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Michael Chasalow
USC Gould School of Law

Michael Chasalow

Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Small Business Clinic

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Last Updated: June 5, 2017




Michael Chasalow directs the USC Small Business Clinic, where students gain hands-on experience handling transactional legal problems and providing basic corporate legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. He also teaches Counseling the Start-up Company, Partnerships & Limited Liability Companies and Business Organizations. Chasalow’s scholarly interests involve the development and structure of business ventures as well as corporate governance issues and issues relating to the governance of partnerships and LLCs. In the spring of 2016 Chasalow was awarded the William A. Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award and also received the Student Bar Association Faculty Member of the Year Award.

Chasalow attended UC Berkeley, where he received a BA in both English and Economics. He received his JD from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and his MBA at the UCLA. After law school Chasalow practiced law for several years, initially as a transactional attorney with Latham and Watkins in Los Angeles, where he specialized in such complex corporate transactions as mergers and acquisitions and the issuance of sophisticated debt securities. Chasalow also spent several years involved with private equity groups focused on the development and financing of start-up and early stage companies.

In 1993, Chasalow founded the ARI Consulting Group, which provided business consulting and legal services to start-up companies. In 2004, he was given the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award by USC Law’s Student Bar Association. He has also taught at Whittier School of Law and Loyola Law School.

Books

  • Experiencing Business Organizations. 2nd ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2018).
  • Acing Business Associations: A Checklist Approach to Business Associations. 2nd ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2016).

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

CNN
September 22, 2021
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was mentioned as a participant in a Senate hearing on voting rights. "Apologies Mr. Cruz, your state of Texas, perhaps," she said, when Cruz asked which voter ID laws are racist. "The fact that the voter ID law was put into place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent." Tolson was also quoted in The Washington Post, USA TODAY, Independant, The Hill and Yahoo! News.

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Thomas D. Lyon
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“Use of global trait cues helps to explain older adults’ decrements in detecting children’s lies” (with Alison O’Connor, Micaela Wiens, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Legal and Criminological Psychology.

Thomas D. Lyon
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“Causal indicators for assessing the truthfulness of child speech in forensic interviews” (with Zane Durante, Victor Ardulov, Manoj Kumar, Jennifer Gongola, & Shrikanth Narayanan) (in press), Computer Speech & Language.

Thomas D. Lyon
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“The difficulty of teaching adults to recognize referential ambiguity in children's testimony: The influence of explicit instruction and sample questions” (with Breanne Wylie, Jennifer Gongola, & Angela D. Evans) (in press), Applied Cognitive Psychology.