Hilary Potashner appointed federal public defender for L.A. region

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed a career public defender to the post of federal public defender for the Central District of California, which is based in Los Angeles. Hilary Lee Potashner, 47, began serving as acting federal public defender Sept. 15 after her predecessors’ retirement, according to a 9th Circuit press release. She will assume the post after the Office of Professional Management completes its background review, the release said. Potashner has been a public defender in state and federal courts for more than two decades, first for the San Diego County public defender’s office and then for the federal office in the central district beginning in...