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Last Updated: July 20, 2019
Janis Penton is a lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law. She recently retired after 40 years representing financial institutions as a partner in private law firms and as in-house counsel, most recently serving as associate general counsel and managing director at MUFG Union Bank. Penton is an expert on bank trust, custody and securities activities, a highly regarded public finance professional and recognized for her knowledge on letters of credit.
She chairs the American Bar Association’s Law School Teaching Subcommittee and is the programming director of the Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees. She was the secretary of the Article 5 Task Force sponsored by the American Bar Association and the International Financial Services Association that provided the basis for revision of letter of credit law in the United States and globally; was a drafter of the California legislative analysis for UCC Article 5 adoption; and was a member of the drafting committee for the International Standby Practices (ISP 98).
In addition, Penton is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Trust & Investment Services Subcommittee; Letters of Credit Subcommittee; and Working Group on International Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees. She is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Documentary Credit World. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Center for Transnational Law and Business at USC Gould.
Penton received her BA from UCLA and her MBA and JD degrees from USC, where she was a member of the Southern California Law Review and Order of the Coif. Following law school, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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"Toward a Mission Statement for Mutual Funds in Shareholder Litigation," National Business Law Scholars Conference, Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA.
“Forum Selling Abroad,” Comparative Law Work-In-Progress Workshop, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL.
Emily Ryo was honored with an appreciation award from Senator Kamala Harris for her outstanding commitment to providing legal assistance to immigrant communities and to her research and work on immigration.