About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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Donald M. Scotten
USC Gould School of Law
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Vice Dean for Administration, and Professor of the Practice of LawEmail: email@example.com
Telephone: (213) 740-6473
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 300
Last Updated: August 9, 2019
Donald Scotten is vice dean for administration and professor of the practice of law. Scotten specializes in business organizational law and business entity governance, and teaches Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Introduction to the U.S. Legal System.
Scotten currently serves as of counsel for Akerman LLP. Previously, Scotten was first vice president and senior counsel for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., and was a senior associate at Howrey LLP.
Scotten received a BA, cum laude, in Economics and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania; a JD, Order of the Coif, from the College of William & Mary Law School; and an Executive LLM in Taxation from New York University.
- Chapters on Mergers & Acquisitions, ABA Directors Fieldbook, American Bar Association (with Mark Easton, O’Melveny & Meyers) (2017)
- Business Organizations: A Transactional Perspective (Second Edition, Cognella Academic Publishing) (2017)
- The Transactional Document Guide (Cognella Academic Publishing) (2017)
- Chapter on Valid Issuance & Admissions, Report on Third-Party Closing Opinions: LLCs and Partnerships, State Bar of California (2016)
- Business Organizations: A Transactional Planning Perspective, Cognella Academic Publishing (2014).
- California Paralegal Manual: Corporations, The Rutter Group, a division of West Publishing, (2013) (with Judge Elizabeth Allen White) .
- "Chapter 6: Mergers and Conversions of Limited Partnerships," Guide to Forming and Operating a Limited Partnership in California, State Bar of California (2012).
- "Employment Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions," California Business Law Practitioner, Continuing Education of the Bar (Fall 2014).
- "A Review of Drafting Delaware LLC Agreements: Forms and Practice Manual," Business Law Today, American Bar Association (August 2010).
- "A Primer on Mergers Involving Unincorporated Entities," Business Law News, State Bar of California, Issue 1 (2010).
- "Best Practices for Keeping the 'Limited' in Limited Liability Companies," Business Law News, State Bar of California, Issue 3 (2008).
- "A First Look At What May Be California's New Limited Liability Company Act," Business Law News, State Bar of California, Issue 1 (2009) (with Phil Jelsma).
- "Series LLCs: An Organizational Form That Should Be Used Cautiously (For Now)," Business Law News, State Bar of California, Issue 2 (2009).
- "Practicing in Organizational Form: A Simple Way to Minimize Liability," Big News for Smaller Firms, State Bar of California, Solo and Small Firm Section, Annual Meeting Issue (2009).
- "A Historical Perspective of The Commission Versus The Oath: A Dilemma for Officers," The Journal of the Adjutant General’s Corps, Regimental Association, Volume 6, Number 1 (1993).
- "How to Turn a Term Sheet into a Final Agreement," UCLA Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law & Policy, February 10, 2016.
- "How to Translate a Term Sheet," California State Bar, Busines Law Section Webinar, January 20, 2015.
- "Beyond a Form: Operating Agreements for the Brave New World of RULLCA," California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 11, 2014.
- "Then Find a Way To Do It: Ethics Issues Faced by In-House Counsel," California Bankers Association 122nd Annual Convention and 46th Annual Bank Counsel Seminar, May 3, 2013.
- "California's New LLC Law," Los Angeles County Bar Association 2013 Delaware & California Law Update Symposium, April 19, 2013.
- "The Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act: How It Changes California Law," California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 15, 2011.
- "Should California Adopt the New Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act?" California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 11, 2009.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Thomas Lenz was quoted by Annenberg Media about the United Automobile Workers union ready to go on strike. "Strikes affect the livelihoods of those who choose to stop working. To the extent those persons aren’t earning money to spend that means stores, restaurants, and other businesses might not be as busy. If a strike lasts a long time bills might not get paid as easily, if at all," Lenz wrote.
“Guns, Mass Incarceration, and Bipartisan Reform: Beyond Vicious Circle and Social Polarization,” 55 Arizona State Law Journal 239 (2023).
"The Curiouser and Curiouser Case of Carried Interest" (with Darryll K. Jones), Arizona Law Review (Spring 2024).
"Are Parents Fiduciaries," 42 Law and Philosophy 431 (2023).