About Janice Deaton

Janice Deaton has been a federal criminal defense attorney since 1987. After leaving Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., she continued to work specializing in federal criminal defense. Her private practice includes all stages of criminal proceedings from first appearance through appeal. In 2013, Ms. Deaton was recognized as a “Top Lawyer in San Diego,” in San Diego magazine.

She is fluent in Spanish, has coordinated and taught several courses oral trial advocacy and advanced litigation techniques for the Poder Judicial in Guanajuato, Mexico, and is on the teaching faculty for oral trial advocacy skills for Latin American judges and attorneys at Cal Western School of Law (“Proyecto Acceso’s Academia de Destreza de Litigación,”). From 2010-2011 she was contracted by the Conference of Western Attorney Generals (CWAG) and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) to teach oral trial skills to Mexican attorneys and judges.

She is on the Advisory Councils for USD’s Trans-Border Institute, the San Diego Museum of Man Border Crossing Project, and the State of Guanajuato’s School of Judicial Studies and Investigation in Mexico.

Ms. Deaton received a Master’s Degree at the Joan Kroc School for Peace Studies at USD in August, 2010, with a specialty in Human Rights in Mexico and Guatemala.

In 2012, Ms. Deaton authored and published an article on Mexico’s detention-without-arrest mechanism called arraigo.