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Aggressive defense of all serious and violent felonies, all strike offenses, sex crimes.Aggressive defense of all serious and violent felonies, all strike offenses, sex crimes.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Contributor Award||Avvo||2017|
|French Consulate||Recommended Lawyer||2015|
|Certificate of Merit||Jeune Notariat (Sponsor)||2013|
|Outstanding Rating Reviews||Bar Association of SF||2013|
|Adjunct Professor||University de Paris Dauphine||2009|
|Outstanding Service Awards||Volunteer Legal Services Project||2008|
|Certificate of Merit||SF BAR VLSP Program||2006|
|Woodrow Wilson Fellowship||Ford Foundation||1966|
|Attorney||Kaman Law Office||1987 - Present|
|Attorney||Pettit & Martin||1983 - 1986|
|Attorney||Ware, Fletcher & Freidenrich||1980 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Serious Felony Panel||IDA||2015 - Present|
|San Joaquin Bar Association Lawyer's Referral Service||Member Special Circumstances Panel||2009 - Present|
|UCLA Moot Court Competition||Judge||2009 - Present|
|California Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2008 - Present|
|Indigent Defense Administration||Attorney||2005 - Present|
|Volunteer Legal Services||Attorney||2005 - Present|
|Lawyer's Referral and Information Service (San Francisco)||Attorney||2005 - Present|
|Member Court Appointed Attorney Panel||Conflicts Attorney||2005 - Present|
|Law Society of England and Wales||Solicitor||2003 - Present|
|California State Bar Association||Attorney||1980 - Present|
|People v Morrow||Plea--paper committment after 1 year CJ|
|People v Martin||7 counts NG; 1 count hung|
|People v Walker||NG on 7 out of 8 counts|
|See all legal cases|
|For the Defense||Why We Don't Have the Greatest Criminal Justice System in the World||2013|
|For the Defense||Nancy Tung Dismisses Bungled Case||2011|
|For The Defense (Defense Research Institute)||West Memphis 3: New DNA Evidence||2010|
|For The Defense||Black Man Accused||2008|
|For the Defense||Verdict In||2008|
|For the Defense||Berzerk DA||2008|
|For the Defense||Penal Code 288 Trial||2008|
|PhD Dissertation: Stanford||Lonely Hero in Hawthorne, James Twain and Melville||1973|
|Honors Thesis: Rhodes College||Paternity Motifs in James Moyce's Ulysses||1966|
|City of Buds and Flowers||Untitled Poems||N/A|
|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Stanford University||N/A||PhD - Doctorate||1973|
|Annual International Conference||Justice and Inquisitionary Systems||2013|
|French Notaries Association||Civil v Common Law Practice||2007|
|Federal Publications Construction Law Conferences||Federal Claims Process||1993|
Posted by anonymous
John seems to have a phenonmenol ability to grasp and to retain so much knowledge of the Judicial system. He is truly amazing, as well as genuinely a caring, considerate Lawyer. If you have a legal problem, don't hesitate to retain John.
Posted by James
Mr. Kaman is everything that you expect from a lawyer and more. Legal Knowledge isn’t any good unless it is applied properly. Not only does he have “in depth” legal knowledge, he practically applies the law, does it in a timely manner with creative skills as required. In his years of legal work, Mr. Kaman has built a support network of excellent resources. That is, Private Investigators, expert witnesses, etc. In addition, Mr. Kaman’s excellent communication skills keep things on an even keel and makes sure that you know what to expect and when.
My experience; Mr. Kaman was engaged to defend my son. Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, and a very aggressive DA, my son faced a myriad of charges that could have resulted in years of hard time. On charges that my son acknowledged making a mistake, Mr. Kaman negotiated probation only. On charges that my son insisted innocence, he used his legal expertise and appropriate support services to verify my son’s claims and lay out a defense. This resulted in a dismissal of the charges.
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Day after day Mr. Kaman fields criminal law and procedure questions here on Avvo with remarkable insight, judgment, and candor. The depth of his knowledge and experience in criminal matters is truly impressive and his ability to provide concrete straight-talk in difficult and challenging matters is a gift to those who submit questions and to attorneys throughout the state. There are lots of different ways to make a pro bono contribution to those in need and to the legal profession. Mr. Kaman's daily Avvo participation is in the highest and purest pro bono tradition.
Sanaz Nikaein, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
I had a few cases Mr. Kaman when I was a prosecutor in San Francisco. He was every prosecutor's worst nightmare, as he was always prepared, knew the law, and well respected by the judges! Now as a defense attorney, I have tried my best to emulate the qualities I feared and admired in Mr. Kaman.