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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-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: August 16, 2022
Jamie Beck is the founder, president and managing attorney of Free to Thrive, a Southern California-based nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers for survivors of human trafficking by providing holistic legal services and transforming the legal system through policy advocacy and stakeholder education. She founded Free to Thrive after providing pro bono legal services to human trafficking survivors and discovering that there was no dedicated legal services provider for trafficking survivors in San Diego. She was so moved by this experience and the need for more attorneys to help trafficking survivors that she left private practice to launch Free to Thrive.
Prior to starting Free to Thrive, Beck practiced civil litigation at Procopio, Cory, Hargeaves & Savitch LLP. Before joining Procopio, Beck served as a judicial law clerk to Hon. Michael M. Anello, Federal District Court judge for the Southern District of California.
Beck currently serves on the Dean’s board of advisors for the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, where as an adjunct professor she taught a course titled Reframing Human Trafficking. She has trained thousands of attorneys, students, stakeholders and community members on human trafficking and trauma-informed practices.
Beck is a past president of Lawyers Club of San Diego and founded the Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative in 2016. Under her leadership, Lawyers Club successfully advocated for a law to help survivors of human trafficking clear criminal convictions related to their exploitation, now codified under California Penal Code 236.14. This law is a powerful tool that Free to Thrive uses to help its clients get a fresh start.
Beck graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was a member of the San Diego Law Review.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Elyn Saks was interviewed about what schizophrenia really is. "A common misconception is that we're unable to care for ourselves and that's not true," she said. "For some people it is, but not for all of us. We can have relationships –romantic and friendships. But we often don't see that (in the media) because of the emphasis on sensationalism and 'othering' us."
Letter from Former Judges and Government Officials, Legal Academics, and Economists to Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter on Standard-Essential Patents and Patent Pools (co-lead author with Adam Mossoff), Nov. 30, 2022.
The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center featured Re-Envisiong the Anthropocene Ocean (University of Utah Press, forthcoming), edited by Robin Kundis Craig with Jeffrey M. McCarthy.
"4°C," 106 Minnesota Law Review 191 (Nov. 2021), co-authored with J.B. Ruh, was selected as one of the top 5 environmental, natural resources, and energy law articles for 2021-2022 through the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School review process, for inclusion in the 16th Annual Environmental Law and Policy Review.