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Centers and Initiatives

  • Center for Law and Philosophy

    Center for Law and Philosophy (CLP)

    Devoted to advancing interdisciplinary scholarship in legal, moral and political philosophy, the center is a partner in the peer-reviewed, online Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy. A joint project of USC Gould and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the center also holds conferences, workshops and other activities that enhance the study of law and philosophy.

  • Center for Law and Social Science

    Center for Law and Social Science (CLASS)

    The center leverages USC's excellence in legal scholarship and across the social sciences — spanning economics, political science, psychology, sociology and other fields — to develop sound policies for a fairer society and more productive economy. The center coordinates a wide variety of scholarly work and events promoting cross-disciplinary communication of ideas and practices to achieve these goals.

  • Center for Law, History and Culture

    Center for Law, History and Culture (CLHC)

    The center brings together faculty from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and USC Gould to encourage the study of law as an historical and cultural institution. In addition to supporting emerging scholars, the center sponsors activities including faculty workshops, book talks, seminars and conferences.

  • Center for Transnational Law and Business

    Center for Transnational Law and Business (CTLB)

    The center provides a scholarly home for debate on what can and should be demanded of global businesses, which face regulation by numerous and varied legal regimes. It facilitates expanded interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching and research, and brings together leading academics, practitioners and policymakers from across the country and around the world. The center produces scholarly research and policy proposals on transnational business activity and regulation; facilitates discussion among thought leaders by convening conferences and policy forums; and trains a new generation of attorneys and policymakers for leadership in the field.

  • Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI)

    Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI)

    A provost initiative, the Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI) advances USC immigration and migration work and provides direct services to immigrant communities. Through research, advocacy and service, IGMI strives to become the premier national hub for intellectual discussion, debate and insight regarding immigration, migration and immigrant populations.

  • Initiative and Referendum Institute

    Initiative and Referendum Institute (IRI)

    The nonpartisan institute focuses on the two most important processes of direct democracy: initiatives and referenda. The institute is a preeminent resource for information about these procedures, producing updated guides of how they function in each state. Continually working to educate the public about direct democracy, the institute is frequently relied on by media outlets from ABC News and NPR to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    The Pacific Center examines diverse perspectives concerning the ethical dimensions of healthcare, biomedical research and medical education to advance better health for everyone. The center's research informs policymakers at all levels, builds consensus and coalitions, and serves as a vital educational resource on such issues as control over dying, use of biotechnology and access to care.

  • Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

    Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

    The Saks Institute fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research among scholars and policymakers into issues of mental illness and mental health. Studies explore the intersections of law, mental health and ethics to influence public policy and advocate for improved treatment of people with mental illness.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

CNN
March 31, 2020
Re: Edward McCaffery

Edward McCaffery wrote an op-ed about how the new stimulus bill includes a tax break for the 1%. He said, "Under the change, our rich taxpayer couple... can now deduct an unlimited amount of 'excess losses' in real estate against income from other sources. So now real estate moguls with lucrative day jobs or bountiful capital gains from other investments can go back to living tax-free."

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Dan Simon
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“The Adversarial Mindset,” Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Dan Simon
February, 2020

“The Psychology of False Confessions — And True Ones, Too,” Phi Beta Kappa Society Lecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Rebecca Brown
February, 2020

Rebecca Brown presented and commented on Lawrence Lessig’s book, Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Consitution, 2020 Publius Symposium, Stanford Law School.