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Lecturer in Law699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Last Updated: September 21, 2017
Former Special Assistant to the United States Secretary of the Interior and the first American Marshal (Law Clerk) in England’s High Court of Justice, Nicole Webster has represented clients in both litigation, in state and federal court, and transactional matters, principally for real property and related areas of the law. Webster teaches Legal Profession, Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, Presentation Skills for International Lawyers, and U.S. Common Law Analysis and Skills in the LLM program at USC Gould School of Law.
Concentrating on federal regulations, legislation and policy, Webster worked in the United States capital—in the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development—and in the State of California’s Washington, D.C. Office on federal environmental and energy issues impacting California. She thereafter joined a noted international think tank, where she focused on the environmental, energy, trade and business arenas.
Webster clerked in the United States District Court, after receiving her BA from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, upon her admission to the California Bar. She clerked as well in the High Court of England and Wales. She subsequently served in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, in the Major Crimes Division and latterly in the Environmental Crimes Division. Webster further is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
A public speaker and author, Webster enjoys teaching, writing and guest speaking regarding public policy and government, real property, international and cultural property law and associated topics, in both the public and private sectors. Active in her community, she has participated as a member or officer of numerous legal advisory boards and organizations and recently was elected a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Elyn Saks was quoted in an article exploring the economic and social costs that occur due to the mistreatment of persons suffering from mental illness. "Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of Schizophrenia," she said. "My prognosis was ‘grave’: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, or get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness.” The author of the article went on to discuss the ways that people dealing with mental health issues should be cared for, arguing that they "have the right to live with dignity just as anyone with diabetes or hypertension or heart disease. Mental illness, after all, is an illness like any other."
Sam Erman wrote an op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico," posted to The Los Angeles Times on September 20, 2018.
"Principles of Risk Imposition and the Priority of Avoiding Harm," Revus [Online] (2018).
Jody David Armour
"Where Bias Lives in the Criminal Law and its Processes: How Judges and Jurors Socially Construct Black Criminals," American Journal of Criminal Law 45 (2018): 203.