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Criminal Appeals Section

Section Overview

AUSAs in the Criminal Appeals Section supervise or handle all of the Office's matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, comprising approximately 300 appellate briefs and 110 oral arguments per year. These cases involve some of the most challenging legal issues in criminal law, including frequent constitutional issues, affirmative government appeals, appeals involving issues of first impression, and efforts to obtain en banc review. AUSAs in the section have also worked closely with the Solicitor General's Office to determine which cases raise significant legal issues that are worthy of government appeal, en banc rehearing, or Supreme Court review. While AUSAs from the other sections write the briefs for and argue many of their own appeals, AUSAs from the Criminal Appeals Section have editorial control over all of the briefs, hold "moot courts" for all the oral arguments, and both write and argue some of the more significant cases.

Section Leadership

Jean-Claude (“J.C.”) André

Jean-Claude (“J.C.”) André is the Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section. AUSA André obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 2000, from which he also obtained an M.A. in History (with an emphasis on Legal and Constitutional History and Theory). He clerked for the Honorable A. Andrew Hauk (dec.) of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After clerking, he was in private practice with a boutique law firm, at which he personally handled over 30 distinct appeals, including briefing 14 and arguing 3 before the United States Supreme Court. He has been an AUSA since 2007 and served in the Criminal Appeals Section since 2008. He became Deputy Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section in January 2012 and Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section in August 2013. He has personally briefed and/or argued over 75 appeals on behalf of the USAO, edited hundreds of briefs, and participated in hundreds of moot courts. Since 2009, he has served on the faculty of the National Advocacy Center’s Civil and Criminal Appellate Advocacy and Brief Writing courses, and in 2014, additionally served on the faculty of the National Advocacy Center’s Retroactive Sentencing Guidelines Seminar.

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Criminal Division
Attn: Criminal Appeals Section
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Updated February 8, 2016