About USC Gould
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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USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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Last Updated: January 11, 2023
Steve M. Bodmer is an enrolled member of the Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe of South Carolina and veteran of the U.S. Navy. He received his JD from Arizona State University College of Law, where he also earned the Indian Legal Program Certificate for extensive study in the area of Federal Indian law.
Bodmer practiced Indian law in the private practice setting for several years in Phoenix, Arizona, until leaving to serve as general counsel for tribe in Central California. Bodmer has also previously worked in Washington, D.C., for Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota on the senator’s Indian Affairs team and also worked for the Department of Justice, Office of Tribal Justice.
Bodmer serves as general counsel for the Pechanga Band of Indians in Temecula, California. In this role Bodmer provides legal counsel to the Tribal Council, the Pechanga Development Corporation, and oversight for the legal affairs of the Pechanga Resort and Casino and other economic diversification projects of the tribe. Among other areas of practice, Bodmer specializes in federal Indian law, gaming law, tribal governance and tribal economic development. He is also an adjunct professor with Arizona State University Law, teaching Contemporary Issues in Tribal Economic Development. Bodmer is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally for over a decade on topics such as the future of tribal sovereignty, gaming law and sports betting.
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Michael Simkovic recently discussed how many crypto firms are working to reorganize after the economic market downturns. “Cryptocurrency firms basically have to answer the question, ‘What is the value that they provide that existing financial institutions cannot provide just as well,’” Simkovic said.
"Climate Adaptation in the United States," 9 Frontiers in Marine Science, Special Topic: Ocean Governance and Climate Adaptation: Comparing Responses, Charting Future Courses (2022).
"Why Parents' Interests Matter," 133 Ethics 271 (Forthcoming 2023).
"The China Innovation Challenge," Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington, D.C., December 9, 2022.