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Jonathan Libby

Jonathan Libby

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Telephone: (213) 894-2905
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 338

Jonathan D. Libby has been a deputy federal public defender in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) since January of 2003 focusing on appeals and habeas corpus work. He previously worked at the federal defender office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and in private criminal defense practice in New York. He has argued more than 85 federal appeals, including cases before the Second, Third, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and successfully argued United States v. Alvarez in the United States Supreme Court in which the Court held, 6-3, that the “Stolen Valor Act” – which made it a crime to falsely claim receipt of a military medal – was facially unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Libby has been a lecturer in law at USC Gould School of Law since 2012 where he had taught both first-year legal writing and advocacy and an upper-division course in advanced appellate advocacy.

He has also served as Chair of the State Bar of California’s Client Security Fund Commission which reimburses legal consumers who have lost money or property due to theft or an equivalent dishonest act committed by a California lawyer acting in a professional capacity, among other bar activities. He received his BA in Journalism in 1993 from Temple University, where he served as student body president, and his JD in 1996 from The City University of New York School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York City Law Review and was a member of the school's National Moot Court team. He is a member of the California, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey bars.


March 20, 2018
Re: Jean Reisz

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
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

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
January, 2018

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.