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News for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

It’s about service
It’s about service
July 1, 2021
Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Ellen Biben make an impact with high-profile careers on the bench

CSO successfully transitions OCI to digital format
CSO successfully transitions OCI to digital format
July 1, 2021
More than 180 2Ls and 3Ls participated in the virtual program

Her job is a gas
Her job is a gas
June 30, 2021
Linda Louie (JD 1985) hits fast track as GC for National Hot Rod Association

To her own self she’s true
To her own self she’s true
June 29, 2021
Amy Trask (JD 1985) uses Gould education as framework for career as Raiders CEO

Getting to “yes” in politics
Getting to “yes” in politics
June 28, 2021
New perspective lands Thai Viet Phan (JD/MPP 2015) on Santa Ana City Council

From ‘Law Shack’ to America’s first Second Gentleman
From ‘Law Shack’ to America’s first Second Gentleman
June 25, 2021
Doug Emhoff (JD 1990) on role in the Biden Administration and support of USC Gould

Doing Work That’s ‘Good for the Soul’
Doing Work That’s ‘Good for the Soul’
June 24, 2021
A leading litigator, Amber Finch (JD 2002) shines in her pro bono and D&I work

Leading the way
Leading the way
June 23, 2021
Christianne Kerns (JD 1985) rises to numerous challenges in busy law career

Making room for women
Making room for women
June 22, 2021
Emily Yukich (JD 1999) takes initiative to diversify professional organization

Fear no barrier
Fear no barrier
June 21, 2021
Nina Huerta (JD 2003) takes on charge to diversify law profession

School’s in for this alum
School’s in for this alum
June 18, 2021
Lisa Kloppenberg (JD 1987) follows influence of Judge Dorothy Nelson to career in academia

Gould professor, alum named to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights committee
Gould professor, alum named to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights committee
June 17, 2021
Clare Pastore, Alison Dundes appointed to four-year terms

Gould Library Dean Emerita honored by AALS
Gould Library Dean Emerita honored by AALS
June 16, 2021
Pauline Aranas recognized for outstanding achievements

Tracking digital competition enforcement in the Americas
Tracking digital competition enforcement in the Americas
June 16, 2021
Center for Transnational Law and Business project monitors antitrust enforcement trends

Q&A with Jesse Wang, Author of 'Underdog: 12 Inspirational Stories for the Despondent Law Student'
From Hopeless to Free
From Hopeless to Free
June 14, 2021
Post-Conviction Justice Project changes lives of two clients

Academic Senate honors Jody Armour with Walter Wolf Award
Academic Senate honors Jody Armour with Walter Wolf Award
June 8, 2021
Award recognizes USC faculty for defense and advocacy of academic freedom

Ariela Gross selected as 2021-22 Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellow
Ariela Gross selected as 2021-22 Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellow
June 8, 2021
Gross will be working on new book about slavery during her fellowship year

Marcela Prieto wins NYU Outstanding Dissertation Award
Marcela Prieto wins NYU Outstanding Dissertation Award
June 8, 2021
Prieto earned top dissertation honors for her juridical science doctoral research

In Memoriam: Professor Christopher Stone
In Memoriam: Professor Christopher Stone
May 19, 2021
He was an innovator in environmental law and left a legacy of interdisciplinary research, education at Gould

USC Gould celebrates achievements of JD Class of 2021
USC Gould celebrates achievements of JD Class of 2021
May 14, 2021
LA County Supervisor Sheila Keuhl and Karen Wong (JD 1986) among speakers

Virtual event lauds Graduate and International Programs 2021 grads
Virtual event lauds Graduate and International Programs 2021 grads
May 14, 2021
Judge Rupa Goswami joined students, faculty, alumni, staff in offering congrats

Continuity and Change
Continuity and Change
May 13, 2021
Casino founder Greg Lee (JD ’92) builds on the past, while preparing for the future

Two Extroverts, One Team
Two Extroverts, One Team
May 13, 2021
OC Gould Alumni co-chairs Lisa Harrington, Janani Rana discuss engaging alumni during a quarantine and what USC Gould means to them

2021 awards honor students, faculty, staff
2021 awards honor students, faculty, staff
April 26, 2021
USC Gould School of Law community members honored for outstanding efforts

From chemistry to family law
From chemistry to family law
April 12, 2021
Q&A with Nicole Martinez, partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack and San Diego Gould Alumni Association chair

Message from the Dean: Retirement of Scott Bice
Message from the Dean: Retirement of Scott Bice
April 1, 2021
Scott Bice is a former Dean and beloved professor, whose name is synonymous with the Gould School of Law

Gould professor wins Fulbright research scholar grant to study international refugee law
Gould professor wins Fulbright research scholar grant to study international refugee law
March 31, 2021
Hannah Garry to spend spring 2022 at University of Oslo Law

USC Gould National Moot Court team places well in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition
USC Gould National Moot Court team places well in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition
March 23, 2021
3L students Nikki Long, Danielle Luchetta, Kelly Butler, and Charlene Smith receive honors.

A year into the pandemic, mothers and children are still struggling
A year into the pandemic, mothers and children are still struggling
March 18, 2021
Prof. Clare Pastore is among USC experts to propose long-term solutions

From USC student to the U.S. Foreign Service
From USC student to the U.S. Foreign Service
March 15, 2021
MSL student Betty Thai earns Pickering Fellowship, which covers a master’s degree then an overseas posting

BLSA hosts conversation with Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine
BLSA hosts conversation with Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine
March 5, 2021
Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine shares his experiences with Gould students as part of the BLSA Trailblazers series.

Going Back to the Earth
Going Back to the Earth
March 3, 2021
After years of working in hospitality law, Thomas Henslee (JD 1985) turned to regenerative agriculture.

Erik Hovenkamp wins prestigious antitrust and IP paper award
Erik Hovenkamp wins prestigious antitrust and IP paper award
March 3, 2021
Prof. Erik Hovenkamp has been awarded for his research in the field of antitrust law

Rescuing the American dream
Rescuing the American dream
February 24, 2021
Professor Ed Kleinbard’s new book proposes insurance as hedge against inequality

Dean’s message against anti-Asian discrimination
Dean’s message against anti-Asian discrimination
February 23, 2021
This moment is an opportunity to redouble our commitment to being inclusive, equitable, supportive

Investing in Family
Investing in Family
February 19, 2021
Q&A with San Francisco Gould Alumni co-chairs Irene Jang, Ramon Ramirez

Gould, USC Dornsife announce joint degree in International Trade Law and Economics
Gould, USC Dornsife announce joint degree in International Trade Law and Economics
February 16, 2021
Exploring legal frameworks that drive global economics

In Memoriam: Susan Bayh, JD '84
In Memoriam: Susan Bayh, JD '84
February 10, 2021
Bayh was an accomplished attorney and leader, whose impact spanned practice, public service and education

USC Gould to offer unique required course focusing on race in legal system
USC Gould to offer unique required course focusing on race in legal system
February 4, 2021
Race, Racism, & the Law first-of-its-kind among top law schools

Social (media) justice
Social (media) justice
February 2, 2021
Shannon Raj Singh (JD 2011) aims to expand her impact as human rights counsel at Twitter

Fighting for 'The Real Heroes'
Fighting for 'The Real Heroes'
January 29, 2021
Lecturer in law Mark Haddad plays key role in access to literacy case for schoolchildren in Detroit

Legal care for the caregiver
Legal care for the caregiver
January 28, 2021
Gould alumni play role in Keck Medicine of USC program helping health care workers

Patent protection: The “glue” between innovation and capital
Patent protection: The “glue” between innovation and capital
January 27, 2021
Prof. Jonathan Barnett argues for robust patent system in new book

A century of law and learning
A century of law and learning
January 25, 2021
Gould School celebrates accomplishments of Ruth Lavine (LLB 1943)

Gould alum becomes first-ever Second Gentleman
Gould alum becomes first-ever Second Gentleman
January 21, 2021
Inauguration Day was historic for VP Kamala Harris and Douglas Emhoff (JD 1990)

Man of the moment
Man of the moment
January 20, 2021
Professor Jody Armour rises to role of giving context to national protests

Creating Community and Connections
Creating Community and Connections
January 19, 2021
Q&A with Jonathan Bachand, JD 2006, chair of regional Gould Alumni Association committee in Washington, D.C.

Living the Overseas Experience
Living the Overseas Experience
January 19, 2021
Rodney Lawrence, LLM 2016, discusses the ever-evolving, global nature of his work as a leader at KPMG

Meeting the challenge: Fighting for the family
Meeting the challenge: Fighting for the family
January 18, 2021
Immigration Clinic helps boy with cancer reunite with his parents

USC Gould students selected for public interest law fellowships
USC Gould students selected for public interest law fellowships
January 15, 2021
Fellowships help four students advance their careers

Rising to the Occasion
Rising to the Occasion
January 15, 2021
In unprecedented moment, Gould community takes action

Trading golf for the bench
Trading golf for the bench
January 14, 2021
Judge Charles F. Forbes skips retirement for new career

Meeting the challenge: COVID-19 resource for small businesses
Meeting the challenge: COVID-19 resource for small businesses
January 13, 2021
Law students gain work experience and serve the community with project

Dean Guzman joins law deans nationwide in statement on 2020 election and events at the Capitol
Protecting the right to vote
Protecting the right to vote
January 11, 2021
Prof. Franita Tolson contributes legal analysis to proposed constitutional amendment

USC Law Magazine: Remembering Professor Edward D. Kleinbard
USC Law Magazine: Remembering Professor Edward D. Kleinbard
January 8, 2021
Preeminent tax scholar made mark in public, private and academic arenas

Gould faculty named to USC Department of Public Safety Community Advisory Board
Change agents
Change agents
January 6, 2021
Gould offices embrace disruption and discover new opportunities amid pandemic.

Message from Dean Guzman on Violence in the Capitol
Message from Dean Guzman on Violence in the Capitol
January 6, 2021
"Democracy is a cherished process, and violence has no place in it," writes Dean Guzman

Industry executives headline virtual events
Industry executives headline virtual events
January 5, 2021
CEOs of Motion Picture Association, WarnerMedia deliver keynotes at Gould.

Gross elected fellow of Society of American Historians
Gross elected fellow of Society of American Historians
January 4, 2021
Gross’ election comes as she is at work on a new book.

Ryo serves as editor for Law & Society Review’s Symposium on Immigration Detention
Ryo serves as editor for Law & Society Review’s Symposium on Immigration Detention
January 4, 2021
The issue explores causes, conditions of detention.

Meeting the challenge: IPTLC helps startup distributing PPE
Meeting the challenge: IPTLC helps startup distributing PPE
December 18, 2020
Clinic steps up to help startup provide PPE for health care workers

CTLB project promotes procedural best practices in antitrust investigations across global regulatory agencies
Diversity in Leadership
Diversity in Leadership
December 18, 2020
Ofunne Edoziem and Thomas Yohannan are co-chairs of the New York committee of the USC Gould Alumni Association

Healed Through a Love of Dogs
Healed Through a Love of Dogs
December 4, 2020
Decades into a life sentence, a former gang member found hope with the help of USC's Post-Conviction Justice Project.

University honors Gould faculty
University honors Gould faculty
November 24, 2020
Ron Garet receives Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tom Griffith and Pauline Aranas named emeriti faculty

Paying it forward
Paying it forward
November 24, 2020
Karine Akopchikyan, JD 2015, VP of Gould's Alumni Association, speaks to the importance of building and keeping relationships

Continuum of Care
Continuum of Care
November 24, 2020
Boyd Rutherford, JD 1990, focuses on state health issues as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

USC Gould celebrates alum Ruth Lavine’s 100th birthday
USC Gould celebrates alum Ruth Lavine’s 100th birthday
November 20, 2020
Lavine’s story and success inspire Gould students

Bringing hope to domestic violence victims
Bringing hope to domestic violence victims
November 9, 2020
Professor Lisa Klerman and friends brainstorm to create public service announcement

Building on a Great Foundation
Building on a Great Foundation
October 29, 2020
Q&A with Alumni President Amy Alderfer on her work with USC, affinity groups and the benefits of online events

Alumni Spotlight: Terri Keville, Health Care Law Expert
Alumni Spotlight: Terri Keville, Health Care Law Expert
October 29, 2020
Keville, JD 1992, discusses her unique path to starting at USC Gould, her interest in health care law and the faculty who mentored her

Professor Elyn Saks inspires William James College students with graduation speech
Professor Elyn Saks inspires William James College students with graduation speech
October 8, 2020
Saks sums up advice in two words: "To listen"

What to make of the fight over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court replacement
What to make of the fight over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court replacement
September 29, 2020
Gould and USC experts weigh in on this top election issue

Diversity and inclusion expert, Gould alum takes the lead at USC
Diversity and inclusion expert, Gould alum takes the lead at USC
September 25, 2020
John Iino brings his talents to lead the USC Alumni Board of Governors

G&IP welcomes diverse incoming class online
G&IP welcomes diverse incoming class online
September 25, 2020
Orientation featured vibrant schedule of events supporting new students

Gould student and alum push for equal access to the arts
Gould student and alum push for equal access to the arts
September 23, 2020
COVID-19 spawns ARTS Justice, a program supporting vulnerable schoolkids

$1 million gift from USC Gould alum provides scholarship support
$1 million gift from USC Gould alum provides scholarship support
September 16, 2020
Generous gift from "Triple Trojan" David Howard (JD 1970) and his wife Susan

USC Gould’s Class of 2023 impresses with its diversity, selectivity and range of backgrounds
USC Gould’s Class of 2023 impresses with its diversity, selectivity and range of backgrounds
September 16, 2020
The 1L class boasts the strongest median GPA to date

Vice Dean Franita Tolson tapped by CNN as election law analyst
Vice Dean Franita Tolson tapped by CNN as election law analyst
September 9, 2020
Tolson will provide perspective, context and analysis for the 2020 election cycle.

BLSA, alumni explore impact of recent protests on legal profession
BLSA, alumni explore impact of recent protests on legal profession
September 8, 2020
The August event was titled "Turning the Tide: Utilizing the Momentum of Today to Further the Progress of Tomorrow"

How social justice protests could affect the 2020 election
How social justice protests could affect the 2020 election
September 4, 2020
Prof. Jody Armour and USC experts discuss Presidential candidates' strategies

Beyond the clinics and practicums
Beyond the clinics and practicums
September 3, 2020
Two courses offer technology-related experiential learning opportunities to USC Gould students

Forging a legal pathway to resettlement
Forging a legal pathway to resettlement
August 28, 2020
USC International Human Rights Clinic helps Syrian refugees escape persecution

A transformative experience
A transformative experience
August 27, 2020
Family Law Mediation Clinic facilitates communication between divorcing parents

Partnership revived with new Athletic Compliance Scholars program internship
Partnership revived with new Athletic Compliance Scholars program internship
August 27, 2020
Gould students are first to be selected

Civic Engagement
Civic Engagement
August 27, 2020
The Summer 2020 magazine focuses on the myriad ways in which USC Gould contributes to public service and discourse

Postal Service and voting by mail under fire as 2020 election looms
Postal Service and voting by mail under fire as 2020 election looms
August 26, 2020
Tolson says there is no widespread evidence of fraud in voting by mail

A healthy dose of help
A healthy dose of help
August 26, 2020
Partnership brings legal-aid services to undocumented young patients

Likes for voter rights
Likes for voter rights
August 25, 2020
Facebook taps Prof. Franita Tolson as consultant identifying voter suppression

They handle the truth
They handle the truth
August 24, 2020
USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic helps student documentarians navigate legal aspects of film

A passion for business
A passion for business
August 21, 2020
USC Small Business Clinic student helps actress with nonprofit effort

Ariela Gross, USC experts reflect on 100 years of women’s suffrage
Ariela Gross, USC experts reflect on 100 years of women’s suffrage
August 20, 2020
Panel discussion focuses on state of voting rights in 2020

Leadership in action
Leadership in action
August 14, 2020
Triple Trojan Michael L. Williams' legacy as a pioneering public servant

Six law schools partner on digital discussion series to engage prospective students
Six law schools partner on digital discussion series to engage prospective students
August 12, 2020
USC Gould, Albany, Columbia, Colorado, Georgia and Oregon partner on six-session project, “Open Access: Inside Legal Education with Law School Deans.”

Small business legal research task force aims to be resource for businesses
Small business legal research task force aims to be resource for businesses
August 10, 2020
Student volunteers strive to be part of a solution

They want you … to vote
They want you … to vote
August 5, 2020
Gould alumni boost civic participation with Rock the Vote and I am a voter

Friends of the court
Friends of the court
August 4, 2020
USC law professors lend expertise to national, international court decisions

Karen Wong to serve as chair of USC Gould Board of Councilors
Karen Wong to serve as chair of USC Gould Board of Councilors
August 3, 2020
Wong (JD 1986) is a pioneer in the renewable energy space

USC Gould receives $1M scholarship endowment to enhance diversity efforts, support law students
USC Gould receives $1M scholarship endowment to enhance diversity efforts, support law students
July 29, 2020
The gift establishes the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Scholarship at the law school

Making the connection
Making the connection
July 28, 2020
Noemi Perez (MSL 2019) brokers agreement between national sorority, National Park Service using skills learned at Gould

USC Post-Conviction Justice Project: Legislative Highlights
USC Post-Conviction Justice Project: Legislative Highlights
July 24, 2020
For 40 years, PCJP has worked closely with state legislators and advocates to enact legislation establishing more equity and fairness in laws guiding sentencing and parole.

USC Gould launches 1L reading group program
USC Gould launches 1L reading group program
July 23, 2020
Goal to help students build community with each other and faculty

Inspiring passion for justice
Inspiring passion for justice
July 23, 2020
USC Post-Conviction Justice Project celebrates 40 years of leading the way in education and reforms.

USC Gould’s access to justice practicum plays key role in lawsuit ruling
USC Gould’s access to justice practicum plays key role in lawsuit ruling
July 20, 2020
Students gain important career experience working on Hernandez v. DMV

Bringing the real world into the classroom
Bringing the real world into the classroom
July 17, 2020
Gould health care law experts prepare students for a rapidly evolving industry

Expanding career horizons for people with disabilities
Expanding career horizons for people with disabilities
July 15, 2020
USC Saks Institute partners with national mentorship program

Spotlight on public service: Alumni Q&A with Kei Sato
Spotlight on public service: Alumni Q&A with Kei Sato
July 13, 2020
2011 graduate of Gould's LLM program pursues public service career in Japan

Learning the rules of tech tools
Learning the rules of tech tools
July 9, 2020
Media, Entertainment & Technology courses integrate tech into practice of law

Three clients freed from California prisons
Three clients freed from California prisons
July 9, 2020
USC Gould's Post-Conviction Justice Project helps secure second chances for three clients serving life sentences.

Generous contribution by Barbara Bice anchors Public Interest Law Foundation
Generous contribution by Barbara Bice anchors Public Interest Law Foundation
July 8, 2020
$2 million estate gift supports Gould School’s commitment to public interest law

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