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Steven Kalar. Photo: Hillary Jones-Mixon/ALM Steven Kalar. Photo: Hillary Jones-Mixon/ALM

Steven Kalar, the federal defender of the Northern District of California, is headed to private practice after 23 years in the federal public defender’s office.

Members of the criminal defense community say Kalar was a critical force behind the transition to the remote operations that kept criminal dockets moving during the COVID-19 pandemic and, during his eight years in the role, ushered in a new era of technological advancement and diversity.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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