Since graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Criminal Justice, obtaining a law degree from Whittier Law School in California, and studying Comparative Criminal Procedures and Civil Liberties in Oxford University, all by age 22, Professor Sindee Kerker has continuously made a significant contribution to the field of Criminal Justice. She passed the California Bar exam and joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as a Prosecutor, where she was assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit, prosecuting some of the most complex cases in the district. Over the course of her 7 years with the D.A.'s Office, she was repeatedly honored as "Prosecutor of the Month" and was chosen out of 900 prosecutors for 4 back-to-back child abuse and rape cases, the last of which was a high profile/media case that lasted 2 months and resulted in 75 convictions and 108 years in prison for the defendant, a self-proclaimed "Faith Healer". In addition, she was an Instructor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff' Department, teaching advanced courses in sexual assault investigation, courtroom testimony and trial tactics, and she served on a special task force that worked with the medical community to interview child abuse victims in a special facility.
Professor Kerker, who is also admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and before the United States Supreme Court, then returned to Florida to begin the next phase of her remarkable career, joining Lynn University in 1999, where she continues to teach undergraduate and graduate students. A published author and sought-after speaker with over 75 community lectures and over 11 scholarly presentations to date, Kerker contributed a chapter to the book "Michelle Obama: The Report to the First Lady 2009", reviewed landmark cases for the "Sex Offender Law Report" for the Jan/Feb 2009 issue (regarding a landmark death-penalty case), in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue (regarding the issue of whether it was constitutional to conduct a strip search for drugs on a 13 year old while at school) and in the Oct/Nov 2010 issue (regarding whether juveniles who commit non-homicide crimes should receive sentences of life without parole). Her most significant scholarly work is the creation of the Multi-Touch iBook, Introduction to Criminal Justice in 2015. The iBook is complete with innovative and interactive tools for students to explore the three components of the criminal justice system: police, courts and corrections Kerker has been featured as an expert commentator on WFLX Fox 29 and has been interviewed by Palm Beach Stations WPTV NewsChannel 5 (NBC) and WPEC Channel 12 (CBS). She has also been quoted in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Boca Raton News, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Times, The Orange County Register and La Opinion.
B.A., University of Florida
Certificate Program, Oxford University, United Kingdom
J.D., Whittier College of Law
Sindee Kerker's role as a professor is to instill passion for the love of learning and to provide students with the skills necessary to become successful in any career. Her philosophy is to stimulate discussion and to engage in debate through a respectful exchange of ideas so that her students can achieve intellectual growth. She also believes in teaching out of the box, which means exposing students to lessons outside of the classroom. Students observe the criminal justice system in action by participating in ride-alongs with police officers and going on field trips to jails, prisons and court. Kerker sees her role as a teacher and advisor as being someone who can point the students in the right direction. She wants her students to be successful in any career path they choose and she does her best to help them balance college life with a career path.
Criminal Justice System
Criminal Law and Procedure
Law and the Courts
Juvenile Justice System
Areas of Scholarship
- Bar Admissions: United States Supreme Court, Florida, California
- Prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Awards and Honors
- Globe of Hope Award, presented by The League for the Educational Advancement of Human Rights (LEAH) for active involvement in Holocaust education and awareness, 2012
- Lynn University Teacher of the Year (voted by student body), 2010-2011
- Lynn University Advisor of the Year, 2007-2008
- Lynn University Faculty of the Year, 2006-2007
- Honored and featured in Boca Raton/Delray Life magazine as Magnificent Mom and Teacher of the Year, 2006
- Prosecutor of the Month, Compton Division, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (chosen out of 50+ prosecutors), July 1993
- Prosecutor of the Month, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (chosen out of 900+ prosecutors), October 1992