USC Gould School of Law Faculty
The USC Gould School of Law faculty is nationally recognized for its scholarship in many fields including administrative law, constitutional law, bankruptcy and corporate law, intellectual property, law and race, and taxation. Interdisciplinary scholarship in law and economics, law and history, law and philosophy, law and politics, and law and psychology has long been a signature of the school. Many USC faculty members have doctorates in other academic disciplines, and hold joint appointments in other USC departments and at the California Institute of Technology. USC's small faculty-student ratio enables students to work closely with top scholars and practitioners in both classroom and clinical settings.
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.
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.