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Lee Epstein
USC Gould School of Law

Lee Epstein

Professor of Law

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

Last Updated: April 15, 2022

Lee Epstein, an internationally renowned scholar of law and judicial politics joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in fall 2011. Epstein is the Rader Family Trustee’s Chair in Law and the Provost Professor of Law and Political Science at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is also an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In 2013-14, she will serve as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on law and legal institutions, Epstein has authored or co-authored over 100 articles and essays, as well as 15 books, including The Choices Justices Make, which won the Pritchett Award for the Best Book on Law and Courts and, more recently, the Lasting Contribution Award "for a book or journal article, 10 years or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts." The Constitutional Law for a Changing America series received the Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book, The Behavior of Federal Judges, with William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner, was published by Harvard University Press in January 2013.

A recipient of countless accolades for her dedication to research and her students, Epstein joined USC Gould from Northwestern, where she held the Henry Wade Rogers Professorship, a university-wide chair.


May 18, 2022
Re: Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks was quoted in a story on state bar questionnaires that include questions about mental health, with some states deciding to eliminate such questions. "It may be that things are changing around the mental health story, and it may even be that COVID is helpful," she said. "It's kind of a silver lining that more people have experienced anxiety and depression and fear because of COVID, and may be able to empathize more with people who feel those things because of conditions." Story is behind paywall.


Ariela Gross
March, 2022

“Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana,” Centre International de Recherches sur les Esclavages at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.

Camille Gear Rich
March, 2022

“No More Boxes to Check: Imagining The Anti-Racist Law Firm,” NALP Annual Education Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Thomas D. Lyon
March, 2022

“Disclosure Among Child Abuse Victims” (with K. London and M. Eisen), Fourth Zoom Psychology and Law Symposium: Children in Legal Settings, Maastrict University, Maastricht, Netherlands.