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Benjamin S. Levine

Benjamin S. Levine

Associate Attorney

Education

  • J.D., University of California Los Angeles School of Law, 2021 (Order of the Coif)
  • B.A., English Literature, Kenyon College, 2015

Admission

  • State of California
  • United States District Court
  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit

Clerkships

  • Hon. William B. Shubb, U.S. District Court, Eastern Dist. California (2021-2022)

Overview

Benjamin joined the Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo in October 2022. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk in a federal district court in Sacramento, where he helped resolve numerous civil rights cases and many others.

He received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. There, he gained experience litigating civil rights actions through clinical practice – first through UCLA’s Civil Rights & Police Accountability Clinic, where he represented a young man who was a victim of excessive force and a false arrest in a lawsuit against two police officers, leading to a significant settlement; and later through UCLA’s Ninth Circuit Prisoners’ Rights Appellate Advocacy Clinic, where he represented a prisoner at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in challenging prison officials’ refusal to provide him a parole hearing. During law school, he interned with the ACLU of Southern California’s Police Practices Project, where he helped to implement a new California law raising the legal standard for police use of deadly force, and with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County’s housing and evictions team. He also served as an editor on the UCLA Law Review, earned Moot Court Honors, and was the Class of 2021 recipient of the Judge Jerry Pacht Memorial Constitutional Law Prize for excellence in constitutional law.

Benjamin chose to become an attorney for the specific purpose of challenging violence and misconduct by police. He is honored and eager to pursue justice for victims of police violence and other official misconduct as an attorney at the Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo.

Publications

  • “Obvious Injustice” and Qualified Immunity: The Legacy of Hope v. Pelzer, 68 UCLA L. Rev. 842 (2021)
  • Housing is a Human Right: A Right to Counsel for Tenants, Daily Journal (Sep. 24, 2019) (co-author)