Brian Means

Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice

Brian Means is a nationally recognized expert in the area of postconviction review. He graduated with Great Distinction, Order of the Coif, and Order of the Barristers from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He was the recipient of seven American Jurisprudence Awards. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Garland E. Burrell, Jr., federal judge. There, he worked on several high-profile cases, including the criminal action against the Unabomber, Theodore Kackynski. For the past fourteen years he has worked as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, and has held the position of supervisor of the federal habeas corpus team. He works almost exclusively on federal habeas corpus litigation, practicing in the Eastern District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared as a legal analyst on CNN, MSNBC, and the California Channel. He writes the Federal Habeas Manual: A Guide to Habeas Corpus Litigation, published by Westlaw, and the Federal Habeas Practitioner Note, a quarterly publication distributed nationally to habeas practitioners and members of the judiciary.  

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Publications and Multimedia
Wood v. Milyard - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 04-27-12 featuring Brian Means
April 27, 2012