Rene L. Valladares has been the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada since 2011. He is an adjunct professor at the UNLV Boyd School of Law and a part-time instructor at the UNLV Criminal Justice Program. Rene lecturers nationally on criminal law and criminal procedure issues, including conspiracy law, search and seizure, and the impact of culture on the criminal justice system. He also serves on the Federal Defenders Performance Management Group and the Federal Defenders’ Death Penalty Working Group. Publications include co-editing the first edition of the treatise Cultural Factors in Criminal Defense, now in its fourth edition (Juris Publishing, 2002). Rene received his JD from the University of Florida in 1987 and LLM in International Law from the University of Miami in 1993.