In his over 20 years of service as an attorney, during which he has worked in both prosecution and defense, and for cases ranging from civil rights law to criminal law, Dean has done his part to ensure that the criminal justice system provides justice for all.
Dean earned his Juris Doctorate from the McGeorge School of Law in 1994. He began his career working as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento and also spent time working as a Public Defender in San Francisco County and a Deputy District Attorney in Tulare County. He spent a decade working as a criminal trial attorney in Sacramento, representing citizens in criminal cases and litigating civil rights cases. As a civil rights litigator, Dean sought justice for farm workers subjected to dangerous working conditions and sexual harassment, challenged the inhumane treatment of transgender women in the Sacramento County jail, and protected citizens’ First Amendment rights.
Dean has taught in the UC Davis School of Law, is a board member of the Yolo County ACLU* and a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and is a recipient of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Courage Award.
Dean is running for DA because he has seen firsthand how the outdated and ineffective approach to criminal justice long favored by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office harms families and communities and fails to address the root causes of crime. Through his service to the community as a District Attorney, Dean will implement fair and progressive policies that will end mass incarceration, make our communities safer, and ensure justice for all.
*Organizations are given for identification purposes only, no endorsement should be inferred.
Public Defender - Yolo County Office of the Public Defender
Criminal Trial Attorney - Sacramento Sole Practitioner
Deputy District Attorney - Tulare County Office of the District Attorney
Public Defender - San Francisco County Office of the Public Defender
Student Intern/Deputy District Attorney - Sacramento County Office of the District Attorney
Education and Credentials
Admitted to California State Bar
Juris Doctorate - University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy - University of California, Berkeley
Community Involvement and Recognition
- Recipient of the Courage Award, Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Board member, Yolo County ACLU
- Member, National Lawyers Guild
- Adjunct Professor of Trial Skills, UC Davis School of Law