About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-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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- CENTER FOR LAW AND PHILOSOPHY (CLP)
- CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (CLASS)
- CENTER FOR LAW, HISTORY AND CULTURE (CLHC)
- CENTER FOR TRANSNATIONAL LAW AND BUSINESS (CTLB)
- INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM INSTITUTE (IRI)
- PACIFIC CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS
- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
- WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
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 is 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 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
Niels Frenzen was quoted about the Dept. of Justice's decision to end legal guidance for detained immigrants. "The current program actually makes it easier for judges to hold hearings, particularly with unrepresented immigrants, since the immigrant comes into court having a basic understanding of what their rights are, what forms of relief they may be eligible for, and a basic understanding of the judicial process," explained Frenzen.
Robert K. Rasmussen
"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC.
"The Right Tax at the Right Time," Florida Tax Review 21 (2017): 208.
“The Perversion of the Tax Policy Process,” Keynote Address at the USC Tax Institute, Los Angeles, CA.