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Denise M. Asper

Denise M. Asper

Office of the Circuit Executive, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Prison Litigation Project Director
San Francisco, CA, USA

Denise Asper provides training and support to Federal District Courts within the Ninth Circuit on prisoner case management and pro bono appointments of counsel, and the use of alternative dispute resolution programs for pro se litigants. She facilitates mediation and settlement of litigation involving prisoner civil rights claims and disability discrimination complaints. Denise creates educational materials for Judges and Pro Se Litigants and designs and implements conflict resolution training for inmates. She also assists courts with reentry program implementation and training.

Prior to her work at the OCE, Denise was a Pro Se Staff Attorney and ADR Program Director for the U.S. District Court, District of Idaho. While in Idaho, she created a Pro Bono Program and implemented ADR options in pro se prisoner and non-prisoner cases. She is trained as a mediator and served on the Ninth Circuit’s ADR Standing Committee for five years. She currently provides OCE staff support to the Committee. Denise is currently serving on the Ninth Circuit’s Self Represented Litigant Committee and is a member of the California State Bar Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services.

Denise received her Juris Doctorate in 1988 and thereafter practiced law in the employment law area, representing clients in litigation and ADR proceedings.  She also created training materials for employers and conducted workshops on compliance strategies. Prior to law school, she taught English in secondary schools. She is the mother of four children and has five grandchildren.


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