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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Christiane Roussell Willis
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Last Updated: November 27, 2017
Christiane Roussell Willis teaches Human Resource Compliance online for USC Gould School of Law, and is Counsel in the Employment Services Group at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in Los Angeles. She provides human resources and employment-related counseling and training to employers on a wide variety of issues, including recruiting, hiring, terminations, performance management, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, and workplace violence. She also conducts workplace investigations and audits of workplace policies and procedures. In her litigation practice, Roussell Willis represents employers in complex and single-plaintiff labor and employment matters, including wage and hour class and collective actions and litigation of claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, employee raiding, and trade secrets.
Roussell Willis previously served as Senior Counsel in the Employment Litigation Group at 21st Century Fox in Los Angeles where she counseled Fox businesses on various employment issues, conducted employee trainings, and managed outside counsel representing Fox on employment matters. Prior to Fox, Roussell Willis practiced at the law firms Morgan Lewis and Hunton & Williams, as well as served in a human resources role at Broadcom Corporation.
Roussell Willis serves on the Board of the California Bar Foundation and the Ambassadors Council of the California Minority Counsel Program. Roussell Willis is a Past President (2015) of the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles. She has also served on the California State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, the Board of the California Young Lawyers Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Barristers Executive Committee. In 2011, Roussell Willis was honored as one of the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. In 2013, she was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Roussell Willis is also an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Smart Set, an African-American women’s charitable and social organization.
Roussell Willis is a Los Angeles native. She received her BA in English from Georgetown University in 2003, her JD from USC Gould School of Law in 2006, and her Human Resources Management Certificate from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. While at Gould School of Law, she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and the Post-Conviction Justice Project, and was the Co-Executive Director of Street Law.
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.