J. Kopeny & Associates, 1998 - Present

Kopeny & Powell, Inc., 1996 - 1998

Law Office of William J. Kopeny, 1990 - 1995

Stewart & Barnett, 1988 - 1990

Combs & Gifford, 1987

Merwin, McDonald & Kopeny, 1985 - 1987

Orange County Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender-Supervising Special Operations, Juvenile Court, Writs & Appeals, and Mental Health, 1984 - 1985

Orange County Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender-Head: Writs & Appeals Section, Felony Trials, 1981 - 1984

Orange County Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender-Writs & Appeals Attorney, 1980 - 1981

Law Office of William J. Kopeny, 1976 - 1980

MacFarlane & MacFarlane, Associate Attorney, 1975

Orange County Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 1974

West Practice Categories:
Administrative Officers & Agents, Licensing, International Dispute Resolution, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Debarment, Litigation & Appeals, Federal Appellate Practice, Military & Veterans Appeals, State Appellate Practice, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Supreme Court, Professional Malpractice Law, Legal Malpractice, Other Professionals Malpractice

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