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Tami Lefko

Tami Lefko

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Tami Lefko teaches Fundamentals of Legal Writing in the Two-Year Extended LLM program at USC Gould School of Law. She serves as Of Counsel at Progress LLP. Lefko was previously director of legal research and writing at Vanderbilt Law School and taught legal writing, contract drafting, and advanced legal writing. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, she served as associate director of LLM legal writing and advocacy and adjunct assistant professor of legal writing and advocacy at USC Gould.

Lefko earned a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review, and she earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Japanese language and culture from the University of Michigan, magna cum laude. She began her legal career with a two-year clerkship for the Honorable Haldane Robert Mayer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and she later clerked for the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters of the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles and worked as a research attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Lefko was an associate with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles before launching her own private research and consulting practice. As a consultant, she wrote more than 100 custom research memoranda for LRN, a Los Angeles-based legal research company where she had previously served as manager of legal research. She is a member of the bars of California and New York and of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Lefko is also a member of the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of Former Law Clerks and Technical Advisors to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and the Editorial Board of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (through July 2018).
 

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The Washington Post
February 14, 2018
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr had comments cited about a possible payment President Donald Trump's lawyer made to an adult-film star to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Trump. “All Cohen says is that he used his personal funds to ‘facilitate a payment of $130,000,'” Kerr writes. “To ‘facilitate’, the dictionary tells us, means to assist with or to make something easier. Given that, I would think that the most literal reading of Cohen’s statement is just that he used his own funds to arrange the payment.” MSNBC also cited the comments.

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