Defense Advisory Committee on Investigations, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces

Ms. Kathleen Cannon

Ms. Kathleen Cannon Kathleen Cannon is a criminal defense attorney in Vista, California, specializing in serious felony and high profile cases.  Prior to entering private practice in 2011, Ms. Cannon was a public defender for over 30 years, in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.  Over the course of her career, Ms. Cannon supervised branch operations and training programs within the offices and handled thousands of criminal cases.  She has completed hundreds of jury trials, including those involving violent sexual assault and capital murder with special circumstances.  Since 1994, Ms. Cannon has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, and has been on the faculty with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy as a Team Leader and teacher.  She is past-President and current Training Coordinator for the California Public Defenders’ Association, providing educational seminars for criminal defense attorneys throughout the state of California.  Ms. Cannon has lectured on Battered Women Syndrome Evidence at the Marine Corps World Wide Training Conference at MCRD, San Diego, and was a small group facilitator for the Naval Justice School course, Defending Sexual Assault cases in San Diego.  Ms. Cannon has received numerous awards including Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorney in San Diego, Lawyer of the Year from the North County Bar Association, and Attorney of the Year from the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office.





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