Thursday, December 16, 2004

Jeff Fisher's Outline of post-Crawford Cases

Jeffrey L. Fisher of Davis Wright Tremaine is the young lawyer who brought, argued, and won not only Crawford but also Blakely v. Washington, the other huge criminal procedure case of last year. Quite a distinguished career right there! As you can imagine, he has been much in demand as a speaker, and he has graciously agreed to post here the up-to-date outline of the talk he gives on Crawford. I have found this outline to be a tremendously helpful resource.

David Feige, a public defender and writer from New York, has written an excellent profile on Jeff that was published in the Los Angeles Times on December 5, and you can read it by clicking here.

I am delighted to say that Jeff is a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Personally, though, I can take absolutely no credit for making him the lawyer he is. He did not take any of my classes, and because -- talented though he is -- he is also modest and self-effacing, I don't believe I ever heard of him until he sent me his cert petition in Crawford in March 2003.


William C. Head said...

I am chairing the GACDK Spring Seminar this year. Jeff Fisher has graciously agreed to speak at our Georgia seminar in April, 2005. The Crawford decision is the most important decision for criminal defense attorneys in a decade.

William C. Head

Anonymous said...

I have a question, I just argued a case before the Massachusetts Appeals Court this morning and the court asked whether there were any cases in which a ballistic certificate was considered testimonial because it contained opinion evidence. I was referred by a lawyer watching the argument that Jeffery Fisher had a list of cases posted on a blog. I have looked at the list posted on this cite. Does anyone have any information on this issue or know if there is another list available that may address my specific issue??

Richard D. Friedman said...

Jeff tells me he hasn't updated this outline lately. But the reference you heard may have been to his petition for certiorari in the Melendez-Diaz case. You can find it at

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