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Michael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

Lecturer in Law

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

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

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2020
Re: Wayne Sandholtz

Wayne Sandholtz, a faculty member part of both USC Gould and USC Dornsife, wrote an op-ed discussing how Trump is “a few steps from becoming a new kind of autocrat –an elected one.” He analyzes how Trump’s strategies and actions mirror those of other elected autocrats, naming Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin, and Rodrigo Duterte as examples.

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