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Lee Epstein
USC Gould School of Law

Lee Epstein

Professor of Law

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

Last Updated: April 15, 2022




Lee Epstein, an internationally renowned scholar of law and judicial politics joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in fall 2011. Epstein is the Rader Family Trustee’s Chair in Law and the Provost Professor of Law and Political Science at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is also an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In 2013-14, she will serve as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

A recipient of 12 grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on law and legal institutions, Epstein has authored or co-authored over 100 articles and essays, as well as 15 books, including The Choices Justices Make, which won the Pritchett Award for the Best Book on Law and Courts and, more recently, the Lasting Contribution Award "for a book or journal article, 10 years or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts." The Constitutional Law for a Changing America series received the Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book, The Behavior of Federal Judges, with William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner, was published by Harvard University Press in January 2013.

A recipient of countless accolades for her dedication to research and her students, Epstein joined USC Gould from Northwestern, where she held the Henry Wade Rogers Professorship, a university-wide chair.

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.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Robin Craig
March, 2022

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

Daniel Klerman
March, 2022

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

Robin Craig
March, 2022

“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.