About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Last Updated: January 11, 2023
Janis Penton represented financial institutions as a partner in private law firms and as in-house counsel, most recently as associate general counsel and managing director of MUFG Union Bank. Penton is an expert on bank trust, custody and securities activities; a highly regarded public finance professional; and a recognized letter of credit expert.
Penton currently chairs the American Bar Association’s Law School Teaching Subcommittee and is the program director of the Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees. She is an official observer of the Joint Study Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies sponsored by the American Law Institute and the Uniform Law Commission. She represents the Trust and Investment Services Subcommittee and the Trust Indenture Committee on the ABA Business Law Section’s Securities Holding Infrastructure Taskforce. Penton was the secretary of the Article 5 Task Force jointly sponsored by the ABA and the International Financial Services Association that provided the basis for revision of the Uniform Customs and Practice and UCC Article 5. As a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the California State Bar’s Business Law Section, she was a primary drafter of the California legislative analysis for Article 5 adoption; and was a member of the drafting committee for the International Standby Practices (ISP 98). Penton is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Trust and 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, a member of the editorial advisory board of Documentary Credit World and served on the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Private International Law. She is also a member of the advisory council of the Center for Transnational Law and Business at USC Gould. She is a frequent lecturer and has written numerous articles on letters of credit and fiduciary topics.
Penton received her bachelor’s degree cum laude 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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May 23, 2023
Re: David B. Cruz
Professor David Cruz was recently interviewed about a controversial bill that was passed in Connecticut. "Paying even modest attention to the bill’s definitions should make it clear beyond doubt that it will not be the source of protections based upon the age of people to whom one is attracted or with whom one has sex," Cruz said.
"Fish, Whales, and a Blue Ethics for the Anthropocene: How Do We Think About the Last Wild Food in the Twenty-First Century?," 95:6 Southern California Law Review 1307-1343 (April 2023).
"California Exceptionalism in the Colorado River: A Brief History and Implications for the Future."
"Toward a Global Sustainable Development Agenda Built on Resilience" (with Murray W. Scown, Craig R. Allen, Lance Gunderson, David G. Angeler, Jorge H. Garcia, & Ahjond Garmestani), Global Sustainability (online publication April 2023).