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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.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
December 2, 2019
Re: Jonathan Handel

Jonathan Handel was quoted on Pete Davidson's nondisclosure agreement for attending his comedy shows, barring the audience from speaking about his shows. Handel mentioned that successfully suing a random fan for $1 million would be nearly impossible. “The optics of going to court and suing one of your fans is really pretty ugly,” Handel said. “It would be foolish to do that.”

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