NCH represents state prisoners sentenced to anything other than the death penalty in federal habeas corpus proceedings brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. First formed in 2000, NCH is the oldest, and remains the largest, unit in the Federal Public Defender system that is dedicated exclusively to working on § 2254 petitions. NCH represents clients at all stages of federal habeas litigation, including in the district court, the Ninth Circuit, and Supreme Court. But the work of NCH is not just limited to federal court. NCH will pursue state court remedies when appropriate. This also includes appearing at parole board hearings and representing our clients before the Pardons Board. In all our cases, NCH is dedicated to doing as much as we can for our clients.