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2020-2021 Academic Year


  • Jody David Armour

    Yahoo! Finance

    August 4, 2020

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour spoke on a panel hosted by the reform group Neighborhood Forward about the unintended consequences of a proposed menthol cigarette ban in California. "These kinds of bans and prohibitions only license the police to make more pre-text stops, and the Black community does not need more unjust interactions with police," he said. The story was also posted in EURweb.

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    August 4, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed arguing that Trump's disregard for COVID-19 health and sanitation guidelines has caused sickness and death even within his group of supporters. "Trump's state of denial and his spread of 'scientifically fake news' to serve his politics seems to be catching up with him in the polls," she wrote. "His mishandling of both the pandemic and the economy may well lead to his defeat in November."

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    July 31, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed criticizing President Trump's decision to send federal troops into Portland, Oregon. "The Constitution is not at stake," she wrote. "But the rights of black children are. Trump and his troops have disrupted, distorted and diverted attention from what has been one of the most extraordinary moments in American history."

  • John Heilman

    KNBC-TV

    July 31, 2020

    Re: John Heilman

    John Heilman was interviewed about the owner of Los Angeles-area escape rooms suing for the right to reopen after being forced to close temporarily due to COVID-19. "Purely from the legal standpoint, the legislature has given the governor broad powers in times the emergencies, and the courts have been by and large very deferential to the executive branch in times emergency," he said. "I think that some of the challenges are highlighting that particular industries or particular businesses pose a very low risk."

  • Jonathan Barnett

    The Hill

    July 30, 2020

    Re: Jonathan Barnett

    Jonathan Barnett wrote an op-ed about how "big" companies are not necessarily violating antitrust laws, especially when it comes to tech. "A 'big is bad' approach will soon be driven by ideology, populism and competitors’ private interests, rather than the fact-driven examination that best protects the public's interest in an efficient and innovative marketplace," he wrote.

  • Jody David Armour

    KTTV-TV

    July 30, 2020

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about the legacy of civil rights hero John Lewis. "Striving for justice, trying to overcome the biggest injustices or at least the more flagrant ones of his day, have made him a timeless figure that still speaks to us right now, as we mourn his passing," he said.

  • Andrew T. Guzman

    AP

    July 29, 2020

    Re: Andrew T. Guzman

    Andrew Guzman was quoted about a $1 million endowed gift from the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Charitable Foundation to enhance Gould's diversity efforts and provide financial support to law students. “This generous gift helps us in our journey to become a better, more inclusive institution, which in turn helps the legal profession become more diverse and more representative of the communities it serves,” he said. The story was also posted in Yahoo! Finance, the Bakersfield Californian, the Chronicle-Tribune, Odessa American, Nevada Business Magazine and the Law.com Ahead of the Curve column.

  • Jody David Armour

    KCRW

    July 28, 2020

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's announcement that Los Angeles Police Department’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will become an actual bureau. "I see this kind of program as a good public relations move, no doubt. But not as a reimagining, bold, fundamental rethinking of the police," he said.

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    July 28, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about the shifting demographic of protestors, suggesting that racial breakdowns in the upcoming presidential election will differ from in the past. "America is in a different place socially and politically than it was for past players of the race card," she wrote. "And there aren't enough white male voters for the old strategy to succeed."

  • Susan Estrich

    The National Interest

    July 28, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was mentioned in an article explaining how the 1988 presidential election shows Donald Trump may beat Joe Biden despite polls. "At the second debate, the Democratic nominee [Michael Dukakis] said he wouldn’t support the death penalty even if his wife was abused, raped or murdered, a response that caused voters to question his 'values and emotions,'" Estrich, his campaign director at the time, told POLITICO.

  • Clare Pastore

    CBS News

    July 25, 2020

    Re: Clare Pastore

    Clare Pastore was interviewed on the Americans with Disabilities Act which makes sure those with disabilities are protected against discrimination and provides physical accommodations. "It really had a very broad goal, which was to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities in virtually all facets of American life," she said.

  • John Matsusaka

    KJZZ

    July 22, 2020

    Re: John Matsusaka

    John Matsusaka was interviewed on how direct democracy can combat populism, with reference to his new book on the same topic: Let the People Rule: How Direct Democracy Can Meet the Populist Challenge. "Voters just don't trust their elected officials to have their interests. In almost any state, if you ask people, 'Who do you trust more to make laws: the legislature or the people?' you typically get around a 3 to 1; people will say the people."

  • Jean Lantz Reisz

    ABC 7

    July 22, 2020

    Re: Jean Lantz Reisz

    Jean Reisz was interviewed on the case of a young boy whose parents are fighting for humanitarian parole in order to be with him as he battles cancer in a United States hospital. "Originally, I was asking that his parents be here to help be with him while he undergoes chemotherapy and now I'm asking that his parents be allowed in so that they can see their son one final time," she said.

  • Jody David Armour

    Spectrum News 1

    July 21, 2020

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed on qualified immunity and the inability to sue law enforcement officers who violate people's rights. "If you or I do something unreasonable like commit a negligent act and violate someone's rights or harm someone, we are held to a standard of reasonableness. Under the doctrine of qualified immunity, even if a state actor like a police officer acts unreasonably and violates your constitutional rights, you have no remedy against them," he said. Armour was also interviewed for NBC4 News on Roger Stone's racial remarks

  • Nomi Stolzenberg

    KNX-AM

    July 21, 2020

    Re: Nomi Stolzenberg

    Nomi Stolzenberg was interviewed on California Governor Gavin Newsom's recent decisions regarding First Amendment freedoms. "Not only is it quite likely that they did not substantially contribute to the spread of the contagion, even if they did, they were helping to curb another legal activity," she said.

  • Franita Tolson

    89.3 KPCC AirTalk

    July 20, 2020

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was interviewed on the activism of the late Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. "I do think if you look at what's going on today in terms of the extensive voter suppression and efforts to disenfranchise us voters, I think it is indicative of why Representative Lewis continued to fight," she said.

  • Susan Estrich

    Erie News Now

    July 16, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was mentioned in an article about presidential campaigning. The article claims that the problem with Trump's campaign lies not in the campaign but in himself. "You can't fire the candidate, so you dump the campaign manager," Paul Begala of Erie News Now wrote. "Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis fired John Sasso, and replaced him with Susan Estrich, who went on to lose a 17-point lead in 100 days."

  • Sarah Gruzas

    Law.com

    July 15, 2020

    Re: Sarah Gruzas

    Sarah Gruzas was interviewed on the now-rescinded ICE ruling that would have barred international students from returning to the United States in the fall if their universities are not fully reopen. "USC has a large population of international students, and we really pride ourselves on welcoming them," she said. "They contribute so much value to the diversity of our student community, so it was a shock to see the original ruling came out."

  • Omar Noureldin

    NBC Philadelphia

    July 14, 2020

    Re: Omar Noureldin

    Omar Noureldin and Rebecca Brown's column, “Congress Has Constitutional Power to Set National Police Conduct Standards," was cited in an article explaining how police departments in the United States should go about reform. In the column, they suggest that Congress could build a record establishing a history and pattern of excessive use of force against people of color that violates those Fourteenth Amendment protections. The same article also appeared in NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    July 14, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about how President Trump's attitude toward COVID-19 and claims about absolute immunity may cost him the upcoming election. "President Trump's support has dropped to record-low levels, while coronavirus deaths have hit record highs," she wrote. "He has yet to acknowledge any responsibility for anything involved in the coronavirus, a stance so extreme that it appears to be costing Trump support even among white suburban voters who were responsible for his victory in 2016."

  • Jody David Armour

    KPCC AirTalk

    July 14, 2020

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about an upcoming case that will decide whether a juror can be struck from a jury pool for supporting Black Lives Matter. "It undermines the credibility and legitimacy of the justice system if it looks like we pick decision makers on the basis of their race," he said.

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    July 12, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed opposing President Trump's recent decision to bar international students from returning to the United States in the fall if their universities are not fully reopen. "If Donald Trump has his way, Harvard's 5,000 international students will either be deported or denied entry for the fall semester, not because they are threatening anyone but because President Trump has decided to use them as pawns to force universities to open up for in-person classes," she wrote. The same op-ed appeared in the West Central Tribune.

  • Mark Haddad

    Patch News

    July 11, 2020

    Re: Mark Haddad

    Mark Haddad was interviewed about the Trump administration's recent decision to bar international students from returning to the United States on student visas in the fall if their universities are not fully reopen. "The administration's abrupt decision to expel international students during the pandemic is gratuitously cruel to the students and would do immeasurable harm to our universities and our country," he said.

  • Franita Tolson

    The Guardian

    July 11, 2020

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was interviewed about how Chief Justice John Robert's liberal streak does not ensure that he will vote the same in the case that will decide whether nearly three-quarters of a million Floridians with felony convictions can vote in the election. "The majority resolved the dispute as if we are not living through a once in a lifetime global pandemic and voters are not facing unprecedented challenges in casting ballots," she said about a voting case earlier this year. "If that was their posture in April, it is unlikely to change by November."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    New York Times

    July 10, 2020

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    An obituary for the late Edward Kleinbard appeared in the New York Times. Jesse Drucker highlighted some of Kleinbard's ideas on tax strategy. “There is a technical term economists like to use for behavior like this. Unbelievable chutzpah,” Kleinbard said in 2013 after a Senate investigation of Apple’s offshore tax strategy.

  • Edward McCaffery

    CNN

    July 9, 2020

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Edward McCaffery wrote an op-ed arguing that President Trump should not be exempt from turning over his tax returns. "Two laws I humbly suggest: One, every President must disclose his or her tax returns. Two, every President must wear a mask in public just like everyone else," he wrote. "That wouldn't make us Finland. But it would save our courts some time, and maybe our country some lives."

  • Ariela Gross

    Daily Trojan

    July 9, 2020

    Re: Ariela Gross

    Ariela Gross was quoted about a letter written to the administration by 382 USC faculty members that calls on USC to commit to a variety of concrete actions and plans. "We had come up with six points that we wanted to push them harder on," she said. "Why weren’t they taking a stronger stand on racial justice?"

  • David B. Cruz

    KTLA-TV

    July 9, 2020

    Re: David B. Cruz

    David Cruz was interviewed about the Supreme Court's recent two rulings related to the release of President Trump's tax returns and financial documents. "The real winner today probably was the rule of law in that the court reaffirmed in 7 to 2 decisions in both sets of cases — the congressional subpoenas and the New York state subpoena — that the President was not above the law, that he did not have an absolute immunity from having these documents turned over by banks or accountants that were of his financial records," he said.

  • Nomi Stolzenberg

    Los Angeles Times

    July 8, 2020

    Re: Nomi Stolzenberg

    Nomi Stolzenberg wrote an op-ed arguing that the idea of religious freedom is being used to undermine other rights. Three recent Supreme Court cases in particular have confused the idea of religious liberty and the separation between church and state. "Using the democratic process to resolve moral and policy disagreements is not discrimination, so long as every group gets due consideration," she writes.

  • Nomi Stolzenberg

    Variety

    July 7, 2020

    Re: Nomi Stolzenberg

    Nomi Stolzenberg was quoted about movie theaters in New Jersey suing the state for the right to reopen after being forced to close temporarily due to COVID-19 concerns. “A world in which it makes sense for movie theaters to say they’re the victims of discrimination is a world that has lost all sense,” she said.

  • Sam Erman

    KNX-AM

    July 7, 2020

    Re: Sam Erman

    Sam Erman was interview on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can make presidential electors cast their ballot for the candidate who won the popular vote, as opposed to voting their conscience. "This is the kind of question where the court is able to at least reach a unanimous result if not get all nine votes behind the same opinion," he said. "It goes to questions of basic democracy."

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    July 6, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed arguing that "Bar Lives Matter," the slogan being used in a suit against the state of Texas' decision to close bars due to COVID-19 concerns, distracts from more important issues and is a danger to public health. "Opening bars is a matter of life and death, but not for the bar owners who are suing. For them, it's about money, pure and simple," she wrote.

  • John Matsusaka

    The Tribune

    July 5, 2020

    Re: John Matsusaka

    John Matsusaka's Let the People Rule: How Direct Democracy Can Meet the Populist Challenge was quoted in a review of his recent book. “Everyone gets to vote today, but we don’t have much control over what the government does,” he said. “Congress makes a law and hands over the reins.”

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 4, 2020

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    An obituary for the late Edward Kleinbard appeared in The Wall Street Journal. James Hagerty of The Journal highlighted some of Kleinbard’s ideas on public policy. “Our greatest public finance policy mistake over the last few decades has been to obsess over tax policy, while simultaneously failing to have serious and rational debates over spending policy,” Kleinbard said. An obituary for Kleinbard also appeared in Market Screener.

  • Susan Estrich

    FOX Wilmington

    July 3, 2020

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed in an article that argues poll results may not guarantee success in the presidential election. "It was a question about Dukakis' values and emotions," she said about the 1988 elections. “When he responded by talking politicy, I knew we lost the election." Estrich was also quoted in NewsDio.

  • Jody David Armour

    The Crime Report

    July 2, 2020

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted on how the debate on police reform will inform the outcome of the Los Angeles district attorney’s race. “It used to be something prideful, to have police union endorsements,” he said. “Now it may be stigmatized.”

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Los Angeles Times

    July 1, 2020

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    An obituary for the late Edward Kleinbard appeared in the LA Times. Michael Hiltzik of the Times highlighted some of Kleinbard’s acerbic comments about public policy. "We are inundated today by economic noise and fog designed to generate superficially plausible rationales for what at bottom are simply jerk-like instincts," Kleinbard said. An obituary for Kleinbard also appeared in Law 360. He was also mentioned in Politico.

  • Jody David Armour

    Los Angeles Times

    July 1, 2020

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about how protests over police brutality and criminal justice reform have intensified the race for L.A. district attorney. “Those kinds of endorsements are under scrutiny now, in a way they never have been before,” he said. “It used to be something prideful, to have police union endorsements. Now it may be stigmatized.”

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Yahoo! Finance
August 4, 2020
Re: Jody David Armour

Jody Armour spoke on a panel hosted by the reform group Neighborhood Forward about the unintended consequences of a proposed menthol cigarette ban in California. "These kinds of bans and prohibitions only license the police to make more pre-text stops, and the Black community does not need more unjust interactions with police," he said. The story was also posted in EURweb.

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