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Nicholas Espiritu

Nicholas Espiritu

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Nicholas Espíritu is a 2004 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, with a concentration in Critical Race Studies. He is a staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center where his docket currently includes challenges to President Trump’s Muslim Ban, IRAP v. Trump, and Arizona’s denial of driver’s license to DACA recipients, ADAC v. Brewer. Previously, he was an attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Thurgood Marshall Fellow at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and the Judge Constance Baker Motley Fellow at the Equal Justice Society. His prior litigation included challenges to Texas and Arizona’s attempts to disenfranchise Latino voters through racial gerrymandering and voter registration restrictions, Arizona’s SB 1070 and other omnibus state anti-immigrant laws, anti-solicitation laws targeting day laborers, and denial of municipal services to Black and Latino residents of unincorporated rural areas.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Undefeated
April 19, 2018
Re: USC Gould School of Law

Thomas Lenz was quoted on how the NFL's refusal to hire quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as well as safety Eric Reid may bolster Kaepernick's case against the NFL for conspiring to keep him out of the league because of his political views. “To the extent that someone else has some parallel activity, some similar involvement, it certainly cast suspicion [on what’s occurring in the NFL]," said Lenz. “It’s the sort of thing that, as the facts bear out, you have to wonder if there’s some sort of pattern going on. … It definitely warrants some inquiry.”

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Robert K. Rasmussen
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"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Edward Kleinbard
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"The Right Tax at the Right Time," Florida Tax Review 21 (2017): 208.

Edward Kleinbard
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“The Perversion of the Tax Policy Process,” Keynote Address at the USC Tax Institute, Los Angeles, CA.