Section Meeting - Criminal Law

  • 08 Aug 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
  • Atrium Bldg., 19200 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92612
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The Leslie Van Houten Case: 
How I Let Paralegals Make Themselves Indispensable

This presentation will ​explore the creative ways criminal defense attorney Richard Pfeiffer addressed this case.  He will also demonstrate how his paralegals were involved in assisting him with the case with tasks such as preparing Ms. Van Houten for her parole hearings, obtaining documents, and helping line up which Manson Family members Mr. Pfeiffer would call as a witness.  Come learn how to make yourself an indispensable paralegal.

Presented by: Richard Pfeiffer, Esq.

Speaker Bio:  Richard Pfeiffer is an experienced criminal defense attorney who also assists parents with dependency appeals. Mr. Pfeiffer is a veteran of the Navy SEAL team from which he received an honorable discharge in 1976. Upon leaving the Navy Mr. Pfeiffer lost control of his life as a cocaine addict. He was sentenced to prison and used the available resources and programs to rehabilitate himself. Mr. Pfeiffer entered law school a few years after appealing his sentence and graduated in 1995. For the following years he volunteer for the Orange County Public Defender's Office working on juvenile dependency writs and appeals, which later went on to be published opinions. He also began doing MCLE training seminars on substance abuse and how to better assist clients on appeal when they are incarcerated in prison. He represented life inmates seeking parole, represented them in petitions for writs of habeas corpus and went to several prisons putting on seminars and assisted with self help groups. As soon as he could, he began training other attorneys to do the same work. Until about 2009, all of his work was pro bono. With his unique first hand knowledge of experiencing the criminal justice system as most of our clients do, he continues to work as a defense attorney assisting clients affected by the prison system. Most recently he has volunteered with the Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange County Public Defender's office addressing the changing youthful offender re-sentence and parole issues.


Location: Atrium Bldg., 19200 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92612

Parking: Free after 6:30 p.m.  Attendees will take a parking ticket upon entrance to the structure, and no fees are due after 6:30 p.m.

Google Maps: Atrium Bldg, Irvine, California

Light snacks will be provided.


**OCPA is a State Bar of California Approved MCLE provider and certifies that this seminar qualifies for MCLE CREDIT 1.0.

Event Fee: $10.00 for OCPA members, $20.00 for non-members and $20.00 for all walk-ins who have not pre-registered online (both members and non-members) IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE. Walk-ins are on a first come first serve basis.

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*Cancellation Policy - If you need to cancel your reservation, please e-mail the Criminal Law Section Chair Katherine Gracia at No refunds will be issued. Credit for a future meeting will be held in your OCPA account which may be applied to future meetings if your cancellation is received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

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