USD Law Alumni Christopher B. Harmon '00 (JD) Named Superior Court Judge

Christopher B. Harmon

Sacramento (June 19, 2014) – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumni Christopher B. Harmon, '00 (JD), to a judgeship in Riverside County Superior.

A sole practitioner since 2013, Harmon previously served as executive director and trial attorney at Criminal Defense Lawyers from 2003-14. He was partner at Harmon and Harmon from 2000-13. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from USD School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern California. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jean Pfeiffer Leonard.

Harmon has been practicing in the area of criminal and DUI defense for more than a decade. He has defended a variety of cases, including death penalty cases, white-collar and corporate cases, and large drug conspiracy cases.

Harmon served in every board and executive level position within the Riverside County Bar Association, including as its president from 2012-13. He served on the Lawyer Referral Service Board, the Judicial Evaluation Committee, and the Criminal Law Section as its chair. Harmon received several awards, including Best Lawyers in 2009 and Super Lawyers in 2011.

Read the full press release online.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates 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.


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