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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).
 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Vanity Fair
April 16, 2018
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr was quoted about President Donald Trump's attempts to stop the FBI from reviewing documents taken from his personal lawyer during a raid. “I’m not aware of a client ever being able to conduct the first review of whether a lawyer’s files are privileged. And for an obvious reason: If the files sought involve an alleged crime/fraud, the client will say that those e-mails are privileged,” Kerr said. “Trump in effect wants the warrant to be executed like a subpoena to him personally, in which he gets to decide what the government sees. But that’s not how it’s done: the point of using a search warrant is to block that.”

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