Dennis Landin

Lecturer in LawUSC Gould School of Law

Dennis Landin
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 306E

last updated Tue, Dec 11, 2012

Judge Dennis Landin was appointed to the Superior Court in October 2002 and is currently assigned to hear criminal matters in the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Judge Landin received a B.A. in political science from Occidental College in 1977 and a  law degree from UCLA in 1980. After graduation and his admission to the bar later that year, he worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach. In late 1982 he joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. During his 20-year career in that office he handled virtually ever type of federal criminal case both at the trial and appellate level. From 1992 until his appointment to the bench, he was the Chief Assistant to the Federal Public Defender and was responsible for the training and supervision of fifty attorneys. 

As a lawyer, Judge Landín was an active member of the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County and was on its board of trustees for several years. He is a former board member and past president of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, a non-profit corporation that provides counseling and legal representation for poor people in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys. He is also a past chairperson of the Committee on Federal Courts for the California State Bar.

Judge Landín has taught classes for the the Center for Judicial Education and Research of the Administrative Office of the Courts and at the B.E. Witkin Judicial College. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions for the Judicial Council of California.