James Bianco teaches Criminal Law (Prosecutorial & Defense). He was appointed as Superior Court Judge in 2008. He has worked in criminal justice for over 27 years beginning as a law school extern at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, and then worked full time as a criminal prosecutor in Santa Monica Attorney’s Office. He later became a criminal defense lawyer, practicing in both federal and state court and then became Superior Court Commissioner in 2005. He has taught criminal procedure at USC Gould School of Law and also developed the Los Angeles Teen Court Program at Gardena High School where he taught high school students about criminal justice.
Judge Bianco earned his B.A. in Economics at State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his J.D. from USC Gould School of Law where he was involved in the Hale Moot court Honors Program.