NAPIPA - Regional Board

San Diego Chapter

 

PRESIDENT
ELIZABETH CARINO

Deputy Attorney General

California Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

 

 

Elizabeth Carino is currently a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division – Appeals, Writs and Trials Section of the California Attorney General’s Office.  As a Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Carino handles criminal felony appeals and habeas corpus petitions in both state and federal courts.  Ms. Carino has argued in the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.  She received her BA from San Diego State University and JD from California Western School of Law.  While in law school, Ms. Carino served as the former President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and received multiple awards for her leadership and commitment to diversity.

 

VICE PRESIDENT

FANNY YU

Deputy District Attorney

San Diego County District Attorney's Office

 

 

Fanny Yu has been a prosecutor for over 13 years.  She is a Deputy District Attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office where she currently serves as the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence team leader in the Juvenile Division.  Ms. Yu has been a Deputy District Attorney for over 11 years and her prior assignments included Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking, felony trial team in the North County Division, and Superior Court handling preliminary hearings.  Ms. Yu served as a Deputy City Attorney with the City of San Diego prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office.  She trains other prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, probation department, social workers, dependency attorneys, victim advocacy groups, and non-profit organization volunteers regarding Human Trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).   Ms. Yu is a member of the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council and the San Diego Police Foundation’s SafetyNet Advisory Council.  Ms. Yu received her JD in 2001 from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) and her BA in 1998 from UCLA.  

 

TREASURER

BRANDON J. KIMURA

Assistant United States. Attorney

Southern District of California

Office of the United States Attorneys

 

 

Brandon Kimura is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, San Diego, and has been with the office since December 2011.  He is assigned to the Criminal Division – Reactive Crimes Section, where he mainly prosecutes border-related crimes, including alien smuggling and importation of controlled substances.  Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Kimura was an associate at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto, California.  As an associate, Mr. Kimura was assigned to the Complex Commercial Litigation Department, where he worked on securities, contract, and white-collar criminal cases.  Mr. Kimura graduated with honors from both the University of Hawaii and Santa Clara University Law School.

SECRETARY

STACY TYLER

Deputy Attorney General

California Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

 

Stacy Tyler is a career prosecutor with the California Department of Justice.  Ms. Tyler graduated with a BA from UC Berkeley in 1998 and received her JD from Hastings College of the Law in 2001.  During law school, she clerked for the Organized Crime Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Vegas Office.  Upon graduation, she became a Graduate Legal Assistant with the Office of the Attorney General and has remained with the office since.  As a Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Tyler handles felony criminal appeals and writ petitions in the state and federal courts.  She has argued before the California Supreme Court and has tried several felony cases in superior court.  As the head of the law clerk team at the Attorney General's Office, she enjoyed the opportunity to mentor budding Asian prosecutors, and found it one of the most rewarding aspects of her career.  Ms. Tyler is married with two beautiful children who speak Chinese and Japanese, as well as English and Italian.

BOARD MEMBER

MARK T. CUMBA

Deputy Attorney General

California Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

 

Mark Cumba began his legal career as a Cook County State’s Attorney in Chicago where he prosecuted cases in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, Juvenile Justice Bureau, Narcotics Prosecutions Bureau and Public Interest Bureau.  After 11 years in private practice litigating high-exposure civil matters, Mr. Cumba returned to public service joining the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.  As a Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Cumba is assigned to the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse where he represents the State of California in investigating and prosecuting companies and individuals for illegally abusing the Medicare/Medi-Cal programs as well as residential care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, caretakers and other individuals for abusing or neglecting California's elderly and dependent adult citizens.  Mr. Cumba has been a board member of Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego since 2010, is a current appointed member of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation where he assists the governor in the judicial selection process, and is an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he coaches the mock trial team.

BOARD MEMBER

MELISSA OCAMPO

Deputy District Attorney

San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

 

Melissa Ocampo is a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.  She is currently assigned to the North County Division where she handles general trials, graffiti cases, and “Crimes Against Peace Officer” (CAPO) cases.  Ms. Ocampo was born and raised in San Diego.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of CA, Irvine in 2008, and then returned to San Diego where she earned her JD from California Western School of Law in 2011.  Prior to working for the DA’s Office, Ms. Ocampo also law clerked for the offices of San Diego City Attorney, California Attorney General, and San Diego Alternate Public Defender.

 

BOARD MEMBER

ARLENE SEVIDAL

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

California Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

 

Arlene Sevidal is currently a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division - Appeals, Writs and Trials section of the California Attorney General’s Office.  As a Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Sevidal has been a member of the Capital Litigation Team and Federal Habeas Corpus Team, and she has litigated four capital appeals and two discretionary review cases in the California Supreme Court.  Ms. Sevidal has argued in the California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal, California Superior Court, United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, and has filed briefs in the United States Supreme Court.  Prior to being a Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Sevidal was an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from George Washington University Law School.

 

BOARD MEMBER

JON TANGONAN

Deputy Attorney General

California Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

 

Jon Tangonan is a trial attorney in the Tort and Condemnation section of the California Office of the Attorney General.  For seven years, Mr. Tangonan worked at Gordon & Rees, LLP, in its environmental and products liability practice groups.  He received his BA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and JD from the University of San Diego.  Jon is a past Vice President the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at USD and past President of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego.

BOARD MEMBER

CONNIE WU

Assistant US Attorney

Southern District of California

Office of the United States Attorney

 

Connie Wu is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of California, San Diego.  Before becoming a prosecutor, Connie worked in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s New York office as a Government Enforcement & White Collar Crime Associate.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Over the years, Connie has interned or clerked for Alhambra Superior Court Judge Jaime Corral, U.S. Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns, the Sex Crimes Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the Drug Task Force of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice.  Connie has wanted to become a prosecutor since she was a teen and is happy to be living the dream.

BOARD MEMBER

ERIC TRAN

Deputy District Attorney

San Diego District Attorney's Office

 

Eric Tran is a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Tran is currently assigned to the South Bay Division where he handles a myriad of criminal cases.  For his undergraduate career, Mr. Tran attended the University of California, Berkeley.  Mr. Tran graduated with high honors and distinction in general scholarship in Legal Studies and Asian American Studies.  Mr. Tran then earned his juris doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.  While at UCLA Law, Mr. Tran served as the Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Student Association and as a Managing Editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal.  Prior to working for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Tran clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Honorable Saundra B. Armstrong of the United States District Court, Northern District.

BOARD MEMBER

JOSEPH WHANG

Deputy District Attorney

San Diego District Attorney's Office

 

Deputy District Attorney Joseph Whang has worked in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office since November 2012. He is currently assigned to the Economic Crimes Division and has previously worked in the Juvenile and East County Divisions. Mr. Whang grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles and spent much of his youth in Koreatown. He received his bachelor’s degree from UCSD and his juris doctorate at Loyola Law School. Prior to being hired as a deputy district attorney for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Whang worked as Graduate Law Clerk with the same office from 2010-2011 and as a deputy district attorney in Fresno County from 2011-2012.

BOARD MEMBER

JUSTINE SANTIAGO

Deputy District Attorney

San Diego District Attorney's Office

 

Justine Santiago is currently a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Santiago started with the D.A.’s Office in August of 2013 and has served in the North County, East County, and Juvenile Branches handling general channel crimes.  She is currently assigned to the Family Protection Division where she primarily prosecutes the misdemeanor domestic violence, elder abuse, and child abuse cases.  Prior to working for the D.A.’s Office in San Diego, Ms. Santiago also served as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and went on to graduate with her law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Want to Become a Member?

"Like" Us on Facebook!

Recommend this page on:

Print Print | Sitemap
Copyright © 2011 National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association