Dan Kapelovitz is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Dan also teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence at the People’s College of Law.
As an attorney, Dan Kapelovitz represents two main types of clients: people, largely the poor, often wrongly caught up in the criminal justice system, and animal rights. Now it’s time for Dan to represent interests of all of California’s living beings, as our Governor.
Dan Kapelovitz earned his law degree from UCLA School of Law, graduating in the top 3% of his class. He was President of UCLA’s the Animal Law Society, and a member of the UCLA Law Review. He volunteered for the Innocence Project (defending Death Row prisoners with claims of actual innocence) and the Prisoner Re-Entry Project. He worked on “special circumstances” murder cases and other criminal matters for the Los Angeles County Public Defender as part of UCLA’s Capital Punishment Clinic.
During law school, Dan interned at the Working People’s Law Center; working on criminal law cases, he helped obtain a new trial for a client due to juror misconduct. He served as a law clerk for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Animal Protection Unit, working on animal abuse and neglect cases.
After graduating law school, Dan was an associate attorney at a large civil law firm, where he was the lead attorney on a successful asylum case, worked on a successful pro bono prisoner civil rights case, and litigated employment, Intellectual Property, entertainment, and other matters.
Dan then clerked for a federal judge for the United States District Court of the Central District of California. There, Dan gained invaluable knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of a judge’s chambers. During his clerkship, Dan completed the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Program, which allowed him to try criminal cases for the Los Angeles City Attorney.
After trying cases for the City Attorney, Dan began devoting his efforts to help those who have found themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.
Before becoming a lawyer, Dan had a successful career in journalism. He was the Features Editor of Hustler Magazine, and wrote more than 100 articles for numerous publications, including the LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Bizarre Magazine, Men’s Edge, and more. At Hustler Magazine, Dan won the Project Censored Award for his reporting on depleted uranium, and was the editorial point man for Larry Flynt’s First Amendment lawsuit against the Pentagon.