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Jonathan Paz

Jonathan Paz

Lecturer in Law

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

Last Updated: September 26, 2018




Jonathan Z. 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 Paz won numerous bench verdicts on cases where his clients were charged with felonies and strikes and 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
December 12, 2018
Re: Rob Saltzman

Rob Saltzman was interviewed on the necessity of public trust of the police, saying that "It is important people have confidence in the system that police are acting constitutionally."

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

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.