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|Prof. Clare Pastore leads the the Access to Justice Practicum.|
- In 2018, we settled Alvarado v. Los Angeles Superior Court, which created a system requiring that the L.A. Superior Court conduct “ability to pay” hearings so as not to impose unpayable fines on the indigent. Sierra Gronewold Villeran (JD 2015) and Allison Fisher (JD 2015) were among the students who worked on Alvarado. They both eventually became attorneys in public defender offices working on related issues. An additional case, Hernandez v. DMV, regarding license suspension is currently on appeal.
- In 2015, Sam Brown (JD 2015) and I, with the Alliance, filed and later won Compton v. Department of Social Services (CDSS), invalidating an unlawful barrier the state had erected to full benefits for kids who are in foster care and also have significant developmental disabilities.
- In 2010, Cristyn Chadwick (JD 2011) and Natalie Quan (JD 2011) worked with me and the Alliance on Gofas v. CDSS, in which we forced the state to resume administrative rehearings after they unlawfully and unilaterally stopped providing them. The case settled for full benefits for our client, restoration of rehearings, and attorney’s fees to USC and the Alliance.
- In 2009, Meaghan Field (JD 2010), Mike Thompson (JD 2009) and I worked with the Alliance on Harris v. CDSS, in which the Superior Court overturned the state’s unlawful policy of denying administrative hearing review of decisions refusing to approve a proposed foster parent’s home.
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
December 2, 2019
Gould's Dean aims to enhance opportunities for the Latino community at USC.
10th annual event covers stigma, self-advocacy.