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Herbert W. Armstrong Professor of Constitutional Law, Emeritus699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Last Updated: May 24, 2017
Larry Simon joined the USC Law faculty in 1975. Specializing in constitutional law and theory, he taught Constitutional Law, Legal Profession and Insurance.
Simon is the author of “The Supreme Court’s Independence: Accountability, Majoritarianism, and Justification; Comments on Seidman” (Symposium: Judicial Election, Selection, and Accountability, Southern California Law Review, 1988), “The New Republicanism: Generosity of Spirit in Search of Something to Say” (William and Mary Law Review, 1987) and “Access to Higher Education and the Law” in Access Policy and Procedures and the Law in U.S. Higher Education (Interbook, Inc., 1978).
A summa cum laude graduate of Hobart College, Simon earned his LLB from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. His graduate study was at University of Rochester. Simon clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld, U.S. District Judge, Southern District, New York, and Chief Justice Earl Warren, U.S. Supreme Court. He taught at Yale Law School, where he was associate dean from 1990-95, prior to joining USC Gould.
Articles and Book Chapters
- "Dedication to Dean Scott H. Bice." 73 Southern California Law Review 209 (2000). - (Hein)
- "The Supreme Court's Independence: Accountability, Majoritarianism, and Justification; Comments on Seidman" (Symposium on Judicial Election, Selection, and Accountability). 61 Southern California Law Review 1607 (1988). - (Hein)
- "The New Republicanism: Generosity of Spirit in Search of Something to Say." 29 William and Mary Law Review 83 (1987). - (Hein)
- "The Authority of the Constitution and Its Meaning: A Preface to a Theory of Constitutional Interpretation" (Symposium on Interpretation). 58 Southern California Law Review 603 (1985). - (Hein)
- "The Authority of the Framers of the Constitution: Can Originalist Interpretation Be Justified?" 73 California Law Review 1482 (1985 - (Hein)
- "Introduction" (with S.H. Bice) (Symposium: Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law). 53 Southern California Law Review 401 (1980). - (Hein)
- "Access to Higher Education and the Law." In Access Policy and Procedures and the Law in U.S. Higher Education (Interbook, Inc., 1978).
- "The Constitutionality of Racially Preferential Admissions in Higher Education." In "Constitutional Aspects of Access to Higher Education." 11 Wissenschaftsrecht Wissenschaftsverwaltung Wissenschaftsforderung 277 (Beiheft 6, September 1978).
- "Racially Prejudiced Governmental Actions: A Motivation Theory of the Constitutional Ban Against Racial Discrimination" (Symposium on Legislative Motivation). 15 San Diego Law Review 1041 (1978). - (Hein)
- "Enforcing Subpoenas Against the President: The Question of Mr. Jaworski's Authority" (with L. Albert). 74 Columbia Law Review 545 (1974). - (Hein)
- "The School Finance Decisions: Collective Bargaining and Future Finance Systems." 82 Yale Law Journal 409 (1973). - (Hein)
- "Serrano Symposium--The Death Knell to Ad Valorem School Financing: Part III." 5 Urban Lawyer 104 (1973). - (Hein)
- "Twice in Jeopardy." 75 Yale Law Journal 262 (1965). - (Hein)
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Sam Erman published the op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico" on colonial oppression of the territory. Under the Foraker Act of 1900, Puerto Ricans received no federal voting power, no U.S. citizenship and no guarantee of eventual statehood. This led to a gap between purported ideals of the United States and its treatment of Puerto Rico, Erman wrote."The 120-year epic tragedy of Puerto Rico can be told as a tale of two hurricanes. The one fresh in our memory is Maria, which reached Puerto Rico a year ago. The other was hurricane San Ciriaco in 1899, which devastated the island just after it became part of the United States. on colonial oppression of Puerto Rico."
"The Certification Paradox", The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law, Vol. 2.
"Luck or Skill? Mutual Funds that Borrow," International Conference on Economic Modeling 2018, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy.
Thomas D. Lyon
"The Productivity of Wh- Prompts in Child Forensic Interviews" (with Elizabeth C. Ahern, Samantha J. Andrews & Stacia N. Stolzenberg), Journal of Interpersonal Violence 33 (2018): 2007.