About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Rebecca Lonergan, who worked with the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for 16 years, joined USC Gould School of Law in 2007 as an associate director of Legal Writing and Advocacy. During the academic year 2011-12, she served as interim co-director of Legal Writing and Advocacy. In 2012 she was appointed associate professor of legal writing and advocacy and in 2015 she was appointed associate professor of lawyering skills.
Lonergan teaches Legal Writing and National Security Law, and is a faculty advisor to the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and the National Moot Court Team.
Lonergan is an experienced trial attorney, with expertise in public corruption, corporate fraud, government fraud, health care fraud, real estate fraud and offenses involving national security. As a federal prosecutor, she tried numerous complex cases involving corrupt federal agents, classified information and espionage
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with highest honors, Lonergan received her JD from the UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987. She worked briefly as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles and then as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section, before going to work at the Los Angeles USAO in 1991. She has worked as a pro tem judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2001.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
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.
Thomas D. Lyon
“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
“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
“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.