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Arthur W. Campbell

Professor of Law Emeritus

LL.M. Georgetown University [criminal justice]
J.D. West Virginia University
A.B. Harvard University [psychology]
225 Cedar Street
(619) 525-1450
Criminal Law, Copyright Law

As an undergraduate at Harvard, Professor Campbell majored in English and Psychology.  He also played rugby and won the school’s middle-weight boxing championship.  Over the years his poetry has won numerous awards while being published nationally and abroad.  

A Washington, D.C. trial attorney during the turbulent 1970s, alternately representing the government and indigent defendants, Professor Campbell also taught clinical law at Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, Catholic, and American universities. 

He left Washington, D.C. in 1976 to teach full time at California Western and write his first book, LAW OF SENTENCING.  This treatise, considered the national authority, has been cited six times by the U.S. Supreme Court and over 650 times by other courts and legal periodicals.

Professor Campbell currently sits on the board of directors for San Diego's Federal Defenders, Inc.  He was married for 45 volatile but steadfast years to the late, best-selling novelist Drusilla Campbell. Together they raised two sons plus numerous horses and dogs. His courtroom memoirs— a trilogy called TRIAL & ERROR: The Education of a Freedom Lawyer— have recently been published to the acclaim of  judges, lawyers, law students, and laypersons.


  • Arthur W. Campbell, Law of Sentencing (Thomson/Reuters, 2003), plus annual Supplements.
  • Arthur W. Campbell, TRIAL & ERROR: The Education of a Freedom Lawyer: Part III: Return to the Defense (Poetic Matrix Press 2012).
  • Arthur W. Campbell, TRIAL & ERROR: The Education of a Freedom Lawyer: Part II: For the Prosecution (Poetic Matrix Press 2010).
  • Arthur W. Campbell, TRIAL & ERROR: The Education of a Freedom Lawyer: Part I: For the Defense (Poetic Matrix Press 2007).

  • Arthur W. Campbell, "The Nuremberg Defense to Charges of Domestic Crime: A Non Traditional Approach for Nuclear Arms Protestors," 16 California Western International Law Journal 93 117 (1986).