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James Curtis

James Curtis

Lecturer in Law

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: July 20, 2019




James Curtis, formerly senior vice president and senior counsel at Bank of the West, where he served as the bank's primary contracts attorney for 22 years, divides his time teaching at USC Gould School of Law and at the UCLA Extension Paralegal Training Program. He teaches contracts, contract drafting and 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, a division of the Western Bankers Association. In 2012, UCLA presented Curtis with the Distinguished Instructor Award. The award, presented annually to the top 1 percent 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 School of Law, 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 the USC Gould School of Law.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2020
Re: Wayne Sandholtz

Wayne Sandholtz, a faculty member part of both USC Gould and USC Dornsife, wrote an op-ed discussing how Trump is “a few steps from becoming a new kind of autocrat –an elected one.” He analyzes how Trump’s strategies and actions mirror those of other elected autocrats, naming Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin, and Rodrigo Duterte as examples.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Ariela Gross
November, 2019

Ariela Gross has been elected as the new Chair of the Legal History Section of the American Association of Law Schools. 

Daniel Klerman
November, 2019

“Legal Origin from Outer Space,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Thomas D. Lyon
November, 2019

Thomas Lyon commented on Roseanna Sommers’, “Commonsense Consent,” at the 14th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont-McKenna College.