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Carley Palmer

Carley Palmer

Lecturer in Law

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

Last Updated: August 15, 2018

Carley Palmer is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. In that role, she investigates, indicts, and prosecutes complex cases involving international drug trafficking organizations, money launderers, and violent gangs. She also regularly appears in federal court.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Palmer practiced white-collar and securities litigation at Dechert LLP in New York and clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Jay Gandhi.

Palmer studied English and Theater at Boston College and then attended NYU Law School. An oral advocacy enthusiast, she coached and competed in mock trial and moot court competitions for over a decade. She teaches Legal Writing and Advocacy at USC Gould School of Law.


The Tribune
December 6, 2018
Re: Elyn Saks

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
September, 2018

Sam Erman wrote an op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico," posted to The Los Angeles Times on September 20, 2018.

Gregory Keating
September, 2018

"Principles of Risk Imposition and the Priority of Avoiding Harm," Revus [Online] (2018).

Jody David Armour
September, 2018

"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.