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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USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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Richard Erhard served public education agencies for nearly three decades in two states as a special education teacher, coordinator, special education local plan area (SELPA) director and finally, as an assistant superintendent of student services. He is president of the consulting firm Richard Erhard and Associates, LLC, which he formed to provide mediation and consultation services focused on conflict resolution.
As a mediator, Erhard utilizes a continuum of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including neutral fact-finding, evaluation and negotiation to help facilitate the management and resolution of disputes between parties. He provides consultation, coaching and professional development workshops to assist organizations and individuals with identifying and effectively communicating their areas of agreement and disagreement to reach mutually agreed upon solutions. His clients include school districts throughout Southern California.
Erhard held public education administrative licensure in both New Mexico and Washington and currently holds Clear Administrative Licensure in California. He holds a BFA from the Santa Barbara Art Institute, an MA in special education as well as an MA in educational management and development from New Mexico State University.
Erhard is a frequent presenter on the use of alternative dispute resolution in public education, speaking at educational conferences and, while serving on the State SELPA ADR Steering Committee, twice hosted the California Special Education Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference. In 2018, he was invited to present in Dallas, Tex., at LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities on the topic of “Resolving Special Education Disputes without Litigation.” He has completed more than 400 hours in formal dispute resolution certificate training programs from agencies and institutions of higher education including New Mexico State University, the University of California, Irvine, and Pepperdine University, School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Erhard has a 25-year affiliation with the American Bar Association, dating back to law school when he held the position of external vice president of the Student Bar. He is currently an associate member of the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution and Senior Lawyer sections. He also serves on the board of directors of the Southern California Mediation Association and currently is chair of its program committee. In January 2019, he joined the USC Gould School of Law Center for Dispute Resolution as a lecturer in law, where he teaches a course in special education dispute resolution.
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"Did Sackett Bring Clarity to 'Waters of the United States'?," 54:6 Trends (forthcoming July/August 2023) (accepted May 31, 2023).
"Tribal Water Rights and Tribal Health: the Klamath Tribes and the Navajo Nation During the Covid-19 Pandemic," 16 Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy 35 (published 2023), was summarized and promoted on the Race, Racism, and the Law website run by Professor Vernellia Randall, University of Dayton School of Law.
"Governing Shifting Species and Changing Ecosystems: What role Might Ecological Grief Play?," keynote address at the Species on the Move 2023 International Conference, Bonito Springs, Florida, on May 19, 2023.