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Jonathan Yang
USC Gould School of Law

Jonathan Yang

Lecturer in Law

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

Last Updated: February 2, 2022




Jonathan Yang is an economic development and transactional attorney in Los Angeles. In his private practice at O'Melveny & Myers, the city's oldest law firm, he focuses on infrastructure projects, real estate and green energy. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, ranging from advising nonprofits and small businesses to leading a firm-wide pro bono voter protection effort in partnership with the NAACP. From 2021 to 2022, he served as an O’Melveny Fellow at Public Counsel, where he counseled small businesses and advocated for policies to support an equitable economic recovery. He serves on the boards of numerous civic, community and political organizations.

Yang received his JD from Harvard Law School, where he represented clients through the Community Enterprise Project, served as a fellow in the Law and Government Program of Study, and worked with Inner City Law Center and the offices of the California Attorney General and the Speaker of the California Assembly. He was part of research teams addressing state attorney general engagement with artificial intelligence, municipal power to address economic inequality, and payroll fraud in the underground economy. Before law school, he handled strategic partnerships, international relations, special events and a range of other projects for the Mayor of Los Angeles. He received his BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University, where he served as President of the Yale Political Union.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Bloomberg Government
June 22, 2022
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Robin Craig
March, 2022

"Saltwater Sovereignty: Tribal Marine Management Authority Along the Pacific Coast.” Online Environmental Law Workshop. University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD.

Daniel Klerman
March, 2022

“Comment on Choi, Erickson, & Pritchard, ‘Coalitions among Plaintiffs’ Attorneys in Securities Class Actions’,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Virtual, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Robin Craig
March, 2022

“Who’s on First? The Mind-Blowing Attempt to Conceptualize Deference in the Midst of Decision Delays and Agency Repeals,” J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium for the George Washington University School of Law, Virtual, Washington, D.C.