Carolyn Kuhl is Assistant Supervising Judge of the Complex Litigation Division of the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles. She served as presiding judge from 2015 to 2016.
Judge Kuhl was elected to the ALI in October 1988 and was elected to the Council in May 2012. She currently serves as an Adviser on the Restatement Third, Consumer Contracts project and on the Principles of Government Ethics project. She was previously an Adviser on the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation project.
From 1981 to 1986, Judge Kuhl served in the U.S. Department of Justice. She served as Deputy Solicitor General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division, and as Special Assistant to Attorney General William French Smith. From 1986 to 1995, she was a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focused on civil business litigation in both federal and state courts with a specialty in appellate litigation. In 1995, she became a judge on the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles.
Judge Kuhl clerked for future Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy when he was an appellate judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
EDUCATION: Princeton University, B.A.; Duke University Law School, J.D.