A June 29 CLE focusing on professionalism in death penalty cases has personal roots for Ita Neymotin, the criminal conflict and civil regional counsel for the Second District Court of Appeal jurisdiction.

Neymotin was born in Kazakhstan, a former republic of the Soviet Union, and emigrated with her family at a young age to the United States in the late 1970s.

“My family had a very difficult time in the Soviet Union. My great grandfather was executed by the KGB for non-compliance with policy,” she recalled. “Then 20 years later, the KGB came back, declared him innocent, and ‘commuted’ his sentence.”