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Last Updated: January 4, 2020
Michael Jenkins is a partner with the law firm of Best Best & Krieger, LLP and specializes in the practice of municipal law. He currently serves as city attorney for the cities of Goleta (since 2017), Hermosa Beach (since 1996), Rolling Hills (since 1982) and West Hollywood (since 1984) and as general counsel to the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District, the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, the Westside Cities Council of Governments and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation.
He served as president of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities (1993), co-authored the original version of the league’s Municipal Law Handbook and chaired the league’s Brown Act Committee from 1994 to 2016. He served as editor for Open & Public V, the league’s manual on the Brown Act. Jenkins also served as president of the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County and member of the Executive Committee of the Public Law Section of the State Bar, as well as editor of the section newsletter.
Jenkins has been practicing law for 41 years, most of that time in the area of municipal law. He was admitted to the State Bar in 1978 immediately following his graduation with honors from Duke University School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Duke Law Journal. Jenkins graduated with highest honors from Haverford College.
In 2015, Jenkins was honored by the American Bar Association with the Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award, which recognizes professional excellence in the practice of state and local government law.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Franita Tolson was mentioned as a participant in a Senate hearing on voting rights. "Apologies Mr. Cruz, your state of Texas, perhaps," she said, when Cruz asked which voter ID laws are racist. "The fact that the voter ID law was put into place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent." Tolson was also quoted in The Washington Post, USA TODAY, Independant, The Hill and Yahoo! News.
Thomas D. Lyon
“Use of global trait cues helps to explain older adults’ decrements in detecting children’s lies” (with Alison O’Connor, Micaela Wiens, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Legal and Criminological Psychology.
Thomas D. Lyon
“Causal indicators for assessing the truthfulness of child speech in forensic interviews” (with Zane Durante, Victor Ardulov, Manoj Kumar, Jennifer Gongola, & Shrikanth Narayanan) (in press), Computer Speech & Language.
Thomas D. Lyon
“The difficulty of teaching adults to recognize referential ambiguity in children's testimony: The influence of explicit instruction and sample questions” (with Breanne Wylie, Jennifer Gongola, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Applied Cognitive Psychology.