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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.


The New York Times
January 28, 2023
Re: Jody David Armour

Professor Jody Armour was interviewed by the New York Times about the recent policy brutality incident that led to the death of Tyre Nichols. “It’s not just a Black and white issue, but a Black and blue one. And when you put on that blue uniform, it often becomes the primary identity that drowns out any other identities that might compete with it," Armour said.


Robin Craig
December, 2022

"Climate Adaptation in the United States." Frontiers in Marine Science 9 (2022) December. Special Topic: Ocean Governance and Climate Adaptation: Comparing Responses, Charting Future Courses.

Scott Altman
December, 2022

"Why Parents' Interests Matter." Ethics 133 (forthcoming 2023): 271.

Jonathan Barnett
December, 2022

"The China Innovation Challenge." Center for Strategic & International Studies interview, Washington, D.C.