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James Curtis

James Curtis

Lecturer in Law

Telephone: (213) 972-0675
Direct Line: (213) 972-0675
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: November 8, 2017




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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Newsday
September 24, 2018
Re: Abby K. Wood

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