Laurie Kubicek
Criminal Justice Professor and Democracy in Action Academy Instructor


Professor Laurie Kubicek has been teaching law to undergraduate students in the California State University and the University of California systems since 1998. She has taught in the Division of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State since 2002. A member of the State Bar of California, her areas of interest include criminal law, judicial process and legal research. She joined the Summer Academies in 2018 leading the Democracy in Action Academy.

Kubicek directs the Sacramento State Pre-Law Advising Program and Justice Epstein Sacramento Courts Judicial Internship Program. She also teaches in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice online degree completion program, coordinated by the College of Continuing Education.

Kubicek earned her Juris Doctor degree and Certificate in Governmental Affairs from the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law. She received her bachelor’s degree at CSU Stanislaus in criminal justice. She is a past president of the Western Society of Criminology.

Kubicek is the author of Crime in California: A Case Reader in California Criminal Law,  which offers a well-balanced approach to teaching California criminal law to undergraduate students. Students learn criminal law as well as critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, by engaging in case studies that focus on California appellate decisions. The chapters explain the nuances of each area of law, provide a thorough body of case law, and include extensive references to the current California Penal Code.