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Michael Kovac

Michael Kovac

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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




Michael Kovac teaches Constitutional Law for USC Gould School of Law’s online programs. Kovac is also the Chief Deputy Attorney General for Nevada’s Office of the Attorney General, supervising the office’s Criminal Prosecution Unit. In that capacity, he prosecutes, and supervises the prosecution of, criminal cases throughout the state of Nevada. Before that, he worked for that same office as a deputy attorney general and senior deputy attorney general.

Kovac has worked in numerous additional positions in or related to the legal profession. Specifically, he has worked as a law clerk for the Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial District Court of the United States, the Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas’ Commerce and Complex Civil Litigation Center, and the Las Vegas Township Justice Court. Prior to completing law school, he worked as a paralegal specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as a probation officer.

Kovac is a member of the state bars for the states of Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania. He previously taught Law and Society for Nevada State College.

Kovac received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, where he graduated in top ten percent of his class and was a member of the Duquesne Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree (majoring in education) from the University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown).
 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
January 10, 2018
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels Frenzen was quoted on how federal courts weigh the content of President Donald Trump's tweets. “We’ve never had a president tweeting like this,” Frenzen said. “You have these extreme public statements that are shedding light on the motivation of the president in regard to why he is directing Cabinet secretaries to engage in these actions. The courts are saying these are fair game.”

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