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Jonathan Libby

Jonathan Libby

Lecturer in Law

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Telephone: (213) 894-2905
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 411A

Last Updated: July 17, 2019




Jonathan D. Libby has been a deputy federal public defender in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) since January of 2003 focusing on appeals and habeas corpus work. He previously worked at the federal defender office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and in private criminal defense practice in New York. He has argued more than 85 federal appeals, including cases before the Second, Third, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and successfully argued United States v. Alvarez in the United States Supreme Court in which the Court held, 6-3, that the “Stolen Valor Act” – which made it a crime to falsely claim receipt of a military medal – was facially unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Libby has been a lecturer in law at USC Gould School of Law since 2012 where he had taught both first-year legal writing and advocacy and an upper-division course in advanced appellate advocacy.

He has also served as Chair of the State Bar of California’s Client Security Fund Commission which reimburses legal consumers who have lost money or property due to theft or an equivalent dishonest act committed by a California lawyer acting in a professional capacity, among other bar activities. He received his BA in Journalism in 1993 from Temple University, where he served as student body president, and his JD in 1996 from The City University of New York School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York City Law Review and was a member of the school's National Moot Court team. He is a member of the California, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey bars.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The New York Times
October 15, 2019
Re: Edward McCaffery

Edward McCaffery was quoted on the proposal of having the inheritance taxes on wealthy descendants. The article argued that there has been some issues with the estate tax that the number of descendants this tax applied to has dropped 99%. McCaffery described it as being almost a “voluntary tax.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Nomi Stolzenberg
July, 2019

Nomi Stolzenberg, "Anne Dailey and the New Fictionalism," 36th Annual Congress of Law and Mental Health, Rome, Italy.

Thomas D. Lyon
July, 2019

"Effects of the Putative Confession Instruction on Perceptions of Children's True and False Statements" (with Jennifer Gongola and Nicholas Scurich), Applied Cognitive Psychology 33 (2019): 655.

Thomas D. Lyon
July, 2019

"Children’s Concealment of a Minor Transgression: The Role of Age, Maltreatment, and Executive Functioning" (with Shanna Williams and Kelly McWilliams), Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.