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Harry Dorfman: Assistant DA and Inspiring Faculty Member at SFLS

For over 24 years, Harry Dorfman has fought for justice for crime victims, their families, and the San Francisco community as one of our premier Assistant District Attorneys. For the last 10 years, he has been entrusted with the prosecution and conviction of the City's most violent and dangerous criminals.

Professor Dorfman has taught Criminal Law at San Francisco Law School since 2001, where he enjoys mentoring, educating, and preparing future generations of legal professionals. He is a frequent judge of the Tyler Moot Court Competition, looking quite at home on the bench in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2008, Harry received two coveted awards:  Professor of the Year, and the students’ Most Inspirational Teacher.

Professor Dorfman’s professional and educational experience has afforded him unique opportunities to study and serve the international legal community. In 1995, Harry was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal. He has also represented the Institute for the Study and Development of Legal Systems, participating in many progressive legal reform projects in Bolivia, El Salvador, Egypt, Turkey, and India. In 1999, he served as Chief Counsel to the California Assembly Public Safety Committee and, in 1984-1985, he clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court. He is member of the State Bar Criminal Section Executive Committee.

Harry graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1979. He then taught high school in Santa Monica, California, before moving to San Francisco to attend Hastings Law School. He graduated from Hastings in 1984. He joined the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in October, 1985, after returning from Alaska.

San Francisco Law School is pleased and honored to have such a dedicated and loyal faculty member.