Jamila Benkato

Deputy County Counsel

Jamila Benkato joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2021.  She is a member of the Finance and Government Operations Team, advising County departments on a variety of legal issues.  Jamila is also a member of the Civil and Code Enforcement Team, representing the County in administrative proceedings to enforce various County ordinances.  Prior to joining the County, Jamila was a law clerk with the Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Previously, she served as Counsel at Protect Democracy, leading teams in drafting appellate and Supreme Court amicus briefs and contributing to white papers and state policy work on an array of rule of law issues. 

Jamila’s professional expertise includes:

  • Civil litigation
  • Appellate litigation

Education

  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 2016

    • U.C. Irvine Law Review
    • Chair, Student Bar Association
    • Pro Bono High Honors
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., 2012
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 2009

Prior Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2020-2021)
  • Counsel at Protect Democracy (2017-2020)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable David O. Carter, United States District Court for the Central District of California (2016-2017)

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