2014 Board of Trustees Election

Candidate for District 4

Larisa M. Dinsmoor

City: Santa Ana

Larisa Dinsmoor Admitted to practice law in California: Aug. 6, 2004
Public disciplinary history: None
Additional information about this candidate is available from the membership records of the State Bar through the Attorney Search page of the bar’s website.
Disclaimer: This Candidate Statement was supplied by the candidate and has not been checked for accuracy by any official or employee of the State Bar.

Candidate Statement

Devoted to Public Service and Making Your Voice Heard

I have been a deputy public defender for over seven years, where making voices heard is my way of life.  If elected, I will make District 4’s voices heard at the State Bar of California.  My five immediate priorities are:

1.    Zealously representing you! ... Your opinion matters.  I will strengthen communication between the State Bar and you by making myself extremely accessible.   

2.    Promoting diversity…on all levels, not just within age, ethnicity and gender, but within civil and criminal law, public and private practice, large firms and solo-practitioners, and among affiliate bar associations.   
3.    Shaping the development of better laws that truly reflect our legal realities … by closing the gap between theory and practice. As practitioners in the trenches we know what makes sense and what does not.

4.    Solving the court funding crisis … Justice delayed is justice denied.

5.    Laying the foundation for a prosperous future… by assisting and educating our new lawyers as they transition into professionals.  

Leadership Experience:

  • Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), Board Member
  • OCBA Community Outreach Committee, Member
  • Orange County Deputy Public Defender Association (OCDPDA) past Board Member
  • Speaker at Whittier Law School, Chapman University School of Law and Western State University College of Law
  • Trial Advocacy pro bono trainer for International Bridges to Justice (IBJ)

Prior to being a Public Defender, I worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office, clerked for two Washington D.C. judges and was on Law Review.

Larisa M. Dinsmoor
Orange County Public Defender's Office
14 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701
E-mail: larisawakefield@gmail.com

Other Candidates for District 4

Patricia Lee-Gulley
Heather L. Rosing
Babak Samini