September 11, 2014
Spirit of the Law Series featuring Hon. Bernard J. Kamins, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret)
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Location: Gould School of Law (LAW), Room 2
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM | Lunch Served
Spirit of the Law features legal professionals discussing how they find meaning, purpose, and identity in the law.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins served 22 years on the bench and served as a public defender prior to being appointed a judge. After graduating from USC Law School in 1968, Kamins became a Deputy Public Defender and served as deputy in charge for the LA Juvenile Hall Court. He then was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by George Deukmejian in 1985 and was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court the following year. Kamins spent all but one year of his judicial career presiding over criminal cases and briefly presided over the widely publicized Rodney King beating case in 1991. From 2000 to 2007, Kamins ran Drug Court for the entire western portion of LA County. Though formally retired, Kamins currently serves as a judge at the Van Nuys Courthouse in the assigned judge program and is working on creating a prostitution diversion program for the local court. Kamins holds a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University’s law school.
Co-Sponsored by the Office of Religious Life and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics