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Jonathan Libby

Jonathan Libby, Los Angeles
Jonathan Libby, Los Angeles

Jonathan Libby
Los Angeles

  • Appointed by California ChangeLawyers
  • Current Term Extends through June 30, 2022

Jonathan D. Libby is currently a sole practitioner in Los Angeles focusing on federal
criminal appeals after having spent nearly nineteen years as a deputy federal public
defender in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) working on appeals and
habeas corpus matters. Before that, he worked at the federal defender office in the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and in private criminal defense practice
in New York. He is an experienced appellate practitioner, having argued more than 100
federal appeals, including cases before the Second, Third, and Ninth Circuit Courts of
Appeals, and he successfully argued United States v. Alvarez, 567 U.S. 709 (2012), in
the United States Supreme Court in which the Court agreed with him that the federal
“Stolen Valor Act”––which made it a crime to falsely claim receipt of a military
medal––was facially unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First

Mr. Libby also served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southern California
Gould School of Law for eight years teaching both an upper-division course in advanced
appellate advocacy and the year-long required first-year course in legal writing and

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of California ChangeLawyers (formerly
California Bar Foundation), a statewide foundation with the mission to create a more
diverse legal profession and to build a better justice system for all Californians. He
previously served as Chair of the State Bar of California’s Client Security Fund
Commission (which reimburses legal consumers who have lost money or property due
to theft or an equivalent dishonest act committed by a California lawyer acting in a
professional capacity), and is a past editorial board member of Los Angeles Lawyer, the
magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Libby received his JD from The City University of New York School of Law, where
he served as editor-in-chief of the law review and was a member of the school’s
national moot court team, and his BA in journalism from Temple University, where he
served as student body president.