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Jonathan Paz
USC Gould School of Law

Jonathan Paz

Lecturer in Law

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

Last Updated: August 28, 2019




Jonathan Paz is currently practicing criminal and immigration law in private practice. Previously, he spent almost five years at the Orange County Public Defender's Office, trying cases for indigent clients on the full spectrum of criminal charges. His client-centered and hard-charging approach earned him the respect of clients, colleagues and judges. There was hardly a day that Paz was not involved in a jury trial, bench trial or motion hearing to protect his client's rights. While representing juveniles, he won numerous bench verdicts on cases where his clients were charged with felonies and strikes, both of which would have ended their futures before they began. He was later assigned to handle felony preliminary hearings where he scrutinized every element from the prosecution's witnesses in uphill battles to prove a lack of probable cause.

Paz earned his BA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from the USC Gould School of Law.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2022
Re: Emily Ryo

Emily Ryo was interviewed about how immigration shortfalls, like soaring housing prices, are fueling California’s population drop. “A whole assortment of the service sector area has been tremendously affected by a lack of immigrant labor that we haven’t really seen and is just really unprecedented,” she said. “Immigrant labor has been a huge part of the long-term home care sector, and a decline in the population in California has had a significant effect.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Ariela Gross
March, 2022

“Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana,” Centre International de Recherches sur les Esclavages at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.

Camille Gear Rich
March, 2022

“No More Boxes to Check: Imagining The Anti-Racist Law Firm,” NALP Annual Education Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Thomas D. Lyon
March, 2022

“Disclosure Among Child Abuse Victims” (with K. London and M. Eisen), Fourth Zoom Psychology and Law Symposium: Children in Legal Settings, Maastrict University, Maastricht, Netherlands.