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 has been with the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 1991.  He was Acting United States Attorney for the Central District of California from 2006-2010, and he is currently serving as First Assistant United States Attorney.  In recognition of his exceptional work, Cardona received the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1996, and the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 1998 (for his work on the Symington case – the trial of Arizona’s sitting governor on financial fraud charges). From 1987 to 1989, he worked as an associate in the Tax Work Group of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, and from 1989 through 1991 he worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Professor Cardona was notes and topics editor for the Yale Law and Policy Review. He then clerked for Dolores K. Sloviter of the Third Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.