November 2017

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November 2017

 

TaxProf Blog – 11.30.17

SSRN TAX PROFESSOR RANKINGS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professors Ted Seto (11th), Katie Pratt (12th) and Jennifer Kowal (21st) are ranked in the top 25 SSRN downloads for the month of November.


Jewish Journal – 11.29.17

RABBI BRINGS HER VISION TO SHERIFF OVERSIGHT PANEL

Miller’s work on the oversight panel has earned high praise from fellow commissioner Priscilla Ocen, a Loyola Law School professor. “The way that she talks to people, the way that she sees every person as inherently valuable, I think that speaks to her religious faith in a way that quoting Scripture can’t,” Ocen said.


Reuters – 11.28.17

WEINSTEIN ACCUSER SEEKS TO SET LEGAL PRECEDENT WITH SEX TRAFFICKING LAW (also featured in Business Insider and U.S. News & World Report)

Kathleen Kim, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, called the lawsuit a “a sound claim” that was well-crafted… “The way that this complaint has been framed makes a sound allegation that the force, fraud or coercion for sex took place in exchange for value, which was the film role,” Kim said.


Bustle – 11.28.17

TRUMP'S LATEST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION MOVE EXPLOITS ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS, EXPERTS SAY

Kimberly West-Faulcon, a law professor at Loyola Law School who teaches social justice and constitutional law, says that the Trump administration's concern for Asian American students is questionable as there is little to no evidence that the policy hurts the group… "Affirmative action for other racial groups is not a cause of discrimination against Asian Americans."


The Information – 11.28.17

MOST BIG PRIVATE TECH FIRMS FALL FAR SHORT ON GOVERNANCE

Private companies usually begin incorporating public company governance standards as they gear up to go public, but some big tech companies have been forgoing those practices as they increasingly extend those timetables, said Elizabeth Pollman, a professor at Loyola Law School who has studied startup governance.


KQED-FM – 11.28.17

ASSEMBLY HEARING DESCRIBES CLIMATE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT STATE CAPITOL

After watching the hearing, Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson said she felt there “was a kangaroo court aspect to it,” adding that “there didn’t seem to be a sense that everyone was reading from the same script,” leading to a lack of clarity about the process for investigating complaints.


Bloomberg – 11.28.17

REGULATORY DOUGHNUTS AND FX FEES

I said last week that Uber Technologies Inc. might be best thought of as "a regulatory-evasion company." And of course it turns out that there's literature. Here is "Regulatory Entrepreneurship," by Elizabeth Pollman of Loyola Law School and Jordan Barry of the University of San Diego.


California Community Foundation – 11.27.17

$7.4 MILLION AWARDED TO 17 LEGAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE FREE LEGAL REPRESENTATION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ Immigrant Justice Clinic will receive $260,000 from the L.A. Justice Fund to bolster and expand access to legal representation for individuals facing immigration detention and deportation.


CNN – 11.27.17

PRESIDENT CALLS SENATOR “POCAHONTAS” AT NAVAJO CEREMONY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses President Trump’s comments about Senator Elizabeth Warren during a ceremony honoring World War II code talkers.

But there is no reason that in a ceremony in which we are honoring code Breakers -- we're honoring people who are great patriots to use a racial slur as if he simply cannot help himself from trying to relive these political feuds and schoolyard tussles that he had during the election.


Legal Theory Blog – 11.27.17

APRILL ON REPEALING THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT

Ellen P. Aprill (Loyola Law School Los Angeles) has posted “Amending the Johnson Amendment in the Age of Cheap Speech” (University of Illinois Law Review On-Line (Forthcoming)) on SSRN.


SF Gate – 11.27.17

‘GOLIATH’ IS THE MOST BINGED SHOW IN AMAZON’S HISTORY, SHOWRUNNER SAYS

Shapiro (“The Practice,” “Boston Legal”), who is a former federal prosecutor who co-created the legal drama with David E. Kelley, made the comments during a keynote address at the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association’s TechTainment 3.0 conference at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.


KQED-FM – 11.27.17

ASSEMBLYMAN QUITS, BUT DENIES SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS

“It’s a very bizarre statement to me,” said Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson. “It’s circular and jumbled. It may be a product of his conflict and his anger,” she said, adding that “he’s basically saying that I’ve done stuff that’s short of criminal conduct.”


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 11.27.17

HARRIS DELAYS NOMINEES, SOME SAY

Browne Greene of Greene Broillet & Wheeler LLP and Gary C. Williams, a professor at Loyola Law School, both served on the committee with Oh and echoed her sentiments.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 11.27.17

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COULD HELP LAWYERS MAKE DEALS, LAWYERS TOLD 

Tracey Freed, a digital media attorney with Freed Law who hosted the Loyola panel, took a similar perspective. She said the type of programs currently, or soon to be, in use are still just tools that require a skilled human hand for guidance, particularly if they’re to be effective in transactional work.


Los Angeles Daily News – 11.26.17

ENFORCE EXISTING GUN LAWS BEFORE MAKING MORE

As Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson explained to the AP, officers would have been well within their rights to enter the home of the future killer if they had sufficient reason to believe he was violation the terms of his restraining order.


KNBC-TV – 11.26.17

NEWSCONFERENCE: SENATE SET TO VOTE ON GOP TAX PLAN

Loyola Law School's Jessica Levinson discusses the Republican tax reform plan, plus the cultural crisis regarding sexual harassment in government, Hollywood and the media.


KNBC-TV – 11.26.17

NC EXTRA: UPHILL BATTLE TO REPEAL CALIFORNIA GAS TAX HIKE

NBC4's Conan Nolan talks with Jessica Levinson of Loyola Law School about the chances that the recent state gas tax hike can be repealed.


NBC News – 11.24.17

DEMOCRATS DOMINATE AGAIN IN WASHINGTON STATE. FIRST UP: VOTING RIGHTS. (also featured on EuroNews

Justin Levitt, a voting rights expert and law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Washington's bill is not necessarily representative of a trend, but rather an example of states moving ahead of the federal government… "The federal Voting Rights Act is very powerful and good at some things," he said. "It could use a state backdrop, and it doesn’t surprise me that states would want to put in place their own protections for minority voting rights."


The Hill – 11.23.17

IN PUERTO RICO, THE 'NATURAL DISASTER' IS THE US GOVERNMENT

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Yxta Maya Murray critiques the handling of the aftermath Hurricanes Marine and Irma.

As Puerto Rico residents and responders know, FEMA does not attend to victims of unpredictable “natural disasters” out of generosity. Instead, human-rights considerations obligate the government to respond fully to environmental events that are rooted in government responsibility.


KPCC-FM – 11.23.17

A NEW APPROACH TO HELPING FOSTER KIDS IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW

"They are the most at-risk of at-risk kids," said Loyola Professor Sean Kennedy, executive director of Loyola’s Center for Juvenile Law and Poverty. "Foster youth already have the deck stacked against them when it comes to the criminal justice system."


CalMatters – 11.23.17

‘DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO’

“Lawmakers make laws that affect all of us, including them, and they are softening the blow of regulations for themselves,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School who chairs the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.


University Business – 11.22.17

LOYOLA CENTER FOR JUVENILE LAW & POLICY EARNS $1M GRANT FROM EVERYCHILD FOUNDATION

The Center for Juvenile Law & Policy (CJLP) at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles has been awarded a $1 million competitive grant by the Everychild Foundation to develop an innovative program that will train law students in best practices to represent foster youth involved in both dependency and delinquency courts.


Huffington Post – 11.22.17

TRUMP IS ON THE VERGE OF POLITICIZING THE CENSUS, ADVOCATES SAY

Justin Levitt and David Schleicher, professors at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and Yale Law School, respectively, both said they were familiar with Brunell’s academic work. While they often disagreed with his conclusions, they both said his scholarship was serious.


KPCC – 11.22.17

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS FILE LAWSUITS IN WITH LA SUPERIOR COURT

"The plaintiffs are suing MGM and Mandalay Bay because they claim they didn't adequately monitor people coming into the hotel and didn't adequately respond quick enough once a security officer had been wounded shortly after the firing began," said Adam Zimmerman, associate professor at Loyola Law School.


Southern California Grantmakers – 11.21.17

EVERYCHILD FOUNDATION AWARDS $1 MILLION TO THE CENTER FOR JUVENILE LAW AND POLICY AT LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES

The Everychild Foundation announced today that its 2017 $1 million grant has been awarded to the Center for Juvenile Law & Policy (CJLP) at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. The grant, payable over three years, will help launch the Everychild Integrated Educational and Legal Advocacy Project. 


Fortune – 11.21.17

KEEPING CHARLES MANSON IN PRISON FOR 46 YEARS COST TAXPAYERS OVER $1 MILLION (also featured in Boston Herald

The cost of death penalty prosecutions is 20 times higher than life sentences, according to a 2011 study of California corrections data by Loyola Law School professor Paula Mitchell and former U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Arthur Alarcon.


The Chronicle of Social Change – 11.21.17

L.A. LAW SCHOOL WINS $1 MILLION GRANT TO HELP CROSSOVER YOUTH

The Everychild Foundation is giving the money to the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy (CJLP) at Loyola Law School to launch the “Everychild Integrated Educational and Legal Advocacy Project.”


NBC News – 11.21.17

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING HARVARD UNIVERSITY'S AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICIES, THREATENS TO SUE

The Justice Department’s move could potentially result in Harvard losing federal funds, Kimberly West-Faulcon, a Constitutional law professor at Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, told NBC News...“If Harvard is discriminating against Asian Americans, it is most likely white applicants who are benefiting from that discrimination,” West-Faulcon said.


Capital Public Radio – 11.21.17

DOES A POLITICIAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT DESERVE DUE PROCESS IN COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION?

“We need to be very careful when we decide to remove people from office – or ask them to resign from office – based on allegations,“ says Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson, who studies political ethics and governance. “But I think that when there is a mountain of credible allegations, then it’s entirely fair for the voters to say, I’m not comfortable with this person being my representative.”


The Christian Post – 11.21.17

QUENTIN TARANTINO'S CHARLES MANSON FILM PLOT DETAILS REVEALED; SONY NABS SCRIPT

"If you're going to be evil, you have to be off-the-charts evil, and Charlie Manson was off-the-charts evil," law professor Laurie Levenson said.


CNN International – 11.21.17

TRUMP REMAINS SILENT ON ROY MOORE CANDIDACY by CNN

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson analyzes Trump’s silence on Moore’s candidacy.


Ignatian Solidarity Network – 11.21.17

LOYOLA CENTER FOR JUVENILE LAW & POLICY EARNS $1 MILLION GRANT TO CREATE PROGRAM FOR FOSTER YOUTH

The Center for Juvenile Law & Policy (CJLP) at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles has been awarded a $1 million competitive grant by the Everychild Foundation to develop an innovative program that will train law students in best practices to represent foster youth involved in both dependency and delinquency courts.


CNN Newsroom – 11.21.17

TRUMP JOINS FRAY OF CRITICISM OF FRANKEN

“He has his own issues but that never stopped him before from weighing in on anything, including Senator Al Franken, who as we said is also facing issues. So, he's been very quick to say, ‘I can't believe Senator Al Franken, he was criticizing me, and now look at what is happening with him,’” said Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11.21.17

EVERYCHILD FOUNDATION AWARDS $1 MILLION TO THE CENTER FOR JUVENILE LAW & POLICY AT LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES (also appeared on the Arizona Republic, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and others)

The Everychild Foundation announced today that its 2017 $1 million grant has been awarded to the Center for Juvenile Law & Policy (CJLP) at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. The grant, payable over three years, will help launch the Everychild Integrated Educational and Legal Advocacy Project.


KCRW-FM’s “Press Play with Madeleine Brand” – 11.20.17

WHY DO JUDGES WANT TO KEEP BODY CAM FOOTAGE PRIVATE?

Democratic Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra announced today that he won’t seek re-election next year -- amid new allegations of sexual impropriety. Also, Los Angeles’ body camera policy is under fire after the local CBS station obtained footage potentially showing an officer placing a bag of cocaine on a suspect in a hit-and-run accident.


CNN – 11.20.17

CHARLES MANSON, LEADER OF MURDEROUS ‘60s CULT, DEAD AT 83

Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School who follows high-profile cases, described Manson in 2009 as the worst of the worst, evil incarnate. "If you're going to be evil, you have to be off-the-charts evil, and Charlie Manson was off-the-charts evil," Levenson told CNN.


Patch – 11.18.17

NEWPORT BEACH MAN RECEIVES GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENT

Daniel Selmi, 67, of Newport Beach, has been reappointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2016. Selmi has been a professor of law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles since 1983.


CrimProf Blog – 11.17.17

LEVENSON ON THE POLITICS OF ETHICS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson’s article “The Politics of Ethics” is featured.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 11.17.17

LOYOLA LAW HANDS OUT ALUMNI HONORS

More than 500 alumni, faculty and friends attended the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles 2017 Alumni Grand Reunion at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 9.


CNN International – 11.17.17

ANOTHER ROY MOORE ACCUSER COMES FORWARD

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses new allegations against Roy Moore and the push for him to quit the senate race.


Jewish Journal – 11.16.17

WITH DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS PHILANTHROPY IS NO LONGER LIMITED TO THE UBER-RICH

Citing federal statutes, tax law professor Ellen Aprill of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles wrote in an email, “the donor must cede legal control to the exempt organization sponsoring the fund.”


Associated Press – 11.16.17

CALIFORNIA SHOOTING GUNMAN'S NEIGHBOR LIVED IN FEAR OF HIM  (also featured on CBS News, SFGate,

Poland's slaying underscored the difficulty of enforcing restraining orders when suspects ignore them, Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said..."Law enforcement often doesn't realize it has a problem until it's too late," Levenson said.


The Observer – 11.16.17

LECTURE FOCUSES ON RACISM, SYSTEMATIC OPPRESSION

In reality, voter fraud is an incredibly rare occurrence, according to a study conducted by Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Associated Press– 11.15.17

POLICE KNEW 'MADMAN' HAD ILLEGAL GUNS BEFORE KILLING RAMPAGE  (also featured on Express India and St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor, said police officers don't need to be eyewitnesses to take action when a person is suspected of violating a restraining order..."You can have probable cause even if officers don't see a gun or hear shots," she said. "They do not have to see the suspect with the weapon if all the circumstantial evidence indicates that he is violating the orders."


Huffington Post – 11.15.17

AFTER MONTHS OF SILENCE, A BLIP OF ACTIVITY FROM TRUMP’S VOTER FRAUD PANEL

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s civil rights division during the Obama administration, said he could understand Adams wanting to follow up on any credible information about voter fraud… “It’s a little bit like my saying, ‘I know that somebody committed a crime, somewhere, on the Eastern Seaboard, and boy, it’s a real shame that police haven’t followed up.’ That’s not a useful crime tip,” Levitt told HuffPost.


KQED-FM – 11.14.17

POLITICAL PRESSURE LEADS TO CHANGES IN LEGISLATIVE HARASSMENT POLICY IN THE CALIFORNIA SENATE

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses changes in how California investigates sexual harassment charges following allegations against Los Angeles Senator Tony Mendoza.


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”