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Richard Ceballos

Richard Ceballos

Lecturer in Law

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

Last Updated: January 9, 2018




Richard Ceballos is a deputy district attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he has been employed for the past 27 years. He is currently assigned to the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit for the DA’s office. In addition, for the past 7 years he has been an lecturer in law at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, where he has taught courses in Investigative Criminal Procedure, Adjudicative Criminal Procedure, and Prosecutorial Integrity and Ethics. Ceballos is also a frequent guest lecturer for the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) based in the Hague, Netherlands. He has made presentations on prosecutorial ethics before international delegations in China, United Arab Emirates, and the Russian Federation. He has also lectured in Colombia for the Mexican American Bar Association.

Ceballos gained some degree of notoriety when he had a case decided by the United States Supreme Court. In Garcetti v. Ceballos 547 U.S. 410 (2006), the Court in a sharply divided 5-4 decision held that public employees like Ceballos, who reported instances of police corruption and misconduct, did not enjoy First Amendment protection when they speak in the course and scope of their employment. After the Court’s decision, Ceballos was called to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Government Oversight and Reform in support of amendments to the Federal Whistleblower Protection Act.

Ceballos earned his JD from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles and his BA in English and BS in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

In 2011, Ceballos was awarded special recognition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Inspector General’s Office of the U.S. Department of Defense for his role in the prosecution of a Chinese national. He also received recognition from the Criminal Courts Bar Association and the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for his pursuit of justice in the Garcetti v. Ceballos case in 2007.

In addition to duties as a prosecutor and law professor, Ceballos is a volunteer boxing coach for the Hollenbeck Youth Center in Boyle Heights.
 

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