Date of birth: Feb. 6, 1945
Place of birth: San Jose, CA
Name of spouse: Donna
Law School and dates attended: Univ. of Santa Clara JD (1969 grad);
Geo Washington Univ. LLM (1971 (grad)
Date of admission to California Bar: Jan. 1971
Area of Practice: criminal defense
Law Employment history:
VISTA lawyer 1969-1971
Federal Defenders of San Diego 1971-1976
State Public Defender 1976-1983
Cleary & Sevilla, partner 1983-2004
Law Office of Charles Sevilla 2004-present
Date joined San Diego County Bar Association : ~ 1971
Legal Organization memberships/positions:
President of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (1979 to 1980)
San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer's Club (President 1988 and active member to present);
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association (past President, 1988, present member)
Board of Directors, San Diego Defender Board, 1994-2009
Board of Directors, Criminal Defense Bar Association (2000-present)
San Diego County Bar Association, Federal Court Committee, Chairman (1974 to 1975)
Significant community organization memberships/positions:
I am the current chair and founding member of the Criminal Justice Memorial Committee that, largely through the leadership of Judge William Enright and Peter Hughes, created the memorial plaques that now adorn the 11th floor of the new courthouse and the lobby of the Schwartz Center at the federal courthouse. They commemorate those attorneys and judges who have contributed to criminal justice in San Diego over their lifetimes. See
Member, Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules of Court & Internal Procedures (1996 to 2002)
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, member Champion advisory committee.
Member, Committee on Standard Jury Instructions, Criminal (CALJIC) (1976 to 1983).
Member, Governor's Interim Advisory Commission on Camarillo State Hospital (1976 to 1977).
Board of Governors, California Public Defenders Association (1978 to 1980).
Awards (incl. year):
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: all editions from 1987-present
2011 Calif Attorneys for Criminal Justice Award for Significant Contributions to Criminal Justice
2010 Paul Bell Award by the Defender Board for Appellate Advocacy.
Criminal Defense Bar Association War Horse Award