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Noel Ragsdale
USC Gould School of Law

Noel Ragsdale

Clinical Professor Emerita of Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: None

Last Updated: February 17, 2022




Noel M. Ragsdale directed the Employer Legal Advice Clinic. Her scholarly interests focused on issues concerning employment, including discrimination, wrongful termination and gender bias.

Prior to joining the USC Gould School of Law faculty in 1983, Ragsdale was a journalist, clerked for the Honorable Charles E. Stewart Jr., Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and practiced law in Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and earned her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

  • "Emotional Distress Damages for Breach of Employment Contracts." 8(1) LACBA Litigation Section Newsletter (Summer 1991).
  • "The McMartin Bombshell: Necessary, Fair--and Brave." Los Angeles Times, June 16, 1985.
  • "Comments on Proposals to Amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" (with others). Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, January 1984.
  • "Comments on Proposals to Amend the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure" (with others). Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, February 1984.
  • "Comments on Proposals to Amend the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts, and Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings in the United States District Courts" (with others). Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, January 1984.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Bloomberg Government
June 22, 2022
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”

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Robin Craig
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"Saltwater Sovereignty: Tribal Marine Management Authority Along the Pacific Coast.” Online Environmental Law Workshop. University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD.

Daniel Klerman
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“Comment on Choi, Erickson, & Pritchard, ‘Coalitions among Plaintiffs’ Attorneys in Securities Class Actions’,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Virtual, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Robin Craig
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“Who’s on First? The Mind-Blowing Attempt to Conceptualize Deference in the Midst of Decision Delays and Agency Repeals,” J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium for the George Washington University School of Law, Virtual, Washington, D.C.