As a criminal defense attorney with over 22 years of experience, Rachel Marblestone Kamins represents defendants at every stage of the criminal defense process in both state and federal courts. Her practice areas include state and federal appeals, state and federal post-conviction proceedings, federal habeas corpus actions, sentence modifications and correction of illegal sentences. Additionally, she handles drug and alcohol treatment proceedings, probation violation, parole matters, misdemeanor and felony trials, and grand jury investigations.
Points of Distinction
Acknowledged by her peers for her outstanding professional achievements, Ms. Kamins was selected to the 2010 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list and the 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Maryland Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. She also served as chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Criminal Law and Practice Section Council from 2009-2010. In July of 2016, Ms. Kamins was featured on the Actual Innocence podcast speaking on the criminal appellate process.
Lecturing on various criminal law topics, Ms. Kamins speaks to prosecutors, judges, and police officers throughout the state. In 2011 and 2012 Ms. Kamins has participated in multiple legal seminars at Roxbury Correctional Institution and the Maryland House of Corrections in Hagerstown, and has been asked to speak at similar seminars at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland.
- In the fall of 2015, Ms. Kamins will present at the Judiciary Institute of Maryland
- On April 29, 2010, Ms. Kamins made presentations at the Legal Awareness Seminar at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, MD;
- In December 2009, Ms. Kamins made presentations at the Legal Awareness Seminar at Jessup Correctional Institution in Jessup, MD;
- On May 30, 2009, Ms. Kamins made presentations at the Legal Awareness Seminar at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Maryland;
- On February 7, 2009, Ms. Kamins made presentations at the Legal Awareness Seminar at the Maryland Correctional Institution—Hagerstown, in Hagerstown, Maryland;
- In January 2009, Ms. Kamins made presentations at the Legal Awareness Seminar at the Jessup Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland
She also has drafted legislation and has testified before the Maryland General Assembly on a number of bills relating to the practice of criminal law.
Ms. Kamins’ career as a criminal defense attorney consists of a nearly two decade, diverse criminal practice. After law school, Ms. Kamins spent a year as a judicial law clerk overseeing a criminal trial docket. In 1993, Ms. Kamins joined the Office of the Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Division, where she represented the State in all types of criminal appeals in the Court of Special Appeals, the Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She also handled federal habeas corpus cases in the United States District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2004, Ms. Kamins went into private practice where she represented criminal defendants in a number of different and state and federal criminal appeals. She has also handled post conviction and coram nobis cases, sentence modifications, a wide variety of post-trial and post-sentencing motions, federal habeas corpus cases, probation and parole matters, and some district and circuit court trials in Maryland and the District of Columbia.