Independent Defender Program (IDP)

Staff Biographies

Directing Attorney
Cyn YamashiroCyn Yamashiro has dedicated his professional career to representing and serving individuals charged with crimes. He studied Economics at UCLA before attending Law School at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He finished his career as a public defender as a long cause trial deputy and served as a trainer and supervised the juvenile office in Compton, CA. Cyn was recruited to Loyola Law School to create one of the first legal clinics on the West Coast dedicated to criminal defense. At Loyola Law School, he taught courses in advanced criminal litigation skills, trial advocacy, criminal law and juvenile delinquency law. He has commented on cases and trends in criminal and juvenile law for television, radio and print media and frequently lectures on criminal and juvenile delinquency law. He has published in the area of indigent defense delivery systems and how different systems affect dispositional outcomes. Cyn Yamashiro is L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas’ appointee to the Los Angeles County Probation Commission, where he served as president for two years. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy and was a founding member of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center and the Center for Juvenile Justice in Boulder Colorado. He is currently a member of the board of Outward Bound Adventures. Prior to his appointment as the directing attorney of the IDP, he was in private practice, representing clients in trial and appellate matters in state and federal court.
Directing Appellate Attorney
Marketa Sims-180w Marketa Sims is an experienced criminal defense attorney. She served for seventeen years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Pennsylvania, where she tried numerous cases, briefed and argued appeals, and provided training and assistance to the Criminal Justice Act panel. Most recently, Marketa served as a Deputy Public Defender for the Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Marketa is a long term ACLU activist, serving as the George Slaff First Amendment Fellow for the ACLU of Southern California, as President and Program Chair of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, as a member of the Board of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and as a volunteer ACLU attorney.
Assistant Directing Attorney
Caneel Fraser -180wCaneel Fraser maintained her own practice dedicated exclusively to indigent criminal defense prior to joining the Independent Defender Program. Through her participation in LACBA’s ICDA and IJD panels, as well as the California Appellate Project panel, Caneel has spent the last decade representing indigent defendants and youth in Los Angeles criminal, juvenile, and appellate courts. In addition to her trial and appellate work, she provided pro bono legal services to children in immigration proceedings and legal support to organizations working with at-risk youth. Her previous experience includes serving as a Deputy Public Defender in both Los Angeles and Alameda Counties and representing public housing tenants as an attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Program Manager
Tracy AndradeTracy Andrade graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Political Science and Chicano Studies. She has dedicated her post-graduate experience to working within the undocumented community. She continues to support immigration reform, while expanding her expertise into the world of criminal justice with the Independent Defender Program at LACBA.
Program Coordinator
Harold HallHarold Hall
Program Coordinator
Diane GladdenDiane Gladden
Program Coordinator
Maddhi Jayagoda Maddhi Jayagoda (she/they) has a special interest in community-based care and advocacy for individuals healing through various forms of trauma. She centers racial-, gender-, and community-justice frameworks as well as anti-racist and trauma-informed programming in her work, which has spanned from developing rehabilitation programs for survivors of sexual violence in Sri Lanka to youth organizing in New York City. Maddhi received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Media & Cultural Studies from the University of California, Riverside.