As a criminal defense attorney with over 24 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 - 2014, and 2016 - 2017 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.
Ms. Kamins regularly conducts legal seminars at prisons throughout the State on matters affecting inmates serving life sentences.
- In the fall of 2015, Ms. Kamins made a presentation at the Judicial Institute of Maryland - "Pitfalls for Judges Handling Criminal Cases"
- "How Not to be Post Convicted & Post Conviction/Coram Nobis Case Law Update" Presented by Rachel Marblestone Kamins to the Baltimore County Bar Association, February 10, 2016
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 two and a half 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.