Tarik S. Adlai | Habeas Corpus | Appeals | Adlailaw.com

Mr. Adlai’s Professional Experience

As an attorney in the Federal Public Defender’s office from 2004 to 2007, Mr. Adlai handled criminal trial and sentencing matters, bail hearings, habeas corpus hearings, criminal law and motion matters, and appeals to the Ninth Circuit. He succeeded in enabling a client to have his case heard despite expiration of strict time limits for seeking federal review and obtained orders granting retrials to clients whose convictions had been affirmed by California appellate courts.

As an associate at Tarlow & Berk between 2000 and 2004, Mr. Adlai represented individuals accused of felonies and misdemeanors in trial and appellate courts and participated in the defense of individuals during state and federal pre-charging investigations. Mr. Adlai represented clients in trials, in state and federal writs and appeals, and at administrative hearings. Mr. Adlai defended individuals accused of crimes ranging from narcotics possession and distribution to sex crimes, counterfeiting, money laundering, and fraud (mail fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud). He also represented individuals whose legal rights were threatened by pre-trial or grand jury subpoenas.

Mr. Adlai was a senior death penalty staff attorney for the United States District Court in Los Angeles from 1992 to 2000. He assisted federal district judges in all aspects of federal habeas corpus litigation challenging state court murder convictions and death sentences. Many cases presented extraordinarily complex factual issues, sophisticated constitutional law matters and novel substantive and procedural questions arising in complicated California murder trials.

In 1991 and 1992, he served as a Law Clerk to Judge A. Wallace Tashima and to former Chief Judge Manuel L. Real of the United States District Court in Los Angeles. Mr. Adlai spent six months working for the United States Probation Office drafting, updating and researching a comprehensive manual analyzing developments in the United States Sentencing Guidelines case law for use by the probation officers in preparing pre-sentencing reports in the Central District.

While still in law school, Mr. Adlai served as an extern to the Honorable Earl Johnson Jr., Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, where he researched and drafted bench memoranda for civil cases.

Mr. Adlai worked for several years as a research clerk for a variety of small civil law firms. In this capacity, Mr. Adlai researched and drafted appellate briefs for individuals and small businesses, as well as international business clients. He also researched and prepared amicus briefs to the California Supreme Court in cases raising constitutional issues of public importance. Mr. Adlai also worked for clients suing over racial and gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliatory actions against whistleblowers. Mr. Adlai’s responsibilities included not only drafting and responding to written discovery, but also making and opposing motions for summary judgment, motions to compel discovery, as well as opposing motions to dismiss in a wide range of civil matters.



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