The Honorable Michael C. Small

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 005


The Hon. Michael C. Small is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2015. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Wendy L. Kohn.

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Small graduated with his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1982. He went on to earn his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. While in law school, Small served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Georgetown Law Journal.

After graduating from law school, Small became an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering in 1987. He practiced for the firm until 1993 when he joined the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel as an attorney. Small then joined the Attorney General's Office as a deputy assistant attorney general in 1996 where he practiced for one year.

In 1997 he began teaching constitutional law as a full-time visiting professor for the University of California, Los Angeles Law School. He taught at UCLA Law School for two years before joining the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California as their chief counsel in 1999.

Small practiced for the civil-rights union until 2000 when he became senior counsel for the Los Angeles law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld, LLP. During his time with the firm, Small resumed teaching at UCLA Law School, this time as an adjunct professor, where he taught from 2008 to 2013. He continued practicing for the law firm until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2015.

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