Susan Israel

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T: (909) 798-6179
F: (909) 798-6189



San Bernardino County Office of the Public Defender, 2000-2016, Counsel for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (2016-present)


Education and Honors

Capital University Law School (J.D., 1997); The Ohio State University (B.A., International Studies, 1992)


Professional Associations

California Public Defenders Association (Board of Directors, 2012-2016; Legislative Committee, 2012-2016), California Conference of Bar Associations delegate; Faculty, California Public Defenders Association Basic Trial Skills Institute (2013-present); San Bernardino County Bar Association; Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund; Joseph B. Campbell American Inn of Court.


Bar Admissions

California (1999), Ohio (1997).

A representative sampling of Ms. Israel’s experience is as follows::

Selected Publications:
  • Ruminations of a Public Defender, Defender magazine, Summer 2010
Selected Popular Writing:
  • Prop 66’s ‘speed up’ in death penalty won’t work, San Bernardino County Sun, October 20, 2016
Criminal Defense:
  • Acquittal in a three-strikes (life in prison) jury trial, where the client was a gang member accused of assault
  • Acquittal in a three-strikes (life in prison) jury trial, where the client was accused of stealing a car
  • Represented client accused of being a Mexican Mafia gang member, and of murdering two people.  After two trials and two hung juries, the prosecutor dismissed the murder charges.
  • Represented client accused of murder.  The jury convicted him of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder, saving the client a term of life in prison
Mental Health Defense:
  • Represented numerous Mentally Disordered Offender (MDO) clients, who are confined to State mental hospitals, resulting in favorable dispositions
Agriculture Law:
  • Represent small farmers nationwide, to help them navigate myriad administrative regulations, and defend them against government intrusion