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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Lecturer in Law

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

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

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2020
Re: Wayne Sandholtz

Wayne Sandholtz, a faculty member part of both USC Gould and USC Dornsife, wrote an op-ed discussing how Trump is “a few steps from becoming a new kind of autocrat –an elected one.” He analyzes how Trump’s strategies and actions mirror those of other elected autocrats, naming Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin, and Rodrigo Duterte as examples.

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