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Jonathan Paz
USC Gould School of Law

Jonathan Paz

Lecturer in Law

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

Last Updated: August 28, 2019




Jonathan Paz is currently practicing criminal and immigration law in private practice. Previously, he spent almost five years at the Orange County Public Defender's Office, trying cases for indigent clients on the full spectrum of criminal charges. His client-centered and hard-charging approach earned him the respect of clients, colleagues and judges. There was hardly a day that Paz was not involved in a jury trial, bench trial or motion hearing to protect his client's rights. While representing juveniles, he won numerous bench verdicts on cases where his clients were charged with felonies and strikes, both of which would have ended their futures before they began. He was later assigned to handle felony preliminary hearings where he scrutinized every element from the prosecution's witnesses in uphill battles to prove a lack of probable cause.

Paz earned his BA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from the USC Gould School of Law.

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

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

Robin Craig
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“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.