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Noel Ragsdale

Noel Ragsdale

Clinical Professor of Law, Emerita

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: None

Last Updated: November 9, 2017

Noel M. Ragsdale directed the Employer Legal Advice Clinic. Her scholarly interests focused on issues concerning employment, including discrimination, wrongful termination and gender bias.

Prior to joining the USC Gould School of Law faculty in 1983, Ragsdale was a journalist, clerked for the Honorable Charles E. Stewart Jr., Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and practiced law in Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and earned her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

  • "Emotional Distress Damages for Breach of Employment Contracts." 8(1) LACBA Litigation Section Newsletter (Summer 1991).
  • "The McMartin Bombshell: Necessary, Fair--and Brave." Los Angeles Times, June 16, 1985.
  • "Comments on Proposals to Amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" (with others). Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, January 1984.
  • "Comments on Proposals to Amend the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure" (with others). Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, February 1984.
  • "Comments on Proposals to Amend the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts, and Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings in the United States District Courts" (with others). Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, January 1984.


The Tribune
December 6, 2018
Re: Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks was quoted in an article exploring the economic and social costs that occur due to the mistreatment of persons suffering from mental illness. "Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of Schizophrenia," she said. "My prognosis was ‘grave’: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, or get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness.” The author of the article went on to discuss the ways that people dealing with mental health issues should be cared for, arguing that they "have the right to live with dignity just as anyone with diabetes or hypertension or heart disease. Mental illness, after all, is an illness like any other."


Sam Erman
September, 2018

Sam Erman wrote an op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico," posted to The Los Angeles Times on September 20, 2018.

Gregory Keating
September, 2018

"Principles of Risk Imposition and the Priority of Avoiding Harm," Revus [Online] (2018).

Jody David Armour
September, 2018

"Where Bias Lives in the Criminal Law and its Processes: How Judges and Jurors Socially Construct Black Criminals," American Journal of Criminal Law 45 (2018): 203.