Jay Leiderman quoted in the Atlantic magazine in the article that initially dubbed him the Hacktivist’s Advocate.
Jay Leiderman quoted: “We have an opportunity here to make the courts, as these cases wind their way up, understand privacy issues, emerging tech issues, against the backdrop of civil rights and through the prism of free information.”
From: Hacktivist’s Advocate: Meet the Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/10/hacktivists-advocate-meet-the-lawyer-who-defends-anonymous/263202/
Jay Leiderman was born and raised in and around New York City. He has lived and worked in California for almost 20 years. He attained his Bachelor of Arts in both History and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1993. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1999, where he was President of the USF Law School Student Body in 1998-1999. Jay has been a Certified Criminal Law Specialist (California Bar Board of Legal Specialization) since 2006. There are over 200,000 attorneys licensed to practice in California and only approximately 350 certified specialists.
After law school, Jay joined the Office of the Public Defender in Ventura, California. He worked there for almost six and one-half years before venturing into private practice. Jay is now the principal at the Law Offices of Jay Leiderman, PC, California based law firm. He has dedicated himself to providing a hard hitting, vigorous defense, thorough and artful defense while still remaining open and accessible to his clients. Those that know Jay’s work describe him as a “true believer,” willing to go to the mat for his clients.
As a Deputy Public Defender and now in private practice, Jay has defended virtually every type of case and client, from those facing a charge of murder or rape to those faced with driving on a suspended license or DUI. He prefers the constitutional and policy issues raised by drug cases, and believes strongly in the legalization of marijuana and that other drug crimes should be treated as a health – and not a criminal law – issue.
Jay also serves on the board of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association Board of Directors, and was President of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Board of Directors in 2004-2005 and again in 2007-2008. He remains the Information Officer and spokesperson for that organization. Jay has also lectured locally and statewide on various topics including Medical Marijuana, Prosecutorial and Judicial Error.
Jay has fought the City of Ventura on its policies related to the prosecution of transient individuals and was a political appointee on the mobile home rent advisory review board until January 2011. In 2004 he was successful in getting two local laws declared unconstitutional, leading to the dismissal of hundreds of cases!