NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE FACULTY
Director of Advocacy, James E. Rogers College of Law University of Arizona
Professor Barbara Bergman graduated from Stanford Law in 1976. After clerking on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she became a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service (PDS) in Washington, D.C. She took a one-year hiatus from being a public defender to serve as Associate Counsel to President Jimmy Carter in the White House from 1979 to 1980. After representing clients as a PD for a total of five years — beginning in juvenile court and ending up representing clients charged with murder and rape — she joined the law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser handling civil litigation, including employment and union-side labor law.
In August of 1987, she became a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and taught there for 28 years with one of her primary courses being a 6-credit Evidence/Trial Practice course. She also taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Children’s Law as well as in the clinic. While at the UNM School of Law, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for four years and interim Dean for ten months.
Professor Bergman had been co-director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Southwest Regional Trial Practice program as well as NITA’s Southwest Taking and Defending Depositions Program. She has served on the NITA Board of Trustees since 2006. In 2010, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Trial Advocacy, presented by Stetson School of Law.
During her tenure at UNM, she joined the defense team in the state court capital prosecution of Terry Nichols. She worked on that case for 4 ½ years, spending one and one half of those years in Oklahoma, including the 3 ½ months that the case was in trial in McAlester, Oklahoma.
Her publications include the Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Wharton’s Criminal Evidence (8 volumes) and Wharton’s Criminal Procedure (5 volumes).
On July 1, 2016, Professor Bergman started work at the U of A as the Director of Advocacy, taking the reins from the legendary Professor Tom Mauet, who had founded the Trial Advocacy Program over 40 years before. She now teaches Basic Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating, and Taking and Defending Depositions.
Federal Defender, District of Arizona
Jon M. Sands has devoted his career to the defense of indigent federal criminal defendants at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona. As an Assistant Federal Defender since 1987, and as the Federal Public Defender since 2004, Jon has handled cases at trial, on appeal, and in post-conviction habeas corpus litigation. Jon is a graduate of Yale College (1979, magna cum laude), and received his law degree from the University of California, Davis (1984, high honors), where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
After graduation, Jon clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which brought him to Arizona). Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Jon was an Associate at Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn, Maledon (presently Osborn Maledon). Jon served as Chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility. He has also served as Chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Justice Section and as Chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Jury Instructions Committee.
Jon is presently the Chair of the Defender Services Advisory Group, which represents all Federal Defender and Community Defender offices in advising the Judicial Conference’s Defender Services Committee and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts on federal indigent defense matters. He has also been Chair of the Federal Defender Committee on the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which is congressionally charged with advising and testifying before the United States Sentencing Commission. Jon has been President of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and President of the National Association of Federal Defenders. In addition to his public defender duties, Jon is an adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College. He has published numerous legal articles, law reviews, essays, and book reviews, and has contributed chapters to several legal treatises. Jon has lectured and taught on a wide array of legal topics.”
Recent Teaching History