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News for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Cutting through the haze
Cutting through the haze
June 22, 2022
IPTLC student’s paper sheds light on legal issues for entrepreneurs who use blockchain technology

USC Gould School of Law announces new Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
USC Gould School of Law announces new Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
June 21, 2022
Innovative undergraduate degree provides comprehensive foundation in law and legal infrastructure

Spotlight journal goes online
Spotlight journal goes online
June 17, 2022
Digital format for entertainment law journal is sustainable and more visible

Alumni Association’s past president John Iino joins USC Board of Trustees
Alumni Association’s past president John Iino joins USC Board of Trustees
June 17, 2022
The globally respected lawyer has a long record of advocacy in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Inspiration via mediation
Inspiration via mediation
June 15, 2022
Family Law Mediation Clinic students learn by doing during pandemic

USC Gould celebrates installation of three endowed professorships, chairs
USC Gould celebrates installation of three endowed professorships, chairs
June 14, 2022
Camille Gear Rich, Robin Craig, Diana Jaque honored as leaders, experts in their fields

Professor Alexander Capron recognized for excellence in teaching, research, public service by Phi Kappa Phi
Conference highlights late Professor Ed Kleinbard’s scholarship and leadership in tax law
Army veteran, counterintelligence officer deepens expertise in defense with MSL
Army veteran, counterintelligence officer deepens expertise in defense with MSL
June 8, 2022
John Esparza knew a deeper understanding of the law would be beneficial his career

USC Gould’s Graduate & International Programs celebrate record-setting Class of 2022
USC Gould’s Graduate & International Programs celebrate record-setting Class of 2022
June 8, 2022
John Iino, chief diversity officer of Reed Smith LLP, delivers keynote address

122nd USC Gould commencement ceremony fetes award-winning JD Class
122nd USC Gould commencement ceremony fetes award-winning JD Class
June 8, 2022
Keynote speaker Connie Rice encourages grads to defend constitutional democracy

Nearing 70, MSL student proves it’s never too late to get your degree
Nearing 70, MSL student proves it’s never too late to get your degree
June 6, 2022
“It’s given me such a foundation,” says Virginia Polley of her online master's education at Gould

Coast valuable player
Coast valuable player
June 6, 2022
Professor Robin Craig takes the mystery out of ocean, water law for judges, lawmakers

Re-imagining Corporate Responsibility
Re-imagining Corporate Responsibility
June 1, 2022
In a shareholder-first world, Professor Dorothy Lund thinks creatively about equitable solutions

A family’s saga
A family’s saga
May 25, 2022
USC International Human Rights Clinic works to obtain humanitarian parole for Afghans

USC Gould launches new partnership with India’s O.P. Jindal Global University
Retirement of Alexander Capron and Michael Brennan
Retirement of Alexander Capron and Michael Brennan
May 23, 2022
It is always bittersweet to announce the retirement of our faculty, but most especially when those individuals are longstanding pillars of our law school community.

Gould Preview supports incoming law students with community, skill building
Clerkships dominate the conversation at 2022 Jurist-in-Residence visit
Clerkships dominate the conversation at 2022 Jurist-in-Residence visit
May 17, 2022
Hon. Adalberto Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals, brings expertise to USC Gould

A career of advancing Asian American inclusion in law
A career of advancing Asian American inclusion in law
May 17, 2022
Gould Alumni Spotlight: Albert C. Lum, LLB 1965

A long journey to good works
A long journey to good works
May 11, 2022
Alex Tron named winner of Irmas Fellowship

Professor Abby Wood invited to testify before Senate committee about ‘dark money’ and disclosures
Professor Abby Wood invited to testify before Senate committee about ‘dark money’ and disclosures
May 11, 2022
Professor testifies on court transparency before the U.S. Senate Committee

2022 Equal Justice Works Fellowship winner has a passion for immigrant rights
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellowship winner has a passion for immigrant rights
May 10, 2022
Personal experience a strong motivator for 3L Matthew Palmquist

Real estate law, business experts explore the new normal
Real estate law, business experts explore the new normal
May 2, 2022
Real Estate Law and Business Forum addresses complexities of living, working and investing in a fluid world

Alum recognized for volunteer contributions
Alum recognized for volunteer contributions
May 2, 2022
Amy Alderfer (JD 1999) honored with 2021 Widney Alumni House Volunteer award

Post-COVID mental health is focus of Saks Institute Distinguished Lecture, Spring Symposium
Post-COVID mental health is focus of Saks Institute Distinguished Lecture, Spring Symposium
April 28, 2022
Writer Pam Belluck relates experience covering post-COVID psychosis.

Taking the Lead
Taking the Lead
April 25, 2022
PCJP has made juvenile justice system reform a priority, bringing hope to thousands of persons sentenced to LWOP

Colleagues memorialize legacy of Christopher Stone in Southern California Law Review Symposium
Colleagues memorialize legacy of Christopher Stone in Southern California Law Review Symposium
April 22, 2022
Influential environmental law scholar remembered for eagerness to help students, colleagues

USC Gould School of Law announces $13 million contribution from alumnus Richard Chernick
USC Gould School of Law announces $13 million contribution from alumnus Richard Chernick
April 20, 2022
Largest gift in school history supports law school building fund endowment

2022 Hale Moot Court competition showcases Gould students’ talent, skills
2022 Hale Moot Court competition showcases Gould students’ talent, skills
April 19, 2022
Lili Italiane named oral advocate champion

Advocate for Indigenous Rights
Advocate for Indigenous Rights
April 18, 2022
Alumni Spotlight: Breann Swann Nu‘uhiwa JD ’04, Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Barbara Bice celebrated for transformative $2 million estate gift
Barbara Bice celebrated for transformative $2 million estate gift
April 14, 2022
Event honors support of public interest law students, agencies

Motivated for justice, bearing witness
Motivated for justice, bearing witness
April 7, 2022
Award-winning public interest attorney Melinda Bird shares inspiring stories at 10th Neiman-Sieroty Lecture

2022 awards honor students, faculty, staff
2022 awards honor students, faculty, staff
April 6, 2022
USC Gould School of Law community members honored for outstanding efforts

Southern California law collaborative wins statewide diversity award
Southern California law collaborative wins statewide diversity award
April 1, 2022
USC Gould, partner schools make mark with Southern California Law Pathways events

Celebrating the power of kinship
Celebrating the power of kinship
March 21, 2022
PCJP event showcases former client’s transformation through compassion

Gould alum named to leadership role in USC’s Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX
Gould alum named to leadership role in USC’s Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX
March 17, 2022
Experience, compassion make Linda Hoos (JD 2001) uniquely qualified for position

A Holistic Education in Land Use
A Holistic Education in Land Use
March 14, 2022
Turning a passion into a career and making connections along the way, Noel Hyun Minor has worked in every field of real estate

Forgotten no more
Forgotten no more
March 10, 2022
Project led by alums Jenna Edzant, Mirelle Raza and Sara Zollner focuses on Nisei Trojans denied transcripts after WWII

Post-COVID psychosis is focus of Saks Institute Fall Distinguished Lecture
Post-COVID psychosis is focus of Saks Institute Fall Distinguished Lecture
March 3, 2022
Journalist, medical expert share stories, data about unique mental health issue

New book explores blurred distinctions between public, private action
New book explores blurred distinctions between public, private action
February 24, 2022
Professor Nomi Stolzenberg is co-author of American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate NY

Data study uncovers inequities in U.S. naturalization adjudication process
Data study uncovers inequities in U.S. naturalization adjudication process
February 23, 2022
Professor Emily Ryo's research shines light on type, nature of inequalities

Ariela Gross, co-author honored with Order of the Coif Book Award at AALS conference
Ariela Gross, co-author honored with Order of the Coif Book Award at AALS conference
February 16, 2022
'Becoming Free, Becoming Black' cited for outstanding scholarship, creativity

Music Man: Ron Sweeney JD ’78
Music Man: Ron Sweeney JD ’78
February 14, 2022
Gould alum, music industry legend Ron Sweeney pushes for change – and equity – in the record business

A far greater gift
A far greater gift
February 7, 2022
For Daron Watts (JD 1994), mentorship is a deep-rooted passion

The value of mentorship
The value of mentorship
February 3, 2022
Jean Murrell Adams (JD 1986) and her mentee Tara Doss (JD 2003) share a passion for helping others to succeed

From USC Trojan Family Magazine: Gould alums pave way for next generation of diverse law students
From USC Trojan Family Magazine: Gould alums pave way for next generation of diverse law students
February 1, 2022
Two longtime friends pair up to create scholarship for future lawyers following their dreams at USC Gould

New seminar focuses on skill-building through classic research in corporate law
New seminar focuses on skill-building through classic research in corporate law
January 31, 2022
Innovative seminar features presentations by scholars and practitioners: co-taught by 3 Gould professors

Effecting change through civic engagement
Effecting change through civic engagement
January 27, 2022
Professor Emeritus Rob Saltzman influences through civilian oversight

USC Gould receives scholarship endowment to support Latino students
USC Gould receives scholarship endowment to support Latino students
January 24, 2022
Alums Liz and Steve Atlee realize goal of giving back to help law students

The Secretary Route
The Secretary Route
January 21, 2022
Gould Alumni Spotlight: Paul Winn (BS 1968, JD 1969)

Full circle to opportunity
Full circle to opportunity
January 18, 2022
Rothman Scholarship leads to success for Abraham Tabaie (JD 2008)

Alum takes the cake with new career, cookbook
Addressing the crisis in Cameroon
Addressing the crisis in Cameroon
January 12, 2022
Professor Hannah Garry testifies before Canadian legislators

DOJ taps Elyn Saks to help improve mental health in the workplace
Diversity, strength mark 2021-22 G&IP class
Diversity, strength mark 2021-22 G&IP class
January 7, 2022
New Master of International Trade Law and Economics cohort included in new class

Scholarship Spotlight: William Choi, JD 1985
Scholarship Spotlight: William Choi, JD 1985
January 6, 2022
Gould alum reflects on his ‘life-changing’ decision, rewarding practice with nonprofits

IHRC students’ work influences formation of UN panel examining systemic racism
IHRC students’ work influences formation of UN panel examining systemic racism
January 4, 2022
Submission included more than 40 recommendations for dealing with systemic racism in U.S. law enforcement

From USC Law Magazine: Helping democracy achieve its potential
From USC Law Magazine: Helping democracy achieve its potential
December 27, 2021
Professor Franita Tolson provided expert testimony to Congress three times in a span of 10 weeks

Joyous celebration marks 2021 Bar admission ceremony
Joyous celebration marks 2021 Bar admission ceremony
December 17, 2021
Judge Birotte and Judge Dominguez preside over the ceremony; USC Gould alums reach 94% CA bar pass rate

Upstream or Downstream: Where Entertainment is Headed
Upstream or Downstream: Where Entertainment is Headed
December 10, 2021
A glimpse into the 2021 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business

Biography honors USC Gould alum’s fight for civil rights
Biography honors USC Gould alum’s fight for civil rights
December 9, 2021
New book on life of Japanese American newspaper publisher and community leader Sei Fujii celebrated

From USC Law Magazine: Honoring the memory, legacy of Professor Christopher D. Stone, renowned environmental scholar
From USC Law Magazine: Honoring the memory, legacy of Professor Christopher D. Stone, renowned environmental scholar
December 8, 2021
Author of book 'Should Trees Have Standing?' remembered for far-reaching ideas, sense of justice, generosity to peers

From USC Law Magazine: Board of Councilors welcomes four new members for 2020-21
From USC Law Magazine: Board of Councilors welcomes four new members for 2020-21
December 7, 2021
This past academic year, USC Gould welcomed Elizabeth Atlee, Norman A. Barker, Hon. Ellen N. Biben and C. Thomas (Tom) Hopkins to its board

Trojan Family Values
Trojan Family Values
December 3, 2021
Japanese LLM alumni support new students with guidance, activities

Is an LLM Worth It?
Is an LLM Worth It?
December 3, 2021
Explore our detailed infographic highlighting the benefits of pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM).

Answering the Role Call
Answering the Role Call
November 16, 2021
LaVonda Reed inspires as first African American dean of Georgia State University College of Law

Alumni Spotlights: USC Gould veterans pursue rewarding careers thanks to military, law experience
Alumni Spotlights: USC Gould veterans pursue rewarding careers thanks to military, law experience
November 11, 2021
The USC Gould School of Law honors and thanks members of the law school community who have served in the military

Guiding the fight for human rights
Guiding the fight for human rights
November 8, 2021
Q&A with Henna Pithia (JD 2015), visiting clinical assistant professor of law

New class asks ‘What’s Wrong with the American Criminal Justice System?’
New class asks ‘What’s Wrong with the American Criminal Justice System?’
November 1, 2021
Professor Dan Simon's course focuses on policy and reform

Professor Elyn Saks is co-winner of prestigious Pardes Humanitarian Prize
Professor Elyn Saks is co-winner of prestigious Pardes Humanitarian Prize
October 27, 2021
Saks honored for efforts to eliminate stigma of mental illness

Professor Franita Tolson testifies at hearing calling for restoration of Voting Rights Act
Professor Franita Tolson testifies at hearing calling for restoration of Voting Rights Act
October 18, 2021
Senate hearing follows appearances by Tolson before House of Representatives committees

Key cases spotlighted at Supreme Court Preview
Key cases spotlighted at Supreme Court Preview
October 14, 2021
Professor Rebecca Brown moderates discussion with UC Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Important Topics in American Law
Important Topics in American Law
October 4, 2021
A Master of Laws (LLM) degree dives deeper into key law topics, so students can gain a richer understanding of specific areas. Learn how a course like Topics in American Law can support your studies.

'Citizen of the world' lands at USC Gould
'Citizen of the world' lands at USC Gould
September 27, 2021
Professor D. Daniel Sokol praises rich, diverse faculty, students and LA community

Jeesoo Nam finds, and teaches, the fun in tax law
Jeesoo Nam finds, and teaches, the fun in tax law
September 21, 2021
New Gould professor looks forward to helping students understand complex laws

Helping democracy achieve its potential
Helping democracy achieve its potential
September 20, 2021
Professor Franita Tolson testifies before Congress on elections issues

Deep dive into free speech rights
Deep dive into free speech rights
September 16, 2021
Prof. Erin Miller brings expertise in First Amendment, criminal procedure, legal theory to USC Gould

Unique career path brings Robin Craig to USC Gould
Unique career path brings Robin Craig to USC Gould
September 14, 2021
USC presents perfect opportunity to study, teach ocean and coastal law

Record-setting JD admissions trajectory continues with USC Gould Class of 2024
Record-setting JD admissions trajectory continues with USC Gould Class of 2024
September 13, 2021
JD Class of 2024 sets new academic milestones and is one of the most diverse classes ever

Teaching adds up to success for Jordan Barry
Teaching adds up to success for Jordan Barry
September 8, 2021
New USC Gould faculty member brings expertise in business law, taxation

Minimizing disruptions, maximizing creativity in the time of climate change
Minimizing disruptions, maximizing creativity in the time of climate change
September 2, 2021
Prof. Robin Craig co-authors paper on adaptive governance

Dean Guzman joins law school deans nationwide to help address evictions
Dean Guzman joins law school deans nationwide to help address evictions
September 1, 2021
Law deans commit to taking immediate, meaningful action on looming housing crisis

Five noted scholars join USC Gould faculty
Five noted scholars join USC Gould faculty
August 31, 2021
Gould welcomes new faculty, whose research broadens the school’s expertise

'Buy, borrow, die' gains new life
'Buy, borrow, die' gains new life
August 30, 2021
Media amplification renews interest in Professor Ed McCaffery’s phrase and tax website

New Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion envisions a path to healing
New Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion envisions a path to healing
August 23, 2021
Woods brings background in educational psychology to role

Personal experience with immigration influences studies on migrant experience
Personal experience with immigration influences studies on migrant experience
August 13, 2021
Professor Emily Ryo publishes new research on immigration

Rising to the Challenge
Rising to the Challenge
August 4, 2021
High school principal Angela Harding (MSL 2019), PsyD, used her legal studies education to guide her school through the pandemic

Her dream job
Her dream job
July 30, 2021
Background as prosecutor informs Prof. Marcela Prieto’s scholarship and teaching

Service is in her DNA
Service is in her DNA
July 27, 2021
Aulana Peters (JD 1973) continues to open the way for the next generation

A mind for social justice
A mind for social justice
July 27, 2021
Meiram Bendat (JD 1998) takes inspiration from Professor Elyn Saks to forge formidable career in mental health legal advocacy

Legacy of Leadership
Legacy of Leadership
July 27, 2021
Spotlighting women of impact who shape law, industry and society

3 Differences Between Online and Residential Education
3 Differences Between Online and Residential Education
July 19, 2021
Explore the key differences between a residential and online degree program and decide which format is right for you!

USC Gould to offer two new minors this fall
USC Gould to offer two new minors this fall
July 16, 2021
Law and Social Justice, Law and Migration Studies respond to student interest in current issues

Planting the seeds of future growth
Planting the seeds of future growth
July 15, 2021
Small Business Clinic helps organic farm build a strong foundation

No dispute: Mediation Clinic succeeds online during COVID
No dispute: Mediation Clinic succeeds online during COVID
July 14, 2021
Students hone problem-solving skills during challenging year

A family reunited
A family reunited
July 13, 2021
USC Immigration Clinic represents mother separated from seven-month-old baby as part of poultry plant arrests

Prof. Elyn Saks honored by Harvard Medical School
Prof. Elyn Saks honored by Harvard Medical School
July 12, 2021
Saks awarded David Mahoney Prize for raising awareness about brain science, disorders

A healthy hack for data
A healthy hack for data
July 9, 2021
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic represents clients seeking access to their medical device data

Shining a light on racial justice in the US
Shining a light on racial justice in the US
July 8, 2021
International Human Rights Clinic works through U.N. systems to fight systemic racism

At the Intersection of Law and Engineering
At the Intersection of Law and Engineering
July 8, 2021
Margaret Abernathy (JD 2014), Gould Alumni secretary, discusses her background, practice and pro-bono work

Doing right for Californians
Doing right for Californians
July 7, 2021
Prof. Abby Wood is appointed to serve on the Fair Political Practices Commission

Gould 3Ls win earn public interest fellowships
Gould 3Ls win earn public interest fellowships
July 7, 2021
Ryan Eason, Forest Lieberman, Mirelle Raza and Sara Zollner each won competitive positions

2021 Hale Moot Court competition winners announced
2021 Hale Moot Court competition winners announced
July 6, 2021
2L Reena Patel won the Edward G. Lewis Champion Award

USC Juneteenth celebration covers continuing struggle for liberty and justice
USC Juneteenth celebration covers continuing struggle for liberty and justice
July 6, 2021
Experts examine legacy of institutionalized racism

Southern California Law Pathway Day encourages community college students to enroll in law school
Southern California Law Pathway Day encourages community college students to enroll in law school
July 5, 2021
The program is a partnership among the USC Gould School of Law, UC Irvine School of Law and Loyola Law School

Sen. Tammy Duckworth headlines deported veterans symposium
Sen. Tammy Duckworth headlines deported veterans symposium
July 4, 2021
The three-day event raised awareness about barriers and affirming a pathway to citizenship for service members

A Champion for Principles
A Champion for Principles
July 2, 2021
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (JD 1956) reflects on her many "firsts" in politics

Developing better students, better lawyers
Developing better students, better lawyers
July 2, 2021
Katherine Bonaguidi (JD 2002) finds fulfillment as attorney with California Innocence Project

2020 Bar Ceremony acknowledges graduates' hard work in 'historically difficult' year
2020 Bar Ceremony acknowledges graduates' hard work in 'historically difficult' year
July 2, 2021
Judge Michael Amerian (JD 1999) and Judge Julia Brand (JD 1985) swore in the grads with state, federal oaths

It’s about service
It’s about service
July 1, 2021
Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Ellen Biben make an impact with high-profile careers on the bench

CSO successfully transitions OCI to digital format
CSO successfully transitions OCI to digital format
July 1, 2021
More than 180 2Ls and 3Ls participated in the virtual program

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USC Gould School of Law announces new Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
June 20, 2022

Innovative undergraduate degree provides comprehensive foundation in law and legal infrastructure


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Alumni Association’s past president John Iino joins USC Board of Trustees
June 17, 2022

The globally respected lawyer has a long record of advocacy in diversity, equity and inclusion.


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Spotlight journal goes online
June 15, 2022

Digital format for entertainment law journal is sustainable and more visible