George M. Yin joined Kaufman Legal Group as an attorney in 2012. Mr. Yin advises candidates, elected officials, political committees, ballot measure committees, non-profit organizations and public agencies on state and local election laws, governmental ethics laws, conflicts of interest and open government laws. He also advises the firm's clients on the drafting and qualification of ballot measures.
Mr. Yin joined Kaufman Legal Group with over a decade of experience representing public agencies in the areas of public, municipal, education, water and administrative law. He has advised clients on a wide range of legal issues related to public agencies, including land use, conflicts of interest, constitutional law, open government and ethics, economic development, regulation of services and utilities, public contracting, regulation of business and personal conduct, environmental law, Americans with Disabilities Act, water law, and Native American/Indian law.
In his prior legal practice, Mr. Yin served as deputy general counsel for numerous school districts and special districts, and as a deputy city attorney for a number of cities in Southern California. Mr. Yin also served as a Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmember Michael Woo, and during law school, worked as a judicial extern for Federal District Court Judge Ronald S.W. Lew.
Mr. Yin holds a J.D. from UCLA Law School, an M.A. in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, an M.Sc. in Public Administration/Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University. Mr. Yin is admitted to practice in the State of California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
Mr. Yin is an active volunteer in the community, having served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, the Organization of Chinese Americans (Greater LA Chapter), the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), and the Pacific Asia Museum Chinese Arts Council. Mr. Yin's community service resulted in his receiving the Organization of Chinese Americans 2008/2009 Unsung Heroes Award, and Asian Professional Exchange's President's Award in 2011.