Monday, July 14, 2008
In Californiaís June 3 primary election, Evan P. Kirvin, '94 was elected to the San Diego County Superior Court, Office 45, replacing retiring Judge William Kennedy.
"USD law school commands a great deal of respect from residents of San Diego County in general, and from members of the legal community in particular," said Evan. "During my campaign for judge, it was with great pride that I was able to inform voters that I was a graduate of the law school. After the election, several voters informed me that they voted for me, in part, due to the fact that I had listed USD law school on my ballot statement."
Evan will continue to serve as a deputy district attorney until his January 2009 swearing-in, assigned to the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division. He has worked in the District Attorney's Office since 1999, handling cases involving charges of rape, robbery, kidnapping and torture. He has also tried cases involving sexually violent predators, a special class of sex offender who can be committed to a state hospital under civil law after serving time in prison. Evan has prosecuted hundreds of felony cases, including murder trials.
Reflecting about his experiences at USD law school, Evan remarked, "I received an excellent legal education at USD and my first year criminal law professor and now dean, Kevin Cole, instilled a keen interest in choosing criminal law as my field of practice. Dean Cole had an ability to make the criminal cases come alive while lecturing about the nuances of the legal principles supporting the law." He continued, "I also gained insight into the area of criminal law as a research assistant for Professor Cynthia Lee, who also taught criminal procedure."
Evan said that one of his inspirations for aspiring to the bench came from Superior Court Judge and Adjunct Professor Howard Shore '72. "I was a student of Judge Shore in his advanced California criminal evidence and scientific evidence classes." Judge Shore, a USD law alumnus, was a deputy district attorney and then became a judge. Evan remarked, "I have now followed that same legal career path. As a prosecutor, I conducted several trials in front of Judge Shore, and am now humbled to know that I will soon be one of his colleagues on the bench."
Evan will be sworn in on January 5, 2009. We congratulate him on his victory.