Rick Heyer, J. D.
Rick Heyer graduated from the University of Nevada (UNR) with a B.A. in History. Shortly after graduating from UNR he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. It was as a Marine that Mr. Heyer began his teaching career. Mr. Heyer co-developed and taught a course on infantry tactics for squad leaders to junior non-commissioned officers. Mr. Heyer enrolled in law school after discharging from the Marines. He graduate from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2001 and was admitted to the bar in December of that year. Mr. Heyer began work as an attorney in the Office of the Public Defender of Sacramento County in late 2001.
Mr. Heyer worked as a public defender until 2004. In June of that year he accepted a position with the California Parole Advocacy Program (CalPAP). One of his duties in this position was to act as the training coordinator for the program. In this role he developed and taught an intensive three day seminar aimed at training attorneys on how to represent parolees facing revocation of their parole. He also was responsible for the continuing education of the attorneys in the program. Mr. Heyer left CalPAP in 2007 and began working s a Deputy County Counsel for Sacramento County. As a County Counsel he is primarily responsible for representing the County Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the Division of Mental Health. This representation requires Mr. Heyer to provide counsel to mental health professional on their legal and ethical obligations and duties routinely.