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Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez

Adjunct Professor

JD: The University of San Diego School of Law

BA: University of California, Berkeley

Professor Hernandez studied law at the University of San Diego, and he participated in the law school’s Immigration Defense Clinic providing immigration services to low-income clients. In 2003, Professor Hernandez was the university’s sole recipient of the Hon. Gerald Brown Progress Award.

Upon graduation Professor Hernandez worked at a boutique immigration law firm, where he specialized in deportation defense (i.e. cancellation of removal), asylum, and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) claims.

In 2004, Professor Hernandez opened his own practice focusing on adult and juvenile criminal defense and appeals. He has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal and has earned a published opinion.

Professor Hernandez has worked with some of the finest defense attorneys in San Diego on cases ranging from drug smuggling to homicide; a talented scholar, researcher, and writer, Professor Hernandez is regularly sought out to assist other attorneys in the preparation of their motions and appeals.

Professor Hernandez is a member of the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association and is a former member of the Board of Governors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

An avid fisherman, he can often be found on the lakes and streams of the Sierra Nevada.