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Lecturer in Law
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017Email: CDonovan@sheppardmullin.com
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Charles S. Donovan is a San Francisco-based partner in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and a lecturer in law at USC Law, teaching Admiralty Law.
His practice focuses on international and domestic finance, leasing and related arbitration and litigation, with particular emphasis on ocean shipping and transportation matters. He has extensive experience in negotiation of international agreements. He has lectured and written on topics relating to international law, admiralty, air and land transport, satellites, and cross-border leasing.
Mr. Donovan is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Northern California Super Lawyers, and Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers. The Best of the Best USA chose him as one of the top 25 "Shipping and Maritime" attorneys in the United States. He is admitted in California, Louisiana and Massachusetts. Mr. Donovan graduated from Cornell Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College.
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Orin Kerr was cited for his recent editorial on his experience taking the California bar exam much later in life in order to practice law in another state. "It’s not like you can test lawyerly competence among 20 topics any better than with 10 topics," Kerr commented. "It just requires more time memorizing, and it’s not obvious what that has to do with lawyerly ability.”
"Blindspot: Faith-Based Discrimination and the Misinterpretation of Sherbert v. Verner," Conference on Law, Religion and Complicity, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
"The Great Patent Grab", The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
"Parental Control Rights." In Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law, edited by Elizabeth Brake & Lucinda Ferguson. New York: Oxford Univerity Press, 2018.