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News for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Trailblazer Elyn Saks sees ‘gender-inspired mental health activism happening all the time now’
June 6, 2023
USC Gould professor is founder, faculty director of Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics

USC Gould Law Library showcases ‘rejuvenating power of music’
June 2, 2023
Performances feature LA Philharmonic concertmaster, saxophone quartet

‘The Best Beloved Thing is Justice’
June 1, 2023
New book by Gould alum Lisa Kloppenberg celebrates life of Judge and former Dean Dorothy W. Nelson

USC Gould Title IX trailblazer works to put more women in leadership roles
May 30, 2023
"If we can continue moving forward, the future is very bright," says Associate Dean Nickey Woods

USC Gould Commencement Day 2023 - Ceremony Videos
May 12, 2023
Join the USC Gould School of Law in celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2023!

Katherine Sims JD ’23 to continue championing public service after graduation
May 11, 2023
Through the highly selective CA Attorney General Honors Program, Sims will be joining the CA Department of Justice

Rohan Garg JD ’23 to be Gould’s flag bearer for USC commencement ceremony
May 11, 2023
Garg is a DEI fellow and founder of the trial advocacy team at USC Gould

Nadine Shu Rong Tan, JD '15, co-founder of SCCLA Cares
May 10, 2023
Nadine is paying it forward to Asian American communities in Southern California.

Caven Hamilton JD ’23 earns national recognition as Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student
May 10, 2023
The honor is presented by Ninth Circuit fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy

Salutatorian Carina Robles embraces interdisciplinary opportunities as a transfer student
May 9, 2023
Graduating with a degree in political science, minor in dance and Master of Studies in Law, Robles will be heading to Taiwan as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

After a career in visual arts field, Andrew Freire JD ’23 takes on mantle of immigrant defense
May 8, 2023
Freire earns Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship, will be working at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

USC Gould team earns impressive win at U.S. Patent and Technology Office competition
May 5, 2023
Patent team featured Dalton Couch, Michael Salamy, Chen-Yun “Larry” Weng and Sophia Zahn

Real estate law, business leaders explore California’s future
May 4, 2023
Leading experts address industry trends at the 2023 Real Estate Law and Business Forum

USC Gould, Dornsife Department of Economics launch joint degree in innovation economics, law and regulation
May 2, 2023
Master of Science in Innovation Economics, Law and Regulation (MIELR) launches in Fall 2023

Colorado River water plan could trigger unprecedented supply cuts, ripple effects on key industries
April 28, 2023
Gould Prof. Robin Craig shares insights into policy effects

Exploring the future of intellectual property in an AI world
April 26, 2023
Leading voices address changes to the IP industry at the 2023 Intellectual Property Institute

LA Mayor appoints Deepika Sharma as a Commissioner on oversight committee
April 20, 2023
Mayor Karen Bass appoints Sharma to oversee Measure ULA revenue addressing homelessness crisis

2023 Hale Moot Court Honors competition showcases talent of Gould students
April 13, 2023
2L Bryce Lourié wins 2022-2023 Oral Advocate Champion award

2023 Gould awards honor students, faculty, staff
April 13, 2023
USC Gould community members recognized for excellence and outstanding contributions

Welcoming Franita Tolson as USC Gould Co-Dean
April 5, 2023
A Message to the Gould Community from Andrew T. Guzman

Dean Andrew Guzman named USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs
April 4, 2023
The international law and economics expert will assume his new duties on July 1

Tightening Up Tax Strategies
April 3, 2023
The 2023 Tax Institutes addresses changes in the industry and how corporations and individuals can adapt

Public Interest Career Fair facilitates lasting connections
March 27, 2023
More than 40 public interest organizations took part in the annual fall event

Without water, Native American tribes hit hard by the pandemic
March 27, 2023
Robin Craig's new research underscores need for U.S. to honor legally recognized, but never delivered on, tribal water rights

Elyn Saks honored for efforts to lessen stigma of mental illness
March 20, 2023
Prof. Saks earns 2023 President’s Award from Schizophrenia International Research Society

Mentorship, overcoming obstacles among inspiring lessons shared at 2023 Ruth Lavine Women in Law Symposium
March 14, 2023
The event was hosted by the Women’s Law Association

Research by Dorothy Lund instrumental in influential corporate sexual harassment court decision
March 8, 2023
Delaware Chancery Court cites paper in ruling that shareholders can sue fiduciaries in McDonald’s case

USC Gould hosts California LAW Pathways 8th annual summit
March 7, 2023
Law practitioners, educators discuss strategies to encourage, support and empower students

A family’s safe passage to America
March 2, 2023
Ukrainian family escapes war with help from USC Gould International Human Rights Clinic students

The water wars of the future are here today
March 1, 2023
CA is among seven states fighting over dwindling waters of the Colorado River. USC, Gould experts look at how we got here

Climate change ‘legacy article’ wins best paper honor
February 23, 2023
Paper co-authored by USC Gould Professor Robin Craig lauded by Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review

Building a community-centered Los Angeles transportation system
February 22, 2023
KeAndra Cylear Dodds (JD 2012) is executive officer of LA Metro’s first Office of Equity and Race

Blazing their own trails: Q&A with Fred Toczek
February 22, 2023
Alum Fred Toczek, partner at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan LLP, was listed among entertainment's top attorneys in The Hollywood Reporter

Professor Erin Miller named co-winner of AALS Future Promise Award
February 21, 2023
Miller’s research highlights importance of free speech rights and how they are applied to mass media

Hollywood Social Action Hero
February 17, 2023
PJ Shapiro (JD/MBA 1999) and colleagues launch new entertainment law firm with civic engagement in its DNA

Blazing their own trails: Q&A with Richard Kendall
February 15, 2023
Alum Richard Kendall, founder and managing partner of Kendall, Brill and Kelly LLP, was named to The Hollywood Reporter's "power lawyers" list

Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Tom Larkins (JD 1986)
February 13, 2023
Larkins serves as chair of the USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors

Eye on DEI
February 10, 2023
Symposium co-sponsored by USC Gould and LSAC RISE Alliance highlights coalition building to encourage diversity within legal profession

A win for ’slow scholarship’
February 9, 2023
Ten years in the making, Nomi Stolzenberg’s book honored with National Jewish Book Award

In the business of shaping entertainment: Jon Hicks
February 8, 2023
Jon Hicks (JD 2004) is Senior Counsel for Employment Law at Netflix

Mugambi Jouet discusses American criminal justice with delegation from Mexico
February 6, 2023
Professor Jouet presents comparative research to public defenders from Mexico City

Change agent
February 3, 2023
April Yuan (JD 2013) co-launches Vital Artists Agency as catalyst for diversity

In the business of shaping entertainment: Jennifer Zayas
February 1, 2023
Jennifer Zayas (JD 2013) is Vice President of Business Affairs, Originals, at Hulu

USC Gould co-hosts Q&A with Rob Bonta, CA Attorney General, on ‘Industry and Identity’
January 31, 2023
The conversation was moderated by USC General Counsel and Gould Lecturer Beong-Soo Kim

In the business of shaping entertainment: Adam Glick
January 25, 2023
Adam Glick (JD 1994) is Executive Vice President and Head of Business Affairs Warner Bros. TV

Shaped by education
January 23, 2023
Opportunity for future students motivates John (JD 1979) and Alaine Weiss to include USC Gould in their estate plans

From torts to sports
January 20, 2023
Alums Richard Rosenblatt, Ted Russell team up on Autograph, a new venture bringing Web3 to entertainment and sports

In the business of shaping entertainment: Jeff Schneider
January 18, 2023
Jeff Schneider (JD 1991) is EVP Production Operations and Business Affairs at National Geographic Partners

The connection to the connections
January 17, 2023
Entertainment Law Society, Music Law Society and Sports Law Society plug students in to entertainment law

Game changer
January 13, 2023
MET program offers real-life exposure to the transactional elements of entertainment law

In the business of shaping entertainment: Allison Brightman
January 11, 2023
Allison Brightman (JD 1992) serves as Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Business Affairs for CBS Studios

A legacy of teaching, leading, giving
January 10, 2023
Scott Bice (JD 1968) looks back on successful career as a professor, dean and philanthropist

Their wide world of sports
January 6, 2023
Amanda Oliver (JD 2005), Casey Schwab (JD 2013) and John Slusher (JD 1994) take different paths to successful careers in sports

Alexander Capron awarded emeritus faculty designation from USC
January 5, 2023
Capron is a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics

Alum Sean Kundu gives back through guidance
January 4, 2023
Kundu (JD 2007) serves as VP of corporate development for the San Francisco 49ers

USC Gould graduates return to campus, attend annual Bar Admission Ceremony
December 15, 2022
Hon. David W. Swift (JD 2004) and Hon. Julia W. Brand (JD 1985) swear in graduates

Symposium honors pioneer, Gould alumna Ruth Lavine (LLB 1943)
December 14, 2022
The event was hosted by the Women’s Law Association

Gould Preview welcomes 31 incoming 1Ls
December 14, 2022
New additions to program include welcome reception and scavenger hunt

Meet USC Gould’s 2022 John Paul Stevens Foundation Fellows
December 14, 2022
Rebekah Baird and James Robertson earned the prestigious fellowships

Championing access to law school
December 14, 2022
Associate Dean David Kirschner named new LSAC legal education advisory committee

Legal Gymnastics: Spotlight on Ron Barak (’64, JD ’68)
December 12, 2022
Former Olympian, longtime real estate attorney and best-selling author Ron Barak sets a high bar for Trojan achievement

Two Gould professors win 2022 Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards
December 8, 2022
Erik Hovenkamp and D. Daniel Sokol awarded for authoring best antitrust writings published in past year

USC Gould establishes international exchange program with University of Adelaide Law School
December 8, 2022
Addition of South Australian law school boosts USC Gould exchange agreements to seven

Crypto’s reckoning: Bankruptcies, congressional inquiry this week come in wake of FTX’s collapse
December 2, 2022
USC experts forecast future of cryptocurrency ahead of congressional hearings on FTX debacle

Professor Elyn Saks receives American Psychiatric Association Patient Advocacy Award
December 1, 2022
Patient Advocacy Award honors Saks for her work protecting the rights of people with mental illness

A message of hope
November 16, 2022
Judge Robert L. Wilkins chronicles family journey in 2022 Roth Lecture

Vision and Disruption: Current Realities in Entertainment
November 15, 2022
The 2022 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business addresses changes in the industry and how to adapt

In his honor
November 7, 2022
Southern California Law Review symposium celebrating Professor Christopher Stone wins ABA award

A culture of well-being
November 2, 2022
Dr. Nickey Woods and staff emphasize resources in guiding students

Delegation from Philippines comes to USC Gould for guidance on clinical education, externships
October 26, 2022
Visit includes classroom observation, discussions with program leadership

Technology in the public interest
October 12, 2022
Professor Ángel Díaz’ scholarship covers racial discrimination in technology tools, platforms

The Call of California
October 10, 2022
Professor Mugambi Jouet returns to LA at pivotal time for criminal justice research, reform

Back to Gould
October 6, 2022
University Professor Lee Epstein returns to USC bringing scholarship in political science, judicial behavior

Inspired to serve
October 4, 2022
Deepika Sharma launches Housing Law and Policy Clinic with expertise, passion for community lawyering, housing justice

Student Spotlight: Cameron Keel (JD 2024)
September 29, 2022
Cameron Keel (JD 2024) is a second-year JD student concentrating her studies in Media, Entertainment and Technology Law. In this Q&A, she tells us about her externship with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Student Spotlight: Alison Gentry (JD 2024)
September 27, 2022
Alison Gentry (JD 2024) is a second-year JD student concentrating her studies in Media, Entertainment and Technology Law. In this Q&A, she shares her experience as an extern with the Writers Guild of America West.

Q&A with Kelsey McGregor (JD 2015)
September 27, 2022
Kelsey McGregor, counsel at WilmerHale, is working for six months as a senior supervising attorney for USC Gould's IHRC

USC Gould welcomes JD Class of 2025, setting new marks in academic excellence
September 22, 2022
Diverse, talented class continues trend of scholarly achievement and professional impact

Newest group of USC Gould master’s students represents nearly 40 countries worldwide
September 21, 2022
This fall’s Graduate and International Programs include new social work certificates

Gould professor recognized for groundbreaking research
September 13, 2022
Professor Mugambi Jouet honored for paper that contributes to understanding of U.S. legal history

Trojan Title IX trailblazer never hesitates to challenge the status quo
September 8, 2022
Dorothy Wright Nelson went from dean of USC Gould to judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

USC Law and Social Work Schools Partner to Provide an Educational Opportunity for Students to Focus on Social Justice Advocacy
September 6, 2022
The USC Gould School of Law and the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work are launching two joint graduate certificates in fall 2022 focused on the intersection of law and social work.

National Science Foundation grant will support immigration and criminal justice research
August 30, 2022
Gould Professor Emily Ryo’s project will also create a unique dataset of immigration courts and judges

Research on corporate governance wins prestigious award
August 22, 2022
Professor Dorothy Lund and co-author win 2022 Cleary Gottlieb Law Prize

Professor Franita Tolson elected to American Law Institute
August 15, 2022
Tolson applauds opportunity to make positive impact on election law

Gould professor first in Southern California honored for excellence in teaching natural resources law
August 4, 2022
Professor Robin Craig receives award from Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law

A sense of belonging
August 1, 2022
The C. David Molina First Generation Professionals Program celebrates five years of jump-starting careers

Panel on impacts of anti-Asian hate hosted by Gould Alumni Association
July 28, 2022
Professor Emily Ryo moderates panel with activists and leaders Connie Chung Joe, Russell Jeung

Public Service Loan Forgiveness limited waiver deadline is Oct. 31
July 25, 2022
Graduates pursuing public sector careers encouraged to look into qualifications

The Power of Connection
July 18, 2022
Dr. Nickey Woods forges opportunity for law students and student athletes

Clerkships – no better opportunity
July 13, 2022
Khoa Nguyen (JD 2020) gains varied experience in federal, appellate courts

Expanding access and supporting excellence through generous giving
July 11, 2022
USC Gould philanthropy initiative offers opportunity to champion law students through need-based scholarships

Building a Legacy Through Generous Giving
July 6, 2022
The Law School shaped his career, and in return Richard Chernick (JD 1970) helped build a home for ADR at USC Gould and committed the largest gift in its history

Positive Direction
July 5, 2022
Changing lives through forward-focused research, philanthropy, and community engagement


Trailblazer Elyn Saks sees ‘gender-inspired mental health activism happening all the time now’
June 6, 2023

USC Gould professor is founder, faculty director of Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics

USC Gould Law Library showcases ‘rejuvenating power of music’
June 2, 2023

Performances feature LA Philharmonic concertmaster, saxophone quartet

‘The Best Beloved Thing is Justice’
June 1, 2023

New book by Gould alum Lisa Kloppenberg celebrates life of Judge and former Dean Dorothy W. Nelson