Darrel Gardner is a federal public defender in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Gardner was born in the Territory of Alaska shortly before statehood. In 2017-2018, he was chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee and a member of the Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee. In addition to his Ninth Circuit responsibilities, Mr. Gardner is a member of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association, and he served as president of the Bar in 2017-2018. He is currently Ninth Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association, and he is chair-elect of the FBA’s Criminal Section. He is has been a member of the FBA’s Membership Committee since 2013, and he served on the FBA National Elections Committee in 2017-2018. Mr. Gardner received his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. He has worked in private practice, including his own law office, as well as serving as a state and now federal public criminal defense lawyer. In 2009, he helped to found the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he has served as president of that organization. Mr. Gardner is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Life Fellow of the Federal Bar Foundation.