Judge Kaufman was appointed to the Superior Court of Plumas County in 1998. He served two terms as the court’s presiding judge (2001–2003 and 2005–2010). He is a former president and vice-president of the California Judges Association (2006–2008). Before his appointment to the bench, he was engaged in private law practice for 24 years in Los Angeles and Plumas Counties. Judge Kaufman has served three terms on the council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (2005–2010) and has participated on its executive committee (2005–2006). He also served on the Rural Courts Education Committee for three years (2003–2006). He was an advisory member of the Judicial Council (2007–2008) and served on the council’s Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee during his initial term.