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Faculty Distinctions and Awards

Faculty of the USC Gould School of Law have been widely recognized for their achievements in scholarship and teaching and for their contributions to the profession and the public. They are frequently invited to testify before Congress and other bodies and to deliver distinguished lectures at universities, learned societies and national and international meetings. They have also received numerous prizes and been elected to membership in important academies and institutes, including:

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Elected Member)

National Academy of Medicine (Elected Member)

National Academy of Medicine (Elected Member)

Carnegie Foundation of New York

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar


Institute for Advanced Study

Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences

Stanford Humanities Center

Radcliffe Institute

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Society for Empirical Legal Studies

Early Career Scholars Medal (American Law Institute)

American Association of Law Libraries

American College of Bankruptcy

American College of Bankruptcy

Harvard University Society of Fellows

Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award

Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award

USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching

USC Lifetime Achievement Award

USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching

USC Associates Awards for Creativity in Research and Scholarship

USC Associates Awards for Excellence in Teaching

USC Associates Awards for Excellence in Teaching

  • 2014: Thomas Griffith
  • 1984: Stephen J. Morse
  • 1977: Robert C. Ellickson
  • 1974: Scott H. Bice
  • 1970: Gary Bellow
  • 1967: Leonard G. Ratner
  • 1962: Victor S. Netterville
  • 1961: G. Richard Wicks
Provost's Award for Mentoring

Provost's Award for Mentoring


USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mellon Mentoring Award

William A. Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award

Outstanding Contributions to the LGBT Community (California State Assembly Resolution No 1420)

Outstanding Contributions to the LGBT Community (California State Assembly Resolution No 1420)

Walter Wolf Award for Defense of Academic Freedom (USC Academic Senate)

Walter Wolf Award for Defense of Academic Freedom (USC Academic Senate)

Distinguished Faculty Service Award (USC Academic Senate)

Distinguished Faculty Service Award (USC Academic Senate)

Book and Article Awards

  • Ariela J. Gross, for WHAT BLOOD WON'T TELL: A HISTORY OF RACE ON TRIAL IN AMERICA

    • James Willard Hurst, Jr. Prize (best book in sociolegal history), 2009, Law and Society Association
    • Prize for Best Book on Race, Ethnicity and Politics, 2009, American Political Science Association
    • Lillian Smith Book Award, 2009, Southern Regional Council, University of Georgia Libraries and the DeKalb County Public Library/Georgia Center for the Book
    • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2009

  • Elyn R. Saks, for THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD: MY JOURNEY THROUGH MADNESS

    • Top Ten Non-Fiction Books of the Year, 2007, Time Magazine
    • National Best Books 2008 Awards, Winner in the Health: Psychology/Mental Health Category, USA Book News Award
    • Advocacy Award, 2007, Mental Health Advocacy Services
    • Best Memoir in Inspirational Category, 2007, Books for a Better Life
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Outstanding Media Awards: Literary Award
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYC Metro's Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library, 2008 Ken Book Award
    • Jacques Brien Prize, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
    • Mardi Arquette Spirit Award, 2008, Southern California Counseling Center
    • Distinguished Citizen Award, 2008, American College of Psychoanalysts

  • Dan Simon, for IN DOUBT: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS

    • Book Award for Authored Book, 2015, American Psychology-Law Society

  • Christopher D. Stone, for WHERE THE LAW ENDS

    • Best Book Award (Social Issues in Management Division), 1992, Academy of Management

  • Daniel Klerman, for Was the Jury Ever Self-Informing?

    • Sutherland Prize (best article in English legal history), 2004, American Society for Legal History

  • Daniel Klerman, for Settlement and the Decline of Private Prosecution in Thirteenth Century England

    • David Yale Prize (distinguished contribution to the history of the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales), 2001, Selden Society

  • Michael Simkovic, for Competition and Crisis in Mortgage Securitization

    • Best Professional Article, 2012, American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Professional Recognition

(Leadership in Scholarly Organizations; National Fellowships; etc.)

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
June 12, 2019
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels W. Frenzen was quoted about the case of Scott Warren, an activist who was arrested and charged with harboring and conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants. In 2017, a directive from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prioritize cases involving the transportation of undocumented immigrants,"brought to a head the conflict between immigration enforcement and a sanctuary movement that reaches back to the 1980s," explained Frenzen. "While maintaining a spiritual element, the movement has become more political and less religious...especially as the Trump administration draws stark battle lines on immigration," he said. Frenzen's quote was also mentioned in the National Post, Daily Herald, Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, Leader Post, Ottawa Citizen, The London Free Press, The Star Phoenix, Canada.com, The Salt Lake Tribune, and The Province.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Lisa Klerman
April, 2019

“Labor and Employment Law Jeopardy,” Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Annual Retreat, Westlake Village, CA.

Hannah Garry
April, 2019

Hannah Garry co-facilitated "#MeToo" at the International Human Rights Clinicians Conference held at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Law School.

Thomas D. Lyon
April, 2019

Tom Lyon received a one-year $250,000 grant from the California Office of Emergency Services Child Advocacy Center Program for his and his lab's interviewing work in the Los Angeles County Dependency Court.