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James Curtis

James Curtis

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2016

Telephone: (213) 972-0675
Direct Line: (213) 972-0675
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 306E

James B. (Jim) Curtis is Vice President and Senior Counsel at Bank of the West.  He advises clients regarding contracts and retail banking operations, including UCC Articles 3 and 4.  Curtis teaches Contracts, Contract Drafting & Negotiation, and Commercial Paper.  He has taught at USC Law since 1993.

In 2015, Curtis was awarded the California banking attorney of the year award, the Almon McCallum Award, by the California Bankers Association (“CBA”).  In 2006, CBA presented Curtis with the Compliance Professional Award.  CBA is the largest banking trade association in the United States.  Curtis is one of seven persons in CBA’s history to earn both of CBA’s top awards.  Curtis also teaches Contracts for the UCLA Extension Paralegal Training Program.  In 2012, UCLA presented Curtis with the Distinguished Instructor Award.  The award, presented annually to the top 1% of UCLA Extension instructors, recognizes exemplary teaching, professional knowledge and outstanding commitment to students.

Curtis earned his B.A. degree with High Honors from Eastern Illinois University and his J.D. degree from USC Law, where he served as Vice Chair of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.  In 2011, he established the James B. Curtis Endowed Scholarship at USC Law.  His 2016 gift named the Hale Moot Court Honors Board office at USC Law.


April 25, 2017
Re: Edward McCaffery

Edward McCaffery published an op-ed on President Donald Trump's tax plan, which is based on economic growth paying for large proposed tax cuts. According to McCaffery, instead of providing tax breaks for the richest Americans, Trump has the opportunity to ask them to share tax costs with all income brackets. "Unfortunately, it is exactly such a sensible reaction to rising economic inequality and mounting associated political concerns that sounds like voodoo these days," he wrote.


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February, 2017

“The Problem Of Social Order: What Should We Count As Law?” Law and Social Inquiry 42 (2017): 16.

David B. Cruz
February, 2017

David B. Cruz spoke on "Equal Protection? Current Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination" on a panel on "Challenges and Controversies in Constitutional Law," 2017 Central District of California Judicial Conference, La Quinta, CA.

Daniel Klerman
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“Contingent Fee Litigation in New York City,” Faculty Colloquium, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, AZ.