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News for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

USC honors Class of 2020 with virtual celebration
USC honors Class of 2020 with virtual celebration
May 15, 2020
Dean Guzman joined by student leaders, faculty, alumni and staff in congratulating grads.

Invested in Public Interest
Invested in Public Interest
May 12, 2020
Class of 2020 grads win fellowships in public interest work

2020 awards honor students, faculty, staff
2020 awards honor students, faculty, staff
May 8, 2020
USC Gould School of Law community members recognized for outstanding efforts

Masking the superheroes
Masking the superheroes
April 29, 2020
Dario Avila (LLM 2017) helps health care workers in Ecuador

Winners celebrated at 2020 Hale Moot Court Honors Program competition
Winners celebrated at 2020 Hale Moot Court Honors Program competition
May 1, 2020
Samantha Rifkin takes Edward G. Lewis Champion Award

Volunteering for vulnerable populations
Volunteering for vulnerable populations
April 29, 2020
Third-year Ricca Prasad creates Supply Skid Row initiative

Andrew Guzman reappointed dean of USC Gould School of Law
Andrew Guzman reappointed dean of USC Gould School of Law
April 23, 2020
Memo from USC Provost Charles F. Zukoski

Gould launches Student Emergency Fund to assist with critical needs
Gould launches Student Emergency Fund to assist with critical needs
April 9, 2020
The fund will help Gould students who need support with necessary expenses.

USC team sweeps the Transactional Law Competition
USC team sweeps the Transactional Law Competition
April 8, 2020
Law students win awards in the "Best Overall" and "Best Negotiation" categories.

Human rights expert Carlos Holguín presents Neiman Sieroty Lecture
Human rights expert Carlos Holguín presents Neiman Sieroty Lecture
March 11, 2020
Prof. Emily Ryo moderates discussion of Holguín’s activism, legal work.

Appellate Mediation: Driving Efficient, Effective Resolution
Appellate Mediation: Driving Efficient, Effective Resolution
April 1, 2020
In today’s court system, a trial does not always end in peaceful resolution. Many cases continue through the appellate courts for years, resulting in higher costs and lower party satisfaction. So how do we integrate mediation in appellate courts, when one side has already “won”?

$2 million gift to Public Interest Law Foundation supports 30-year legacy of service, education
$2 million gift to Public Interest Law Foundation supports 30-year legacy of service, education
February 28, 2020
The gift comes from educator, philanthropist Barbara Bice.

When the USC Gould School of Law Called Downtown L.A. Home
When the USC Gould School of Law Called Downtown L.A. Home
March 2, 2020
USC students of a century ago pursued law right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.

IRS commissioner addresses tax professionals
IRS commissioner addresses tax professionals
March 12, 2020
Charles Rettig encourages Tax Institute participants to work with the agency.

Former SF District Attorney George Gascón discusses criminal justice reform goals
Former SF District Attorney George Gascón discusses criminal justice reform goals
February 19, 2020
LA County DA candidate addresses students, faculty

“Life and Innocence” panel discussion explores PCJP role in criminal justice advocacy
“Life and Innocence” panel discussion explores PCJP role in criminal justice advocacy
February 13, 2020
Event focuses on personal stories of former clients

Winter Break Pro Bono Project supports skill-building, giving back to those in need
Winter Break Pro Bono Project supports skill-building, giving back to those in need
February 5, 2020
Experiential Learning offers new opportunity for students

JD Graduates Sworn in as Newest Members of California Bar
JD Graduates Sworn in as Newest Members of California Bar
February 5, 2020
Judges Guillemet and Spaeth offered words of advice and congratulations.

USC Gould podcast takes on 2020 election
USC Gould podcast takes on 2020 election
February 5, 2020
Prof. Franita Tolson talks voting rights in new podcast with Ohio State University.

Celebrating 120 Years at the Forefront
Celebrating 120 Years at the Forefront
January 30, 2020
Explore the Winter 2019 issue of USC Law magazine.

The JD Journalist
The JD Journalist
January 23, 2020
Allison Hope Weiner, JD 1987, is a news producer for ABC News 20/20 and investigative journalist

Roth Lecture features Hon. Karen Nelson Moore discussing technology and impacts on the law
Roth Lecture features Hon. Karen Nelson Moore discussing technology and impacts on the law
January 10, 2020
Judge explores evolving tech and its impact on the law.

Prof. Hannah Garry argues for victims’ rights in international court hearing in The Hague
Prof. Hannah Garry argues for victims’ rights in international court hearing in The Hague
December 19, 2019
Garry speaks before Appeals Chamber of the ICC.

The fight for freedom
The fight for freedom
December 2, 2019
Prof. Ariela Gross’ new book explores role of law in creating regimes of race.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner discusses criminal justice in action with Prof. Jody Armour
Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner discusses criminal justice in action with Prof. Jody Armour
December 13, 2019
Talk covers death penalty reform, victims' rights, police.

International Human Rights Clinic to celebrate 10 cohorts of impactful advocates
International Human Rights Clinic to celebrate 10 cohorts of impactful advocates
December 2, 2019
Students, clinic earn attention of human rights community.

Living – and Protecting – the American Dream
Living – and Protecting – the American Dream
December 2, 2019
Alum You Chung Hong helped thousands of families, becoming the nation’s foremost Chinese attorney.

A Heart for the Arts
A Heart for the Arts
December 2, 2019
Alum Karen Grant-Selma’s road to entertainment law leads to executive role at The Oprah Winfrey Network.

A Family Within a Family
A Family Within a Family
December 2, 2019
The Black Law Students Association celebrates more than 50 years of building diversity and community at Gould.

Dean Guzman Leads Latino Growth Initiative
Dean Guzman Leads Latino Growth Initiative
December 2, 2019
Gould's Dean aims to enhance opportunities for the Latino community at USC.

Dean Guzman reflects on change, challenges and community at USC Gould
Dean Guzman reflects on change, challenges and community at USC Gould
December 3, 2019
Guzman focuses on the law school's future, while staying true to its core.

Author Esmé Weijun Wang shares hope at Saks Institute Distinguished Fall Lecture
Author Esmé Weijun Wang shares hope at Saks Institute Distinguished Fall Lecture
November 26, 2019
10th annual event covers stigma, self-advocacy.

New Class Focuses on Homeless Advocacy
New Class Focuses on Homeless Advocacy
November 13, 2019
Externship course inspires law students to learn the skills to advocate for people who are homeless or those at risk.

Life-Changing Experience
Life-Changing Experience
November 13, 2019
Veterans Law Practicum immerses students in issues affecting vulnerable veteran communities.

Ninety Years of Paving the Way Toward Justice
Ninety Years of Paving the Way Toward Justice
November 13, 2019
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles celebrates fruitful connection with USC Gould.

From Helicopter Pilot to Law School Graduate
From Helicopter Pilot to Law School Graduate
November 21, 2019
After a successful career in the military, Yvette Kelley returned home to Los Angeles for a career in law.

FX Chairman John Landgraf Headlines Entertainment Law Event at USC Gould
FX Chairman John Landgraf Headlines Entertainment Law Event at USC Gould
November 20, 2019
Institute draws attorneys, artists and executives.

Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Justin Hoyt
Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Justin Hoyt
November 13, 2019
The LLM in ADR alum is an arbitrator, discovery referee and mediator, JAMS research attorney and Gould lecturer.

USC expands effort to protect elections from digital attacks
USC expands effort to protect elections from digital attacks
November 18, 2019
With support from Google, USC schools to train election officials nationwide.

Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative director in right place at right time
Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative director in right place at right time
November 13, 2019
IGMI coordinates immigration-related work at USC.

‘Conversation with the Deans’ commemorates 50 years of Gould leadership
‘Conversation with the Deans’ commemorates 50 years of Gould leadership
November 12, 2019
Six Gould deans gather to discuss school impact, history and legacy.

Putting military veterans in business
Putting military veterans in business
November 8, 2019
Partnership benefits both law students as well as students in USC Master of Business for Veterans program.

Furthering USC Gould’s Investment in Public Interest
Furthering USC Gould’s Investment in Public Interest
January 9, 2020
Summer stipend program supports students pursuing public interest law.

Gould Admissions Dean David Kirschner Named to LSAC Board of Trustees
Gould Admissions Dean David Kirschner Named to LSAC Board of Trustees
October 30, 2019
Kirschner looks forward to advocacy, providing strong leadership

Western Center on Law & Poverty honors Prof. Clare Pastore for lifetime achievements
Western Center on Law & Poverty honors Prof. Clare Pastore for lifetime achievements
September 10, 2019
Pastore to receive Earl Johnson Equal Justice Award

Tolson testifies on Voting Rights Act before Congress
Tolson testifies on Voting Rights Act before Congress
October 8, 2019
Vice Dean presented research on voting access to House Judiciary Committee.

G&IP Orientation Celebrates Launch of New Offerings and Milestone Anniversaries, While Welcoming Incoming Class
USC Gould welcomes distinguished, distinctive, diverse – and record-setting – Class of 2022
USC Gould welcomes distinguished, distinctive, diverse – and record-setting – Class of 2022
September 23, 2019
1Ls hear advice, encouragement at orientation.

Need more time for those who matter most? There’s an app for that
Need more time for those who matter most? There’s an app for that
September 17, 2019
2L Arsh Haque’s latest startup, Wellsayer, helps you schedule and manage relationships.

USC Saks Institute Student Scholars program celebrates 10 years of fostering research and scholarship in mental health law
Across the Table: The Need for Neutrals in Special Education
Across the Table: The Need for Neutrals in Special Education
September 13, 2019
Unique course teaches law students to resolve disputes with school programs

Center for Transnational Law and Business selected to present at WTO forum in Geneva
Center for Transnational Law and Business selected to present at WTO forum in Geneva
September 4, 2019
Panel focuses on common standards for due process

Alumni Spotlight Q&A: Sarin Haroutounian
Alumni Spotlight Q&A: Sarin Haroutounian
August 19, 2019
Sarin Haroutounian (JD 2016), labor relations counsel for Warner Bros. Television, shares her journey from law student to practitioner.

Living Her Passion
Living Her Passion
August 20, 2019
Profile of Elle Fersan, director of Provost's Immigrants and Global Iniative at USC Gould

Alumni Spotlight Q&A: Jennifer Westhoff Zayas
Alumni Spotlight Q&A: Jennifer Westhoff Zayas
August 19, 2019
Meet Jennifer Westhoff Zayas (JD 2013), vice president of business and legal affairs at Annapurna Pictures.

Alumni Spotlight Q&A: Naader Banki
Alumni Spotlight Q&A: Naader Banki
August 19, 2019
The entertainment and media associate at Manatt discusses his how law school lessons apply to his career.

In Memoriam: Cory Montelus
In Memoriam: Cory Montelus
August 18, 2019
A message from Dean Andrew T. Guzman to the USC Gould School of Law community

Externships transform classroom lessons into career skills
Externships transform classroom lessons into career skills
August 6, 2019
Externships help students acquire practical experience and formulate career paths.

Justice Advocates
Justice Advocates
August 3, 2019
Led by Prof. Clare Pastore, practicum students work with nonprofits on civil rights, poverty, disability and access.

School of Justice
School of Justice
August 3, 2019
Working together for the larger good

View from the Bench: USC Gould Launches Jurist-in-Residence Program
View from the Bench: USC Gould Launches Jurist-in-Residence Program
August 1, 2019
New program gives students insight into judges’ perspectives on the profession of law.

Unlocking Potential
Unlocking Potential
June 27, 2019
Gould students inspired by alumni engagement & catalyzed by their scholarship support.

First Gen Family
First Gen Family
June 27, 2019
Gould alum John Molina (JD 1989) endows First Generation Professionals Program.

A Pathway Into Practice for Lawyer-Immigrants
A Pathway Into Practice for Lawyer-Immigrants
June 27, 2019
Three alumni share their experience with LLM to JD transfer program.

A New Precedent
A New Precedent
June 27, 2019
Maria Hall (JD 2003) thinks law needs an urgent care system.

Focused on Hope
Focused on Hope
June 27, 2019
Wende Nichols-Julien (JD 2009) works to improve the lives of foster children in L.A. County.

Caribbean Dream
Caribbean Dream
June 27, 2019
Michelle Brathwaite (JD 1998) advocates for human rights in role with the United Nations.

‘NO’ to Lautenberg Mass Denials
‘NO’ to Lautenberg Mass Denials
June 27, 2019
Four hard-working IHRC students helped overturn a blanket rejection of 87 Iranian refugees

The Legal Rules of The Game
The Legal Rules of The Game
June 27, 2019
Gould's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic helps student game developer navigate copyright issues.

I Was Supposed to be a Lawyer
I Was Supposed to be a Lawyer
July 16, 2019
Annee Della Donna (JD 1988) - alumna profile

The Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution: New Alumni Spotlight
A Passion for Pro Bono Work
A Passion for Pro Bono Work
June 27, 2019
Trial attorney preaches the value of giving back.

Legal Rights… and Respect
Legal Rights… and Respect
June 26, 2019
USC Gould alumni have played a key role at Mental Health Advocacy Services for the past 40 years

Research on immigration enforcement trends reveals surprising findings about ICE enforcement action
Research on immigration enforcement trends reveals surprising findings about ICE enforcement action
July 3, 2019
Prof. Emily Ryo is a co-author on new American Immigration Council Report

RECENT NEWS

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USC honors Class of 2020 with virtual celebration
May 15, 2020

Dean Guzman joined by student leaders, faculty, alumni and staff in congratulating grads.


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Invested in Public Interest
May 12, 2020

Class of 2020 grads win fellowships in public interest work


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Winners celebrated at 2020 Hale Moot Court Honors Program competition
May 1, 2020

Samantha Rifkin takes Edward G. Lewis Champion Award