Federal Public Defender Vito de la Cruz will speak before the Douglas County Bar Association noon Thursday at Two Guys From Italy in Gardnerville. Lunch, including tax and tip, is $15. While the program is oriented to lawyers, the general public is invited. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
In addition to working at the Reno Federal Public Defender's Office, de la Cruz has been part of the National Judicial College faculty teaching judicial skill-building courses since 2001.
Previously, he was a federal public defender in Washington, Las Vegas and Monterey County, Calif.
The Douglas County Bar Association is an association of county lawyers and judges.