USC Gould Search

Michael Kovac

Michael Kovac

Lecturer in Law

Email:
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: August 25, 2019




Michael Kovac is the chief deputy attorney general for Nevada’s Office of the Attorney General, supervising the office’s Criminal Prosecution Unit. In that capacity, he prosecutes, and supervises the prosecution of, criminal cases throughout the state of Nevada. Before that, he worked for that same office as a deputy attorney general and senior deputy attorney general.

In addition, Kovac has worked in numerous positions in or related to the legal profession. Specifically, he worked as a law clerk for the Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial District Court of the United States, the Allegheny County (Penn.) Court of Common Pleas’ Commerce and Complex Civil Litigation Center, and the Las Vegas Township Justice Court. Prior to completing law school, he worked as a paralegal specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as a probation officer.

Kovac is a member of the state bars for Nevada, California and Pennsylvania. He previously taught Law and Society for Nevada State College. He received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, where he graduated in top 10% of his class and was a member of the Duquesne Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2020
Re: Wayne Sandholtz

Wayne Sandholtz, a faculty member part of both USC Gould and USC Dornsife, wrote an op-ed discussing how Trump is “a few steps from becoming a new kind of autocrat –an elected one.” He analyzes how Trump’s strategies and actions mirror those of other elected autocrats, naming Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin, and Rodrigo Duterte as examples.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Ariela Gross
November, 2019

Ariela Gross has been elected as the new Chair of the Legal History Section of the American Association of Law Schools. 

Daniel Klerman
November, 2019

“Legal Origin from Outer Space,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Thomas D. Lyon
November, 2019

Thomas Lyon commented on Roseanna Sommers’, “Commonsense Consent,” at the 14th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College.