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Hooman Kazemi


Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-6998
Office: VKC 327

Personal Website
Course Information
USC Dornsife: USC Mock Trial Team Dominates East Coast Competition
USC College Magazine: The Power of Attorney
USC News: Open and Shut Case for Undergrads

Biographical Sketch

Professor Kazemi is the Assistant Director of the USC Undergraduate Trial Advocacy Program.  Kazemi also serves as a Felony Trial Deputy with the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender, where he handles felony cases with sentencing exposure ranging to lifetime imprisonment.  He has tried over 60 cases to judges and juries, with exceptional results.  He is a 2004 alumnus of the Undergraduate Trial Advocacy Program, and has been a member of the coaching staff since Fall 2004.

Following his graduation from U.S.C. in 2004, he enrolled at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, the Top-Ranked Trial Advocacy Law School on the West Coast.  At Loyola, he completed the Williams Civil Rights Litigation Clinic and was selected to join the nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team.  He graduated in 2007, earning First Honors in Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy.

Kazemi not only tries cases, he also teaches other lawyers how to try cases, both in his office and in the larger legal community. He has conducted training sessions for younger lawyers in his office and lectured at State Bar-approved legal education programs specifically on effective trial advocacy techniques.  In 2010, Kazemi represented the Defense perspective on a panel on "Immigration Consequences and Criminal Law Litigation" before members of the Central District of California Federal Judiciary.

In 2013, Kazemi was invited to speak on a panel entitled "Psychosis: Child Abuse and the Law" at the State Capitol in Sacramento as part of a multi-day conference on Emerging Considerations in Maternal Mental Health.

Kazemi has been and continues to be well-respected by the bench and bar throughout Southern California. In 2010 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in recognition of his exceptional trial record by The Private Defenders (TPD), a state-wide criminal defense bar association comprised of both Private Criminal Defense practitioners and Public Defenders.  He is currently a member of the Faculty of Law at TPD as well as an Executive Board Member.



J.D. , Loyola Law School, 2007
B.A. International Relations, University of Southern California, 2004

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Trial Advocacy Program, University of Southern California, 08/2007-  
Deputy Public Defender, Felony Trials, Los Angeles County, 01/2008-  

Honors and Awards

The Private Defenders: Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2010  
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