Jane Siegel has been a criminal trial advocate since 1975. She owns her own private criminal defense firm in San Diego, California. Before opening her own office, she spent 24 years in the United States Marine Corps as a judge advocate and retired as a full colonel. Colonel Siegel has practiced as both a prosecutor and a judge, although her heart is ever in defense. She has tried in excess of 400 felony jury trials. 

As a teacher of advocacy, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy certified Colonel Siegel as an instructor in 1985. She has taught trial advocacy for the Navy and the Marine Corps lawyers all over the world. Additionally, Colonel Siegel has taught advocacy for law schools and law firms all over the country including Stanford, the University of San Francisco, Cardozo, California Western School of Law and she is currently teaching at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She teaches for the National College of Defense Counsel in Macon, Georgia, and was the executive director of the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy in San Diego for four years.

MILITARY EXPERIENCE    TEACHING EXPERIENCE
 
MILITARY EXPERIENCE

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS  1974 - 1997  

Rank: Colonel

INDIVIDUAL MILITARY COUNSEL  1996 - 1997

Selected, by name, to represent officers in high profile/complex military cases. Defended complex cases, such as child abuse, homosexual assaults and retrials.

STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE  1994 - 1996

Commanding General's legal advisor on all legal matters affecting command of over 9,000 people. Responsible for the resolution and arbitration of complaints of injustices and wrongs to personnel. Tried cases involving senior ranking officers with the highest visibility. Supervised three capital murder cases.

CHIEF DEFENSE COUNSEL OF THE MARINE CORPS  1993 - 1994

Supervised, trained and evaluated all Marine Corps defense counsel worldwide. Developed trial advocacy training for all Marine Corps defense counsel. Insured the quality of follow up trial advocacy training programs for all Marine Corps defense counsel throughout the world including Korea, the Philippines, Japan and Hawaii. Selected case files and trained faculty members for these programs.

STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE  1991 - 1993

Commanding General's legal advisor on all problems dealing with criminal justice, environmental, labor, personnel and administrative law. Lectured over 25,000 Marines and Sailors on sexual harassment prevention and fraternization. Guided the administration of two capital murder cases.
REGIONAL DEFENSE COUNSEL  1988 - 1991
Trained, evaluated and supervised 24 defense attorneys with caseloads of over 300 cases. Conducted over 30-week long trial advocacy seminars. Handled bench and jury trials involving issues such as fraud, AIDS related homicides and child abuse.
NAVAL JUSTICE SCHOOL  1984 - 1988
Senior Instructor and Trial Advocacy Coordinator. Head of Criminal Law and Evidence departments at Rhode Island's only law school. Rewrote and revised texts in trial advocacy, criminal law and evidence. Taught lawyers and judges evidence and constitutional criminal procedure. Developed trial skills package which is still in use throughout the Navy and Marine Corps. Developed, wrote and implemented all teacher training for the Navy and Marine Corps. Instructed senior lawyers on how to create and implement trial advocacy programs around the world.
MILITARY JUDGE  1982 - 1984
Adjudicated approximately 300 felony and misdemeanor cases including over 50 jury trials. Responsible for organizing lawyer training seminars where judges participated.
CHIEF PROSECUTOR MILITARY JUSTICE OFFICER  1980 - 1981
Supervised, coordinated and assisted 15 prosecutors and 20 defense counsel. Organized and managed docket and docketing meetings. Tried approximately 125 felony and misdemeanor cases including 35 jury trials. Supervised twelve paralegals. Prosecuted two capital murder cases.
CHIEF PROSECUTOR  1978 - 1980
Supervised six prosecutors. Tried approximately 215 criminal cases. Supervised three paralegals. Lectured law enforcement personnel on search and seizure issues, admissions and confessions.
PROSECUTOR  1976 - 1977
Prosecuted over 200 felony and misdemeanor cases including 40 jury trials.
DEFENSE COUNSEL  1975 - 1976
Handled over 150 criminal cases including 20 jury trials. Represented clients at administrative discharge boards.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

INSTITUTE FOR CRIMINAL DEFENSE ADVOCACY

  1995 - 1998 Director
1992 - 1995 Trial Skills Academy Instructor
1991 - 1992 Sole instructor of Essentials of Trial Advocacy course which was taught to newly assigned Federal and Public Defenders. Developed and wrote the case file utilitzed in the course.
 

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF LAW INTENSIVE ADVOCACY PROGRAM 1992 - Present

  Lead Instructor. Responsible for organizing program schedule, content of class materials and teacher training. Present lectures and demonstrations on voir dire, openings, closings, and direct examinations. Evaluation of faculty members.
 

STANFORD LAW SCHOOL 1992 - Present

  Lead Instructor. Responsible for lectures in various trial advocacy skills. Evaluation of faculty members. Prepare evaluations and recommendations of the program for the directors.
 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY

  1992 - Present. Instructor.
Taught numerous NITA in-house programs at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro; Allstate Insurance; Preston, Gates & Ellis Law firms.
1998 Taught at the San Diego Deposition Course.
1989 - 1991 Instructor at the NITA Pacific Regional Course.
 

CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW

 

1991 - 2003. Adjunct Professor.
Teaching Basic Trial Practice and Advanced Trial Practice. Developed and implemented Advanced Trial Practice, a three credit course, for the school. Developed and wrote case files for the Advanced Trial Practice course.
1992 - Present. Trial Team Coach.
Coached ABA and ATLA trial advocacy competition teams. Won regional as well as state championships.
 

THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW

 

2002 - Present. Adjunct Professor.
Teaching Trial Practice and Advanced Advocacy, Military Justice and coaching a nationally rated Mock Trail Team. Won 2007 Best Adjunct Professor Award.
 

UNITED STATES NAVY AND MARINE CORPS  1989 - 1997

  Trial Advocacy Instructor. Taught trial advocacy to Navy and Marine lawyers throughout the US, Hawaii and Japan. Lecturer on voir dire, opening statement and closing arguments.
 

NAVAL JUSTICE SCHOOL  1984 - 1988

  Senior Instructor. Taught lawyers, judges and paralegals criminal law trial advocacy and procedure at the Naval Justice School. Developed the program to improve instructing skills of faculty.
 

NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE  Macon, Georgia  1995 - Present

  Instructor of trial advocacy.
 
CORDOZO UNIVERSITY 1991 - 1992

 

Instructor of trial advocacy.
 

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL 1988 - 1990

 

Instructor of first year criminal law.
 
NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE 1982, 1988, 1989

 

Seminar Leader. Instructor of constitutional criminal procedure.

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