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Christina Cabanillas

Deputy Appellate Chief

U.S. Attorney's Office

Christina M. Cabanillas is the Deputy Appellate Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tucson.  She has also served as Senior Litigation Counsel, Appellate Chief, International Coordinator, Training Coordinator, and a trial attorney in the Criminal Division.  Ms. Cabanillas also completed a detail as an Assistant Director for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Legal Education, where she organized courses and conducted legal training for federal attorneys and staff.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was the Chief of Criminal Appeals for the Pima County Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Cabanillas regularly teaches state and federal criminal law and procedure to various audiences and has taught appellate advocacy and legal research and writing at the University of Arizona College of Law and Pima Community College.  She has authored books and articles pro bono, including the Arizona State Bar publications Search & Seizure: A Practice Manual (2006 & Supp. 2008, 2016) and Arizona DUI Trial Notebook (2d ed. 2005) (part-author), as well as Immigration Law, Office of Legal Educ., U.S. Dep’t of Justice (4th ed. 2005) (contributing author).  Ms. Cabanillas earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona and her B.A. in History from Arizona State University.