Callie Glanton Steele

Chief Trial Deputy, Santa Barbara County Office of the Public Defender
Work TPI Attendance: July, 1994
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Callie Glanton Steele has devoted her career to the defense of indigent clients for the past 32 years. Since July 25, 2022, she has been the Chief Trial Deputy for the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office (South County). Prior to that position, for 30 years, she worked at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. She was the Senior Litigator from for 7 years, primarily handling complex cases. Prior to that time, she was a Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender for 13 years, and a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the trial unit for 8 years. In 2000 and 2001, she was on a temporary duty assignment in Washington, D.C., where she was Special Counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission and a Visiting Defender at the Defender Services Division with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, working in the Legal and Policy Division. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr., United States District Judge.

Ms. Steele represents clients in complex cases and has written and argued multiple appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, she teaches Trial Advocacy at Loyola Law School.


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