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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 Conversation
September 20, 2022
Re: Jean Lantz Reisz

Jean Reisz wrote an op-ed explaining why Ron DeSantis dropping migrants off on Martha’s Vineyard may be illegal. "Certain factors – like DeSantis’ intent and knowledge of the migrants’ immigration status – could create potential civil and criminal liability," she wrote.


Felipe Jiménez
August, 2022

"Legal Positivism for Legal Officials," Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.

Robin Craig
August, 2022

"Tribal Water Rights and Tribal Health: The Klamath Tribes and the Navajo Nation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy (Forthcoming 2023).

Robin Craig
August, 2022

"Remembering the Ocean in Water Law," chapter for A Research Agenda for Water Law.