Michael Popkins '76 (JD) Appointed San Diego County Superior Court Judge

San Diego (May 21, 2013) - Today, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed University of San Diego (USD) School of law alumnus Michael J. Popkins, '76 (JD), San Diego County Superior Court Judge.

Popkins has been a deputy public defender in San Diego County since 1985, handling numerous high-profile matters, including several death penalty cases. He was lead attorney in the defense of John Gardner III, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to raping and killing two North County teenagers.

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About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.