Faculty & Gould School of Law in the News

USC Gould professors are frequently sought by the media to serve as legal experts. This section highlights news citations in which USC Gould faculty are quoted and USC Gould is featured in stories.

  • Emily Ryo

    KPCC-FM

    August 24, 2015

    Re: Emily Ryo

    Emily Ryo was interviewed on "Take Two" about the California TRUST Act, which outlines when a suspect can be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The key change that was brought about by the TRUST Act is that local law enforcement agencies' handling of immigration detainers is no longer discretionary because the TRUST Act limits who may be held by state and local agencies at the request of ICE, narrowing it to people with serious criminal records," Ryo said.

  • Dan Simon

    The Los Angeles Times

    August 24, 2015

    Re: Dan Simon

    Dan Simon co-authored an op-ed on police body camera policies. Despite opposition to allowing police officers to review body camera footage prior to filing their reports, doing so would be beneficial because the human memory is often faulty, Simon and his co-author wrote. "The heightened accountability might also nudge officers with violent dispositions out of the force, and thus make way for more amenable candidates," they wrote.

  • Scott Altman

    The Detroit News

    August 24, 2015

    Re: Scott Altman

    Scott Altman was quoted about whether text messages allegedly sent to two Michigan state legislators, which threatened to expose their relationship unless they resigned from office, amount to criminal blackmail or extortion. Altman noted that Michigan's blackmail and extortion law allows prosecution for a threat to expose a crime, to threaten injury to a person or property, or "with intent to compel the person so threatened to do or refrain from doing any act against his will."

  • Susan Estrich

    Fox News

    August 22, 2015

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about the controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails. "It's not killing her, but it's certainly not helping her," Estrich said. "The usual rule in politics is that when you've got a bad story ... like Geraldine Ferraro's taxes ... she had one big press conference with 20 years of tax returns and hundreds and hundreds of pages, and the whole thing went away in one day because there was nothing really there. The Clintons have adopted the diametrically opposite approach ... and for the life of me, I'm not sure I understand why."

  • Emily Ryo

    Tucson Sentinel

    August 21, 2015

    Re: Emily Ryo

    Emily Ryo was quoted about why some immigrants cross from Mexico to the U.S. illegally, in response to Donald Trump's plan to eliminate "birthright citizenship" to reduce illegal immigration. "None of those female migrants have ever mentioned the desire for birthright citizenship for their children as the reason for their decision to migrate to the U.S.," she said. "[I]nstead, lack of employment opportunities and/or violence in their home communities, and family reunification have been the most frequently cited reasons among my research subjects."

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    KPCC-FM

    August 21, 2015

    Re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was quoted about the plight of Salvadorans fleeing gang violence in Central America to seek asylum in the United States. "Judges, asylum officers, the U.S. government just don’t know what to make of gangs. The argument that a lot of advocates are making is that these are de facto governments," Frenzen said. "The legal protections that were drafted were drafted from a European perspective dealing with the post-World War II situation. No one could imagine [gangs like] MS-13, no one could imagine 18th Street."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    CNN Money

    August 20, 2015

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about Hillary Clinton's proposal to promote long-term investing through changes in the tax code. "Hillary's plan is complicated and doesn't serve any purpose," Kleinbard said.

  • Jody David Armour

    Los Angeles Sentinel

    August 20, 2015

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots. "It was a critically important event. Fifty years later, we're trying to learn and go forward with the lessons from the past," Armour said. "One of the important ideas that came out was how to think about the problems. Are they problems of lack of personal responsibility or is it rather structural and systemic problems? These two create very different sets of solutions."

  • Deborah Call

    U.S. News & World Report

    August 18, 2015

    Re: Deborah Call

    Deborah Call and a USC Gould student were quoted in a story that featured the online LL.M. program offered by USC Gould. "With our program, what we have found is that the students we have enrolled are typically working," Call said. "They find that their ability to take the classes online and generally on a part-time basis really serves their purposes." Viviana Sforza, a part-time student originally from Italy, said she selected USC Gould's online program to ensure that she was receiving the same education as she would on campus.

  • Jody David Armour

    KCRW

    August 17, 2015

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed on "Press Play" about the passing of Julian Bond, a civil rights pioneer and former head of the NAACP, and the state of the NAACP today. "[The NAACP] did a lot to dismantle formal inequality," Armour said. "The question, though, is did it do enough to tackle the problems of economic inequality, structural inequality, and it's subject to some criticisms there. It seemed to have helped the black bourgeoisie middle class, but truly disadvantaged blacks don't seem to have gotten much better in their plight over the last 50 years despite the NAACP's victories."

  • Jody David Armour

    The Huffington Post

    August 17, 2015

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about why attending college fails to close the racial wealth gap. "My concern is about keeping a tight connection between the American dream and legitimate means to that end, to that dream. What we're finding is that one of the traditional legitimate means, education that's supposed to help us all live the Horatio Alger story, isn't as effective when it comes to black and Latino folks as it is to other folks," Armour said. "Suddenly you have to wonder if maybe you're making a wise investment of your time and energy to go down that road if there's a cruel hoax perhaps waiting at the end of it."

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Yahoo News

    August 14, 2015

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was quoted about speculation that Google's newly created holding company, Alphabet, was created for special tax purposes. "I don't get what they're hinting at," Kleinbard said. "The company is still (based in the) U.S., and foreign earnings remain subject to all the same rules."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    The Los Angeles Times

    August 11, 2015

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    USC Gould School of Law was mentioned in a story about a push by California legislators to require the state's unaccredited law schools to follow the lead of nationally accredited schools like USC and UCLA by disclosing information including graduation and dropout rates and alumni employment.

  • Jody David Armour

    KPFK-FM

    August 10, 2015

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed on "Uprising with Sonali" about the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots and its connections with protests in Ferguson, Mo. "Fifty years ago, police encountered a community of black folks who are disproportionately poor and concentrated in desperate circumstances, disproportionately turning into desperate undertakings, by the way, like crime," Armour said. "Crime is real in the black community, and so police are wrestling with a real problem, but they're wrestling with it in a heavy-handed way from the community's standpoint. They're being overbroad, they're racially profiling, they're coming down on people who don't need to be come down on, and that has triggered the same kinds of tensions and rebellions from 50 years ago just a year ago with Ferguson."

  • Gillian Hadfield

    Daily Journal

    August 6, 2015

    Re: Gillian Hadfield

    Gillian Hadfield was quoted about the legal industry's potential uses for automated systems like IBM's ROSS, a legal spin-off of the Watson supercomputer. Hadfield said that fear over automated systems robbing employees of man hours is "widespread," in all fields, not just in the field of law, and has been for some time. "I do think that this will further erode the demand for entry-level associates in larger corporate law firms. That's a segment that's already under real pressure - from legal process outsourcing, automated document processing and so on," she said.

  • Michael Chasalow

    The Los Angeles Times

    August 4, 2015

    Re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was quoted about the White House's support of diversity among entrepreneurs. "There are so many people who would be good in business and with a little push educationally and financially are able to cross over those obstacles," he said.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Bloomberg News

    August 3, 2015

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    The USC Gould School of Law was mentioned for its financial support of recent graduates by funding the salaries at some legal positions.

  • Robert K. Rasmussen

    CardHub

    July 30, 2015

    Re: Robert K. Rasmussen

    Robert Rasmussen was quoted about the use of an automatic stay in declaring bankruptcy, which immediately suspends most collection efforts against debtors and their property. "Those who file for bankruptcy should be aware of the breadth of the stay, what it covers and what it does not," Rasmussen said. "Also, it makes little sense for a debtor to make a payment right before filing if the underlying debt would be subject to the stay."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 30, 2015

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    USC Gould School of Law alum Patrick Boyle '14 was quoted about his experience working at a position with the Arizona attorney general's office funded by a stipend from USC. The stipend "let me get in the door" at a place that wouldn’t have hired him otherwise, he said. Government organizations "don’t really want to subsidize training if they don’t have to."

  • Lisa Klerman

    KALW-FM

    July 29, 2015

    Re: Lisa Klerman

    Lisa Klerman was interviewed on "Your Legal Rights" about mediating labor and employment law disputes. "In an arbitration, the third party neutral is acting like a private judge, and the arbitrator issues a binding decision. It means that you're stuck with what that arbitrator rules," Klerman said. "In mediation, a mediator does not rule in favor of one side or the other, doesn't decide who wins or how much is awarded. A mediator helps both sides reach a decision that works for both sides, and it's only if it works for both sides that there is an agreement."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 27, 2015

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    USC Gould School of Law was mentioned as one of the best recognized law schools in California

  • Jody David Armour

    Vice

    July 24, 2015

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about new legal developments regarding Bill Cosby and allegations of sexual assault. "It's going to have a huge impact. It corroborates the claims of plaintiffs and those who allege that they've been victimized by Bill Cosby," Armour said. "The [2005] deposition doesn't prove that he non-consensually gave women Quaaludes or any other drug as part of sex. But [it does] establish that he does mix sex and drugs and considers it a kind of acceptable and ordinary practice for him. It is powerfully corroborative of their essential claims that something like that may have gone on in their cases."

  • Jonathan Handel

    ABC 7 Los Angeles

    July 24, 2015

    Re: Jonathan Handel

    Jonathan Handel was interviewed about an antitrust case involving major Hollywood studios operating in the E.U. "This is a direct challenge to the international business model within Europe for the American media companies," Handel said. "The issue in this case is whether the E.U. is a single market, as they contend, or a collection of countries."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 24, 2015

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    Holly Farless, a rising 3L at USC Gould School of Law, co-wrote an op-ed about recent legislation that would address "no-injury" class action lawsuits. "Proponents of the act say that by limiting classes to members with similar injuries, plaintiffs who have actually suffered harm will avoid having their claims diluted or, even worse, precluded by the inclusion of uninjured class members," Farless wrote. "Similarly, defendants will not be forced to defend against, or overpay to resolve, claims brought by a largely uninjured class."

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 24, 2015

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    USC Gould School of Law alumnus Mark A. Young was mentioned as President Obama's latest nominee to serve as a federal judge in the Central District. "If you can manage the stress, it's a great experience," Young said of his time at USC Law.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 23, 2015

    Re: Daniel Brenner

    Daniel Brenner wrote an op-ed about the admissibility of credit card statements in debt collection cases under the business records exception to the hearsay rule. "Admission of credit card statements is often critical to establishing a defendant's debt," Brenner wrote. "A plaintiff debt buyer may show it has good title to a debt with the defendant's name on it, but more is needed. Credit card bills mailed to the defendant that go unchallenged can establish that an account is truly stated."

  • Dan Nabel

    Daily Journal

    July 22, 2015

    Re: Dan Nabel

    Dan Nabel was quoted about a state appellate court decision to affirm the conviction of a juvenile on two counts of possessing firearms based on a photo from the teenager's Instagram account. "The court was saying we don't necessarily have to have someone in the room. It makes it easier for prosecution and law enforcement to catch people doing this sort of thing," Nabel said. "If all you have is an Instagram photo, that might not be a good thing, but if it's just one of many pieces of evidence that's being used to charge someone with a crime, I don't see that as a problem at all."

  • Clare Pastore

    Daily Journal

    July 21, 2015

    Re: Clare Pastore

    Clare Pastore was quoted about a California Supreme Court decision to uphold a default judgment against an attorney who gave conflicting excuses in attempts to reverse the judgment. "If your attorney messes up, your remedy is against that attorney in a malpractice action," Pastore said. "Those states put a high premium on finality. California is more lenient, but here the Supreme Court is saying, 'Don't come in with one story the first time and another the second time.'" "It is breathtaking to me, extraordinary to me, that this lawyer would have the chutzpah to try that," she added.

  • Jody David Armour

    MSNBC

    July 16, 2015

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed on "NewsNation" about the disproportionate incarceration of black men and President Obama's push for criminal justice reform. "In some of our neighborhoods ... up to 90 percent of young black males are going to wind up in jail, on probation or on parole at some point in their lives. That's staggering," Armour said. "We're talking about the equivalent of maybe a thousand Hurricane Katrinas hitting a thousand Ninth Wards in terms of the damage that's been inflicted on the black community over the last 30 years as a result of mass incarceration."

  • Michael Brennan

    Daily Journal

    July 14, 2015

    Re: Michael Brennan

    Michael Brennan was quoted about shifts in criminal justice reform in light of President Obama's visit to a federal prison. "We've been dealing with incredibly harsh sentencing guidelines with respect to narcotics going on 30 years, and Obama has finally decided that they need to be changed, and this is his way of continuing to get that message out," Brennan said. "He can't do it himself, obviously, but he's trying to put pressure on Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission to change those sentencing guidelines even further."

  • Edward Finegan

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    July 9, 2015

    Re: Edward Finegan

    A story cited a recent presentation by Edward Finegan about the definition of the word "gender" and its relevance to a legal case about a pre-operative transgendered student who was born biologically male and applied to college as a female. The college dismissed the student on the grounds of fraud. "In understanding and resolving such disputes," Finegan said, "substantial value resides in consulting both established, reputable dictionaries and those that are crowdsourced."

  • Lisa Klerman

    The Information

    July 9, 2015

    Re: Lisa Klerman

    Lisa Klerman was cited about a rise in workplace discrimination complaints against tech companies. She said that the uptick could simply be the result of more hiring and, therefore, more opportunities for lawsuits. Or, she said, high profile judgments in favor of plaintiffs could be encouraging more people to come forward.

  • Jody David Armour

    The Wrap

    July 8, 2015

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the public release of a deposition in which comedian Bill Cosby admitted to acquiring sedatives to give to young women. Armour called the deposition "a smoking gun" in a defamation lawsuit brought against Cosby by three of his alleged victims. "It will corroborate the accusers' claims that he actually did what they said he did," Armour said. "If we get to the defamation trial, these statements made by him in the deposition … suddenly, their claim looks like a sure winner, and he's looking not only at compensatory damages, but probably serious punitive damages."

  • Lisa Klerman

    Los Angeles Daily News

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Lisa Klerman

    Lisa Klerman was quoted about a racial and disability discrimination case filed against the city of Los Angeles by a former park groundskeeper. Klerman said the case is "rare" not only because the plaintiff is white, but because there is direct evidence of racial discrimination. Usually, discrimination allegations are decided based on "who is more believable," she said.

  • Sam Erman

    Vice

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Sam Erman

    Sam Erman was quoted about the politics of appointing Supreme Court justices and how the next president could change the makeup of the court. "They have the job for life, so they don't have to worry about politics in the way that other powerful members of the government have to," Erman said. "So even though their decisions seem political to us, I think that the justices are committed to the notion of legality." "Even if everyone is appointed at the same age, their tenures on the court will be longer. So these influential moments for presidents [to nominate justices] may become farther and farther between," he added.

  • Lisa Klerman

    Contra Costa Times

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Lisa Klerman

    Lisa Klerman was quoted about a racial and disability discrimination case filed against the city of Los Angeles by a former park groundskeeper. Klerman said the case is "rare" not only because the plaintiff is white, but because there is direct evidence of racial discrimination. Usually, discrimination allegations are decided based on "who is more believable," she said.

  • Thomas D. Lyon

    CBS Los Angeles KCBS-TV

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Thomas D. Lyon

    Tom Lyon was featured for his research which influenced a recent Supreme Court decision that will allow children’s statements to teachers about potential abuse to be submitted as evidence. In his written opinion, Justice Samuel Alito cited work done by Lyon and USC students over the last decade. "It was a terrific feeling to see work that I’ve been doing for years to not only influence the court but to influence in a way that I think will really help children," Lyon said.

  • David Cruz

    PBS

    July 1, 2015

    Re: David Cruz

    David Cruz was interviewed on "Tavis Smiley" about the impact of a series of recent Supreme Court rulings, including decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. "I think that it's going to be the highest salience, that the many candidates in the Republican field and the handful of Democratic candidates are going to be engaging with this. The further right a Republican candidate is going to be, the bigger a bulls-eye they're going to paint on the Supreme Court, due to decisions like the Obamacare decision and the decision for marriage for same-sex couples," Cruz said.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Ars Technica

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was cited about Chicago’s new tax on online services, including Netflix and other online providers of movies, music and games. Kleinbard said he had never heard of such a tax anywhere else in the United States.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 1, 2015

    Re: Elizabeth Armour

    Elizabeth Armour was quoted about the decision by international firm Quinn Emanuel to drastically reduce its recruitment of rising 3L students for summer positions. Armour said because the firm only does litigation, it "has a different hiring profile" from many large law firms. It is looking "for more robust, mature skills" that take more time in law school or in clerkships to develop, she said.