George S. Cardona

Lecturer in Law

  • B.S. Yale, 1982
  • J.D. Yale, 1986
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2000

George Cardona teaches Criminal Trial Advocacy. His research interests include the role of criminal juries and the mechanisms of criminal discovery.

Professor Cardona is currently the Interim City Attorney for the City of Santa Monica.  From 1991 to 2018, he worked as a federal prosecutor in the Central District of California, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Appeals and Major Frauds sections (1991-1998), Chief of the Criminal Division (1999-2000), First Assistant (2002-2015), Chief of the Major Frauds Section (2016-2017), and Acting United States Attorney (2006-2007 & 2009-2010).  Cardona attended Yale University, where he majored in Physics, and Yale Law School, where he received his JD in 1986. After law school, Cardona clerked for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and then worked in private practice in Los Angeles. From 1989 to 1991, Cardona worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County. From 2015 through 2018, Cardona served as a member of the Rules Revision Commission of the State Bar of California, which drafted the recommended revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct that were adopted in large part by the Supreme Court effective November 1, 2018.