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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-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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James B. Curtis (Jim) is Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel at Bank of the West. He advises clients regarding contracts and retail banking operations, including UCC Articles 3 and 4. Curtis teaches Contracts, Contract Drafting & Negotiation, and Commercial Paper. He has taught at USC Gould School of Law since 1993.
In 2015, Curtis was awarded the California banking attorney of the year award, the Almon McCallum Award, by the California Bankers Association (“CBA”). In 2006, CBA presented Curtis with the Compliance Professional Award. CBA is the largest banking trade association in the United States. Curtis is one of seven persons in CBA’s history to earn both of CBA’s top awards. Curtis also teaches Contracts for the UCLA Extension Paralegal Training Program. In 2012, UCLA presented Curtis with the Distinguished Instructor Award. The award, presented annually to the top 1% of UCLA Extension instructors, recognizes exemplary teaching, professional knowledge and outstanding commitment to students.
Curtis earned his BA degree with High Honors from Eastern Illinois University and his JD degree from USC Gould, where he served as Vice Chair of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. In 2011, he established the James B. Curtis Endowed Scholarship at USC Law. His 2016 gift named the Hale Moot Court Honors Board office at USC Law.
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April 19, 2018
Re: USC Gould School of Law
Thomas Lenz was quoted on how the NFL's refusal to hire quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as well as safety Eric Reid may bolster Kaepernick's case against the NFL for conspiring to keep him out of the league because of his political views. “To the extent that someone else has some parallel activity, some similar involvement, it certainly cast suspicion [on what’s occurring in the NFL]," said Lenz. “It’s the sort of thing that, as the facts bear out, you have to wonder if there’s some sort of pattern going on. … It definitely warrants some inquiry.”
Robert K. Rasmussen
"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC.
"The Right Tax at the Right Time," Florida Tax Review 21 (2017): 208.
“The Perversion of the Tax Policy Process,” Keynote Address at the USC Tax Institute, Los Angeles, CA.