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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.
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Ruchi Desai is the head of strategy and operations at Purple, Inc., a technology startup building a smart jewelry product. She also serves as Senior Counsel to interface rehab, inc., a healthcare services company based in Orange County. At both Purple and interface rehab, her responsibilities include overseeing operations and process improvement efforts, driving corporate strategy, generating leads and driving business development efforts, coordinating capital raises, handling transactional legal matters, and assisting human resources with both compliance and discrete employment issues.
Desai practiced for two years in the New York office of a mid-sized, LA-based law firm handling intellectual property, litigation, corporate, and entertainment matters. Prior to law school, she spent two years trading credit default swaps at Rockview Capital, a market neutral hedge fund based in New York.
Desai holds an LLM, specializing in Intellectual Property, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a bachelor’s degrees in Finance and International Studies from, respectively, the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Edward Kleinbard was interviewed about President Donald Trump's tax plan on how it will impact America's middle class. "It's not a very coherent philosophical document other than let's cut taxes on the most affluent Americans," Kleinbard said.
Gillian Hadfield attained SSRN's designation as being in the top 10% of Authors on SSRN by all-time downloads.
Abby K. Wood
Abby Wood's paper, "To See or Not to See? Campaign Finance Disclosure and Voter Competence" was accepted to the 2017 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (after peer review).
"Does the Supreme Court Understand the Innovation Economy?" (with Ted Sichelman). Forbes Magazine Opinion (July 2017).