Kathleen Coyne is a 1982 graduate of Temple University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in California, Pennsylvania and Florida. She practiced as a public defender in San Diego, Philadelphia, New York and as a Federal Defender for over 30 years. She is currently the Attorney Advisor (AA) for the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization where she consults on sexual assault and complex cases, conducts training, and develops resources for the DCAP.
Ms Coyne is the recipient of the 1993 Public Defender of the Year by the California Public Defender's Association and was honored as Trial Attorney of the Year by the Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego County, as well as being the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice's Skip Glenn Award recipient "for extraordinary accomplishments by a young defense lawyer"; and the winner of the Defender Organizations of San Diego County's E. Stanley Conant Award for "efforts to protect the rights of the indigent accused." In 2006, Ms. Coyne was the first public defender ever to be honored as the San Diego Daily Transcript San Diego County Top Attorneys—Municipal & Government. She was the only public defender elected San Diego Super Lawyers, 2008, 2009. She has been recognized in federal (9th Circuit) and California state appeals courts as an expert in the area of competent representation and ineffective assistance of counsel in sexual assault cases under Strickland v. Washington, (1984) 466 U.S. 668.
Her work has been covered in both the local and national press and featured in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, National Review, Newsweek, California Lawyer, California Defender, London Sunday Times, and People. She has appeared on Primetime Live, Justice Files, American Justice, Inside Edition, KPBS Radio and Phil Donahue.
She has lectured in the area of insanity, mental defenses to homicide, use of psychological experts, eyewitness identification issues, ethics, child witness testimony, childhood suggestibility, working effectively with experts, cross examination of prosecution experts, use of syndrome evidence and investigation of complex child abuse cases.
Educational and Professional Background
Member California Bar 1988
Admitted Pennsylvania Bar 1982
Admitted Florida Bar 1983
Admitted to United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Admitted to United States District Court, Southern District of California
Temple University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1982
Case Western Reserve University, Bachelor of Arts in History and English, 1979