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Attorney Kurt David Hermansen is dedicated to zealously protecting the rights, liberties and interests of his clients.

Before opening his law office, Mr. Hermansen dedicated five years to helping his clients and honing his skills as a Trial Attorney at the nationally renowned Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., five years as a research attorney for the federal court and two years for the state court. As a federal public defender, Mr. Hermansen represented hundreds of clients in federal court from initial court appearance, through trial, and on appeal against felony criminal charges involving mostly border related crimes such as drug smuggling, people smuggling and illegal entry after deportation. He also represented clients accused of aggravated assault, bank robbery, and complex matters involving wiretaps and charges of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Besides handling his heavy caseload of trials and appeals, Mr. Hermansen also helped train new trial attorneys and supervised them during trials and motion hearings.

Mr. Hermansen attended Loyola Law School where he served on the Law Review as the Chief Note and Comment Editor, and authored a published law review comment denouncing the military’s anti-gay exclusionary policy. While attending law school, Mr. Hermansen also summer clerked for a civil law firm in Los Angeles and for the American Civil Liberties Union. In addition, he was active in the National Lawyers Guild and Lawyers for Human Rights.

After graduating from Loyola Law School in 1993, Mr. Hermansen garnered valuable experience as a criminal research attorney for the San Diego Superior Court. He then expanded his knowledge of criminal law and procedure as a staff attorney handling hundreds of habeas corpus matters for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. While at the district court, Mr. Hermansen was instrumental in helping the judges implement an efficient system for handling the large volume of habeas petitions to ensure that meritorious petitions got the time, attention and careful consideration they deserve. Not many attorneys can say they have five years of habeas corpus experience, but Mr. Hermansen can. And, he can put his extensive habeas, trial and appellate experience to work for you.

 

EDUCATION

  • LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES, CA,
    Juris Doctor: June 6, 1993.
  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA)
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with specialization in International Relations 1988.

Recent Continuing Education

  • (March 25, 2014) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Judges’ Night and Awards by The Hons. C. Amour, D. Danielsen, L. Halgren, A. Espana, and C. Caietti – Substance Abuse/Emotional Distress, San Diego, CA (1 CLE hour).
  • (February 28, 2014) San Diego County of the Public Defender. Felony Sentencing 5 – Life Cases and Mixed Sentences by APD Frank Birchak, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (February 21, 2014) San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. Felony Sentencing 4 – AB109 / Alternative Sentencing by APD Frank Birchak, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (February 14, 2014) San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. Felony Sentencing 3 – Sentencing Enhancements Part 2 by DPD Megan Marcotte, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (February 12, 2014) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Ethics by Ellen Peck, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (February 7, 2014) San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. Felony Sentencing 2 — Sentencing Enhancements Part 1 by DPD Gary Gibson, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (January 31, 2014) San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. Felony Sentencing 1 — Basic Felony Sentencing by DPD Gary Gibson, San Diego, CA (1 CLE hour).
  • (January 28, 2014) Criminal Defense Bar Association. New Legislation by Alex Landon, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (January 25, 2014) University of San Diego School of Law. Mental Health Meets the Courts: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Presenter regarding competency. San Diego, CA. (8.25 CLE hours).
  • (January 8, 2014) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Sex Offender Cases by John Ellis, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (Sept.–Dec. 2013) California Western School of Law. LLM Trial Skills by Kurt Hermansen, San Diego, CA. (130.0 CLE hours).
  • (October 19, 2013) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., 2013 Criminal Justice Act Seminar, San Diego, CA. (6.25 CLE hours).
  • (October 17, 2013) The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Criminal Trial Advocacy Seminar, San Diego, CA. (3.5 CLE hours).
  • (October 9, 2013) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. How to Benefit from a Forensic Psychologist by Rahn Minagaga, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (September 12, 2013) California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. 2013 Appellate Practice Seminar, San Diego, CA. (8 CLE hours).
  • (September 11, 2013) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Supreme Court Update by John Lanahan, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (September 10, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Credits & Fares/Clavel Motions. Online Course. (.5 CLE hours).
  • (September 10, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Registration & Testing Orders and Attorney Fees. Online Course. (.25 CLE hours).
  • (September 10, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Fines, Fees & Penalty Assessments in Criminal Cases. Online Course. ( .25 CLE hours).
  • (September 10, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Direct Restitution in Guilty Plea Appeals. Online Course. (.25 CLE hours).
  • (September 10, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Three Strikes & Cunnigham in Guilty Plea Cases. Online Course. (.25 CLE hours).
  • (September 7, 2013) California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. 2013 Appellate Practice Seminar, San Diego, CA. (8 CLE hours).
  • (September 4, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. The Factual Basis of the Plea & Eastman Motions. Online Course. (.25 CLE hours).
  • (September 4, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Conditions of Probation & the Non-Contested Probation Revocation Case. Online Course. (.25 CLE hours).
  • (September 4, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Juvenile Delinquency Appeals. Online Course. (1 CLE hour).
  • (September 3, 2013) California Appellate Program. Criminal Appeals & Extraordinary Writs: A Perspective for Appointed Counsel. Online Course. (1 CLE hour).
  • (September 3, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Motions, Applications, and Writs in the Fifth District. Online Course. ( 1 CLE hour).
  • (September 2, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. How to Make Ethical and Winning Use of California Legislative History. Online Course. (1 CLE hour).
  • (August 26, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Certificate Probable Cause & Guilty Plea Cases – Session 2. Online Course. (.75 CLE hours).
  • (August 26, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. The Notice of Appeal & Guilty Plea Cases. Online Course. (.25 CLE hours).
  • (August 26, 2013) Central California Appellate Program. Follow the Paper – Case Processors at CCAP. Online Course. (.5 CLE hours).
  • (July 30, 2013) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Criminal Forensics/Visual Enhancements and Authentications by Doug Carner, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (July 24, 2013) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. 1326 Trials by Norma Aguilar, Esq. And Nathan Feneis, Esq, San Diego, CA. (1.25 CLE hours).
  • (July 10, 2013) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Juvenile Court Proceedings by Mary Ellen Attridge, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (June 25, 2013) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Closing Argument by Kerry Armstrong, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (June 6, 2013) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Challenging Expedited Administrative Removals by Benjamin Davis and Chloe S. Dillon, San Diego, CA. (1.25 CLE hours).
  • (June 6, 2013) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Issues Concerning the Impact of Race and Ethnicity in the Criminal Justice System by Elizabeth Missakian, San Diego, CA. (1 CLE hour).
  • (May 8, 2013) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Encryption; Ethics and Social Media by Domenic Lombardo and Chuck Sevilla, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (May 3–5, 2013) California Western School of Law. Provided Instruction in Spanish Trial Skills Workshop, San Diego, CA. (8.0 CLE hours).
  • (April 30, 2013) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Sexual Orientation Bias by Rebecca Jones & Kurt Hermansen. San Diego, CA. (4.0 CLE hours).
  • (April 5–6, 2013) NACDL & CACJ. Making Sense of Science. Las Vegas, NV. (15.4 CLE hours).
  • (March 28, 2013) Administrative Office of the California Courts. Small Claims Court: Consumer and Sub­stan­tive Laws. Online Course. (3.0 CLE hours).
  • (March 27, 2013) Administrative Office of the California Courts. Small Claims Court: Pro­cedures and Practices. Online Course. (2.0 CLE hours).
  • (March 26, 2013) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Judges’ Night by Judges Bashant, Walsh, and Halgren, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 25, 2013) Administrative Office of the California Courts. Judicial Ethics for Temporary Judges. Online Course. (3.0 CLE hours).
  • (March 19, 2013) San Diego Public Defender. MSO Court and PRCS Post-Release Community Supervision by Jane Gilbert, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 19, 2013) 2013 Annual Criminal Justice Act Appellate Panel Seminar, Pasadena, CA. Kurt Hermansen presented on Supreme Court practice. (7.25 CLE hours).
  • (March 13, 2013) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Legislative Update by Alex Landon, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 7, 2013) San Diego Public Defender. Investigating Social Media by Fulcrum Investigations, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Feb. 26, 2013) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Legislative Update by Alex Landon, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Feb. 13, 2013) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Case Law Update by Matt Braner, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hours).
  • (Jan. 29, 2013) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Prop. 36 by Matt Braner, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Jan. 26, 2013) University of San Diego, School of Law. Criminal Defense Science Seminar, San Diego, CA. (5.5 CLE hour).
  • (Jan. 9, 2013) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Preparing a Client for Custody by Chuck Sevilla and Raymond Higgins, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hours).
  • (Sept.–Dec. 2012) California Western School of Law. LLM Trial Skills by Kurt Hermansen, San Diego, CA. (126.0 CLE hours).
  • (Nov. 27, 2012) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Cross Examination by Gene Iredale, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Nov. 14, 2012) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Ethics by Bart Sheela, San Diego, CA. (2.0 CLE hours).
  • (Oct. 30, 2012) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Realignment by Mark Elvin and Jim Marmack, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Oct. 10, 2012) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Realignment and Court Budget Issues by Hon. Timothy Walsh, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Sept. 25, 2012) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Apps for Criminal Defense by Hon. Cris Lamb, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Sept. 8, 2012) 2012 Annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (4.75 CLE hours).
  • (July 11, 2012) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Realignment by Mack Jenkins, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (June 20, 2012) Appellate Defenders, Inc. Ethics/Representing Dangerous and Difficult Clients, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (June 8–10, 2012) Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Supreme Court Practice Institute. New York, NY. (15.75 CLE hours).
  • (May 29, 2012) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Realignment Issues by Hon. Timothy Walsh, DDA Lisa Rod­riguez, and Probation Officer Ken Worthing­ton, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (May 29, 2012) San Diego Public Defender. Cell Tower Forensics by J. Aguero, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (May 16, 2012) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Computer and Cell Phone Forensics by Marcus Lawson, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (May 9, 2012) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Substance Abuse Issues by Mick Meagher, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (April 18, 2012) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Defending Child Pornography Cases by FPD John Ellis and FPD Elizabeth Barros, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (April 11, 2012) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Behavior Health Court Update by Jeff Elias and Michelle Romero, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (April 11, 2012) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. 1326 Sentencing by FPD Bridget Kennedy and FPD Nathan Feneis, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 30, 2012) Office of the Federal Public Defender. Annual Appellate Panel Seminar, San Diego, CA. (4 CLE hours).
  • (March 28, 2012) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. 1326 Trial by FPD Shaffy Moel and FPD by Sarah Gorman, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 27, 2012) San Diego Public Defender. New Strategies for EC 1108 evidence in Sex Crimes Cases by FPD Matthew Braner, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 27, 2012) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Judges’ Night by Judges Danielsen, Katz, Walsh, Sturgeon, and Armour, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 14, 2012) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. 1326 Motions by FPD Norma Aguilar and FPD Amy Kimpel, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (March 8, 2012) San Diego Public Defender. Blood Spatter Evidence for Defense Lawyers by DPD Gary Gibson, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (February 29, 2012) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. 1326 Motions by FPD Gregory Murphy and FPD Cassandra Lopez, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Feb. 17–20, 2012) CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar. Monterey, CA (13.5 CLE hours).
  • (December 14, 2011) Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Federal Sentencing Guideline Amendments Update by FPD Jason Ser, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (December 10, 2011) CACJ Annual Criminal Defense Seminar. San Francisco, CA (7.5 CLE hours).
  • (Oct. 12, 2011) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Immigration Consequences Relating to Criminal Convictions by Linda Pollock and Ginger Jacobs, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Sept. 24, 2011) 2011 Annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (4.75 CLE hours).
  • (Sept. 14, 2011) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Deconstructing Volition by Larry Ainbinder, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (Aug. 15–18, 2011) Ninth Circuit Annual Judicial Conference: Past as Prologue: Celebrating our History, Building our Future. Carlsbad, CA. (7.75 CLE hours).
  • (July 14, 2011) San Diego Federal Bar Association. Key Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court October 2010 Term by Erwin Chemerinsky, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (July 13, 2011) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Psychological Testimony in Domestic Violence and Sex Cases by Dr. Ellen Stein, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (May 19, 2011) Federal Bar Association. Seminar on “Criminal Trial Advocacy: How to Present you Case.” San Diego, CA. (4.0 CLE hours).
  • (May 18–20, 2011) Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. United States Sentencing Commission. (13.75 CLE hours).
  • (May 12, 2011) Federal Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Seminar on “Asylum Law: Perspectives from the Bench, Government, and Bar.” San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (May 11, 2011) Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club. Evidence Based Practices by the Honorable David Danielsen, San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour).
  • (April 22, 2011) San Diego Public Defender. Mental Defenses in Homicide Cases by Richard Gates, San Diego, CA. (1.25 CLE hours).
  • (April 22, 2011) San Diego Public Defender. Recurring Forensic/Scientific Issues by DPD Gary Gibson, San Diego, CA (1.25 CLE hours).
  • (Jan. 25, 2011) Criminal Defense Bar Association. Sexual Orientation Bias by Rebecca Jones & Kurt Hermansen. San Diego, CA. (1.0 CLE hour elimination of bias).

Legal Community Service & Experience

  • (January 25, 2014) University of San Diego School of Law. Mental Health Meets the Courts: It ’ s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Presenter regarding competency. San Diego, CA.
  • (2011 – 14) Commissioner to Criminal Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Review, grade, and develop criminal law specialist exam, develop strategies for continuing education, and perform commission outreach work.
  • (2011 to Present) Board Member for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
  • (Jan. 2009 to Present) Board Member for San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association. Vice President 2014-15, Secretary 2013-14, Treasurer 2012-13.
  • (2009 to Present) Adjunct Professor for Advanced LL.M Trial Skills Course at California Western School of Law.
  • (2009 – 12) Lawyer Representative to United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
  • (2009 to Present) Volunteer Instructor for Spanish Trial Skills Academy at California Western School of Law ’ s ACCESO program. Lecture and lead learn-by-doing workshops in Spanish for attorneys and judges from Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.
  • (April 30, 2013 & Jan. 27, 2009) Co-Presented one-hour Gender & Sexual Orientation Bias CLE for the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association.
  • (2003 to Present) Serve as Judge Pro Tempore for the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, on Small Claims matters.
  • (1993 to Present) Tom Homann Law Association. Current Member, Co-President 1997 – 99, Secretary 1994 – 96, Founding Board Member 1993.
  • (2001 – 04) California State Bar, Committee on Federal Courts. Member.
  • (1996 – 2000) California State Bar, Committee on Sexual Orientation Discrimination. Chair 1998 – 2000, Vice-chair 1997 – 98, and Committee Member 1996 – 97.
  • (1998) Ninth Circuit Pro Se Law Clerk Conference, San Francisco, CA. Served on planning committee. Spoke regarding “Implementation of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.”
  • (1996 – 98) San Diego County Bar Association, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee. Chair 1997 to 1998. Member 1996. 1
  • (1998 – 99) San Diego County Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee. Member.
  • (1997) Southern District of California Civil Rights Conference. Served on diverse planning committee.
  • (1993) Loyola of Los Angeles Law School ’ s Lesbian & Gay Law Union. Co-President.
  • (1992 – 93) Lawyers for Human Rights (Los Angeles, CA). Board of Governors.
  • (1991 – 93) National Lawyers Guild. Founding Member of Loyola of Los Angeles Law School Chapter.

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • California State Bar No. 166349 (Dec. 6, 1993).
  • United States Supreme Court (Oct. 11, 2000).
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (May 1, 2001).
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (Dec. 10, 1993).
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (July 13, 2006).
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (June 10, 2013).
  • Federal Bar Association.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • California State Bar No. 166349 (Dec. 6, 1993).
  • Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, California State Bar Board of Legal Special­ization (Mar. 1, 2009).
  • California State Bar Criminal Law Section.
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Club of San Diego.
  • San Diego County Bar Association.
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association.
  • Tom Homann Law Association (San Diego’s LGBT Law Assoc.).
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