Curtis Karnow

Curtis E.A. Karnow serves in the Complex Litigation Department of the Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, and is past Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1974, matriculating 1971; and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 where he was an editor of the Law Review. While in private practice, Judge Karnow specialized in antitrust, intellectual property, computer and internet law. Past experience includes a clerkship with Judge Louis H. Pollak (E.D.Pa.) and service as Assistant United States Attorney (E.D.Pa.). Judge Karnow has lectured at the Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley), the University of Michigan Business School, and the law schools at Stanford, Yale, New York University, University of San Francisco, and Hasting College of the Law. Judge Karnow teaches a variety of civil litigation courses to new and experienced California judges.

Books (author or contributory co-author):
Weil & Brown, et al., CALIFORNIA PRACTICE GUIDE: CIVIL PROCEDURE BEFORE TRIAL (Rutter Group); LITIGATION IN PRACTICE (2017); ROBOT LAW (2016); WHAT’S YOUR WEIRDEST CASE? JUDGES ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE COURTS (2012); FUTURE CODES: ESSAYS IN ADVANCED COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW (1997); HOW THE COURTS WORK: A PLAIN ENGLISH EXPLANATION OF THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM (2008); EBUSINESS AND INSURANCE (CCH: 2001) (chapters on Internet security, copyright, trademarks and trade dress, indirect liability on the internet); INTERNATIONAL ECOMMERCE (CCH: 2001) (privacy & security); NETWORK SECURITY: THE COMPLETE REFERENCE (McGraw-Hill 2004); CYBERCRIME: DIGITAL COPS IN A NETWORKED ENVIRONMENT (NYU Press, 2007); ROBOT LAW (forthcoming 2015); CIVIL PROCEEDINGS: DISCOVERY, California Judges Benchbook (2d ed. 2012); ACTION GUIDE: HANDLING EXPERT WITNESSES IN CALIFORNIA COURTS (CEB 2006-2013); CALIFORNIA CIVIL DISCOVERY PRACTICE (CEB 2006-2013); OBTAINING DISCOVERY: INITIATING AND RESPONDING TO DISCOVERY PROCEDURES (2012); CREATING YOUR DISCOVERY PLAN (2012). Non-legal writing includes a science fiction novel, a collection of short stories, and both full length and short one act plays.
Law Review and other articles include:
“Fiat Lux: Tracing A Standard of Review for Class Certification Orders,” 17 JOURNAL OF APPELLATE PRACTICE AND PROCESS (2017) “The Opinion of Machines,” XIX COLUMBIA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW 136 (2017-2018); “Primary Rights,” https://works.bepress.com/curtis_karnow/32/; “Complexity in Litigation: A Differential Diagnosis,” 18 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LAW 1 (2015); “Conflicts of Interest And Institutional Litigants,” 32 THE JOURNAL OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION 7 (2008); and others on e.g., the use of precedent, legal education, experts, sealing records, bail, legal style, summary judgment, statistics, game theory, artificial intelligence; and white papers on digital signatures, encryption, and open source code. Some preprints are available at http://works.bepress.com/curtis_karnow/.

Judge Of The Superior Court
Superior Court
San Francisco, United States
Focus area: Art History, Theory, Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Writing, Literature, Poetry