About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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- INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM INSTITUTE (IRI)
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- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
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Diana Williams is an Assistant Professor of History and Law at USC. She is a distinguished expert in history, English and law and holds numerous awards in the fields of gender studies, civil rights, minority research and American and legal history.
Williams’ work has been instrumental in the research and documentation of critical historical and legal issues. Her dissertation, “They Call It Marriage: the Louisiana Interracial Family and the Making of American Legitimacy,” won the 2008 William Nelson Cromwell Dissertation Prize in Legal History.
Before coming to USC, she served as an Assistant Professor of History from 2008-9 and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Legal History from 2007-8 at Wellesley College. In 2006, she was a Raoul Berger Fellow in Legal History from Harvard Law School.
Williams has received numerous grants, including the Mark DeWolfe Howe Fund in Civil Rights from Harvard Law School, a writing grant from Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History from Boston Athenaeum, a summer writing grant from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Mellon Minority Research Grant from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and a research grant from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism from Notre Dame University.
In 2015, Williams was a signatory to the American Historical Association (AHA)’s brief submitted in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case establishing marriage equality for same-sex couples as a federal constitutional right in all 50 states (see link).
Williams received her doctorate in the History of American Civilization, a masters in English and an AB in history from Harvard University. Additionally, she holds a masters in History from the UC Berkeley.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
John Matsusaka, director of the Initiative and Referendum Institute, was quoted on the effectiveness of ballot measures for enacting conceptual issues compared to regulatory issues. “In my mind, ballot propositions are good for conceptual issues—do you want to limit your property taxes, or do you want to have the death penalty or not,” Matsusaka said. “I don’t think it’s good for detailed regulatory structures.”
Gillian Hadfield was appointed to serve on the ABA's new Commission on the Future of Legal Education.
"Silly Rules," Workshop of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Gillian Hadfield moderated "Hyperloop One and Autonomous Transportation: A Test Case for Innovative Governance," Governance of Emerging Technologies Conference, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ.