President Obama made one of the few nominations of a public defender to join the federal bench in Los Angeles. Jesus G. Bernal, who is Deputy Federal Public Defender in LA, has been in the defenders’ office since 1996. He was nominated by the White House April 25 to take the seat held until 2009 by Judge Stephen G. Larson, who resigned.
Bernal began as an associate at now defunct Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in Los Angeles from 1001-1996.
He was an assistant federal public defender in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2006 when he became the Deputy Public Defender.
Bernal clerked from U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon on the Central District from 1989-91.
He is a native of Mexico and received his law degree from Stanford University Law School in 1989 and his undergraduate degree from Yale in 1986.