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Jeesoo Nam’s research covers the intersection between philosophy and a variety of issues in tax law, criminal law, and statutory interpretation.
Nam applies the framework of responsibility and desert to important questions of tax policy, such as the taxation of capital income, the progressivity of tax rates, and the availability of deductions for losses and expenses. In criminal law, Nam analyzes the conditions under which those who committed crimes should nevertheless be exempt from punishment, focusing on the topics of excuse and fair notice. Nam’s research in statutory interpretation concerns various issues raised by the linguistic phenomenon of vagueness. His research also considers how these three doctrinal areas interact with one another, for example, the application of the rule of lenity (a criminal canon of statutory interpretation) to the tax law.
Before joining USC, Nam served as visiting assistant professor of tax law at New York University. Nam received a JD from Yale Law School and a bachelor's with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University, where he majored in philosophy and economics. Nam has received the Felix S. Cohen Prize in legal philosophy. Nam practiced law as a tax associate in Los Angeles at Latham & Watkins.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Susan Estrich was interviewed about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine debate. "Why would anyone want the 'right' to have mumps or chickenpox? Or German measles? These were things to be avoided." she wrote. "Why would anyone want the 'right' to have COVID-19?"
Thomas D. Lyon
“Use of global trait cues helps to explain older adults’ decrements in detecting children’s lies” (with Alison O’Connor, Micaela Wiens, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Legal and Criminological Psychology.
Thomas D. Lyon
“Causal indicators for assessing the truthfulness of child speech in forensic interviews” (with Zane Durante, Victor Ardulov, Manoj Kumar, Jennifer Gongola, & Shrikanth Narayanan) (in press), Computer Speech & Language.
Thomas D. Lyon
“The difficulty of teaching adults to recognize referential ambiguity in children's testimony: The influence of explicit instruction and sample questions” (with Breanne Wylie, Jennifer Gongola, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Applied Cognitive Psychology.