Faculty in the News

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

  • David Cruz

    KPCC-FM's "Take Two"

    July 23, 2014

    re: David Cruz

    David Cruz was interviewed about how the Supreme Court's decision on Hobby Lobby could affect LGBT workplace conditions. “Hatch is a supporter of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which is similar. However, it includes a religious exemption for those who don't believe in extending those protections, and he says the President's order should do the same, and the recent Supreme Court victory for Hobby Lobby may also make it easier for employers to say that they morally object to protections of LGBT people because of their faith,” said Cruz.

  • Michael Chasalow

    ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV

    July 23, 2014

    re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was interviewed about former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer trying to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. “Steve Ballmer is a very sophisticated business man, and I think, at the end of the day he winds up with the Clippers, and the question is, ‘how?’” said Chasalow.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Daily Journal

    July 23, 2014

    re: Dan Nabel

    Dan Nabel was interviewed about a defamation lawsuit brought by Scarlett Johansson against French novelist Grégoire Delacourt. “In all seriousness though, unless the press missed some key details, it is difficult to understand how this can be called a real victory,” said Nabel.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 22, 2014

    re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard published an oped about the need to stop tax inversions, a process where a large U.S. company acquires a smaller one in a tax-friendly country like Ireland or the U.K. But the way the deal is structured, "the foreign minnow swallows the domestic whale," with the U.S. company ending up as a subsidiary of a foreign corporation. "If allowed to continue, inversions will eviscerate the U.S. domestic corporate tax base, because making a foreign company the parent of a U.S. firm opens up new tax-avoidance possibilities," Kleinbard wrote.

  • Edward Kleinbard

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    July 22, 2014

    re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was interviewed about companies like Minnesota's Medtronic moving their headquarters to Ireland for tax purposes. “Congress also should limit inverted companies from using offshore profits that haven’t been taxed by the U.S,” said Kleinbard.Medtronic, for example, has $20.5 billion in accumulated offshore profits and is borrowing from that stash to finance its purchase of Dublin-based Covidien Plc. Under the rule suggested by Kleinbard, that foreign loan would be subject to U.S. taxes, just as if the money had been loaned or repatriated to the U.S. parent company.

  • Elyn Saks

    Chicago Public Media

    July 21, 2014

    re: Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks was interviewed about her experiences with schizophrenia and how schizophrenics are treated. “So basically schizophrenia, the analogy that I gave is to a nightmare with all of the bizarre images, and possible things happening, and the utter, utter fear. Only with a nightmare you sit up in bed, open your eyes, and it goes away. No such luck with a psychotic episode.

  • Josh Lockman

    NBC News

    July 20, 2014

    re: Josh Lockman

    Josh Lockman was interviewed about how the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine could affect the geopolitics of the region. When asked what has changed due to the downing of the Malaysian air jet Lockman said, “I think what’s changed is international intention has now galvanized because of this tragic incident which has occurred, and this could lead, hopefully, to renewed pressure by the Obama administration and by allies in Europe on Vladimir Putin and his cronies.”

  • Susan Estrich

    Fox News

    July 19, 2014

    re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about President Obama’s foreign policy. During the interview, Susan said, “People look to the president for leadership. I think people are frustrated when they look around the world, see these problems that we can’t solve, and the big obstacle, I guess, is I’ve yet to hear too many of the complainers come up with solutions.”

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    BBC

    July 18, 2014

    re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was interviewed about unaccompanied Central American children arriving at the U.S. border.

  • Josh Lockman

    CBS NewsLos Angeles affiliate KNX-AM

    July 18, 2014

    re: Josh Lockman

    Josh Lockman was interviewed by about an incursion into Gaza by Israeli forces.

  • Michael Chasalow

    KCBS-AM

    July 18, 2014

    re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was interviewed by about privately owned companies funding controversial community projects.

  • Clare Pastore

    The Daily Journal

    July 18, 2014

    re: Clare Pastore

    Clare Pastore was quoted about a claim of whistleblowing by a recent appointee to California's appellate court. “While the allegations in the claim suggest Stewart went along with Herrera’s alleged whitewash, the claim does not actually specifically accuse of anything or ascribe any particular improper actions to her," she said.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    The Daily Journal

    July 18, 2014

    re: Judge Daniel Brenner

    Daniel Brenner wrote an oped about a Supreme Court decision ruling that Aereo, an Internet broadcasting company, infringed on the rights of TV program owners. “Cases involving changing communications technology benefit when courts can find consensus-yielding grounds; that was the case in Grokster. Aerero lacked the same neat analysis,” said Brenner.

  • Josh Lockman

    NBC News

    July 17, 2014

    re: Josh Lockman

    Josh Lockman was interviewed about the political fallout of the Malaysian Airlines crash. “This is an abominable incident, and I think what we’ll see in the coming days is leaders around the world including president Obama condemn this as an act of international terrorism, and that will, I think, renew pressure on Russia,” said Lockman.

  • Michael Chasalow

    CBS News’ "This Morning"

    July 17, 2014

    re: Michael Chasalow

    Michael Chasalow was interviewed about Facebook paying the salary of a Menlo Park police officer, leading to a possible perception problem. “How many other companies are we gonna let do this?" Chasalow asked during the interview. "What if an unsavory company decides they want a police force? Can Enron have a police force?"

  • Edward Kleinbard

    The Fiscal Times

    July 16, 2014

    re: Edward Kleinbard

    Edward Kleinbard was interviewed about corporate tax inversions and the need for corporate tax reform. “The inversions demonstrate the need for fundamental corporate tax reform,” Kleinbard said. “In that sense, they are a canary in the coal mine. On the other hand, (if Congress waits) to get around to corporate tax reform, there won’t be a corporate tax base left to

  • Jody David Armour

    The Huffington Post

    July 16, 2014

    re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about the resegregation of schools in Louisiana. Armour said, “It will certainly have a positive impact on the educational expirience of the kids in the breakaway school district. They’ll be around other kids from higher social economic backgrounds and they will probably be more successful. On the other hand, those who are left behind will probably be considerably worse off.

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    KCRW-FM's "Press Play"

    July 15, 2014

    re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was interviewed about unaccompanied Central American children arriving at the U.S. border. During the interview Frenzen said, “The trouble is, the refugee convention, a post World War II document that has been part of US law since 1980, only protects people that are fleeing from violence if that violence is directed at them for political, racial, or religious reasons.”

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    KFWB-AM

    July 15, 2014

    re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was interviewed about unaccompanied Central American children arriving at the U.S. border

  • Susan Estrich

    Fox News

    July 12, 2014

    re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about the death of a Google executive involving an online site used for prostitution. “The men get no-strings-attached, ideal relationships... [they] will pay to have no connections to these young women, some of whom may be financing their college education and some of whom are apparently financing drug use and illegal activity. I don't know who could be in favor of this relationship.”

  • Emily Ryo

    CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KFWB-AM (

    July 12, 2014

    re: Emily Ryo

    Emily Ryo was interviewed about a surge of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border. “The problem is that because our immigration courts are so backlogged, a removal proceeding can take up to years. So according to some of the more recent statistics, the average time an immigration case has been pending now is up to 587 days. That number is actually much higher for immigration courts in California – in the LA immgrations, the backlog is up to 820 days on average,” Ryo said.

  • Edward McCaffery

    Long Beach Press-Telegram

    July 12, 2014

    re: Edward McCaffery

    Ed McCaffery was quoted about the trial involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife Shelly. McCaffery called the HIPAA claims “narrow, nit-picking stuff” that should have been settled in pretrial briefs, and said the judge’s “complex decision tree” could come back to hurt Shelly Sterling, as “it’s human nature to want to give something to the other side.”

  • Jody David Armour

    National Post

    July 11, 2014

    re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was cited about the importance of the legal case involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Rochelle. “If we take this case out of the current context of an odious person making reprehensible statements, there are important principles that will stick with us far beyond the salacious details of this case,” said Armour.

  • Jody David Armour

    The Christian Science Monitor

    July 9, 2014

    re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the importance of the legal case involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Rochelle. “If we take this case out of the current context of an odious person making reprehensible statements, there are important principles that will stick with us far beyond the salacious details of this case,” said Armour.

  • Rob Saltzman

    Los Angeles Times

    July 6, 2014

    re: Rob Saltzman

    Robert Saltzman was quoted about the leadership of Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck. Saltzman said he was encouraged by Beck's recent efforts, but remains undecided about his future with the department.

  • Jody David Armour

    CBS News

    July 5, 2014

    re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about the beating of a woman by a CHP officer.

  • Jody David Armour

    Fox News

    July 5, 2014

    re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was cited about the beating of a woman by a CHP officer. “I was shocked, but also not surprised. I would say these are among the worst times, in terms of police image and community relations since the Rodney King tape," said Armour. He notes the patrol officer's actions could hurt the public perception of all law enforcement agencies in the LA area, including the Los Angeles Police Department.

  • Jody David Armour

    Voice of Russia

    July 3, 2014

    re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was quoted about racial profiling that takes place while shopping. Attorney Portia Roberson paid the “black tax,” Armour said. “On one hand we are commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and we are celebrating how far we’ve come in race relations, what a landmark occasion that was for social justice. Yet on the other hand we were are talking about yet again a case of racial profiling that is still pervasive in America. The reason this is a story is because it happens so frequently.”

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