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Loyola faculty members pride themselves on being accessible to the media and part of the public discourse on news of legal significance. Visit Loyola's Summary Judgments faculty blog to read faculty opinions on current legal issues. Highlights of recent media appearances and quotations include:

November 2017

 

NBC – 11.14.17

TRUMP'S ATTACK ON SUMMER ZERVOS BLOWS A HOLE IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT'S FOUNDATION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson analyzes President Trump’s attack on former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos.

None of this means we should weaken the First Amendment. It means we should rethink the rationale behind a metaphor that just doesn’t work in our era of “my news and your news.”


CNN – 11.14.17

REPUBLICANS CALL ON ROY MOORE TO QUIT SENATE RACE

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the accusations against Senate candidate Roy Moore and his refusal to drop out of the race.

“If he actually is elected to the Senate, then they could potentially try to expel him. I believe that has happened 15 times in our history, and 14 dealt with Civil War situations.”


KCBS/KCAL-TV – 11.13.17

REPORT: TRUMP ASKED XI TO RESOLVE UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYERS CASE

“They become pawns in bigger game,” said Cesare Romano, professor of International Law at Loyola Law School.


KCRW-FM’s “Press Play with Madeleine Brand” – 11.13.17

TRUMP’S SUCCESS IN REMAKING THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY AND HOW THAT COULD BE HIS LASTING LEGACY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines the legacy the Trump Administration’s federal judicial appointments will leave behind. 


KQED-FM – 11.13.17

SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS & MISCONDUCT PROBE

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson says, “I think that whenever a body polices themselves it can incentivize them to try and downplay any allegations.”


Los Angeles Times – 11.12.17

AFTER NEW REVELATIONS, SESSIONS FACES ANOTHER GRILLING ON RUSSIA CONTACTS IN TRUMP CAMPAIGN

The shifting accounts “will dog him throughout his tenure as attorney general,” said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who now is a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


PBS – 11.11.17

SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO RESPOND TO SEXUAL ASSAULT IN HOLLYWOOD

Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson joins Megan Thompson from Los Angeles with more. Excerpt: They have a task force focused just on this. Don’t forget we have problems with gangs, we have white collar crime, We have the wide range of crime and yet this is so significant that our D.A. feels like she needs a task force.


Tribune News Service – 11.10.17

TRUMP'S VOTER COMMISSION GETS SUED BY ONE OF ITS OWN MEMBERS

Nationally, numerous voter fraud investigations have concluded the problem is vanishingly small, with one study by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt finding just 31 credible allegations of identity fraud in all primary, general, special and municipal elections between 2000 and 2014, despite over a billion votes being cast.


FDA Week – 11.09.17

REP. ISSA WRITING IPR COMPROMISE LEGISLATION

Karl Manheim, professor in residence at Loyola Law School, argued that tribal schemes like Allergan are likely to recur absent congressional action. "Whatever the outcome in Allergan, the issue is likely to recur. Indeed, there is support for the proposition that, unless Congress authorizes suit, tribes enjoy sovereign immunity in administrative proceedings," Manheim said.


KPCC – 11.09.17

SENATE TAX PLAN TAKES MORE, GIVES SOME BACK TO CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNERS

Loyola Law School professor Katie Pratt said eliminating the deductions for state and local taxes completely would be felt most acutely in states like New York, New Jersey and California..."Taxpayers in those states will be hard hit by the House bill, and will be hit even more by the Senate bill," she said.


Los Angeles Times – 11.09.17

L.A. PROSECUTORS FORM SPECIAL HOLLYWOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT TASK FORCE

“It does speak to the culture of the city that this is a major criminal justice issue worthy of a task force,” said Laurie Levenson, a former prosecutor and Loyola law professor. “It is a good idea to have veteran, experienced prosecutors on these cases. But people shouldn’t get their expectations up.”


Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review – 11.09.17

SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY CAN CREATE UNEVEN PLAYING FIELD: GOODLATTE

The experts were Karl Manheim, professor of law at Loyola Law School; William Jay, partner and co-chair of appellate litigation at Goodwin Procter; Philip Johnson, former senior vice president of IP strategy and policy at Johnson & Johnson; and Christopher Mohr, vice president for IP and general counsel at the Software and Information Industry Association.


KNBC-TV - 11.08.17
TRUMP FLIP-OFF FLAP RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT WORKPLACE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY by Lolita Lopez and Phil Drechsler
"They don't have to have a reason," said Aaron Caplan, a professor at Loyola Law School. “They can just say we don't want to have you around because you are bad for business."


Daily Beast – 11.09.17

THE GOP’S TAX BILL IS A WAR ON DISABLED PEOPLE

Theodore Seto, a professor specializing in tax policy at Loyola Law School, explained the philosophy underlying the medical expenses deduction. “The income tax is a tax on disposable income, and when you have a catastrophic medical expense, your disposable income really does go down. You are less able to pay than the family next door with the same income who is spending that money on hang-gliding.


Bloomberg BNA – 11.08.17

BANKS JOIN LEGAL FIGHT OVER WEBSITE ACCESS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

The more unsettled question is what happens if someone is operating a purely Internet-only business, and whether that needs to be accessible, according Michael Waterstone, dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "That's an area where there's less clarity under the law," Waterstone told Bloomberg Law.


Lawfare – 11.08.17

CONTEMPT AT THE MILITARY COMMISSIONS: A LEGAL HISTORY 

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor David Glazier examines the power of military commissions as related to the detainment of Marine Corps Brig. Gen. John Baker.

Many commentators, myself included, have expressed serious doubts that the commissions are up to the task and predict that final judgments in any of the high profile cases will necessarily be delayed by many more years of litigation and appeals.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 11.08.17

LAW FIRM’S ACTIONS ON WEINSTEIN’S BEHALF RAISE QUESTIONS

Loyola Law School Professor Stanley Goldman said the investigation and subsequent statement were “a close call” ethically, but how his current clients react to his statement on a past client are likely a bigger cause for concern.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 11.08.17

BELLWETHER SETTLEMENTS by Professor Adam Zimmerman

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Adam Zimmerman examines the effectiveness of bellwether settlements.

Bellwether settlements raise even bigger questions about the role public courts should play in the overwhelming number of cases resolved through private settlement practice.


Vox – 11.08.17

DEMOCRATS’ PROSPECTS IN THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS, EXPLAINED (also featured on MSN)

States’ redistricting processes vary somewhat, and Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School has a good breakdown of how they work.


Daily Beast – 11.08.17

GOP VOTER SUPPRESSION IS THE COUNTRY’S GREATEST SCANDAL

There simply is no voter-fraud crisis. An exhaustive study by a Loyola law professor found that between 2000 and 2014, there were indeed 31 reported instances of voter impersonation.


New York Times – 11.07.17

WEINSTEIN WORK PULLS LAWYER BACK INTO AN ETHICAL DEBATE

“From Boies’s perspective, this is no good deed goes unpunished,” said Laurie L. Levenson, the David W. Burcham chair in ethical advocacy at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “From what I heard, he should have had more information as to what it was about. He is leaving a thumbprint on it, and whether he wants it or not, this now belongs to him.”


House of Representatives Judiciary Committee – 11.07.17

SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY AND THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SYSTEM

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Karl Manheim, a former legislative consultant on IP issues to U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, delivered testimony during the Sovereign Immunity & the IP System hearing. Excerpt: State and tribal sovereign immunity in patent cases distorts the patent system and can lead to anticompetitive conduct harming consumers and the public welfare. While both States and tribes deserve special solicitude (including immunity) in many contexts, the patent system is not one of them.


The New Yorker Radio Hour - 11.07.17

VOTER FRAUD: A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY, OR A MYTH

One study from Justin Levitt at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles on voting across the country between 2000 and 2014, 14 years, found exactly 31 instances of impersonation fraud out of a billion votes cast.


KPCC – 11.06.17

WHO LOSES OUT IF THE MEDICAL DEDUCTION DISAPPEARS

That includes "the poor and sick," said Katherine Pratt, a professor Loyola Law School. "And in particular, people with a chronic illness."


Fair Observer – 11.06.17

THE DAILY DEVIL’S DICTIONARY: DEFINING “COLLUSION ON ALL SIDES”

Sam Pillsbury, a professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, informs us that “Collusion describes the larger wrong that has been alleged against the Trump campaign, encompassing both political wrongdoing — basically disloyalty to the U.S. — and a variety of criminal and civil law violations that may have been committed as part of the collusion.”


Huffington Post – 11.06.17

TAX REFORM FUROR ABOUT PERSONAL-BUSINESS DISTINCTION GOES BEYOND THE SALT DEDUCTION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Katherine Pratt analyzes the Republican tax plan with regards to SALT deductions.

These types of deductions are justified on fairness grounds. Other personal deductions are subsidies that are ripe for reform. The House GOP bill does not distinguish between these two types of personal deductions.


KCRW – 11.06.17

PRESIDENT TRUMP VERSUS HIS ACCUSERS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses political speech and a defamation suit against President Trump by a former contestant on “The Apprentice.”


TaxProf Blog – 11.06.17

CLAUSING PRESENTS CORPORATE TAX REFORM IN THE AGE OF TRUMP TODAY AT LOYOLA-L.A.

Kimberly Clausing (Reed College) presents Corporate Tax Reform in the Age of Trump at Loyola-L.A. today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Katie Pratt and Ted Seto.


Understanding Tax – 11.05.17

2017 TAX REFORM: WE HATE EMPLOYEES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Ted Seto analyzes how the Republican tax bill will impact employees.

The theory is that the benefits of tax cuts for employers will eventually trickle back down to the employees who are funding them. This was, of course, the argument made to support tax cuts for the rich back in the 1980s.


McClatchy Newspapers – 11.05.17

VOTING ACCESS IS UNDER ATTACK AS THE COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY 2018 BEGINS

Research by Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, has found only 45 credible examples of fraud that ID laws could stop out of more than one billion votes cast in primary and general, municipal and special elections from 2000 to 2016.


KPCC – 11.03.17

WOULD GOP TAX PLAN HELP CA SMALL BUSINESSES?

The bill includes complex rules aimed at preventing the wealthy from using this cut to massively slash their taxes. But Loyola Law School professor Ted Seto says the proposal isn't foolproof…"Whenever you come up with a completely different way of doing something, you very commonly don't see the holes in it," he says. "There are a lot of holes in this."


Jurist – 11.03.17

HOUSE COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON PATENT RIGHTS FOR NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES

The committee will hear testimony from Karl Manheim, a professor of law at Loyola Law School, William Jay, a partner and co-chair of appellate litigation at Goodwin Procter LLP, Philip Johnson, principal at Johnson-IP Strategy & Policy Consulting, and Christopher Mohr, Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel at Software and Information Industry Association.


Los Angeles Times - 11.03.17

NYPD CALLS HARVEY WEINSTEIN RAPE ALLEGATION CREDIBLE, SAYS IT'S GATHERING EVIDENCE FOR ARREST

The NYPD’s move Friday may increase the pressure on Weinstein, but it cuts both ways, said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School…“The message here is, they have a credible case but it’s a long time ago and it’s going to take time to put it together. They’re basically saying, ‘Get off our back; we’re going to have a case here.’


Los Angeles Times – 11.03.17

HARVEY WEINSTEIN IS THE SUBJECT OF MULTIPLE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, BUT DETECTIVES FACE CHALLENGES

Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, a former criminal prosecutor, said the cases by their nature face challenges, in part because the investigations are beginning years — and in some cases decades — after the alleged misconduct is said to have occurred… "These are not the easiest cases, so you want the most timely and the most corroborated."


Salon – 11.03.17

HARVEY WEINSTEIN FACES 16 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, WILL HE GO DOWN FOR ANY OF THEM

However, after speaking with a Loyola Law School professor and former criminal prosecutor Laurie Levenson, the LA Times reported that authorities in New York or Los Angeles, rather than those in London, “would be most likely to bring a case because Weinstein remains on American soil.”


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 11.03.17

LOYOLA’S CIVIL JUSTICE PROGRAM HANDS OUT ANNUAL HONORS

Some 500 attorneys, judges and their guests attended the 13th annual Tribute to the Champions of Justice dinner, hosted by the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles on Oct. 26 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.


Yahoo News – 11.02.17

COLLUSION OR CONSPIRACY? UNDERSTANDING THE CHARGES AGAINST MANAFORT AND GATES

Sam Pillsbury, a professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, put it simply: Conspiracy is a federal crime; collusion is not… “Collusion describes the larger wrong that has been alleged against the Trump campaign, encompassing both political wrongdoing — basically disloyalty to the U.S. — and a variety of criminal and civil law violations that may have been committed as part of the collusion.”


The Hill – 11.02.17

UNDER INVESTIGATION? GET YOURSELF A TAX ADVISER

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Ellen Aprill explains why a tax adviser should be a member of the legal teams of those under investigation by Special Counsel Mueller.

A number of current and former members of the Trump administration have formed legal defense funds in the face of investigation by Special Counsel Mueller. Whether or not any of them ultimately face charges in connection with dealing with Russia or obstruction of justice, they will need to take care not to run afoul of tax laws in the handling of their legal defense funds.


The American Prospect – 11.02.17

IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES WARN UNDOCUMENTED ARE ‘FAIR GAME’ AFTER DETENTION OF TEXAS CHILD

Marissa Montes, an immigration attorney with the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles says that Rosa Maria’s arrest sends the message to undocumented people that “anyone is fair game: Regardless of whether you have a criminal record, under the Trump administration, you are considered an enforcement priority.”


Associated Press – 11.02.17

CLAIMS COST CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE $580K

Jessica Levinson, an ethics expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said the provision is a clear restriction of a citizen's right to free expression..."If we can contract away criticizing our government, we're contracting away the basis of our First Amendment rights," she said.


Pasadena Now – 11.01.17

POLICE DISCLOSE AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE READER “SURVEILLANCE RECORDS” TO LOCAL CIVIL LIBERTIES ACTIVIST

Laurie Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School, said it’s not a violation of the 4th Amendment, however, “The real question is not whether or not it’s permissible under the 4th amendment to see this information, the question is what they’re going to do with it”