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Darrell Mavis

Darrell Mavis

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Darrell Mavis is the supervising judge of the Northeast and North Central Judicial Districts of the Los Angeles Superior Court which include the Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale and Alhambra courthouses. He presides over jury trials and helps supervise 40 civil and criminal judges. 

Mavis studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and received a BS in Economics from MIT and a JD from Harvard Law School.  

For 14 years, Mavis tried over 100 jury trials as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney. He tried some of the District Attorney’s most complex and high-profile cases. Among his high-profile murder cases, he prosecuted one of California’s largest “no-body” murder cases and successfully tried a 17-year-old, double murder case that involved the killing of two Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration as well as the almost fatal wounding of a third Special Agent during an international, undercover sting operation. He was also appointed Attorney Liaison at the United States Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, where he worked on international criminal matters for state and local prosecutors throughout the United States for two years.

Mavis has spoken on over 200 occasions at the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Education Seminars, the California State Bar and various state and national bar associations on topics including: conducting a jury trial, criminal law, evidence, experts, trial skills, dispute resolution, ethics, and civility. Since 2008, Mavis has been a faculty member of the B.E. Witkin Judicial College of California, teaching judges throughout the state. For over a decade, he was a member of the Visiting Faculty for the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. He has been a member of Southwestern Law School’s adjunct faculty since 1996, teaching Trial Advocacy and a special intersession course on the Art of Persuasion. For several years, he created and taught a Persuasive Speaking course at UCLA. Mavis has published articles on scientific evidence, criminal street gangs and consular notification. He was the past Chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Law Section Executive Committee. 

In 2008, the Constitutional Rights Foundation awarded Mavis “Judge of the Year.”

Publications:

  • “Introducing Scientific Evidence” (Co-authors E. Thomas Dunn, Jr., Elliot S. Beckelman, Scott Wm. Davenport) Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony in California 2015, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2015.
  • “Presenting and Challenging Expert Testimony on Scientific Evidence” (Co-authors E. Thomas Dunn, Jr., Elliot S. Beckelman, Michael Begovich) Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony in California 2015, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2015.
  • “Introducing Scientific Evidence at Trial” (Co-author Elliot Beckelman) Scientific Evidence in California Criminal Cases, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2008-2012.
  • “Challenging Expert Testimony on Scientific Evidence” (Co-author Elliot Beckelman) Scientific Evidence in California Criminal Cases, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2008-2012.
  • “Proper Procedures for  Consular Notification” The Prosecutor’s Deskbook: Ethical Issues and Emerging Roles for 21st Century Prosecutors, American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, Third Edition pp. 97-108.

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June 14, 2017
Re: Daria Roithmayr

Daria Roithmayr was interviewed about the possible legal implications if President Donald Trump obstructed justice. “The probe has widened from Russian interference with US elections to possible obstruction of justice by President Trump,” Roithmayr explained. “The FBI frequently widens its investigation when it uncovers potential evidence of additional wrongdoing. That’s what has happened here. Mueller’s investigators are interviewing witnesses inside and outside the government in connection with Trump’s actions with regard to Comey and others in connection with the Russian inquiry. Mueller will make a set of findings about whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.”

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