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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

From the very beginning, women have played a vital role in the legacy and leadership of the law school. Their work and milestones are inextricably woven into the fabric of USC Gould. The Summer 2021 issue of the USC Law magazine spotlights a few examples of the women in our Gould community whose remarkable work impacts the legal field and benefits society in positive ways. Download the full issue »

Featured Stories

Nina Huerta (JD 2003) takes on charge to diversify law profession.
Emily Yukich (JD 1999) takes initiative to diversify professional organization.

Christianne Kerns (JD 1985) rises to numerous challenges in busy law career.
A leading litigator, Amber Finch (JD 2002) shines in her pro bono and D&I work.
Doug Emhoff (JD 1990) on teaching law, his role in the Administration and his support of USC Gould.
New perspective lands Thai Viet Phan (JD/MPP 2015) on Santa Ana City Council.
Amy Trask (JD 1985) uses Gould education as framework for career as Raiders CEO, TV analyst, Big3 Chair.
Linda Louie (JD 1985) hits the fast track as general counsel for National Hot Rod Association.
Race, Racism, and the Law is a first-of-its-kind required course among top law schools, fueled by faculty, student and staff efforts to inspire positive change.

USC Law Family

Sheryl Gordon McCloud (JD 1984) and Ellen Biben (JD 1992) make an impact with high-profile careers on the supreme courts of Washington and New York.
From L.A. County to U.S. Congress, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (JD 1956), a woman of many firsts in politics, has fought to better the lives of women, children and minorities.
Lisa Kloppenberg (JD 1987), acting president of Santa Clara University, follows influence of Judge Dorothy Nelson to career in academia.
Aulana Peters (JD 1973), the first African American appointed to the U.S. SEC, continues to open the way for the next generation.

Faculty Focus

Prof. Hannah Garry to spend spring 2022 semester at University of Oslo Law in Norway.
Prof. Abby Wood appointed to serve on the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Prof. Clare Pastore and Prof. Alison Dundes (JD 1991) are appointed to four-year terms.
Background as a prosecutor working in the Chilean Ministry of Interior (Human Rights Program) informs Prof. Marcela Prieto’s scholarship and teaching.

Recent Faculty Books

Prof. Jonathan Barnett’s book - Innovators, Firms, and Markets: The Organizational Logic of Intellectual Property (Oxford University Press) - examines role of patents in supporting small, influential entrepreneurs.
The late Prof. Ed Kleinbard’s book - What’s Luck Got to Do with It? How Smarter Government Can Rescue the American Dream (Oxford University Press) - proposes insurance as hedge against inequality.

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