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Williamson & Young, PC: Profiles

Kathleen G. Williamson, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. - Attorney

Arizona State Bar - 1989
New York State Bar - 1990
Pasqua Yaqui Tribal Court – 1993
United States District Court: Arizona – 1993
United States Court Of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – 2003

-LL.M., Intellectual Property (including Copyrights, Trademarks, International Copyright Law, Music Law, Media Law, Art Law, Arbitration, Corporations) Cardozo School of Law, NYC 2006.

-Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2001 to date.

-Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2000 (cultures of concentration: Irish and Irish American, Yaqui, US juvenile court systems. Areas of interest: legal systems, critical legal theory, medicalization, conflict dispute resolution, comparative jurisprudence, migration, feminism, gender, oral history, identity politics).

-J.D., cum laude, University of Arizona 1988 (Assistant Editor: Arizona Journal of Comparative and International Law. Clerked for two years for Professor Emeritis Norman Williams, Land Use Planning Law).

-B.A., magna cum laude, Major: Humanities (Comparative Arts and Religions); Minor 1) Studio Fine Arts; Minor 2) Music Performance. Northern Arizona University 1985

Private Practice 1993 to Present
Practicing Attorney since 1993
Partner - Williamson & Young, PC (since 2001)

* Intellectual Property Law: Copyrights, Trademarks, Arts & Entertainment Law, Media Law, Arts & Entertainment Law, Internet Law. Counsel for artists and producers in diverse media.
* Criminal Defense: Litigation and Appeals of criminal cases federal, state and lower courts. An appointee on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for federal trials and appeals since 1993.
* Reappointed as Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore, Pima County, Arizona - 2012 to date

- Facilitation, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Experience includes:
- Trial experience: lead counsel for federal and state criminal litigation and appeals since 1989. Criminal Justice Act Panel for Federal Trials and Appeals since 1993
- Town Attorney for the Town of Jerome, Arizona 4/2009 - 5/2011
- Former Judge Pro Tempore for State, County and Municpal Courts in Tucson, Arizona 1993-2000. Presided over criminal and civil cases.
- Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 1994 - 1995. Feminist Jurisprudence.
- Criminal Trial Prosecutor, Pima County Attorney's Office, Tucson, AZ 1989 - 1993 Criminal Division.
- Law Clerk, Pima County Attorney's Office, Tucson AZ - Civil Division. Legal research and drafting of memos and pleadings pertaining to Land Use Planning and Zoning, and Tort Liability. 1989-1990

- American Bar Association / IP Section
- New York State Bar Association / Arts and Entertainment Law Section; Intellectual Property Section
- New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
- State Bar of Arizona Intellectual Property Law Section.
- Arizona League of Cities and Towns ACAA
_ International Municipal Lawyers Assoc.

-Basic and Advanced Facilitation Training, January and February 2000.
-Mediation Training and Certification, February 1995 and 2000.

Member of the Tucson- Davis Monthan Military Relations Committee
Commissioner, appointed by Tucson City Council Hon. Karin Ulich, for Tucson-Pima County Women's Commission (

Music composition, songwriting, performance and visual arts, independent recording, photography and films. (See Yoga & Meditation (Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka). Spanish Language.
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S. Jonathan Young, J.D. - Attorney

Jon Young is an Arizona State Board Certified Criminal Lawyer. His primary focus is death penalty appeals and federal criminal litigation. He has practiced law in Arizona since 1989, starting as a Deputy Pima County Attorney until 1993, when he entered private practice. Jon recieved his J.D. from UCLA in 1988.

State Bar of Arizona 1989
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court

Capital experience includes:

Scott Drake Clabourne v. Dora Schriro, et al.,
District Court No. CV 03-542-TUC-RCC
Capital habeas petition to U.S. District Court from resentencing in 1980 Green Dolphin Bar murder. Currently pending in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Levi Jaimes Jackson v. Terry Stewart, et al.,
Pima County No. CR-40896,
District Court No. CV 01-545-TUC-RCC
Capital habeas petition, Rule 32 petition, resentencing, habeas petition to U.S. District Court in 1992 carjacking/murder. On Sept. 1, 2011, the Ninth Circuit agreed with Jon Young that the felony murder jury instruction given at trial was constitutionally defective and remanded the case back to the District Court for findings on ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel. Published opinion Case: 10-15067

Robert Douglas Smith v. Terry Stewart, et al.,
Pima County No. CR-05669,
District Court No. CV 87-234-RMB,
Ninth Circuit No. 96-99026,
U.S. Supreme Court No. 01-339
Arizona Supreme Court No. CV-01-0433-CQ
Capital Rule 32 petition, habeas petition to U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit appeal, U.S. Supreme Court grant of certiorari, certified question from U.S. Supreme Court to Arizona Supreme Court, remand for Atkins v. Virginia determination of mental retardation, remand on cause and prejudice to excuse procedural default in 1980 kidnapping/murder. Currently pending in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on procedural grounds related to Mr. Smith’s uncontested diagnosis of autism. Also currently pending in U.S. District Court on issue of Atkins mental retardation.

State v. Bo Huerstel,
Arizona Supreme Court No. CR-01-0103-AP
Capital direct appeal to Arizona Supreme Court from 1999 Pizza Hut triple homicide. Reversed for new trial. Mr. Huerstel was acquitted of first degree murder represented by Laura Udall at new trial.

State v. Marcus LaSalle Finch,
Arizona Supreme Court No. CR-99-0551-AP
Capital direct appeal to Arizona Supreme Court from 1998 Famous Sam’s murder. Conviction affirmed, remanded for resentencing following Ring v. Arizona. Mr. Finch was resentenced to life in prison on remand represented by Wanda Day.

State v. Robert Glen Jones, Jr.,
Arizona Supreme Court No. CR-98-0537-AP
Capital direct appeal from 1996 Moon Smoke Shop/Firemen’s Hall murders of a total of six people. Conviction and sentence affirmed.

Significant published opinions in criminal appeals include:

Schriro v. Smith, 546 U.S. 6 (2005)

Stewart v. Smith, 536 U.S. 856 (2002)

Stewart v. Smith, 534 U.S. 157 (2001)

United States v. 1996 Freightliner FLD Tractor, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 4750 (9th Cir. April 12, 2010)

United States v. Molina, 596 F.3d 1166 (9th Cir. 2010)

United States v. Alvarez, 358 F.3d 1194 (2003)

Smith v. Stewart, 241 F.3d 1191 (9th Cir. 2001)

Lambright v. Stewart, 220 F.3d 1022 (9th Cir. 2000)

United States v. Benavidez-Benavidez, 217 F.3d 720 (9th Cir. 2000)

United States v. Saenz, 179 F.3d 686 (9th Cir. 1999)

State v. Martinez, 218 Ariz. 421 (2008)

State v. Huerstel, 206 Ariz. 93 (2003)

State v. Finch, 205 Ariz. 170 (2003)

Stewart v. Smith, 202 Ariz. 446 (2002)

State v. Finch, 202 Ariz. 410 (2002)

State v. Jones, 197 Ariz. 290 (2000)