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The Fifth AnnualWilliam French Smith Memorial Lecture


The Honorable Carolyn B. Kuhl

CAROLYN B. KUHL, has served on the California Superior Court since 1995. Currently she is the supervising judge of the Civil Departments of the Los Angeles Superior Court, a position she also held in 2003 and 2004. She was a founding judge of the Complex Litigation Program of the Los Angeles Superior Court and presided in the Complex Litigation Department for eight years. Judge Kuhl has served as a member of Judicial Council, the policy-making body for the California state court system, and as a member of the statewide Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.

She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as an advisor to the institute’s Project on Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Kuhl was a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She served in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1981 through 1986, including service as principal deputy solicitor general of the United States. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy when he was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Kuhl graduated with distinction from Duke Law School and received a BA degree in chemistry from Princeton University.

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