Profile

Kathleen Ryals

Kathleen Ryals
24085 Amador St., Room 200
Hayward, CA  94544-5055
Phone: 415-244-3750
kathy.ryals@acgov.org
City: Oakland

State Bar of California Admission Date: Dec.11, 1989

Education:
  • Hastings College of the Law, J.D. degree, 1986 – 1989
    • Constitution Law Review 1987 – 88
    • Extern, Honorable William Dwyer, Federal District Court 1988
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  B.A., Political Science
  • Continuing Education:  California Public Defenders Association Homicide Seminar; Death Penalty Seminar; Felony Practice Seminar; Trial Skills Seminars.  California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Criminal Defense/Trial Practice Seminars.

Employment:

  • Alameda County Public Defender’s Office , 1989 – present
    • Supervising Attorney of Felony Litigation Team, July 2013 – present
    • Branch Manager Pleasanton Office,  2011 – 2013
    • Extensive supervision and management experience with law clerks, new and     experienced attorneys, 2000 – present
    • Extensive litigation experience:  motions, trials (court and jury), preliminary     hearings, 1989 – present
    • Helped design and implement “drug court” in Alameda County 2000 – 2003
  • Law Clerk/Paralegal
    • Los Angeles Public Defenders Office, Summer 1988
    • Shidler, McBroom, Gates and Lucas; Seattle, Summer 1987 – 1988
    • Bechtel Environmental, San Francisco, 1987
    • Foster, Pepper; Seattle, 1983 – 1986

State Bar Activities: Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, member, 2014 – present

Professional Memberships:
  • California Public Defenders Association, 1990 – present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Local 21, Union Steering Committee 2006 – present
  • Alameda County Public Defenders Association Steering Committee 2000 – present

Lecturer/Instructor:
  • Stanford Law School, Trial Advocacy Workshop (Evidence) 2012 – 2013
  • Domestic Violence: What Every Judge Should Know, (Judges College) 2000
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, Trial Advocacy Workshop, 2002
  • Hastings College of the law Trial Advocacy Workshop, 2003

Activities:
  • Diva Half Marathon, May 2013
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, 2000 and 2011
  • French American International School Parent Board, 2001 – 2008