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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-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 4, 2020
Peter Johnson teaches “Fundamentals of the U.S. Legal System.” His areas of interest include trial advocacy, criminal justice, business litigation and public interest law.
Johnson currently operates his own law practice in Los Angeles, where he represents individuals and entities charged with complex criminal offenses in state and federal courts. He is also a member of the federal indigent defense panel in Los Angeles, where he represents indigent clients before the United States District Court in Los Angeles and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Previously, he was a trial attorney with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles and Baltimore, and a litigation attorney with a law firm in Washington, D.C.
Johnson earned his BS at the University of Maryland at College Park and his JD from the University of Maryland School of Law (Order of Barristers). In law school, he was a member of the National Trial Team and the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Robert M. Bell, chief judge for the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the Hon. Alexander Williams, United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. He also received his MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, where he lived and taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in business and law.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Jody Armour was interviewed on the Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod Podcast on the lack of charges against the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death. "As a law professor I teach my students that ethics are important to lawyers... It is especially disturbing for me to see the attorney general mislead the American public that way" regarding Breonna Taylors death, he said.
"Lessons from Luckin Coffee: The Underappreciated Risks of Variable Interest Entities," Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, July 28, 2020.
"Big is not necessarily bad," The Hill, July 30, 2020.
“The Death of the Income Tax (or, The Rise of America's Universal Wage Tax),” Indiana Law Journal 95 (2020): 1233.