Dmitry Gorin has been a Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at UCLA since 2003. He teaches two courses related to his extensive experience as an attorney in the criminal justice system, both a criminal trial prosecutor and a defense attorney.  Mr. Gorin had argued over 200 jury and court trials.

Communication Studies 139: Speech and the Law: Application of Courtroom Communication Principles. Study of the theory and practice of effective communication while modeling dynamics of real-life courtroom proceedings. Critical analysis, oral argument, and debate relates to issues of morality and legal justice arising in famous criminal trial. Click here for Previous Syllabus

Communication Studies 174: Trial by Jury: A Communication Perspective. A study of the American jury trial system as a communication process. Examination of the impact of courtroom television, paid jury consultants, and celebrity prosecutions upon the system’s communication dynamics and the search for truth. Review of communication research and empirical data in an effort to decide whether the American jury system places too much emphasis on winning and not enough on seeking the truth. Click here for Previous Syllabus

Mr. Gorin is a licensed attorney, who has been involved in criminal trial work and courtroom litigation since 1993. Currently, he is in a private practice devoted exclusively to criminal defense work, and is a partner in Kestenbaum,  Eisner & Gorin LLP, located directly across the street from the Van Nuys Courthouse.

Mr. Gorin retired from the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney in 2006. He was a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles Courts for more than ten years. As a criminal trial prosecutor, Mr. Gorin specialized in complex trial work including gang murder trials, sex crimes, major narcotics cases, and white collar crimes. He received numerous awards for successful trial work from the Association of District Attorneys and the U.S. Postal Inspector.

Mr. Gorin's expertise in criminal defense is further demonstrated in his experience with high-profile cases. Many of his prior jury trials have been profiled on televion and in the newspapers, including the L.A. Times, Daily News, ABC, NBC, and Court TV. Recently, he provided legal commentary on Court TV's North Mission Road.

Mr. Gorin is also an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. His classes focus on  criminal and courtroom practice, including sentencing and corrections issues. He has been teaching law students since 2001.


Mr. Gorin has also been selected as an author by the California State Bar, Continuing Educaiton of the Bar Program (CEB). He has conducted research leading to the numerous publications in CEB's California Criminal Law, Procedure, and Practice, a leading reference manual for criminal practitioners throughout California. His multiple publications relate to Grand Jury Investigations and Indictments.

Courtroom Experience
For Students:

You can learn about Professor Gorin’s pending jury trial and criminal defense work at KEGLAWYERS.COM. He frequently invites students to observe courtroom and trial proceedings, which have proven to be insightful with respect to dynamics of  the criminal justice system.

Feel free to contact him at DGORIN@UCLA.EDU