Kris J. Kraus
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo;
B.A., State University of New York College at Buffalo
Professor Kraus studied Theater and Music at the State University of New York College at Buffalo where he chose the unconventional works of Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, and Arthur Schnitzler for his senior directing project.
At the State University of New York at Buffalo, Professor Kraus earned a Masters of Arts in American Studies minoring in Ethnomusicology and majoring in Native American Studies under the guidance of the late Seneca Historian John Mohawk (author of "Utopian Legacies: A History of Conquest & Oppression in the Western World") and Iroquois Chief Oren Lyons (Faithkeeper Turtle Clan Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee, Six Nations -Iroquois Confederacy).
At the City University of New York School of Law, Professor Kraus founded the school's Criminal Law and Entertainment and Sports Law Societies, captained the school's basketball team, was the elected student representative on the Admissions Committee, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Torts and Criminal Law. Selected by the administration and students as a Commencement Speaker, he was awarded a Charles H. Revson Public Interest Fellowship, interned at the Legal Aid Society of New York Criminal Defense Division in The Bronx and Queens Counties, spent a summer as a Law Clerk for the Legal Aid Society of New York Federal Defender Division for the Eastern District of New York, and was selected to participate in The New York Unified Court System's Legal Fellows Program upon graduation.
Professor Kraus declined the fellowship to pursue a career as a defense attorney at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (FDSDI). Currently, FDSDI's most senior ranking Trial Attorney, Professor Kraus has tried approximately thirty federal felony trials, argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, authored and filed written briefs before the United States Supreme Court, and was the lead trial attorney and coauthored the brief for United States v. Juvenile Male, (07-50107) (holding that the government violated the Juvenile Delinquency Act by their actions of treating a suspect they had reason to believe was a juvenile as an adult). Known for his argumentative opening statements, unorthodox cross-examination style, and ability to negotiate favorable dispositions and sentences for some of the Southern District's most unsympathetic clients, Professor Kraus has been called "one of the attorneys who form the backbone" of FDSDI by Executive Director Reuben Cahn.
Courses include: Border Crimes, Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Federal Criminal Procedure and Advocacy