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.
- Student Life
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
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.
- Alumni and Giving
Alumni and Giving
The global Trojan network of more than 10,000 law alumni and donors include recognized leaders in numerous fields who are deeply committed to supporting student and law school success.
- FACULTY DIRECTORY
- LECTURERS IN LAW DIRECTORY
- EXPERTS DIRECTORY
- FACULTY IN THE NEWS
- SCHOLARSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS
- DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS
- + CENTERS
- CENTER FOR LAW AND PHILOSOPHY (CLP)
- CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (CLASS)
- CENTER FOR LAW, HISTORY AND CULTURE (CLHC)
- CENTER FOR TRANSNATIONAL LAW AND BUSINESS (CTLB)
- INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM INSTITUTE (IRI)
- PACIFIC CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS
- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
- WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
Richard Peterson teaches ADR Law & Policy: Mediation & Arbitration at USC Gould. Peterson has served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Law and Mental Disability Section and the Disability Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He also formerly served as an educational consultant conducting workshops in anger management and conflict resolution curriculum for K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and probation officers in public, private and alternative schools in various states.
Peterson is a passionate advocate for persons with disabilities having served nearly five years as a member of the board of directors of the Regional Center of Orange County, three years as president, and is a frequent speaker to parent organizations, educators, psychologists and related service providers on topics including special education law, dispute resolution, collaborative negotiation, and problem solving. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC), and former member of the professional advisory board of the Epilepsy Alliance of Orange County and the board of directors of La'a Kea Foundation, located in Maui, Hawaii, a non-profit organization planning the development of real estate, occupational programs, and living options for persons with developmental disabilities.
Prior to teaching at USC Gould, Peterson was director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic at Pepperdine Law School, where he directed law students providing advocacy and legal services to parents of children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). At Pepperdine, he also served as director of externships and taught Special Education Law, Disability Law, and Dispute Resolution in Education. Peterson holds a BSL and a JD from Western State University, as well as an LLM and MDR from Pepperdine.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Jean Reisz was interviewed whether the city of Los Alamitos opting out of California's sanctuary state law serves as evidence that the law is in violation of federal law. "Whether or not Los Alamitos opted out, that's not evidence that these laws are in violation of federal law," said Reisz. "It's just showing the city isn't in support of it or doesn't want to follow it."
Robert K. Rasmussen
"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC.
Pauline Aranas participated on a panel on "Effective Assessment: Measuring Your Law Library's Impact" at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Pauline Aranas concluded her year-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.