Julie Schumer

Certified Appellate Law Specialist
Schumer@InnocenceLegalTeam.com
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For over 30 years, I have dedicated my career to defending those already convicted of a crime, knowing that I was the last hope for a client’s freedom or life time in prison. To fulfill this awesome responsibility, I have put all of my energies into convincing the appellate courts to overturn my clients’ convictions. I know what it takes to maximize your chances of prevailing on appeal or in a writ proceeding. The most satisfying and exciting moments of my many years in practice have been the times I have been able to meet my newly freed client at the prison gate, celebrate his freedom and return him to his life and family.

Certification/Specialties:

  • Appellate Law, State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 1996

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education:

  • Loyola-Marymount Law School 1978, Juris Doctorate
  • UCLA Los Angeles CA 1975, B.A. English, Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works:

  • A Procedural Roadmap to Civil & Criminal Appeals (Co-Author), Contra Costa Lawyer, 1996
  • Appellate Procedure Simplified, Contra Costa Lawyer, 1993

Representative Cases:

  • Myers v. Trendwest, 148 CA 41403 (California Court of Appeal 2007)
  • People v. Houston, 130 CA 4279 (California Court of Appeal 2005)
  • People v. Johnson, 121 CA 41409 (2004)
  • People v. Tucker, 37 CA 41 (1995)
  • People v. King, 30 CA 4328 (1994)
  • People v. Araujo, 10 CA 4700 (1992)
  • People v. Runge, 3 CA 4436 (1992)
  • People v. Spears, 228 CA 3d1 (1991)
  • People v. Seibel, 219 CA 3d 1279 (1990)
  • People v. Coston, 221 CA 3d 898 (1990)
  • People v. Brown, 201 CA 3d 1296 (1988)
  • People v. Jarrell, 196 CA 3d 604 (1987)

Continuing Education Classes and Seminars Taught:

  • Appellate Procedure, Contra Costa Bar Association, 2002
  • Appellate Procedure, Contra Costa Bar Association, 1996
  • Appellate Procedure, Contra Costa Bar Association, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Appellate Law Advisory Commission, 1998 – 2000 Co-Chair
  • CACJ Prisons/Post-Conviction Law Committee, 1994 – 1996 Co-Chair
  • Appellate Section of Contra Costa County Bar Association, 1991 – 1996 
President and Secretary as well as co-founder of the section

Employment Positions:

  • Innocence Legal Team, 2009 to Present
  • Solo practitioner handling crime appeals exclusively with emphasis in sex crimes, 1982-2009
  • Mink, Alpert & Barr, Associate Attorney, 1978-1982

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