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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:

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Laurie Levenson “Mistrial Declared in Case of Officer Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death” New York Times That the judge called a mistrial after only 16 hours of deliberations should not raise any eyebrows, said Laurie Levenson, an expert in criminal law and judicial ethics at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “The judge has to be careful — if he pushes the jury too hard, there may be grounds for an appeal down the road,” she said.
Ellen Aprill “Aprill: Reflections on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative” TaxProf Blog Prof. Ellen Aprill shares thoughts on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in an op-ed.
The choice that Chan and Zuckerberg made, establishing an LLC, offers them a number of advantages. While the LLC has no impact for federal tax purposes, it does exist under state law and offers liability protection. It can facilitate venture capital investment. As an entity, it can have a web page, issue press releases, and, as the past week has demonstrated, garner enormous publicity. It can disclose as much or as little as it likes. It can take actions to advance social welfare activities that do not meet the tax definition of charitable activities. It can lobby for legislative changes and support political candidates. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has stated that it expects to do all of these. We will have to wait and see what choices the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in fact makes.
Joe Longo ’90 “Longtime Civil Rights Lawyer's Most Recent Cause? Pete Rose” Daily Journal Joe Longo ’90, a sports law professor at Loyola Law School, said Rosenbaum's best legal strategy is simply, "to figure out a way to eliminate Mr. Rose's gambling" and petition Manfred again in one year or two.
Justin Levitt “David Rosman: Controlling the Vote with Voter ID Requirement” Columbia Missourian According to Washington Post guest columnist Justin Levitt, a professor at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, there have been 31 cases of actual voter fraud U.S. wide between 2000 and 2014. To give you a feel of the insignificance of voter fraud, in November 2012 an estimated 126 million voters in the general election cast their ballots.
Kathleen Kim “LAPD found no bias in all 1,356 complaints filed against officers" Los Angeles Times Professor Kathleen Kim, another commissioner, told The Times that because it was so difficult to prove accusations of racial profiling, she'd like to find a way to reduce the number of complaints to “diminish feelings of racial profiling in the community in a really meaningful way.”
Bryan Hull “Here’s a contractual mistake that had eerie consequences” Times - Standard We ran our reader’s story by Los Angeles based, Contracts Law professor Bryan Hull of Loyola Law School and Hanford, California attorney Ron Jones for their analysis. While lawyers often reach opposite—and legally valid findings with identical facts — both reached the same conclusion.
“A case like this gives new meaning to cold, hard cash!” Hull stated with a broad smile, adding, “Valid, legally enforceable contracts require mutual consent, and this freezer case is a classic example of mutual mistake.
Laurie Levenson “Bay Area athlete, 15, charged with felony over broken nose” SF Gate But Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said an incident that merits criminal charges “has to go way beyond unsportsmanlike conduct. We wouldn’t want to have the criminal justice system handling all these cases. It wouldn’t have time to do anything else.”
Kimberly West-Faulcon “The Story Behind Justice Scalia's 'Slower-Track' Remarks” HuffPost Black Voices Professor Kimberly West-Faulcon critiques U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s reliance on mismatch theory in his line of questioning during oral arguments last week in Fisher v. Univ. of Texas at Austin, a case challenging race as a factor in public university admissions.
As a legal scholar who has written about the untenable presumptions underlying the hypothesis of "minority mismatch," I have found this week's public outcry against the theory to be refreshingly direct. Unlike academic critics of mismatch who apply murky legal tests to analyze this theory, Americans have quickly applied a simpler test to the "mismatch hypothesis"--if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. They have concluded that the mismatch hypothesis is an old and essentially racist idea that cannot be proved or disproved because it depends on many variables that could never be measured with scientific certainty.
Maureen Johnson “High Court's DirecTV Ruling Shows No Leeway On Arbitration” Law 360 “They’ve sent the message that there’s no way to get around this other than Congress acting," said Maureen Johnson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “This definitely sends the message ‘If you want change, talk to Congress, not to us.’”
Cesare Romano “Loyola Law School Files Case for Democracy with U.N. Human Rights Body” USA Law Journal “With this communication, one of the few ever being brought before an international adjudicative body on this subject, we are trying to change the way in which states conceptualize and regulate popular initiatives, both in Italy and around the world,” said Professor Cesare P.R. Romano, director of the IHRC. “The implications for the way citizens may participate in direct democracy are significant.”
Laurie Levenson “San Bernardino Shooting: Where is Rifle Provider? Expert Offers Theories” Riverside Press-Enterprise There are a range of possibilities for authorities to manage someone like Marquez, whose status in the case has not been described, said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles and a former federal prosecutor.
Not Applicable “Newsmakers 2015: CFA Turns 20" California Apparel News In February, [Ilse] Metchek discussed human-resources issues at a meeting of Fashion Industry Human Resource Association (FIHRA), and in July she spoke at Loyola Law School’s second annual Fashion Law Summer Intensive Program. Throughout the year, there were meetings with delegations and trade representatives from Hong Kong, Italy, Peru, Chile, Nepal and Belgium as well as a presentation with representatives from the online sourcing platform Alibaba.
Cesare Romano “Renzi a Giudizio All'Onu Per Diritti Politici Violati” (Renzi to be Judged by U.N. on Political Rights Violations) Il Fatto Quotidiano Questa denuncia, appunto accolta dall'Onu con tanto di rinvio agiudizio dell'Italia, è stata scritta e sottoposta al vaglio delle Nazioni Unite, dalla Clinica dei diritti umani della Loyola Law School di Los Angeles diretta da Cesare Romano, docente di diritto internazionale. (Translation via Google: This complaint, in fact welcomed by the UN with a lot of trial in Italy, was written and submitted to the scrutiny of the United Nations, the International Human Rights Clinic at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles directed by Cesare Romano, professor of international law.)
Not Applicable “Loyola’s Immigrant Justice Clinic Gets Major Grant” California Department of Social Services Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ Immigrant Justice Clinic receives a grant for over $200,000 from the California Department of Social Services to continue advancing the rights of the immigrant population in East Los Angeles through direct legal services, education and community empowerment.
Jennifer Rothman “Loyola Law School Prof. Rothman Earns Accolades for New Right of Publicity Website” Black Referer [Excerpt]
“The right of publicity is a hodgepodge of widely different state laws. Differences range from whether rights survive death to whether the cause of action is limited to uses in advertising to whether only people with commercially valuable identities can bring suit,” said Professor Jennifer Rothman. “Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity provides something I’ve long wanted myself -- a 21st century interactive map with a breakdown of the key components and controversies that surround each state’s right of publicity laws. My commentary provides a deeper dive that allows scholars, practitioners, journalists and students to better understand and contextualize the law. I also wanted a place where I could bring together breaking news about the right and share my take on the issues. ”
Laurie Levenson “Here’s What Happened to the Third San Bernardino Shooting Suspect” San Bernardino County Sun Laurie Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School, and a former federal prosecutor, isn’t surprised that some members of the public are confused on the issue.
“I’m not surprised at all. In a matter of this gravity, you would expect people to want nearly every question answered,” she said. “I’m not sure they’ll ever get that, but there’s so much fear, so much suspicion, that saying ‘we don’t know, we won’t know,’ won’t be a satisfactory answer.”
Kimberly West-Faulcon “Supreme Court Torn Over Texas Affirmative Action Program” KABC-TV Professor Kimberly West-Faulcon assesses the oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging race as a factor in public university admissions. She evaluates comments made by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
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“UT’s position with respect to the law is: ‘We’re a university. We have the discretion and the insights that the rest of you don’t have about who is qualified to go to our university.’”
Kimberly West-Faulcon “ Why Abigail Fisher’s Lawsuit is a Modern Day Trojan Horse” The Grio Professor Kimberly West-Faulcon’s op-ed forecasts the potentially devastating repercussions of of the Supreme Court’s pending opinion in Fisher v. Texas, which attorneys argued before the court today. The case examines the constitutionality of race as a factor in public university admissions.
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Unbeknownst to many Americans, there has been a multi-decade effort, similar to the effort to overturn Roe v. Wade, to reverse various modern American civil rights laws—in particular, laws relied upon by people of color and women to challenge unconscious and subtle discrimination in employment.
Cesare Romano “Transitional Justice and Judicial Activism Symposium: International Courts and Tribunals Should Have Discretionary Review” Opinio Juris Professor Cesare Romano’s blog post discusses penalties for FARC members.
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However, as Ruti Teitel’s article “Transitional Justice and Judicial Activism: A Right to Accountability?” details, international law has changed since then. Starting from the mid-1990s, the imperative of accountability has moved to the front and center, displacing time-honored transitional justice processes including lustration, exile and the many hard-bargains peoples have made throughout history to turn the page on traumatic events and move on. Nowadays, blanket amnesties that grant impunity for international crimes are, at best, frowned upon, and are even arguably prohibited by international law. Moreover, the range of crimes that cannot be pardoned or amnestied is growing by the day, going beyond jus cogens.
Stan Goldman “Trump’s Immigration Proposal Draws Scrutiny” KCBS-TV Professor Stan Goldman discusses the legality of Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country with KCBS-TV news anchors Paul Magers and Elsa Ramon.
Ted Seto “Comments on Definition of Terms Relating to Marital Status" ABA Section of Taxation Professor Ted Seto made substantive contributions regarding the definition of terms related to marital status in the Internal Revenue Code following Obergefell in the ABA Section of Taxation has submitted to the IRS.
Kevin Lapp “Peter Tilden Show” KABC-AM Professor Kevin Lapp assesses the legal issues surrounding Donald Trump’s proposed immigration plan to limit Muslims entering the U.S.
Kimberly West-Faulcon "A Lot at Stake' as UT Admissions Case Returns to High Court” Houston Chronicle "It doesn't bode well because the next sets of cases won't just be about higher education admissions, they're going to be about civil rights statutes," said Kimberly West-Faulcon, the James P. Bradley Chair in Constitutional Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a nationally recognized expert on reverse discrimination claims.
Michael Waterstone “Steve Sarkisian Sues USC, Alleging Discrimination and Breach of Contract” Los Angeles Times Michael Waterstone, a professor who specializes in disability law at Loyola Law School, believes Sarkisian faces an uphill battle to prove his case.
"The law is pretty clear that if someone is currently abusing drugs or alcohol in the workplace, it makes it very, very hard for them to take advantage of the laws that protect disability," Waterstone said.
Michael Waterstone “Inside USC with Scott Wolf: Sarkisian Legal View" Inside SoCal Here’s what Loyola Law School professor Michael Waterstone says about Steve Sarkisian’s lawsuit. “The lawsuit by Steve Sarkisian against USC is an uphill battle. Although employers may have an obligation to reasonably accommodate employees who volunteer to enter an alcohol treatment program, the law is clear that employees who are currently abusing alcohol in the workplace are not covered under the laws protecting discrimination on the basis of disability. But the lawsuit raises some intriguing questions about how much USC knew and when they knew it, as well as their obligations to pay Sarkisian the balance of the money he would otherwise be owed under the contract.”
Jessica Levinson “Torture Becoming Key Issue in Presidential Campaign” San Francisco Chronicle When people feel scared and threatened, as they do after the attacks in Paris, they’re less worried about civil liberties and more worried about staying safe and alive,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who specializes in elections and government ethics. “If people are told, ‘This will keep you safe,’ it’s very difficult to say no.”
Aaron H. Caplan “Anti-abortion Clinics Challenge New Law in State Court” The Daily Journal The California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency, or FACT Act, requires licensed covered health care facilities inform patients about the state's publicly-funded family planning services... Because there are plenty of cases in which the Supreme Court has said it is acceptable for a state to require an abortion facility to provide accurate information, the same rule may apply here, said Aaron H. Caplan, a former ACLU attorney and a Loyola Law School constitutional law professor.
Jessica Levinson “Court to Decide Principle of One Person, One Vote” Sacramento Bee Professor Jessica Levinson’s op-ed assesses the partisan implications of an upcoming Supreme Court redistricting case.
Currently states draw district lines based on total population, not total voters. I’ve glossed over distinctions between actual voters and eligible voters, but the fact remains that if the arguments by the plaintiffs carry the day, there will be more Republican districts and power will shift, rather dramatically in many cases, toward rural and Republican voters.
Jessica Levinson “Politico California Playbook” Politico Professor Jessica Levinson’s Sacramento Bee op-ed, “Court to Decide Principle of One Person, One Vote,” is described as a "must read."
Justin Levitt “Voter ID Laws Unnecessary” The Huntington News Forcing voters to present their IDs when coming to vote is only an effective barrier against individuals trying to pose as someone else. If someone were actually trying to rig an election, this would be an extremely inefficient way to do it – and it almost never happens. Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, found that between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 credible instances of this type of voter fraud out of over 1 billion ballots.
Jessica Levinson “PAC Shielded $2.3 Million in Donations by LA Charter School Backers” Los Angeles Times Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have presumed that voters would have full knowledge of who was contributing to campaigns when it struck down many limits on the amount of donations, said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor who specializes in election law and heads the L.A. City Ethics Commission.
Justin Levitt “Getting a Photo ID Isn't that Simple for Many” Times-News I hear urban legends of deceased individuals voting and of individuals voting in cities hundreds of miles apart. Research does not show voting abuse to be significant. Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, reported in the Washington Post Aug. 6, 2014, that a comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation between 2000 and 2014 found 31 credible incidents out of 1 billion ballots cast.
George Fatheree “West Coast's Fifty Under 40” Globest Adjunct professor George Fatheree ‘07 listed for his representations of charter schools in leasing and facilities development transactions, advising school districts on education reform issues, disability rights advocacy and work securing reparations for survivors of the Holocaust.
Jessica Levinson “Leader of Legislature's Moderate Democrats Will Resign to Seek Government Relations Job” Los Angeles Times “In some ways the revolving door provisions are somewhat symbolic,” said Jessica Levinson, professor of election law at Loyola University in Los Angeles and an expert on political ethics.
Jessica Levinson “Gavin Newsom Talks His Three Big Issues For 2016” KQED-FM Jessica Levinson, a law professor who studies campaign and ethics issues at Loyola Marymount University, said it’s all part and parcel of the Gavin Newsom playbook: Play to a liberal base, get ahead on issues that are controversial now but will likely be more broadly embraced in a couple years and also, yes, focus on more mainstream issues like the economy while you are at it.
Theodore P. Seto & Laurie Levenson “Legal Educators Fret About Negative Impact of Declining Bar Passage Rates" The Daily Journal "I worry that people who could be good lawyers, and would be creative and innovative,
will be discouraged from applying to this profession," said Loyola Law School Professor Laurie L. Levenson. "It seems like too much of a throw of the dice." Loyola Law School Professor Theodore P. Seto said he does not see the bar passage rates turning around right away, but he is optimistic about the not too distant future. He anticipates the change will come as a result of the demand for attorneys increasing as fewer attorneys flood the market. "I'm expecting the demand for law school to go up, resulting in a higher quality of student applying and ultimately a higher passage rate," Seto said.
Jessica Levinson “Money, Clout at Stake for Teachers Group” Orange County Register A ruling against CTA at the U.S. Supreme Court could weaken all public employee unions because many workers will stop paying dues, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. That would strike a significant blow to CTA, said Jessica Levinson, a professor of political law at Loyola Law School.“The thing that makes unions powerful is the vast sums of money they can use to exert political influence,” Levinson said, so any reduction in funds “is going to be a loss to their power.”
Alexandra Natapoff “Natapoff on Negotiating Accuracy” CrimProf Blog Alexandra Natapoff (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles) has posted Negotiating Accuracy: DNA in the Age of Plea Bargaining (Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent (ed., Daniel Medwed), Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming) on SSRN.
Adam Zimmerman “Lawyers’ Class-Action Payouts Face Court Challenge” Wall Street Journal Courts have also long grappled with the fairest way to pay class-action attorneys. The percentage and hourly methods have “always been two different and warring approaches,” said Adam Zimmerman, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Laurie Levenson “Poland Won't Extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S., Ending Four-Decade Legal Saga” Los Angeles Times “Polanski will have one type of legacy in Europe and one type of legacy in the U.S.,” said Laurie Levenson, the Loyola professor. “In Europe, he will be portrayed as an unfair victim of the United States criminal justice system, and in the United States he will be portrayed as someone who has committed a terrible crime and never really faced the music.”
Katherine Trisolini “Q&A: New York Probe of Exxon a New Front in Climate Fight” Reuters Until now many of the legal battles over climate change have focused on strengthening regulations and government oversight, not on punishing prior actions by fossil fuel companies, said Katherine Trisolini, an environmental law scholar at Loyola Law School.
Priscilla A Ocen “Ocen on Race and Sexually Exploited Minors” CrimProf Blog Priscilla A Ocen (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles) has posted (E)Racing Childhood: Examining the Racialized Construction of Childhood and Innocence in the Treatment of Sexually Exploited Minors (UCLA Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 6, 2015) on SSRN.
Jessica Levinson “New Watchdog Overseeing ‘Pay to Play’ Politics in San Francisco” KQED-FM Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor who is now the president of the L.A. commission, worked with Pelham years ago.
“She’s no shrinking violet,” Levinson said in an interview. “She’s going to do what she thinks is right. She’ll listen to the stakeholders, the commissioners, members of the reform community and the regulated community. I don’t think she’s going to come in there with a ‘it’s my way or the highway, but I do think she knows how to run an agency.”
Jessica Levinson “National Security Takes Center Stage on the Campaign Trail” War on the Rocks But Democrats aren’t immune, either. Bernie Sanders’ focus limits his appeal in an election that features security issues prominently. Sanders “wants to talk about economic inequality and issues like that,” says Jessica Levinson, a political analyst and law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “But with the debate shifting to foreign policy, that’s not in his wheelhouse.”
Laurie Levenson “Since Ferguson, A Rise In Charges Against Police Officers” NPR "It's not a race," says Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School and a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. "There are good strategic reasons for a prosecutor actually not to bring the charges just because they can bring the charges so quickly," she says.

 

November

Jessica Levinson “Presidential debates’ shift: Terror attacks change game” San Francisco Chronicle Sanders “wants to talk about economic inequality and issues like that,” said Jessica Levinson, a political analyst and law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “But with the debate shifting to foreign policy, that’s not in his wheelhouse.”
Jessica Levinson “SF Ethics Commission Hires Director with Long Experience in LA” San Francisco Chronicle Pelham will be an effective director because she comes from a reform background and understands what the job entails, said Jessica Levinson, president of the Ethics Commission in Los Angeles and a professor at Loyola Law School.
“It’s very rare to get someone who has already done this job in a different jurisdiction and knows how to handle the various stakeholders,” Levinson said. “LeeAnn knows how to run an agency. She is educated on the goals, which are policy proposal and enforcement action. I think she’s going to be really thoughtful about what can be done in the current legal framework.”
Paula Mitchell “California's Dysfunctional Death Penalty Can't Be Fixed” Daily Kos Paula Mitchell, a professor at Loyola Law School, recently published an article, Frivolity and the Death Penalty, demonstrating that the inordinate delay in death penalty cases is in large part caused by the adversarial nature of the system itself where "prosecutors . . . typically do everything within their power to forestall or prevent discovery in post-conviction investigations, which is often what is needed during the appeals process to ensure that everyone has been playing by the rules."
Sean Kennedy “Prosecutor’s Memory Lapse Yields Habeas Relief” The Daily Journal As Sean Kennedy, a Loyola Law School professor, noted, the case involved a "reconstruction hearing," which are a consequence of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling back in 2005 that California was misinterpreting the prima facie standard under Batson to require too high a showing of discrimination.
Laurie Levenson “Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations” KCRW-FM’s “Press Play,” Professor Laurie Levenson discusses protesters demanding that California eliminate the 10-year limit on prosecutions of sexual assault cases.
Justin Levitt Immigrant Arrested for Repeatedly Committing Voter Fraud to Skew U.S. Elections, While Corrupt Democrats Claim Voter Fraud Never Happens Natural News [A]ccording to an August 2014 Washington Post story by Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and an expert in constitutional law and the law of democracy, the incidents of voter fraud are so rare as to be nearly immeasurable; he conducted a study that supposedly only found 31 instances of voter fraud out of 1 billion votes cast.
Jessica Levinson “San Jose Mayor Hides Calls with His ‘Kitchen Cabinet" San Jose Mercury News "If they are discussing city business," said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, "the people have a right to know."
Not Applicable “Loyola Law School to Host Symposium on Corporate Rights and Political Spending” Election Law Blog Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Free Speech for People will host the symposium “Corporations, the Constitution, and Democracy” featuring a slate of prominent corporate, constitutional and election-law scholars and a keynote address by the Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr., chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 from 12-4:30 p.m. on Loyola’s downtown LA campus.
Jessica Levinson “Inside California Lawmakers’ Paid Trips to Maui” Sacramento Bee It may not make much of a difference to voters, who see moneyed interests able to buy a different seat at the table than they get, Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson said.
“It strains common sense to think that a special interest would fund a lawmaker’s trip to Hawaii and the lawmaker wouldn’t feel some modicum of gratitude,” said Levinson, who is president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.
Jessica Levinson “Money and Clout on the Line for Teachers Union in 2016” CalMatters A ruling against CTA at the U.S. Supreme Court could weaken all public employee unions because many workers will stop paying dues, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. That would strike a significant blow to CTA, said Jessica Levinson, a professor of political law at Loyola Law School.
Not Applicable “2015 Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations” Nonprofit Law Blog Loyola Law School is holding its 19th-Annual Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations (WCTEO) in Los Angeles on November 19 and 20. This is one of the country’s premier conferences on tax-exempt organizations and one of my must-attend events as an attorney for nonprofits. I had the honor of speaking at the WCTEO a couple of years ago and have another opportunity this Friday.
Jessica Levinson “ Inside California lawmakers’ paid trips to Maui” Sacramento Bee It may not make much of a difference to voters, who see moneyed interests able to buy a different seat at the table than they get, Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson said.
“It strains common sense to think that a special interest would fund a lawmaker’s trip to Hawaii and the lawmaker wouldn’t feel some modicum of gratitude,” said Levinson, who is president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.
Jessica Levinson “Money and clout on the line for teachers union in 2016” CalMatters A ruling against CTA at the U.S. Supreme Court could weaken all public employee unions because many workers will stop paying dues, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. That would strike a significant blow to CTA, said Jessica Levinson, a professor of political law at Loyola Law School.
Not Applicable “9 2015 TNT 225-9 Post-Determination Review of EO Short-Form Approvals Coming" Tax Notes Today The agency will randomly select the organizations subject to the correspondence examinations, Lough said Nov. 19 in Los Angeles at the annual Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations, presented by Loyola Law School. The examinations will be done to evaluate the effectiveness of the Form 1023-EZ, "Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code," and to determine whether organizations using it are operating as they said they would, she said.
Not Applicable “Loyola LA Adds Cybersecurity LLM and MLS” The National Jurist Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is launching a range of degree programs in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law. The programs, the first of their kind on the West Coast, will draw on the law school’s strengths in intellectual property, digital privacy and cybercrime. They will be available to students pursuing a degree from the school’s multiple programs: Master of Science in Legal Studies (MLS) and Master of Laws (LLM) students will pursue it as a specialization, and Juris Doctor students will pursue it as a concentration.
Michael Guttentag “Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation” SEC Professor Michael Guttentag speaks before the SEC on Post JOBS Act implementation.
Laurie Levenson “When Prisoners Email Their Lawyers, It's Often Not Confidential” NPR "We have chosen the least efficient way to actually run the criminal justice system," says Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "We're operating in the same manner we did half a century ago: come on in and see your client."
Alexandra Natapoff “Former Prosecutors Seek Federal Probe of OC Justice System Over Use of Jailhouse Informants” Orange County Register Professor Alexandra Natapoff and over three dozen legal experts and ex-prosecutors on called for a federal investigation into allegations that Orange County prosecutors and sheriff’s officials improperly used jailhouse informants and withheld evidence from defense attorneys.
Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein “What is Our Responsibility as Jews Toward Syrian Refugees?” Moment Magazine Adjunct Professor Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein opines on the treatment of refugees. After three generations post-Holocaust of asking our children rhetorically, “Where was the world when the nations shut their doors in our faces?” we certainly have a responsibility. Not to own up to it would be somewhere between irresponsible and hypocritical. That said, there’s nothing wrong with discharging responsibility responsibly.
Aaron H. Caplan “Can a Utah Ski Resort Leasing Public Land Ban Snowboarders?” CBS This Morning "This equal protection argument doesn't have a snowball's chance. The equal protection clause is concerned about laws that treat people differently based on who they are. And it's OK in most cases for the government to treat people differently based on what they do," said Aaron H. Caplan of Los Angeles' Loyola Law School.
Sean Kennedy “The Jesuit Call to Represent the ‘Whole Child" AJCU Professor Sean Kennedy, Kaplan & Feldman Executive Director of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, places the work of the CJLP in the context of the Jesuit tradition in the op-ed, “The Jesuit Call to Represent the Whole Child.” A mother contacted Loyola Law School’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy for help. Her two teenage sons, who both suffer from autism, had just been expelled from their special-education program because they were frequently absent and had “behavior problems” in school. The mother explained that the family had become homeless, which made the boys especially anxious and caused difficulties getting them to school. The Center successfully litigated the brothers’ case against the school district, and they were readmitted to the program with specialized services to address their disabilities.
Jessica Levinson “Suppression of Public participation or greater efficiency? Inglewood makes council meetings earlier” Los Angeles Times Jessica Levinson, a clinical law professor at Loyola Law School who serves on the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, said Inglewood is not an outlier. In California, several city councils, including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, convene in the mornings and early afternoon. “What strikes me as unusual is that they are moving from a time that was preferable for people who might have trouble getting there in the middle of the day to a less convenient time,” she said.
Laurie Levenson “Officer Involved: Why this LA Officer was Criminally Charged with Shooting a Civilian” KPCC-FM Laurie Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School, said prosecutors face a high level of proof that officers are guilty of a crime while on duty. “In the case against police officers, it’s also weighing heavily on jurors minds — are we really going to put a police officer in prison and say that they were a criminal?” Levenson said.
Brietta Clark “TWIHL.com Top 10 This Week Headed by @LoyolaLawSchool Brietta Clark” This Week in Health Law Dean Brietta Clark’s interview with This Week in Health Law is their most downloaded episode.
Not Applicable “Loyola Law School, Los Angeles to Offer an LLM in Cybersecurity” LLM Guide Loyola Law School in Los Angeles has announced the launch of a new LL.M. specialization in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law.
Sean Scott “School Locks In on Offering Cybersecurity Degrees” LA Business Journal While data breaches have become commonplace -- almost a cost of doing business today -- the legal industry has struggled to meet the increasing demands for lawyers trained on cybersecurity matters. Downtown L.A.’s Loyola Law School, however, has plans to launch three cybersecurity degree programs next year to help fill that void. “I hear about companies just scrambling, trying to piece together all their various regulations and some law firms panicking when the client would call and say they’ve had a breach,” said Sean Scott, the school’s senior associate dean who created the program.
Jennifer Rothman “Rothman's Roadmap to the Right of Publicity” PrawfsBlawg In any case, the right of publicity grew out of the "right of privacy," something like a mirror images. It is a state law right, which can be based on statute, common law, or both, and can vary dramatically from state. As a consequence, it can be frustratingly difficult to determine which state's right of publicity law to apply, and even what the right of publicity law of many states actually provides. Thankfully, Professor Jennifer E. Rothman of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles has created Rothman's Roadmap to the Right of Publicity, an exceptionally useful (and well-designed!) website that provides accessible and detailed information about the right of publicity laws of all 50 states, as well as helpful information about the right of publicity in general. Whatever you think of the right of publicity on the merits, at least it’s now at least a little easier to figure out what it actually provides.
Brietta R. Clark “The Week in Health Law Podcast” Bill of Health at Harvard Law This week we welcomed back Brietta R. Clark, Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Brie is an expert on health care law and inequality. Her research focuses on the structural defects and biases that create inequity in our health care delivery and financing systems, and the role that law and government regulators play in ensuring equitable access to health care resources.
Michael Guttentag “New York AG Mulls Widening Effect from Peabody Climate Settlement” Reuters “There is this horrible mismatch between what companies know about their own businesses and what they tell investors in mandatory public filings. That isn’t okay,” said Michael Guttentag, a law professor at Loyola Law School.
Priscilla Ocen “Obstacles Facing Black Girls Topic of UVA Panel” Richmond Times-Dispatch “Black girls are rendered invisible in the broader school-to-prison pipeline conversations, despite a profound racial and gendered impact of zero-tolerance policies,” said Priscilla Ocen, an associate professor of law at Loyola Law School and one of the co-authors of the “Black Girls Matter” report.
Alexandra Natapoff “Land of the Free? Innocent Black Men Are Funneled into Prison Through ‘Quality-of-Life’ Crimes, Tortured Confessions” Atlanta Black Star As Alexandra Natapoff, a professor of law and associate dean at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles wrote in the Washington Post, Black men are convicted of minor crimes they did not commit. Under “quality-of- life” or “order maintenance” policing, Black men are sent to jail and convicted on baseless charges such as loitering. When the police officer tells a young Black man to move along and he does not, he is then arrested for loitering. Baltimore is under court-ordered monitoring for this illegal practice and these baseless arrests.
Laurie Levenson “Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to California Death Penalty” Associated Press (via CBS News) "They stay as far away from the merits of this case as they can," (Professor Laurie) Levenson said. "This doesn't answer the question of whether we have a system that violates the Eighth Amendment."
Cesare Romano “Passport to an International Law Career” National Jurist American students typically work domestically after law school. But this puts those who are committed to the field at an advantage, said Professor Cesare Romano, who runs the International Human Rights Clinic at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Kathleen Kim “Why Diversity Matters: Leaders in Diversity” National Jurist Professor Kathleen Kim listed as one of 20 Leaders in Diversity who are making a difference in legal education.
[Excerpt]
Kathleen Kim serves as the supervising professor at Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, which she helped create. Students at the clinic -- the only community-based immigration clinic in Los Angeles -- represent clients in their pursuit of immigration relief. As faculty director for the Immigrant Advocacy concentration, Kim helps students map their pathways to immigration law practice. Inside the classroom, Kim's Human Trafficking Seminar equips students to advocate on behalf of trafficking victims.
Jessica Levinson “Chargers, Playboy’s Playmate Help Enrich Professional Fundraisers” Los Angeles Post-Examiner “It’s particularly offensive that these people aren’t using the money for what people expect,” said Jessica Levinson, an ethics professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. “When you give to a charity, you open your heart and your wallet. It risks giving all charities a bad name.”
Steve Lurie “Is it Time to Rethink the Supreme Court Case that Governs Officers’ Use of Force?" KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk,” Adjunct Professor Steve Lurie, who teaches the Police Practices Seminar, discusses the application of the reasonable person standard derived from Graham v. Connor in assessing police officer conduct.
Jessica Levinson “Tax Records Show Millions Raised For Police Youth Charity Went To Telemarketers” KHTK-TV/CBS 13 Sacramento “Frankly, it’s just a disgusting misuse of the nonprofit forum, because people are in good faith saying ‘I want to help,’” said Jessica Levinson, a law professor and chair of the L.A. Ethics Commission
Alexandra Natapoff “The Cost of ‘Quality of Life’ Policing: Thousands of Young Black Men Coerced to Plead Guilty to Crimes They Didn’t Commit” Washington Post Professor Alexandra Natapoff calls on leaders to change the way that prosecution of low-level offenses disproportionately affects racial minorities in her latest op-ed.
[Excerpt]
At their inaugural debate, the Democratic presidential candidates finally agreed that black lives matter. If they mean it, they should take a stand against a common but overlooked way that our criminal system devalues black lives: convicting African American men of minor crimes that they did not commit.
Laurie Levenson “Kelly Thomas Wrongful Death Civil Trial Begins” KPCC-FM’s “Airtalk,” Professor Laurie Levenson speaks to Airtalk regarding the upcoming wrongful death lawsuit concerning the beating of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police officers.
Justin Levitt “Chris Christie Comes Out Against Democracy” Pacific Standard There's just one big problem: That premise is totally unfounded. In 2014, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt investigated the prevalence of voter fraud for the Brennan Center for Justice to see if there was any truth to those claims of an "epidemic" of electoral deceit. After examining data on "specific, credible allegation[s]" of fraud, Levitt found only 31 instances of actual fraud since 2001. "To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents below come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014," he wrote in the Washington Post. "In general and primary elections alone, more than one billion ballots were cast in that period." That means fraud occurs 0.0000031 percent of the time.
Not Applicable “Loyola, Los Angeles Law Launches Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law programs” Association of American Law Schools The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law programs at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles offer students a slate of classes and experiential-learning opportunities to prepare them for the evolving legal demands presented by emerging technology.
Justin Levitt Republicans Continue the War on Voting Rights" Myrtle Beach Online Amid all this, research continues to show that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent. A recent study by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, for example, found 31 incidents of alleged fraud by voter impersonation out of more than 1 billion votes cast in the United States between 2000 and 2014.
Paula Mitchell “Tuesday Round-Up” SCOTUS Blog Other commentary focuses on last week’s oral arguments in Foster v. Chatman. In a post at casetext, Paula Mitchell argues that the “justices’ questions and comments at Monday’s oral argument made clear that Foster’s case is anything but frivolous,” while J. Amy Dillard contends in another post that a “bogus race-neutral explanation will never become a value-neutral judgment about a prospective juror of color unless this Court sets out a new, meaningful Batson rule.”
Seagull Song “Beijing Film Academy Won “Film Education Legacy Award” Xinhuanet Professor Seagull Song is pictured in conversation with Beijing Film Academy President Hou Guang-Ming during the Sixth U.S.-China Film Summit at LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. [Excerpt - translated]
The Beijing Film Academy delegation visited Loyola Law School, Los Angeles on Nov. 4 and signed a MOU with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) on the same day. Beijing Film Academy is one of the few universities in China that offer entertainment law courses. By signing a MOU with LMU, Beijing Film Academy hopes to take advantage of the reputation and strength that Loyola Law School offers in the field of entertainment law, enhance an exchange of dialogue between two schools, promote the protection of intellectual property rights in the U.S.-China film industry, and finally build an entertainment law center at Beijing Film Academy.
Laurie Levenson, Adam Grant “Champions of Justice” KABC-AM Professor Laurie Levenson and Professor Adam Grant discuss the work of Loyola’s Project for the Innocent on the case of Kash Delano Register with alumnus Tom Girardi on his radio program. Register spent 34 years in prison after being convicted of a murder he did not commit and was released with the help of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ Project for the Innocent.
Justin Levitt “Many States Still Push Voting Restrictions” The Daily Record Amid all this, research continues to show that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent. A recent study by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, for example, found 31 incidents of alleged fraud by voter impersonation out of more than 1 billion votes cast in the United States between 2000 and 2014.
Jessica Levinson “California Governor Ordered State Workers to Research Oil Drilling on Family Land” Fox News Jessica Levinson, a governance expert and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that if state regulators had done that kind of work before for private landowners, they should be able to provide examples.
Laurie Levenson “Inmate Emails Deserve Privacy” The Daily Journal Professor Laurie Levenson advocates for privacy on behalf of defendants and their lawyers in a new op-ed.

[Excerpt]
The pendulum appears to be swinging. For the last 15 years, and particularly at the height of the war on terrorism, the government demanded the right to monitor communications between inmates and their lawyers. In California, as well as elsewhere in the nation, phone conversations by inmates and outside persons were regularly monitored or recorded. Inmates were advised of this policy and, therefore, made calls, including to their legal representatives, at their own risk. In those facilities where inmates had email access, their communications would also be monitored.
Jessica Levinson “Gov. Brown Had State Workers Research Oil on Ranch” Associated Press Jessica Levinson, a governance expert and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that if state regulators had done that kind of work before for private landowners, they should be able to provide examples.
Of Brown's request, Levinson said, "If no other private individual is able to avail himself of this opportunity, and it's clearly just for personal gain instead of public benefit, then it's clearly problematic."
Jessica Levinson “AP Investigation: Gov. Brown had State Workers Research Oil on Ranch,” KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk" [Excerpt]
Professor Jessica Levinson speaks to AirTalk regarding Gov. Jerry Brown direction to state oil and gas regulators to research, map and report back on any mining and oil drilling potential and history at the Brown family's private land in Northern California
Jessica Levinson “Children of Top DA Officials Get Coveted Jobs” Voice of OC Jessica Levinson -- a clinical professor of law at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission – said candidates shouldn’t be disqualified just because their parents are high-ranking officials.

But it did give her pause that, of the handful hired out of a pool of 500, two happened to be children of top DA officials.
Rick Hasen “Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook" Hobnob Blog Professor Rick Hasen’s review of Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook quoted.
Michael Waterstone “Dogs Are Everywhere, But Should They Be?” CBS “If we are talking about restaurants, movie theaters, bowling alleys, places where we all go – service dogs are protected,” says Professor Michael Waterstone at Loyola Law School.
Mary B. Culbert “Mary B. Culbert to Receive SCMA Education Foundation Director’s Award” Southern California Mediation Association Mary B. Culbert will receive the Southern California Mediation Association Education Foundation Directors’ Award for her lifetime of contributions to alternative dispute resolution education.
Jessica Levinson “Twenty California lawmakers are headed to Hawaii resort for conference” Los Angeles Times Those who have criticized the event for its lack of disclosure in the past include Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor and president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.
“Those corporations want to curry favor with elected officials,” Levinson said Tuesday. “They also want to be able to ensure access to and influence over elected officials. It is simply human nature that lawmakers would feel grateful to those who fund their travels.”
Justin Levitt “Republicans continue the war on voting rights” ArcaMax Amid all this, research continues to show that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent. A recent study by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, for example, found 31 incidents of alleged fraud by voter impersonation out of more than 1 billion votes cast in the United States between 2000 and 2014.
Alexandra Natapoff “Snitching, Tig Notaro and Cancer” NHPR Every year, the government makes thousands of deals with criminal offenders in exchange for information. From housing projects to college campuses, these deals are instrumental in investigating and prosecuting crooks. Alexandra Natapoff acknowledges those important law enforcement victories, but is concerned about the largely informal and secretive process of rewarding informants who may be serious criminals themselves.
Kevin Lapp “Top-Ten Recent SSRN Downloads” Crim Prof Blog Kevin Lapp’s article “American Criminal Record Exceptionalism” is ranked No. 6 in the list of top 10 downloads.
Paula Mitchell “Group Mounts Campaign to Speed Up Death Penalty in CA” KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” Paula Mitchell, executive director of the Alarcón Advocacy Center and legal director of Loyola’s Project for the Innocent, discusses the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016, which aims to streamline the process for providing legal representation to those on California’s Death Row.
Justin Levitt “Editorial: Republicans Continue the War on Voting Rights” St. Louis Post-Dispatch Amid all this, research continues to show that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent. A recent study by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, for example, found 31 incidents of alleged fraud by voter impersonation out of more than 1 billion votes cast in the United States between 2000 and 2014.

 

October

Jennifer Rothman “Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity” Washington Post Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity is an excellent new site — just launched Friday — for anyone interested in the right of publicity (the limited right to control the use of one’s name or likeness for commercial purposes). Rothman is Professor Jennifer Rothman (Loyola Law School), one of the nation’s leading experts on the right of publicity. It will be useful to lawyers, academics, law students, public policy advocates and anyone else interested in the subject.
Georgene Vairo “So You've Got a Diesel VW Car. Here's What Happens Next” KPCC-FM’s "You actually don't have to do anything," says [Georgene] Vairo. "The class actions that have been filed already cover everyone in the country who owns a TDI."
Ted Seto “Best Schools for Big Law & Small Law” National Jurist Professor Ted Seto’s study of law school graduate employment outcomes is cited in a report that ranks Loyola Law School, Los Angeles No. 8 on a list of Best Law Schools for Small Law. The issue’s “Guide to LLM Programs” notes Loyola’s LLM Specializations.
Jessica Levinson “California FPPC Proposes Rules Limiting Outside Groups’ Influence On Campaigns” CBS Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson said the state’s proposal might simply push more of the fundraising to candidates and parties.
“California is trying to come out in front of this issue and, frankly, severely restrict the number of IEs that will be considered independent,” Levinson said. “Increasingly it’s a question of how and where do you want the money to flow, not whether it’s going to flow.”
Laurie Levenson “Attorney threatened with sanctions for improper oral argument escapes punishment” The Daily Journal Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson said she was not surprised by the panel's decision that there was no deliberate attempt to leak information to influence the proceeding, nor by its decision to drop the threatened sanctions.
"It was a very strong reaction about what they feared might have been done behind the scenes," Levenson said, and Wilson "was just the one to catch the flak."
Eric Miller & Laurie Levenson “Criminal justice reform bill draws praise, criticism” Daily Journal Even as it promises to reduce mandatory minimum sentencing and the three strikes mandatory life provision for some drug offenders, the bill creates new provisions for mandatory minimums in other areas, and takes pains to draw a line between violent and nonviolent crimes. Those compromises will do little to nothing to significantly reduce mass incarceration, said Eric Miller, a professor at Loyola Law School. "The relationship of guns and other weapons to violence and crime is a complicated one, and it looks like crimes of violence is driving the expansion of the prison populations," Miller said.
Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola Law School and a longtime supporter of the bill, joined in singing the bill's praises. "People who knew what was going on in the criminal justice system have seen the train wreck of mandatory minimum sentencing of drug offenders for a long time," she said. Levenson described it as "fantastic" that the public and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle "woke up and finally realized we can't just throw everybody in prison forever."
Jessica Levinson “California Legislature's ballot power in court test” San Jose Daily News From a legal standpoint, the case boils down to whether California's Byzantine ballot system allows such political maneuvers by the Legislature. But to many observers, including those who want to see the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling wiped away, the practical question is whether the Legislature should be cluttering already-cluttered ballots with advisory questions.
"It's a case of first impression," said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola law professor specializing in election law. "This shouldn't be about whether you like Citizens United. It should be about what the Legislature gets to use the ballot for."
Justin Levitt “No reason to ban ballot selfies, require voters show photo IDs” Bangor Daily News Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, documented every credible allegation of voter impersonation between 2000 and early 2014. His conclusion? Out of the more than 1 billion ballots cast in that period in primary and general elections, there were 31 credible allegations — not even instances of proven fraud — of someone voting under another’s name. That’s less than 0.0000031 percent of the time — and some could have been clerical errors.
Jessica Levinson “Berkeley councilman profited from police chief's public home loan” Contra Costa Times It is obvious that Capitelli "shouldn't have taken" Meehan as a client, said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola University law professor and the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission's president. "His vote ended up financially benefiting him."
Laurie Levenson “LA prosecutors examine Bill Cosby Playboy Mansion Assault Allegation” Los Angeles Times Earlier this year, the district attorney rejected another Cosby case presented by the LAPD because the alleged incident occurred in 1974. Under California law, the legal deadline for prosecuting most rape cases involving an adult victim is 10 years. In most other adult sex-crime cases — including the type Goins is alleging — the statute of limitations is generally six years, according to Laurie Levenson, a Loyola law professor and former prosecutor. That would place Goins’ case outside the time allowed for prosecution.
Justin Levitt “Voter ID: What Oregon Gets Right and Alabama Gets Wrong” AL.com One comprehensive study by Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, looked at 14 years of voter fraud cases in the United States. That study found just 31 credible cases of fraud by impersonation."
To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents ... come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014," Levitt wrote. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period."
Dan Lazaroff “Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ruling That Would Have Paid College Athletes” Los Angeles Times The nature of the O'Bannon decision "does not immunize the amateurism rule from further attack," said Dan Lazaroff, a professor emeritus at Loyola Law School.
With many skeptical about the true degree of amateurism in college sports, the legal system may yet rewrite the rules. "I don't foresee the end of this debate," Lazaroff said. "It's not over by a longshot."
Dan Lazaroff “NCAA Appeal Ruling Yields Uncertain Future” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wednesday’s ruling was such a “mixed bag,” according to Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, professor Dan Lazaroff, that both sides of the argument could find reasons to feel as if they prevailed. Within the 78-page opinion, amateurism as a concept was upheld as a legitimate business justification for the NCAA’s restrictions but also was said to not make the NCAA immune from further antitrust inquiry in upcoming litigation.“
The case perpetuates the notion that they are amateurs and rules that preserve that alleged amateur status are valid,” Mr. Lazaroff said, “which is contrary to what some of us think the characterization should be going forward.”
Dan Lazaroff “No Clear Winner” Inside Higher Ed. “Each side is going to claim some victory here, and each side is going to recognize that they didn’t get everything they wanted,” said Daniel Lazaroff, former director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute and a professor emeritus at Loyola Law School. “The ruling certainly doesn’t endorse the idea that these players are not students first and that they generate a lot of money. It takes the position that amateurism is legitimate. It recognizes that this is a commercial activity, but the focus is on how that activity functions in the context of the athletes still being students.”
Dan Lazaroff “Landmark Win for Student-Athletes Against NCAA Leaves the Future Uncertain” The Daily Journal Daniel Lazaroff, a professor emeritus at Loyola Law School, said the plaintiffs did not gain much in the panel decision because NCAA colleges already offer full scholarships to many student-athletes. "How can the principal elements of a multimillion dollar enterprise (i.e., the players) be
considered amateurs?" [Lazaroff] asked in an email.
Alexandra Natapoff “Freeing the Innocent: DNA Testing’s First 25 Years” The Crime Report Alexandra Natapoff of Loyola contended at the conference that plea bargaining should be firmly placed on the list of factors that produce wrongful convictions. Plea bargaining is not just a process through which the innocent are convicted, but a cause in and of itself. Differential sentencing is a huge part of the problem. Defendants faced with a plea offer typically experience a perilous choice: take a lenient sentence upfront or risk a much more severe sentence if found guilty at trial.

September

Dan Lazaroff "Court Strikes Down Payments to College Athletes"   Professor Emeritus Dan Lazaroff’s law review article, “The NCAA in Its Second Century: Defender of Amateurism or Antitrust Recidivist?” from the Oregon Law Review is cited in today’s opinion in O’Bannon v. NCAA by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
[Excerpt from opinion]
The NCAA began to strengthen its enforcement capabilities in 1948, when it adopted what became known as the “Sanity Code”—a set of rules that prohibited schools from giving athletes financial aid that was based on athletic ability and not available to ordinary students. See Daniel E. Lazaroff, The NCAA in Its Second Century: Defender of Amateurism or Antitrust Recidivist?, 86 Or. L. Rev. 329, 333 (2007). The Sanity Code also created a new “compliance mechanism” to enforce the NCAA’s rules—“a Compliance Committee that could terminate an institution’s NCAA membership.” Id
Alexandra Natapoff “The Murky World of FBI Informants” NPR’s “On Point” Professor Alexandra Natapoff discusses the world of FBI informants, brought to the light of the mainstream public with the Whitey Bulger movie “Black Mass,” with NPR’s “On Point.”
Jessica Levinson “Moderate Assembly Democrats Emerge as Powerful Pro-Business Force” Monterey Herald [Excerpt]
"Sophisticated, well-funded special interests are playing a long game," said Jessica Levinson, a campaign finance expert and Loyola Law School professor. "It makes a lot of sense to invest early in people who are attuned to your needs and are in position to vote your way when the time comes."
Alexandra Natapoff “Use of Snitch Backfires on Walton Co. Drug Investigators” Atlanta Journal-Constitution [Excerpt]
Loyola Law School professor Alexandra Natapoff, who writes a blog on Snitching.org, said the use of a confidential informant in the Jones case is another example of a "black market, off-the-record way of running the criminal justice system" that gets almost no scrutiny.
Jessica Levinson “Clinton’s Ironic Call for Campaign Finance Reform” Sacramento Bee Professor Jessica Levinson’s op-ed attempts to reconcile the Citizens United campaign finance decision with the words and deeds of Hillary Clinton.
[Excerpt]
Hillary Clinton, who has raised almost $47 million for her presidential campaign, has set her sights on reducing the influence of money in politics, with a special focus on limiting the impact of the Supreme Court’s now-infamous Citizens United decision. Clinton does not like Citizens United, but she also likely loathes the group behind the decision. Citizens United is, after all, actually all about Clinton.
Lauren Willis “Leaving Room to Practice What We Preach: Bridging the Financial Literacy Gap” Virginia Business While there are many issues in the world we live in that seem to divide us, I have always thought education could never be counted as among these. Sure, we might have disagreements about education policy, but it seems hard to believe that anyone would truly be against more education programs. So imagine my surprise when I recently came across a research paper in the Iowa Law Review entitled “Against Financial Literacy Education,” written by Loyola Law School Los Angeles law professor Lauren Willis in 2008.
Jessica Levinson “Capitol Gains: S.C. Politicians Use Office to Pad Pockets” Center for Public Integrity Even when legal, some expenses still might not be appropriate, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School who specializes in campaign finance.
“The line should be drawn a bit more stringently to really say these are funds that were given to allow you, legislator, to get your message out to obtain voters, and these aren’t funds that were given out so that you could obtain personal perks,” said Levinson, also president of Los Angeles’ Ethics Commission. “A lot of what we’re seeing here looks more like personal perks than bona fide governmental or legislative purposes.”
Justin Levitt “The Fundamental Basis of Democracy” Dayton Daily News The justification usually offered for stricter voter ID laws is to prevent fraud. Yet in its 2014 sweeping report to Congress, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found very little evidence of fraud in the numerous studies reviewed. Indeed, the most extensive effort to identify in-person voter fraud ever conducted byJustin Levitt found just 31 instances of fraud in over a billion votes cast. It’s no surprise then that many have called the claims of alleged fraud “fraudulent,” yet conservative state legislatures keep ratcheting up the voting restrictions. Now, Texas has been slapped hard on the wrist for doing so. The ruling may seem confusing since it was only two years ago that the Supreme Court effectively gutted much of the VRA by striking down Section 4. That section contained the formula for determining which jurisdictions needed to have changes to their election procedures pre-approved by the feds before being implemented.
Emily Robinson “ USA: Solutions for Legal Challenges Facing Asylum Seekers” Jesuit Refugee Services "We are stretched so thin, it's hard to decide: whose case is the strongest," said Emily Robinson [‘12], a clinical attorney and the co-director of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School. The clinic provides free immigration legal services to largely Latino – including Central Americans – migrants on the Eastside of Los Angeles. They partner with Dolores Mission Parish and Homeboy Industries to host weekly community intake sessions, offering consistent access to free immigration legal services to this community. Both partners provide a wide range of invaluable social services to this community.
Jan Costello, Bryan Hull, Laurie Levenson, Samuel Pillsbury, Katie Pratt, Ted Seto, Georgene Vairo and Gary Williams. “The Jurisprudence of Yogi Berra” New York Public Personnel Law The late Yankee baseball player Yogi Berra’s way with words reached all the way to legal academia.

In 1997, a group of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, professors contributed to a law review article The Jurisprudence of Yogi Berra which promised to "examine Yogi's wisdom and demonstrate the parallels between judges' and legislators' comments and what Yogi said - only Yogi said it better."
Jessica Levinson “Ethics Commission to Consider Campaign Donation Restrictions” Beverly Press Ethics Commission president Jessica Levinson, who also teaches election law at Loyola, said the main legal issue with Ryu’s request is language from a recent United States Supreme Court case that could call into question the validity of such bans. Levinson refers to the 2010 “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission” case wherein the court held that it is impermissible under the First Amendment to make restrictions based on the identity of a campaign spender, whether that person be an individual or a non-individual entity. However, a lower court decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2011, in “Thalheimer v. City of San Diego,” upheld the prohibition on political contributions from non-individual entities by citing a 2003 Supreme Court decision.
Ellen P. Aprill “IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on Donee Reporting” Tax Analysts Professor Ellen P. Aprill of Loyola Law School commended the IRS for providing clarification but said legislative changes to the substantiation requirements are needed so that charitable giving is not impeded. A possible change, which she has suggested before, would give donors more time -- within 90 days of an IRS request -- to obtain a written acknowledgment if the donee has refused to provide one despite requests to do so. Other possibilities include acknowledging donations through phone records, placing reminders of the written acknowledgement requirement in tax preparation software, and raising the written acknowledgement threshold from time to time or adjusting it automatically for inflation, she said.
Aaron Caplan “Free Speech May Be Unintentionally Strengthened by Zoe Quinn” Breitbart The case has attracted the attention of prominent UCLA law professor and free speech expert Eugene Volokh, who argues that the gag order was a “clear violation of the first amendment.” Along with Professor Aaron Caplan of Loyola Law School, he has since filed two amicus briefs in support of Gjoni. In his most recent brief, Volokh emphasised that the case was about “whether an American court can issue a prior restraint against a person’s conveying any ‘information’ about another person.”
Gideon Kanner “Money for Nothing” The Daily Journal Professor Emeritus Gideon Kanner assesses in an op-ed the benefits (or lack thereof) of an interest rate shift for those would be affected by it most: the American people.
[Excerpt]
In this article, I depart from my usual topics of eminent domain and land use to take a look at another topic that is worthy of your attention, namely, what has been happening, or more accurately, not happening to interest rates. For the umpteenth time, the Fed announced last week that it is leaving interest rates alone and leaving them at nearly 0 percent as far as the banks are concerned. What a deal if you are a banker!
Justin Levitt “Lou Cannon: Voter ID Controversies Cloud 2016 Elections” Noozhawk According to testimony in the North Carolina lawsuit, there have been just four cases of voter impersonation in the state in the last 15 years. A 2014 study by Loyola Law School [Professor Justin Levitt] in Los Angeles found only 31 instances of voter impersonation among the approximately 1 billion ballots cast in all U.S. elections since 2000.
Michael E. Waterstone & Georgene Vairo “Law Profs Say 9th Circ. Wrongly Tossed Guitar Antitrust Row” Law 360 "In our view, the panel dissent correctly points out that the majority departs from these bedrock principles and misapplied the Twombly/Iqbal standard by imposing a heightened standard of review that appears more appropriate for summary judgment than an analysis at the pleading stage," the professors' brief said
Jessica Levinson “New LA Councilman Eyes Ban on Business, Union Donations to Candidates” Los Angeles Times Ethics Commission President Jessica Levinson added there could be legal problems with a ban in the wake of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on political spending by corporations and unions on free speech grounds.
Laurie Levenson “Digging Deeper: Suge Knight’s Potential Involvement in the Death of Tupac Shakur” High Snobiety [M]any found it suspicious when Longo agreed to settle Knight’s assault case with a plea bargain that spared him nine years in state prison. Superior Court Judge John Ouderkirk approved the deal but termed it “rather unusual.” Legal ethics experts at the time said that the circumstances bore the appearance of impropriety. “The appearances are terrible,” said Laurie Levenson.
Laurie Levenson “Bill Cosby's Accusers Tell Their Stories,” ” CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” With regard to the legal concept "Innocent until proven guilty," professor Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles says as far as Cosby is concerned, "he's pretty much been convicted in the court of public opinion. And that's in part because so many women have come forward. And he himself admitted that he gave them the drugs. And the story starts to add up that he probably did that because they weren't consenting, and therefore he should be held responsible for his acts."
Karl Manheim “Federalism vs. Individual Rights in Suit Against Court” The Daily Journal Professor Karl Manheim takes issue with a recent ruling the by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the many renters in Los Angeles County without a clear path to justice should they wish to take an issue to court.
[Excerpt]
Abstention can be a pernicious doctrine, especially in civil rights cases. Its effect is to close the federal courthouse door to claimants challenging constitutional violations by state courts. In theory, such claims should be brought in state courts themselves. While that might work in the original Younger scenario, where an underlying matter was already pending in state court, it doesn't work where the claim is that state courts are functionally closed. Indeed, that very exception was noted in Younger.
Laurie Levenson “Clinton's Email: Unwise, But Likely Not Criminal” The National Law Journal Politics aside, it is difficult to find prior cases where the unwise handling of classified information led to a federal indictment. For the last 20 years, the federal statutes have been used when there were intentional unauthorized disclosures. The Department of Justice appears to have gone after "leakers," but not bunglers. Twenty years ago, John Deutsch found himself in hot water and the target of a DOJ investigation for transferring classified materials to his government-owned computer at home — a computer that he used to access a wide range of Internet searches. He was never charged; President Bill Clinton pardoned Deutsch on his last day as president. It remains to be seen what will happen in Hillary Clinton's case.
Justin Levitt “Voter ID Law Must Be Questioned, Challenged” Del Mar College Foghorn The evidence that the law violated Section 2 was relatively strong, said Justin Levitt, an elections expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, because the racial difference in impact was striking.
Jessica Levinson As CA elex watchdog closes ‘dark money’ loophole, are court challenges likely? KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk Professor Jessica Levinson discusses a move by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission to increase disclosure requirements for political action committees.
Kevin Lapp "The Long Shadow of a Criminal Conviction" The Leader Loyola Law School professor Kevin Lapp recently published an article titled “American Criminal Record Exceptionalism.” He examined the onerous lifelong burden of having a criminal record through the lens of criminal justice scholar James B. Jacobs’s new book “The Eternal Criminal Record.”
Michael Waterstone “Bringing Disability into Constitutional Law Discussions” American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Professor Michael Waterstone’s blog post discusses how disability law should be included in constitutional law discussions.
Jessica Levinson "GOP hopefuls mix it up" Desert Sun “It’s hard to completely ignore what our folks’ desires and legislative agendas are,” said Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. What’s more, “candidates are responsive to donors, and if a big percentage of donors live in California, the candidates are at the very least more aware of the issues facing us.Those who make it long enough to really compete in the June 2016 primary are going to have to “key into what Californians care about,” Levinson said.
Jessica Levinson “California Ballot Measure to Revolutionize Disclosure of Political Money, Albany Times Union "The public has the right to know who is spending money to try to sway their ballot box decisions. If money is speech, voters must know who is speaking to them,"
Jessica Levinson “Bay Area Mega Donors Spend Millions on Republican Presidential Campaigns,” KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk Professor Jessica Levinson discusses a study that found nine of 19 top donors to presidential campaigns derive from the Bay Area.
Jessica Levinson “Dr. Drew Live.” KABC Professor Jessica Levinson discusses women’s rights and the Constitution with KABC.
Simona Grossi “9th Circuit Says State Courts Must be Free to Run Own Operations,” Daily Journal Simona Grossi, professor at Loyola School of Law and co-author of an amicus brief filed in court on behalf of the appellants, said that she had concerns regarding the 9th Circuit's affirmation. "The 9th Circuit here seems to be creating a new abstention doctrine out of O'Shea v.Littleton, which I think is more properly understood as a case about the legitimate scope of equitable relief," Grossi said. "By treating O'Shea as an abstention doctrine case, there is a danger that the doctrine will be applied mechanically rather than tailored to the specifics of the injunction sought."
Alexandra Natapoff DEA Informant Who Helped Defeat Medellín Cartel Sues Feds For Back Pay Huffington Post The DEA is notoriously tight-lipped about its confidential sources and the protocols that guide those partnerships. But Alexandra Natapoff, a professor at Loyola Law School and an expert on informants in the criminal justice system, told The Huffington Post earlier this year that law enforcement agents regularly take advantage of their sources."The whole world of informant use is built on fuzzy ethics, the toleration of hypocrisy, inequitable treatment and often coercion," Natapoff said. "So that is a tricky world to ask people to do the right thing."
Jessica Levinson “GOP debate is a tug-of-war for the Reagan mantle,” San Francisco Chronicle Jessica Levinson, who teaches political ethics at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, says winning the rights to the Reagan legacy isn't even much of a contest. "Who is the the next Ronald Reagan?'' she asks. "None of them. It's like, 'Will the real Slim Shady please stand up,?'" evoking a famed question from rapper Eminem's landmark work.
Jennifer Kowal "Online Services Tax Trend Raises Concerns," Tax Analysts Professor Jennifer Kowal was quoted in a story about emerging proposals for a “cloud tax” that would place a tax on the streaming of media content like online videos and music.
Jessica Levinson “Federal Candidates Seek Ways to Tap State Campaign Stockpiles,” The Fresno Bee If the Fresno Democrat takes that step, he will face a dilemma that has confronted other politicians who have jumped from Sacramento to Capitol Hill: What to do with all that leftover money? “There is a large amount of creativity,” said Loyola Law School professor and election law expert Jessica Levinson. “Creativity does not indicate violation of the law.
Jessica Levinson “Analysis: Gov. Brown Shares Blame for Oil Bill’s Problems,” San Francisco Chronicle "Hopefully, you take the temperature of the Legislature so you don't have egg on your face when a policy dispute plays out on the front page of the newspaper," said Jessica Levinson, a clinical law professor and political commentator at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Jessica Levinson California Lawmakers Just Gutted Brown's Climate Bills. So What? Bloomberg News Brown “will try to use state agencies to reduce greenhouse gases including reducing petroleum,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who focuses on governance and election law. “He largely sees the environment as part of his legacy.”
Laurie Levenson “Book Review: Laurie L. Levenson on ‘Police State: How America’s Cops Get Away with Murder,’’ Los Angeles Review of Books Professor Laurie Levenson examines a book about famed attorney Gerry Spence and his fight against power.
[Excerpt]
Gerry Spence has written a terrific book on the problems with today’s criminal justice system. Police State: How America’s Cops Get Away with Murder gives us the best of Gerry Spence. Spence starts out by asking the basic question: “Are we safe from our own police?” What he really wants to ask, however, comes a bit later: “Are we safe from power?” Using tales of his brilliance in court, Spence answers those questions. No, we are not safe, and that is precisely why we need people like Gerry Spence to represent people in court.
Alexandra Natapoff “The Problem With Hiring Liars to Catch Crooks,” The Marshall Project Big Daddy Woo Woo and Crazy Jimmy belong to a long and ever-growing list of informants featured in media coverage, academic research, television and cinema. Alexandra Natapoff, created the Snitching Blog. PBS’s “Frontline” dedicated a program to informants in drug cases. Kurt Eichenwald wrote “The Informant,” a book about a compromised whistleblower at agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland, which became the movie “The Informant!”, starring Matt Damon.
Kevin Lapp “Lapp on American Criminal Record Exceptionalism,” CrimProf Blog In recent decades, criminal records have proliferated and come to be more consequential than ever. James B. Jacobs’s new book, THE ETERNAL CRIMINAL RECORD (2015), documents their broad scope, wide availability, and the long, devastating shadow that criminal records cast. In this Review, I organize the material in this challenging book into three different claims about American criminal record policy: that in the United States, criminal records are exceptionally public, exceptionally punitive, and exceptionally permanent. I explain how this results in an inexpensive means of sorting and inflicting punishment by devolving a great portion of the work to private actors and the general public.
Don Warner “Can Birthright Citizenship be Repealed?” Daily Journal Adjunct Professor Don Warner’s op-ed discusses complicated issues surrounding Republican presidential candidates claim to repeal birthright citizenship.
[Excerpt]
Several candidates for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election have adopted as a policy the elimination of so-called "birthright citizenship" for children of undocumented immigrants born in this country. How could this be accomplished? To find out, let's engage in a thought experiment. The first barrier, as almost everyone agrees, is this language in the 14th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.
Jessica Levinson San Jose mayor's office urged taxi driver to submit letter to newspaper San Jose Mercury News "It leaves the public in the dark about the true author of the letter," said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. "I don't think it looks good for the mayor. It looks like he is strong-arming drivers into doing his public relations work for him."
Justin Levitt “Big News: Justin Levitt to DOJ,” Election Law Blog My friend, co-blogger,and colleague Justin Levitt will be taking a leave from Loyola (and this blog) to take a position as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, with a focus on voting rights cases etc. This is the position recently held by Pam Karlan, who has returned to full time teaching at Stanford (Torts! Who knew?). Justin comes in at a crucial time, with the North Carolina voting case awaiting a decision from the trial court and a likely appeal no matter what happens, and the Texas voting rights case potentially going en banc in the 5th Circuit and/or to the Supreme Court.
Jessica Levinson “San Jose commission will investigate nearly the entire City Council,” Bay Area News But a political ethics expert said the commission made a fair decision [regarding alleged violations in the way campaign donations were reported]. "A comprehensive investigation seems like a rational response to the allegations," said Jessica Levinson,
Laurie Levenson “San Diego police: Vague, not transparent,” San Diego Union-Tribune But withholding evidence on the grounds it might be used in hypothetical civil litigation gives police an infinitely elastic rationale for keeping information from the public. In an interview, Levenson said such a standard “probably went too far” and “doesn’t sound like an approach that’s designed to build credibility with the public.
Jessica Levinson “Carson mayor under investigation for not filing disclosure reports with the state,” Los Angeles Times Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor and president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, said it was unusual for an elected official to not file multiple statements, as opposed to submitting one past the deadline. "A penalty may very well be appropriate," Levinson said.
Laurie Levenson, “VIDEOTAPED BEATING: 3 sheriff's deputies plead not guilty to assault,” Press Enterprise In a case like this, the issue will be individual responsibility and individual culpability, and key pieces of evidence will include what was going on in the deputies’ minds at the time of the arrest,
Jessica Levinson “The Peter Tilden Show,” “Peter Tilden Show,” KABC, discusses reasonable religious accommodations regarding the Kentucky clerk and a Muslim flight attendant.
Jessica Levinson “SD Politicians Haul in Thousands in Shady Towing Donations,” Voice of San Diego, Money donated this way raises lots of red flags. Low­level tow company employees are unlikely to have the disposable income to give maximum contributions to political campaigns. And by giving all to the same politician on the same day, it indicates that the money is linked. Together, the donations raise questions about whether tow company owners were laundering their own money in the names of their employees. “This is the textbook case,”
Laurie Levenson, “The Worst of the Worst,” The New Yorker “Many lawyers will go in to meet with the client, and if the client doesn’t want to talk they’ll give up and leave,If Judy (Clarke) goes and they don’t want to talk, she’ll come back the next day and the day after that.”
Laurie Levenson, “Sound of silence in Twin Peaks biker case drawing ire,” The Houston Chronicle determining what happened at Twin Peaks is especially complicated because of the bulk of forensic,visual and other evidence as well as eyewitness accounts. She also said that prosecutors will not try and convict everyone charged."Some of the people targeted as defendants will undoubtedly become witnesses," she said. "The goal is to put enough pressure on people to cooperate and go after the key players, they basically want everyone to feel the squeeze, so that they would rather cooperate than face trial."
Paula Mitchell “The High Cost of the Death Penalty,” Death Penalty Focus, The Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review article, “Executing the Will of the Voters,” is cited in a story on the high cost of the deatly and its alternatives. The article was co­authored by Adjunct Professor Paula Mitchell
Eric Miller, “Armed O.C. Supervisor Todd Spitzer recalls his citizen's arrest, handcuffing of man in Foothill Ranch restaurant,” O.C. Register, “Just because you happen to be a local government official and you carry a handgun and a pair of handcuffs, that doesn’t empower you to take into custody anyone you happen to feel is irritating,"
Justin Levitt, “Politics Be Damned! Voter Suppression Is Immoral,” Huffington Post, The evidence of widespread voter fraud has yet to surface, which the architects offer "there are plenty of instances" of voter fraud and that there is "concrete evidence... of massive voter fraud." But according to a 2014 study by Professor Justin Levitt,
Jessica Levinson “The Peter Tilden Show,” “The Peter Tilden Show,” KABC-AM, will discuss the case of the Kentucky clerk who cites religious beliefs as a reason for refusing to issue marriage licenses.
Michael Waterstone “Take Two,” “Take Two,” KPCC-FM evaluates the issues in the driver class action lawsuit against Uber over fees and benefits.
Eric Miller “Miller on Challenging Police Discretion,” CrimProf Blog "Law enforcement officials have tremendous discretion to determine the amount and style of policing that occurs in their jurisdiction. These decisions concerning whom to police and how much are primarily matters of distributive justice, and are made at the level of the police department rather than on the street. These departmental decisions spread a variety of important social resources across communities, as well as imposing certain burdens on those communities as part of the prevention or investigation of crime."
Emily Robinson “Finding Solutions for legal challenges facing asylum seekers,” Jesuit Refugee Services discusses challenges facing the immigrant advocacy community. “We are stretched so thin… it’s hard to decide: whose case is the strongest,”

August

Texas' strict voter ID law which required voters to bring a government-issued photo ID to the polls was struck down by a federal appeals panel ruled for violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Professor Justin Levitt spoke to the New York Times and said the impact on racial minorities, many of whom did not have or easily access such documents, was a driving force behind this. 

Professor Daniel Selmi explained the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to make new regulations more appealing by creating a cap-and-trade system to InsideClimate News. Under the new regulation,  if a state fails to submit a plan to regulate carbon pollution power plants produce, the EPA will set a cap on how much carbon dioxide each plant can emit while staying within a state’s overall target. The cap-and-trade system lets power plants which release less carbon than allowed to generate credits that can be sold to other power plants which exceed allowances. If a power plant fails to stay within the emission limits, the EPA can levy fines and ultimately sue the utility to bring it into compliance, according to the new rules.

Professor Laurie Levenson discussed that Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow's legal team's aggressive defense stating Chow was unfairly targeted by the U.S. attorney’s office when FBI agents were investigating corruption by politicians and local civil rights leaders with the San Francisco Chronicle. Chow is the alleged leader of the Chinatown gang said to have lured state Sen. Leland Yee into its clutches through money and campaign contributions in exchange for legislative help. 

Professor Justin Levitt's research on voter fraud, which tracked credible allegations of in-person voter fraud from 2000-2014, was cited by Vox in an article looking at the history of the fight for voting rights in the United States. 

Tacoma group Reclaim the American Dream Team (RAD) is collecting signatures in favor of a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United. This controversial decision allows corporations and labor unions to give unlimited amounts to outside political groups. Professor Jessica Levinson notes these advocates passion, but says they have an uphill battle ahead to KPLU.

Professor Justin Levitt spoke to The Washington Post about Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's effort to elect Democratic governors in states where redrawing congressional districts could help them win the House. Professor Levitt explains that Democrats are “letting their significant donors know they can start giving to these funds [and] letting party activists know they’re thinking about this long-term.”

Professor Laurie Levenson spoke to the The Orange County Registrer regarding a police lawsuit to throw out surveillance video that showed officers dismantling security cameras, making derogatory comments about a disabled woman and allegedly eating pot edibles during a marijuana dispensary raid. Professor Levenson says officers would have difficulty convincing a judge they had reason to believe their actions would not be recorded due to the fact they had taken apart other cameras, and the state’s wiretap law was not meant for situations like this.

In the Los Angeles Times, Professor Jessica Levinson notes that "it looks like the city [of Inglewood] is using taxpayers funds to try to insulate itself from criticism" after filing a federal lawsuit against Joseph Teixeira for allegedly violating the copyright of council videos. Under the name "Dehol Truth," Teixeira posted videos critical of the mayor and City Council which included footage filmed during city council meetings.  

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in an Associated Press story about a federal judge's ruling that the anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress could not release any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association. Professor Nockleby explained that under California's privacy laws, recordings may only be made if all parties involved agree to the recording.

 

July

Professor David Glazier spoke to USA Today on how the United States and Zimbabwe may charge Walter Palmer, the American hunter who killed Zimbabwean icon Cecil the Lion. Due to an existing treaty between the United States and Zimbabwe, Palmer can only be extradited if the offense he is charged with is punishable by more than one year in prison in the United States. Professor Glazier notes that if Palmer is found guilty of violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international treaty between 180 countries, then the U.S. may have "pretty robust grounds to prosecute him." 

The New York Times highlighted Professor Justin Levitt's research on voter fraud, which shows just 31 credible incidents of in person voter fraud out of one billion ballots cast, in a story looking at a 50 year push to roll back the historic Voting Rights Act.

Professor Priscilla Ocen highlights the difficulties pressing federal hate crime charges against Dylan Roof, who was federally charged with a hate crime following the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting, with KPCC Take Two. She notes that there is plenty of evidence suggesting that the high intent standard for this charge has been met. She also notes the importance of the symbolism in this indictment, but it should not overshadow the strong evidence in favor of these charges.

Professor Laurie Levenson discussed several of the Supreme Court's recent criminal law opinions with Bloomberg BNA. These rulings are expected to have direct impact on how criminal law is practiced in the court.

Columbia Journalism Review praises Loyola Law School's Journalist Law School for being the first program attempting to fill the lack of knowledge of the legal and court systems that newsrooms. The program covers key concepts about the court system, best practices for interviewing interview lawyers, how understand the significance of cases, and identifying new legal stories. 

Professor Alexandra Natapoff talks to Laurence Colletti of Lawyer 2 Lawyer on the scandal surrounding Orange County's distrait attorney's office. The office has been accused of maintaining a secret record, deputies committing perjury, and the failure to present exculpatory evidence for criminal defendants involving the use of jailhouse informants. 

The Washington Post quoted Professor Alexandra Natapoff on  the scandal surrounding Orange County's distrait attorney's office. She noted that the program itself isn't unique, but it was newsworthy that we found out it existed. 

In an editorial for Politico, Professor Lara Bazelon examined how social media forced people to confront and take action against controversial issues like the Confederate flag and Bill Cosby's rape allegations. 

Bloomberg Radio spoke to Professor Jay Dougherty on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision that interns who worked on the Fox Searchlight film Black Swan are not entitled to pay. The original 2011 lawsuit against Fox Searchlight led to a slew of intern class actions and settlements and multi-million dollar payouts based on claims that the interns were doing what should be classified as paid work. 

Professor Brietta Clark discussed the importance of the Supreme Court's justices ruling that premium subsidies were clearly and unambiguously meant to apply to every exchange with Modern Healthcare. She also discussed how the United States Department of Health and Human Services is limited in what it can and cannot do when it comes to Medicaid expansion and the ACA

June

Professor Jessica Levinson spoke to NBC on the recent Supreme Court rulings and how the potential ripple effects they may have on California politics. In particular, she discussed how the decision on Arizona's citizens redistricting commissions could shut down California's citizens redistricting commission and affect how open primaries are held.

Professor Aaron Caplan discusses the limits of freedom of speech with KPLU after Seattle and King County city councils started restricting speakers during meetings

California Apparel News, the voice of the California apparel industry for over 70 years, highlighted the second annual Fashion Law Summer Intensive

Professor  questions the ideas presented by Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider in their book More than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure in the book review "Mistaking the Symptom for the Disease" on the Penn Program on Regulation's RegBlog. Excerpt:

What are the alternatives to disclosure? Ben-Shahar and Schneider assure us that often, no alternatives are needed, because firms are standing by to help. In a particularly unpersuasive passage, they tell us: “Drug companies cheerfully tell … hospitals and HMOs about their wares. Walmart solicits information about its suppliers’ compliance with environmental and labor standards.” Information intermediaries (a category in which Ben-Shahar and Schneider include Yelp, HMOs, and Walmart) “do much better than mandated disclosures at giving people the advice they need to make unfamiliar and complex decisions.” Perhaps Ben-Shahar and Schneider have not heard that some businesses hire others to write their Yelp reviews, drug companies sometimes bury adverse drug trial results, and Walmart’s own contractors apparently have used subcontractors to violate federal and state labor laws.

No matter these failings, More than You Wanted to Knowshould be required reading for policymakers. The widespread faith in disclosure ought to be shaken. At the tail end of the book, Ben-Shahar and Schneider get it exactly right – disclosure alone, whether mandated or not, “should not have legal consequences.” This is the key normative point, whether those legal consequences entail the loss of life or freedom that Ben-Shahar and Schneider reference, or the loss of civil justice rights, the loss of privacy, the loss of product safety, or the loss of other terms a consumer would reasonably understand in a particular context to be part of the transaction. Firms should be permitted neither to brandish disclosure as a sword against consumers nor to raise disclosure as a shield from liability for unfair, deceptive, and abusive conduct. Disclosure is no substitute for effective regulation.

Professor Scott Wood received the Bert Thompson Pioneer Award from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice at their national conference in Fort Lauderdale. Restorative Justice is an alternative to the punitive system, whereby people are held accountable for their behavior at the community level. This process allows everyone involved in a crime or conflict to work collectively toward community-based solutions. 

In the San Francisco Chronicle Professor Jessica Levinson looks at how political pundit's comparisons between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina undermines both women's accomplishments and downplays the unequal representation of women in politics.

Professor Sean Scott examines the distinction between discrimination and oppression -- and how the law fails to address some harms caused by that divide -- in a Ms. Magazine blog post on Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination suit against the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, finding that. 

The Supreme Court sided with President Obama in a long-running struggle with Congress over who controls the recognition of foreign countries and what information about nationhood can be put on the passports of American citizens. Professor Justin Levitt discussed political consequences of this decision with legal commentator Nina Totenberg on NPR.

Professor Aaron Caplan was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor regarding a Native American high school student's right to wear a eagle feather, an item with cultural and religious significance to him, at his graduation. His high school said the feather violated their graduation dress code policy. Professor Caplan explained that California's constitution, in general, guarantees free exercise of religion but there are exceptions.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in Slate regarding prosecutorial and police misconduct involving jailhouse informants that lead to California Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals issuing an order disqualifying the entire Orange Country District Attorney's Office from continuing to prosecute Scott Dekraai's death penalty case.

May

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in The Washington Post regarding a pending bill before the Texas Legislature which would ban all incentivized informant testimony in death penalty cases. In it she explained “criminal snitching is an enormous problem for our justice system, in part because it’s an enormous source of error.” 

Loyola's Fashion Law Clinic was highlighted by National Law Journal. Excerpt:

The clinic, which opened in 2014, is the first to focus exclusively on ­fashion law. It was the brainchild of Loyola adjunct professor and alumna Staci Riordan, a Nixon Peabody partner. Students represent emerging designers in the Los Angeles area in all their legal needs.

Riordan spearheaded a fashion law track at Loyola and felt a clinic would marry theory and practice. "It's very similar to what you'd do as a first-year associate in an industry-focused area," said Riordan, who represents clients from all sectors of the fashion industry. "Or, given the economy, if you want to hang out your own shingle you'd have the skills to do that."

Read the full article here.

The Los Angeles Times highlighted Loyola's "ever-intensifying focus on experiential learning" through various on campus clinics focused on areas like fashion law, immigrant justice, conflict resolution and seeking justice for death row inmates

Professor Mary Culbert, executive director of The Center For Conflict Resolution, discussed why the community mediation bill is an ill-advised response in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Excerpt:

Extrapolating from Los Angeles County statistics, we estimate that California's 60 community mediation centers serve 100,000 people each year, resolving 40,000 disputes - all made possible by the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA) funding.

These efforts are in jeopardy thanks to Assembly Bill 1123, which has the potential to decimate community mediation funding, and place additional strain on our overburdened courts.

Read the full article here.

 The Los Angeles Times praised Loyola's Master of Science in Legal StudiesMaster of Tax Law and Master of Laws programs for how the law school adapted it's existing curriculum to accommodate a rapidly shifting landscape.

Professor Priscilla Ocen spoke to KPCC-FM about the LAPD Metro Squad's use of "reasonable suspicion" while policing high-crime neighborhoods. She explained that "reasonable suspicion" does not necessarily mean an officer is confident a crime and this negativaly effects low income minority populations.

April

Professor Kathleen Kim was quoted in the Orange County Register story, "Subsidized health care, discrimination ban, Office of New Americans and more: Lawmakers want to further protect immigrants." In it, she assessed methods proposed by one bill to certify those eligible for a federal Victim of Criminal Activity Visa, or a U-Visa. Excerpt:

“If this were to be passed, it would be the law, and law enforcement officers would be expected to follow it. I do support this kind of measure,” said Kim, who also serves on the Los Angeles Police Commission.
Professor Georgene Vairo discussed with CNET the likelihood of success for an Indian woman's lawsuit against the Uber car service for an alleged assault committed by one of its drivers outside the U.S. Excerpt:
Foreigners often sue US companies for things that happen overseas -- car manufacturers have been sued for accidents, and oil companies have been taken to court for harming the environment. But it's rare for one foreign national to sue a US company to get it to change its policies in every country it operates in. Some legal experts believe the case will be a tough win. "I would think that a single individual plaintiff from a single individual country would not have standing to get relief of that sort," said Georgene Vairo, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Loyola Law School was mentioned prominently in a Los Angeles Times story about the announcement by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey that her office would be creating a unit to review wrongful-conviction claims. This came in the wake of an $8 million settlement with Obie Anthony, a client of Loyola's Project for the Innocent. Excerpt:
The creation of such a team in the biggest county in the state could result in more California prosecutors following suit, said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and founding director of Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent.“I think L.A. could be real leaders,” she said.
Professor Stan Goldman was quoted by the Associated Press about the challenges faced by prosecutors in the "Suge" Knight murder trial related to witness testimony and video evidence. Goldman noted that defense attorneys have painstakingly analyzed footage in cases like the beating of motorist Rodney King, which led to convictions against two of the officers involved but "you never quite know what's going to happen with a video." 

March

Professor Dan Selmi recently published "States Should Think Twice Before Refusing Any Response to EPA’s Clean Power Rules" with Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, where he is a Visiting Scholar. The piece was noted in several news outlets:

Excerpt: 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed rules for existing power plants play a central role in the Obama Administration’s plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions to prevent climate change. The rules, technically known as the “Existing Source Performance Standards,” will require a major effort from many states to change their methods of producing electricity, disrupting the status quo in an area long the province of state public service commissions. Not surprisingly, the proposed rules generated an avalanche of comments to EPA ranging from full support to vehement opposition, with the commenters also staking out positions on various technical issues. Law firms are raising questions about the rules' validity and gearing up to take part in the inevitable litigation over them. 

The high-profile debate has led some critics of the rules to argue that states should oppose them by simply opting out of the entire regulatory process and refusing any response to the rules. The movement has even acquired a slogan: “Just Say No.” While the slogan is borrowed from Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug message in the 1980s, it still has the same forceful ring to it. And “saying no” would give states the satisfaction of telling Washington off for its intrusive regulations.

 Some states have begun to embrace the "Just Say No" idea by considering legislation that, to varying degrees, would hobble the adoption of state plans complying with the upcoming regulations. For example, Kentucky enacted a law requiring its environmental regulators to adopt separate state standards of performance for controlling carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants that burn both coal and natural gas. The legislation might prohibit the state from adopting an approvable plan under the upcoming power plant regulations. South Carolina is considering a resolution that would “urge” the state’s environmental department not to prepare or submit a plan to EPA until the legality of the new rules is decided, while a similar bill proposed in Kansas would prohibit state agencies from drafting a response until all litigation is resolved.  The Colorado Senate passed a bill that would cut the state’s renewable energy requirement in half. Various other states are considering action. 

The “Just Say No” slogan is pithy, and as an immediate political response, states may be tempted to follow its advice by taking legislative or executive action that prevents or hinders the state from responding to the upcoming rules. Before taking that step, however, states should carefully consider the consequences. If they do so objectively, it becomes apparent that opting out of the process at this point can result in significant disadvantages.

Read the full article.

February

Professor Stan Goldman appeared on KTTV-TV/Fox 11 Los Angeles to discuss LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's concerns about the way in which the Waze app discloses police officer locations. 

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in the Slate story, "Does Decriminalization Work?" about the unintended consequences of decriminalizing certain misdemeanor offenses. Excerpt:

What misdemeanors are being decriminalized around the country? 
Marijuana possession is the poster child. It’s the one we see the most movement on, and it’s a phenomenon that dozens of states are engaging in. But some states are also looking at decriminalization of traffic offenses, as well as public-order offenses, like loitering and disorderly conduct.
Read the full story.

January

Professor Stan Goldman appeared on KTTV-TV/Fox 11 Los Angeles to discuss LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's concerns about the way in which the Waze app discloses police officer locations. 

Professor David Glazier appeared on the PBS Studio SoCal episode "World War 3.0 -- Cyber Conflicts" to discuss the Department of Defense's role in cybersecurity and protecting U.S. citizens and assets with hosts Elizabeth Espinosa and Rick Reiff. During the show, he discussed the potential interruptions of service that could be caused by a cyber attack, including disruption of military personnel pay from direct electronic transfer.

Senior Associate Dean Sean Scott was quoted in a Law 360 story about the Law School's efforts to prepare students for the business side of practicing law. Excerpt: 

The students in these programs “appreciate that we are aware of the challenges of the market and that we’re not simply throwing up our hands and saying, ‘Good luck to you,’” according to Sean Scott, a senior associate dean at Loyola Law School, which started a couple of business-skill programs for their students and graduates in the past three years. One such program is Semester in Practice, where a student shadows a working lawyer, not just at the law firm but at the business lunch and the bar association mixer — exposing them “not just to the day-to-day practice of law, but the business of getting business,” Scott says.

Professor Lauren Willis published the op-ed, "What the bank owes you: clarity," in the Los Angeles Times. Excerpt:

There are dozens of entities devoted to educating you about all things financial. Congress funds a commission and a website, Mymoney.gov. Schools have added “financial literacy” to their curricula. Banks put out pamphlets, and every major investment brokerage has Web pages devoted to educating people on how to invest wisely.

Professor Michael Waterstone published the op-ed, "A Deeper Introspection of Police Behavior: Treatment of People with Disabilities," in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Professor Justin Levitt, who runs the website All About Redistricting, was quoted about pivotal election-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term in a National Law Journal story. Excerpt:

"It's possible that the Arizona case will just be about whether the Arizona and California redistricting commissions are constitutional," Levitt said. "But I suspect that the court will have a fair amount to say about state flexibility to create institutions that regulate federal elections generally. The same part of the federal constitution governs all of the rules for federal elections."

2014 

 

December

Professor Jay Dougherty discussed the Sony computer hacking and its implications on the movie The Interview on KTTV-TV/Fox 11 LA. 

Professor Alexandra Natapoff published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle assessing efforts around the country, including California's Prop. 47, to reduce penalties for certain crimes. As she found in her law review article, "Misdemeanor Decriminalization," sometimes the efforts backfire for underrepresented groups. Excerpt:

There are a lot of great things about decriminalization. But it has a surprisingly punitive and racially charged dark side, and it doesn’t always work the way people think it does. The “non-jailable misdemeanor” — popular in many states — is still a crime that triggers arrest, probation and fines, criminal records and other collateral consequences. Even the gold standard of decriminalization — the “non-arrestable” civil infraction — can derail a defendant’s employment, education and immigration status, while the failure to pay noncriminal fines can lead to contempt citations and incarceration. And while decriminalization sounds egalitarian — after all, it’s a promise not to lock up people who would usually get locked up — sometimes it might actually make things worse for the poor and people of color. 

Dean Victor Gold's book, Federal Practice and Procedure: Evidence, was cited in a reference to "extraneous" information in the recently issued Supreme Court opinion in Warger v. Shauers. His op-ed about the opinion was published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Excerpt: 

Generally speaking, information is deemed “extraneous” if it derives from a source “external” to the jury. See Tanner, 483 U. S., at 117. “External” matters include publicity and information related specifically to the case the jurors are meant to decide, while “internal” matters include the general body of experiences that jurors are understood to bring with them to the jury room. See id.,
at 117–119; 27 C. Wright & V. Gold, Federal Practice and Procedure: Evidence §6075, pp. 520–521 (2d ed. 2007). 

Professor Laurie Levenson discussed the Ferguson grand jury assessing whether to recommend charges against a Ferguson, Mo. police officer for his role in shooting an unarmed African-American man. In her recent blog post, "The Ferguson Grand Jury: Lessons from the O.J. Grand Jury," she wrote:

There are lessons from the O.J. Simpson grand jury for the grand jury considering whether to indict Office Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Few people remember that the Los Angeles County District Attorney originally convened a grand jury to decide on the fate of celebrity defendant, O.J. Simpson. This was not surprising given that politically controversial cases are often thrown to the grand jury to take some of the heat off a prosecutor in deciding whether to bring charges. Unlike with federal cases, state charges generally do not need to go through the grand jury process. The District Attorney has the power to file charges directly and hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to support those charges. However, a grand jury provides an elected official cover for making the decision to charge in difficult cases.

Read her other analyses:

Professor Michael Guttentag was quoted in a Reuters story about whether an Securities and Exchange Commission director's extensive stock holdings and trading activity represent an inherent conflict of interest. Excerpt:

Michael Guttentag, a professor of securities law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it's "ill-advised" for public figures in a position of power in the markets to own individual securities. "At the very least, it creates the potential impression of impropriety," he said.

November

Professor Laurie Levenson discussed on KPCC-FM's AirTalk with Larry Mantle the potential on how the grand jury could impact the case of the embattled Ferguson, Mo. police officer facing murder charges for shooting an unarmed African-American man.

Professor Kathleen Kim, advisor to the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic and advisor of the Law School's Immigrant Advocacy Concentration, provided analysis of two important issues for Los Angeles magazine:

A Primer on Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration

Kim was quoted extensively in a story analyzing the president's recent actions. In it, she commented on reprioritizing the deportation list: “What this does is actually identify a more extended pool of who is considered dangerous aliens. Previously, gang members weren’t explicitly designated. It makes sense because gang members are typically engaged in crime, but it also creates a problem for individuals who might be incorrectly considered gang members.” 

Gone Girls: Human Trafficking on the Home Front

Kim was quoted in a separate story about the domestic sex trafficking. In it, she was quoted: “It’s a problem among marginalized children.”

October

Professor Justin Levitt wrote an op-ed in the Daily Journal entitled, “High court elections cause is a sleeper sequel.” Excerpt: "Sequels are rarely bigger blockbusters than the original."

Dean Victor Gold was quoted in the Daily Journal story, “Law schools gearing up for skills training." In it, he said, ”We have to teach people to be lawyers, not just to think like one.”

Professor Kathleen Kim, faculty supervisor of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic and advisor to the Immigrant Advocacy Concentration, was featuredon the list of Los Angeles Magazine's "LA Woman" section profiling inspiration leaders in the community. The story headline was: "Kathleen Kim Speaks for Local Victims Without a Voice: The Loyola Law School professor, a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, studies human trafficking." Excerpt:

Her greatest challenge: Even in our diverse city, there are a lot of people who are anti-immigrant. We hear complaints from the community about the LAPD protecting illegal aliens, but local law enforcement has to focus on protecting residents. They’re not immigration enforcers. 

Read the complete profile

September

Professor Michael Guttentag assessed the impact of corporate political spending on a company's stock performance in the Wall Street Journal story, "Corporate Political Gifts: Count 'Em if You Can." Excerpt:

Research has shown that the more money a company donates to political candidates, the lower the future return of its stock. But correlation doesn't equal causation, and it probably isn't the political donations alone that are causing the underperformance, says Michael Guttentag, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Read the full story.

Adjunct Professor Staci Riordan, director of The Fashion Law Project, was featured in a Beverly Hills Bar Association profile of the Fashion Law Summer Intensive, produced by The Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School. The writer, Victoria Burke, attended the program as a fellow. Excerpt:

Aristotle is credited with saying, “Nature abhors a vacuum.”   For many years, Los Angeles--as well as the entire West Coast--existed in a vacuum when it came to promoting fashion law within its law school institutions. Helplessly, the West Coast sat back and watched as the East Coast planted the flag of this nascent legal niche. Fordham Law School was the bellwether with its Fashion Law Institute founded by Susan Scalfidi. (Scalfidi is also credited with teaching the first course on fashion law.) With the distinguishing claim of affirmatively establishing this field, Fordham claimed both domination and reputation. Perhaps the hesitation of other law schools to initially follow its lead was due to the fact that “fashion law” was a newly coined term. However, within the last couple of years, Loyola Law School decided to make the definitive leap into this emerging area of law.

Read the entire story.

August

Professor John Nockleby discussed on KPCC-FM's AirTalk with Larry Mantle the impact of the California Supreme Court's ruling that prohibiting home healthcare workers hired to assist Alzheimer's patients from suing their employers.

 

Professor David Glazier discussed with Radio Free Europe whether pro-Russian separatist treatment of Ukrainian prisoners, alleged to include parading and taunting, violated the Geneva Convention. Excerpt:

 

When pro-Russian separatists marched captured Ukrainian soldiers at bayonet-point through the streets of Donetsk over the weekend, the crowd jeered, cursed, and hurled refuse at the haggard prisoners.

It was a spectacle that shocked many, including human rights activists who called the procession a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions' rules on the treatment of prisoners of war (POWs). But whether the forced march constituted a war crime -- and whether it could be prosecuted as such -- is not so clear-cut, international law experts say.

This ambiguity lies largely in how the Ukraine conflict itself is classified, according to David Glazier, an international law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Read the full story.

July

Professor Kevin Lapp was quoted in an NBC article on July 23 regarding the immigration crisis, which is exemplified by a Salvadoran youth whose case was argued in a Los Angeles court.

Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in a freenewspos.com article on July 23 regarding a jury’s decision to find former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife guilty of criminal charges for lying of their residence when Alarcon ran for office.

Professor David Glazier was quoted in a GlobalSecurity.org article on July 23 regarding questions of war crimes that may have been committed by those responsible for the downing of a Malaysian airplane over Ukraine. 

Professor Adam Zimmerman was mentioned for co-writing a paper that was referenced in a Claims Journal article on July 23 regarding GM’s victim compensation plan for accidents caused by faulty ignition switches.

Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in a Fox & Hounds article on July 23 regarding scandals in California government that many believe call for ethics reform.

Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an L.A. Times article on July 22 about the lawsuit that the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. has filed to block a measure on Citizens United.

Professor Lara Bazelon was quoted in an NBC article on July 17 regarding the recent ruling that declared California’s death penalty unconstitutional.

Professor Jennifer Rothman was a guest on a KPCC-FM segment on July 17 about a recent lawsuit brought by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against Activision Blizzard, Inc.  for lost profits and damages that the company gained by including Noriega in its video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Professor Laurie Levenson was a guest on a KPCC-FM segment on July 17 regarding a ruling by a California judge who asserted that California’s death penalty is unconstitutional.

April

Professor John Nockleby, director of Loyola's Civil Justice Program, discussed on KABC-TV what a plaintiff must prove in order to succeed in a civil suit about alleged sex abuse. The story detailed allegations made by a former child actor against directors and other entertainment executives.

Professor Aaron Caplan was quoted by The Washington Times in a story about a police raid of the home of a Twitter user who set up a parody account which accused the mayor of Peoria, Ill. of drug use. Jim Ardis, the mayor of Peoria, allegedly ordered the raid and accused the suspect of unlawfully impersonating a public official.

Associate Professor Adam Zimmerman was quoted in a Reuters story a prospective victim compensation fund for those affected by car crashes caused by an alleged GM defect.

Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in a story on recent suspensions of three Democratic legislators which has cost the party its supermajority in the California Senate.

March

Associate Professor Priscilla Ocen published the op-ed, "Marissa Alexander and Overpolicing and Underprotection of Black Women," on Ebony.com.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by The Nation on March 5 regarding the earmarks given to the clients of Republican congressional candidate David Jolly.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by KPCC-FM on March 4 regarding the approximate $79,000 the Central Basin Municipal Water District is paying for claims of six-car automobile accident in 2010 that involved its board member, Art Chacon.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by FindLaw on March 1 regarding recent complaints against California legislators who do not reside in the district they represent. 

February

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by Voice of San Diego on Feb. 26 regarding the questions being raised after alleged email solicitations for the reelection of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis were publicized.  

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in articles published by The Washington Times and Raw Storyon Feb. 25 regarding the $5 million being sought by a Colombian informant who allegedly helped capture Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez, a powerful drug cartel.

Professor Lauren Willis and Professor Emeritus Gideon Kanner were mentioned in an article published by ABA Journal on Feb. 24 regarding the bailout of foreclosure many Bay Area homeowners are seeking from eminent domain.

Professor David Glazier was quoted in an article published by Mother Jones on Feb. 21 regarding all of the possible crimes that the House of Cards character Jacqueline Sharp may have committed in the show’s storyline.

Adjunct Professor Paula Mitchell was mentioned in an article published by the Los Angeles Sentinel on Feb. 20 regarding the petition that three former California governors are launching to reform the state’s death penalty process.

Professor Lee Petherbridge was quoted in an article published by The Daily Pennsylvanian on Feb. 18 regarding a settlement made in a lawsuit for the patent infringement of two genes that could test for breast cancer.   

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 5 regarding the decision of Los Angeles County prosecutors to drop charges against a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who was accused of abuse after their sole witness refused to testify.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in article published by the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 4 regarding the criminal trial of a Los Angeles County judge.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 2 regarding another child abuse case involving Miramonte Elementary. 

January

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson discussed ethics violation allegations leveled against an aid to Sheriff Lee Baca on KABC-TV on Jan. 31.

Professor Stan Goldman was quoted by the Associated Press on Jan. 31 about the ramifications of pop star Justin Bieber's legal woes on both sides of the Canadian border.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson discussed U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman's retirement announcement on KNBC-TV on Jan. 30.

Professor Stan Goldman discussed on KPCC-FM's Take Two the California Supreme Court's decision to reject disgraced journalist Stephen Glass' bid to practice law in California. on Jan. 27.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by the Los Angeles Times about the YouTube posting of a secretly taped telephone conversation in the case of an alleged sexual abuse on Jan. 24.

Associate Professor Adam Zimmerman discussed the filing of another McDonald's "hot coffee" lawsuit on the Jan. 10 edition of KPCC-FM's AirTalk.

Professor Aaron Caplan was quoted in articles published by Before It’s News and GOPUSA on Jan. 7 regarding the legal actions that could be taken against the West Covina Unified School District for its barring a first-grade student to distribute a story about Jesus before Christmas.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by RGJ.com on Jan. 3 regarding Harvey Whittemore’s legal troubles.

2013

 

December

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in an article published by the Appleton Hub on Dec. 27 regarding the lack of standards against policing incentivized testimony in Wisconsin.

Professor Paula Pearlman was quoted in an article published by Press-Telegram on Dec. 21 regarding the historical significance of Hollywood Park.

Professor Paula Pearlman was quoted in an article published by LA.Streetsblog.org on Dec. 18 regarding the legal action that has been taken by citizens because of Los Angeles’ poor and dangerous sidewalks.

Professor David Glazier was quoted in multiple articles published by ABC News and TriValleyCentral.comfrom Dec. 13- 15 regarding the decision of a naval investigator who is expected to plead guilty for bribery.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by InlandPolitics.com on Dec. 14 regarding the recent federal indictments issued to several of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. 

Associate Dean Paul Hayden was quoted multiple articles published by HispanicBusiness.comand The Sentinel from Dec. 13-15 regarding the growing trend of attorneys abandoning clients.

October

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by Before It’s News on Oct. 24 regarding a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Office, after two deputies held a man they accused of terrorism in custody because he was taking photos of the city’s subway system.

Professor Lauren Willis was quoted in an article published by Bloomberg on Oct. 23 regarding the lack of change that financial education has on making strong financial decisions.

Professor Stanley Goldman was quoted in an article published by InlandPolitics.com on Oct. 18 regarding the leak of the FBI’s investigation at the San Bernardino City Hall.

Professor Kimberly West-Faulcon was quoted in an article published by ColorLines on Oct. 15 regarding the future of affirmative-action in the United States.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by The Washington Times on Oct. 8 regarding McCutcheon v. FEC and the impact it can have on elections.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by VOXXIon Oct. 6 regarding new bills that would accommodate illegal immigrants in California.

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in a Reuters article published by Zimbio on Oct. 5 regarding the effect that the trial involving AEG and the alleged wrongful death of Michael Jackson can have on the entertainment industry.

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in articles published by Cottage Country Now, TravelCentral.com, Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, KSTC-TV, PollstarHuffington Post, KFWB-AM , and Encorefrom Oct. 2-5 regarding the favorable verdict for AEG in the alleged wrongful death of Michael Jackson.

Professor Stanley Goldman was quoted in an article published by Rolling Stone on October 4 regarding the possibility of an appeal in the Michael Jackson lawsuit, after AEG received a favorable verdict.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by CBS Newsand Zimbio on Oct. 3 regarding the jury of the Michael Jackson trial’s decision that Conrad Murray acted competently. 

September

Professor Dan Schechter was quoted by Bloomberg News about a California city's attempt to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages.

Associate Professor Adam Zimmerman discussed the mechanics of class-action lawsuits in a Knoxville News-Sentinel story.

Associate Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by abc on Sept. 30 regarding Sherriff Lee Baca’s decision to separate himself from a health company that he was set to endorse.

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in articles published by Zimbio and The Global and Mail regarding the impending verdict in the case between Michael Jackson’s family and AEG.

Professor Jay Dougherty was quoted in articles published by The Hollywood Reporterand FirstShowing.net from Sept. 27-28 regarding the decision that The Walt Disney Company made to not take legal action against an independent filmmaker who filmed illegally on Disney property.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by The Christian Science Monitor on Sept. 25 regarding the new laws California is instituting against paparazzi.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in articles published by Free Republicand Newtelegram.com from Sept. 20-21 regarding the expansion of the rights for noncitizens in California.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by Mother Jones on Sept. 17 regarding the protest of many citizens against allowing cops to search through data on cell phones.

Professor Ellen Aprill was quoted in an article published by globalpost on Sept. 17 regarding the large number of deductibles citizens are seeking because of an increase in tax rates. 

August

Clinical Professor Cyn Yamashiro, Kaplan Feldman Executive Director of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, discussed his study on the differences in representation of juvenile clients by public defenders and panel attorneys with KPCC-FM on August 5.  

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in multiple articles published by Detroit Free News, examiner.com, digtriad.com, WBIR-TV, The Tennessean, GOP USA, Newsmax, and The Daily Caller from August 4-5 regarding the crimes that the FBI allowed its informants to break, reaching over than 5,600 examples in a year.

Professor Dan Schechter and Professor Emeritus Gideon Kanner were quoted in multiple articles published by ABC News on August 2 regarding the proponents of a plan in Richmond, California to use the legal process of eminent domain.

Professor Karl Manheim was quoted in multiple articles published by globalpost and New York Daily News on August 2 regarding the protections that a religious institution can have for firing an employee because he or she had a same-sex marriage.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in multiple articles published by The PEW Charitable Trusts, GOP USA, and The State from August 2 to August 11 regarding Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act, which is being focused on as a part of a “bail-in” lawsuit for Texas after Section 5 of the act was invalidated by the Supreme Court in June. 

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by Huffington Post on August 1 regarding a political advantage with super PACs.

July

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in multiple articles published by The Sacramento Bee and the San Louis Obispo Tribune on July 31 regarding relationships between lobbyists and lawmakers.  

Professor David Glazier was a guest for a segment aired by KPCC-FM on July 30 regarding the acquittal of Bradley Manning on the charge of “aiding the enemy.”

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in multiple articles published by USA Today and wltx.com on July 29 regarding the lack of representation for Latinos by Republican House of Representatives Members.  

Professor Cyn Yamashiro published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on July 29 regarding the meager $350 that Los Angeles County affords children charged with crimes, no matter how serious, to pay for representation from a private attorney. 

Associate Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by KPCC-FM on July 25 regarding a federal investigation that connected Tom Calderon, brother of State Senator Ron Calderon, with the Central Basin Municipal Water District.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in multiple articles published by Politico, MinnPost, HometownSource.com,Voice of America, and The Leadership Conference from July 17-July 25 regarding recent issues concerning the Voting Rights Act.    

Professor Stanley Goldman was a guest for a segment aired by KPCC-FM on July 16 following the innocent verdict in the Zimmerman trial. 

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by The Spokesman-Review on July 15 regarding the innocent verdict in the Zimmerman trial, which legal analysts believe is the fault of an “overreaching” prosecution. 

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in an article published by Daily News, Los Angeles on July 14 regarding the reactions that are being expressed following the innocent verdict in the Zimmerman trial.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by the Los Angeles Times on July 10 regarding the accusations against the newly installed Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, among others, for violating a federal voting rights law when the legislative maps for 15 City Council districts were developed.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by KPCC-FM on July 4 regarding the recent special elections that Gov. Jerry Brown has had to issue.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by Penn Live on July 3 regarding the challenge of Nate Curtis’s candidacy for the mayoral race of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based on residency. 

Professor David Glazier was quoted in an article published by truthout on July 3 regarding the now defunct Guantánamo Bay prison, “Camp X-Ray,” and the history with terrorist that the facility had. 

June

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in multiple articles published by The Sacramento Bee and TMCnet.com on June 30 regarding the behests contributed by Wal-Mart towards nonprofit organizations affiliated with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Councilman Jay Schenirer.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by New America Media on June 29 regarding the success that redistricting California had after the 2008 passing of Proposition 11, despite the new map causing some concerns for the future.

Professor Brietta Clark was quoted in an article published by PRWeb on June 28 regarding the effect that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can have with sarcoma survivors and people with rare cancers. 

Associate Professor Douglas NeJaime was quoted in an article published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 27 regarding same-sex marriage in the states of Missouri and Illinois. 

Professor David Glazier was quoted in multiple articles published by SanLuisObispo.com, The Washington Post, Saukvalley.com, CBS News, NPR, KIMT.com, The Sun Chronicle, Lowell Sun Online, The Kennebec Journal, Military.com, Outside the Beltway, Yakima Herald Republic, CBS Boston, The Charleston Gazette, Messenger Newsstarherald.com, and Legal News from June 26-28 regarding the decision that has been overturned in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, a marine who served nearly half of an 11-year sentence for leading a squad in committing an Iraqi war crime.    

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in multiple articles published by NPR and The Arab American News from June 26-27 regarding the key provision of the Voting Rights Act’s Section 4 that was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Associate Professor Doug NeJaime gave a Q&A with the Hollywood Reporter on June 26 regarding the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, and the striking of DOMA.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in articles published by Inter Press Service and Atlantic Progressive News from June 25-26 regarding the provision of Section 4 that was struck by the Supreme Court in the Voting Rights Act.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by ABC on June 25 regarding the rulings on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA, which are expected to be released on Wednesday, June 26.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by PoliFact.com on June 25 regarding the legality behind the incarcerated Stephen Nodine’s decision to run for Congress to represent Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by U.S. News on June 25 regarding the strikes on key provisions against the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by ColorLines on June 25 regarding the decisions made by the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Acts.  

Professor Daniel Lazaroff was quoted in an article published by The Atlantic Cities on June 25 regarding the lawsuit made by the City of San Jose against Major League Baseball involving the possibility of moving the Oakland Athletics to its city.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in articles published by the Boston Globe and Las Vegas Sunon June 25 regarding the role that snitching has on the judicial system.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by AlterNet on June 23 regarding the possible investigation of Louis Scarcella, a former Brooklyn homicide detective who has become the focus of public scrutiny because of his work.

Associate Professor Doug NeJaime was quoted in an article published by On Top Magazine on June 23 regarding the impending rulings on Proposition 8 by the Supreme Court expected to be made before the court’s summer break.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was mentioned in an article published by The Sun on June 21 for her insight on the proposed recall of 10 out the 11 elected officials of San Bernardino.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in multiple articles published by The Hill, Daily Me, and Free Republic on June 21 about the difficulty that Republicans face in sticking perjury charges on Attorney General Eric Holder.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by ColorLines.com on June 20 regarding the impact that Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. is going to have on Shelby v. Holder.

Professor Daniel Lazaroff was a guest for a segment aired by KPCC-FM on June 19 regarding the recent lawsuit that the City of San Jose made against Major League Baseball in the effort to gain leverage in moving the Oakland Athletics to its city.

Professor Daniel Lazaroff was quoted in an article published by the Los Angeles Times on June 18 regarding the recent lawsuit that the City of San Jose made against Major League Baseball in the effort to gain leverage in moving the Oakland Athletics to its city.   

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by the Sacramento Bee on June 18 regarding the unusual, and perhaps illegal, decision made by the Herald Fire Protection District board to oust one of its members.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article published by Campaigns & Elections on June 17 regarding the impact that Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission had on how campaign finance is viewed.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in multiple articles published by the St. Paul Press, NW Green Resource Blog, MontereyHerald.com, KCBY, The Huffington Post, Carolina’s CW, Tribune Review, The Western Star, National Public Radio, TuscaloosaNews.com, CBS Seattle, OregonLive.com, Timesonline, KIMT.com, Vancouver Sun, The Courier Journal, Aetna InteliHealth, BoulderDailyCamera.com, CBS News, The Star Phoenix, CortezJournal.com, GreenrichTime.com, The Post and Courier, Lompoc Record, >The Province, Delaware Online, EastValleyTribune.com, Aurora Sentinel, THOnline.com, and Media Awareness Projectfrom June 16-23 regarding former Microsoft manager, Jamen Shively's plans to establish the first international marijuana powerhouse based in the United States after its legalization in two states last year.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was published an article for the Sacramento Bee on June 13 where she identifies the recent FBI raids on California state Sen. Ron Calderon’s offices as underscoring the increasing influence money has on the political process. The article was also published by Merced Sun-Star.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in articles published by Daily Bulletin and Inside Bay Area on June 13 regarding the recent target on San Bernardino’s water control from city officials.

Professor Lee Petherbridge was quoted in an article published by Tech News World on June 13 regarding the recent rulings made by the Supreme Court on patenting human genes. 

Professor Karl Manheim was quoted in articles published by KTVQ­-TVand KMOV-TV on June 11 regarding the legality of the sweeping surveillance activities made by the National Security Agency. 

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in an article published by Sci-TechToday.com on June 9 regarding the recent data mining of Verizon customers by the National Security Agency.

Professor Ellen Aprill was quoted in multiple articles published by The Huffington Post, Timesonline.com, Newser, KIMT-TV, SanLuisObispo.com, Northwest Herald, Cleveland.com, Washington Examiner, Memphis Daily News, The Reporter, Daily Chronicle, Seacoast Online, BendBulletin.com, Legal News, Abilene Reporter-News, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, Coshocton Tribune, Daily Herald, Nashuatelegraph.com, and Lockhaven.com,  from June 5-12 regarding the recent controversy pertaining to the IRS and its targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups which applied for tax exemption.

Professor Daniel Selmi was mentioned in articles by the Beverley Hills Courier and Canyon News published on June 5 and June 10 for his involvement with the City of Beverly Hills and its case against Metro and the FTA regarding the expansion of a rail line.     

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in an article published by Alaska Dispatch on June 4 regarding the use of informants in the case of the James "Whitey" Bulger trial.  

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in an article published by Capital Public Radio on June 4 regarding the increase in the state budget that California lawmakers are pushing for.

Loyola Law School was mentioned in an article published by HLN-TV on June 4 for its recent studies on capital punishment.   

Professor Laurie Levenson was a guest on a KPCC-FM discussion on June 3 regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police officers can routinely take DNA samples of arrestees without a warrant. 

The Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School were mentioned in articles published by WomenseNews.org and UPI.comon June 3 for their efforts to provide public assistance and host conferences for cancer rights.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by California Lawyer on June 1 regarding the trial involving two Fullerton police officers charged with the homicide of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who suffered from mental illness. 

May

Professor Stanley Goldman was quoted in multiple articles published by KPCC-FM, globalpost, and the Chicago Tribune on May 31 regarding the arraignment of a man charged with murder after his four pit bulls mauled a woman to death.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article that was published by RGJ.com on May 31 regarding the conviction of Harvey Whittemore for his campaign fundraising practices.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on May 28 regarding the investigation that is being carried out by Los Angeles County auditors against a Compton group home that cares for children with special needs.  

Professor Ellen Aprill was quoted in multiple articles published by Courier-Post Online, DNJ.com, and Media Matters for Americafrom May 26-29 regarding the recent scandals involving the IRS and its alleged targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in multiple articles published by CBS Minnesota, Times Colonist, KSTP-TV, SCTimes.com, The Portland Press Herald, Austin Daily Herald, Rapid City Journal, Trivalleycentral.com, NBC Los Angeles, St. Paul Pioneer-Press, and The Albert Lea Tribunefrom May 24-27 regarding Sara Jane Olson, a woman who served seven years in prison for her involvement with radicalism in the 1970s, and is now petitioning to reduce disparities in sentences for powder cocaine and crack.

Professor Ellen Aprill was quoted in by Mother Jones and Roll Call on May 23 regarding the recent discoveries made pertaining to the IRS and its alleged wrongful targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exemption.

Professor Stanley Goldman was quoted in multiple articles published by The Huffington Post, Trivalleycentral.com, and AZFamily.com from May 22-23 regarding the coverage that the Jody Arias murder trial. 

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by Yahoo! News on May 22 regarding the election of Eric Garcetti as Mayor of Los Angeles, focusing on the actions that the new mayor is expected to make with unions.

Professor Susan Poehls was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy by Stetson University College of Law during its three-day conference, Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills, lasting from May 22-24.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in multiple articles published by Washington Examiner, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, CBS Sacramento, and Trivalleycentral.com from May 21-23 regarding the new Los Angeles law that limits the number of medical marijuana dispensaries and regulates many of the rights these establishments have. 

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by Yahoo! News on May 21 regarding the limited power the mayor of Los Angeles has in a government as structured as that of the city, offering a reason for the lack of a front-runner in the race. 

Professor Dana Warren was quoted in article published by the Los Angeles Business Journal on May 20 regarding the recent developments that are being made by law firms to cater to digital companies that seek to combine entertainment and technology. 

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by the Los Angeles Times on May 19 regarding the decision of a Norwalk judge to overturn a murder sentence into an involuntary manslaughter sentence involving the killing of a 19-year-old man.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in articles published by philly.com, and Newsday Westchester from May 19-20 regarding the funding that internet billionaires in the Silicon Valley are providing to New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, who is over 3000 miles away from Southern California.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article published by dailybreeze.com on May 18 regarding the outside spending involved with the mayoral race of Los Angeles.

Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocence was mentioned in an article published by NBC Los Angeles on May 16 for its work in exoneration.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article that was published by USC’s neontommy.com on May 16 regarding the sources of donations that candidates in the mayoral election of Los Angeles received, focusing on the large number of funds generated from the Westside.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article published by NBC News on May 14 regarding the legal actions that are going to follow the disappearance of 1,700 wild horses, which authorities believed were sold to a Mexican slaughterhouse by a single rancher.

Professor Ellen Aprill was quoted in multiple articles published by KCLU, Marketplace, Bloomberg, Homeland Security Newswire, Delawareonline.com, The Huffington Post, Democratic Underground, DailyBulletin.com, Truthout, and TheLedger.com from May 13-17 regarding the recent efforts groups are making to become exempt from taxes in relation to their political activity.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in articles published by KUNC and GPB News on May 12 regarding the approach of attorney Judy Clarke, who despite having defended high profile defendants, is quieter than most expect. 

Professor Priscilla Ocen was quoted in an article published by The Bulletin on May 11 regarding Assata Shakur, an American woman who eventually became one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorist. 

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in multiple articles written by Sporting News, The Washington Post, Gatorsports.com, Clarion-Ledger.com, , WCTB-TV, examiner.com, masslive.com, PIX 11, CBS New York, Daily Herald, Capital Bay, CBS Las Vegas, denverpost.com, Pat Dollard, Akron Beacon Journal Online, Winston-Salem Journal, CDAPress.com, Fox News, Zimbio, U.S. News/NBC News, everythinglubbock.com, myarklamiss.com, Before It’s News, NY Daily News, The Christian Post, TriValleyCentral.com, GetMyBuzzUp, and Inland News Today from May 10-14 regarding the retrial that O.J. Simpson is seeking in his armed robbery and kidnapping case.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in by The Nation on May 1 regarding the bonuses that are being given to executives who leave large companies to fill positions in the federal government.

April

Loyola Law School’s Fidler Institute was mentioned in multiple articles written by SanLuisObispo.com, Timeonline.com, Herald and News, Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, ABCNews.com, 41WMGT NBS News,Radar Online, Trivalleycentral.com, Globe Gazette, WST Blogs, TalkLeft, Newsday Westchester, New York Magazine Blogs, PeoplePC, and GoUpstate.com from Apr. 25-30 for the speech that was delivered by long time criminal defense attorney, Judy Clarke, during the annual event.

Professor Lauren Willis was quoted in multiple articles written by BendBulletin.com, San Jose Mercury News, Times Union, THOnline.com, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Detroit News from April 20-21 regarding the need for financial literacy programs for the youth of the county.

Professor Ellen Aprill was mentioned for her participation in a web chat for OpenSecrets.org on April 18 focusing on "Shadow Money Magic."

Professor John Nockleby was a guest in a segment for KPCC-FM on April 15 regarding the case of Wanetta Gibson, who after accusing a professional football player of rape, faces legal troubles of her own.

Professor Lauren Willis was quoted in an article by The Modesto Bee on April 15 regarding the financial literacy programs that are being put together for the youth.

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in multiple articles by Inside Bay Area, Kingsport Times News,Pendleton Times Post, Washington Examiner, NBC Miami, NBC Bay Area, Press-Citizen, Chambersburg Public Opinion, Trivalley Central,and Pollstar from April 13-15 regarding the process of jury selection for the most recent case relating to the death of Michael Jackson.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article by Redlands Daily Facts on April 12 regarding the mayoral race between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel in Los Angeles.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by the Los Angeles Times on April 10 regarding a recent investigation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by KTLA on April 11 regarding the Los Angeles Police Department’s announcement to keep celebrity “swatting” a secret.

Professor Stanley Goldman was quoted by in an article by Yahoo! Music on Apr. 10regarding the trial to be carried out involving the family of Michael Jackson and AEG promoters.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in multiple articles by Program Business, Cal Watch Dog, San Luis Obispo Tribune, and the Merced Sun-Star from April 4-8 regarding the use of Consumer Watchdog in the healthcare industry.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by the Morning Call on April 4 regarding the possibility of former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey K. Skilling having his 24-year prison sentence shortened.    

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson participated in a panel on KPCC FM on April 4 regarding the political and financial conflicts of interest that Consumer Watchdog for government work creates.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by reason.com on April 4 regarding the possible use of drones in police departments, such as those used by the military.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article by Imperial Valley Press on Apr. 3 regarding the spike for thousands of small business who receive healthcare from Anthem Blue Cross.

Professor Lauren Willis was quoted in an article by Douglas Count Empire Press on April 3 regarding the efforts parents are making in bringing financial literacy to high school student through mandatory courses on FLE.

Professor John T. Nockleby was quoted in an article by Entertainment on Today on April 2 regarding the recent charges brought by Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, against AEG Live; Katherine claims that promoters did not ensure Jackson was healthy enough to perform.

Professor Laruen Willis was quoted in articles by CreditCards.com and Fox Business from April 1-3 regarding the importance of paying off debt.

March 

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article by the Press Telegram on March 30 regarding the decision made by the San Gabriel City Council to not seat Councilman-elect Chin Ho Liao because of challenges filed against him based on his residency.

Professor Aaron Caplan was quoted in an article by the Los Angeles Times on March 27 regarding the controversy that has resulted from the Lancaster City Council’s decision to open every meeting with a prayer. 

Professor Douglas NeJaime was quoted in multiple articles by On Top Magazine, The Morning Call, KCRW FM, Aberdeen News, UT San Diego, and OpEdNews.comfrom March 26-31 regarding the two hearings on same-sex marriage in front of the Supreme Court.

Professor Georgene Vairo was quoted in an article by Arkansas Business on March 25 regarding the effect that class-action reforms can have in federal cases.

Professor Douglas NeJaime was quoted in an article by news-journal.com on March 24 regarding the hearing that the Supreme Court heard on same-sex marriage that could make it a constitutional right in all 50 states.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article by The Daily Item on March 23 regarding the redistricting that has occurred to give political candidates a competitive edge in winning elections.

Professor Douglas NeJaime was quoted in an article by washingtonbalde.com on Mar. 22 regarding the possible delay for hearing against California’s Prop. 8 by the Supreme Court that can result from the court send the lawsuit that presents the hearing back to the state court.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 21regarding the finalization of a verdict, despite the fact that jury members regret their decision.

Professor Aaron Caplan was quoted in an article by the Long Beach Post on March 20 regarding a recent case involving a man who is planning to sue multiple parties for being deprived of handing out flyers in a public setting.

Professor Karl Manheim was a guest on a guest by KPCC FM on March 20 regarding the Horne v. USDA, which could have implications on property right and government compensation for raisin farmers.

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in an article by Redlands Daily Facts on Mar. 16 regarding the decision a San Diego Superior Court judge made in dropping damage claims made against San Bernardino Count, Upland, and two transportation agencies.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article by ArcaMax on March 12 regarding the methods many campaigns use to get across finance limits for elections. 

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by the Times-Picayune on March 8 regarding the recent case of River Birch, who after a four-year investigation will likely not face any prison time.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article by Yahoo! Sports on March 6 regarding the possible frontrunners of the mayoral race for Los Angeles.    

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by examiner.com on March 4 regarding the possibility of Lindsey Lohan facing jail time for her involvement in a car accident last summer. 

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in an article by The Daily Beast on March 4 regarding the mayoral race of Los Angeles, focusing on the stronger candidates.  

Professor Douglas NeJaime was quoted in an article by Yahoo! News on March 4 regarding the recent brief that was filed with the Supreme Court against the ban of same-sex marriage.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in an article by The Daily Beast on March 4 regarding the low number of votes anticipated in the primary for the mayoral election of Los Angeles.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt was quoted in an article by ABA Journal on March 1 regarding the potential effects that can come from Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.

February

Karl Manheim was quoted by RedlandDailyFacts.com on Feb. 5 in regards to the recent attempts to regulate medical marijuana in California cities.

Professor John Nockleby was quoted by Religious Dispatches on Feb. 6 about  the recent lawsuits made against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on allegations of sexual abuse. 

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by CNN.com, WTVR-TV, OurWeekly.com, CapitalBay.com, KYTX-TV, and TheSkanner.com from Feb. 8-10 in regards to the recent controversies that have risen against the Los Angeles Police Department due to the actions of Christopher Donner.   

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted Quad-Cities Online, Quad-Cities Times, and KCRG-TV from Feb. 8-10 regarding the conviction of Justin Marshall for first-degree murder, despite the fact that many jurors involved do not believe that he pulled the trigger to the murder weapon.

Professor Theodor Seto was quoted by Bloomberg Business Week, The Daily Item, and The Bulletin on Feb. 12 regarding the potential problem there can be in tax filing amongst married same-sex couples. 

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by The Gazette on Feb. 14 in regards to the cultural differences pertaining to legal consideration amongst foreign nationals.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by LA Progressive on Feb. 18 about the horrific conditions that prisoners in California face because of overcrowded facilities and prolonged sentences.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was a part of a panel held by Democracy Now! on Feb. 20 regarding the use of minors as informants in high-risk operations.   

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson published an article for KCET-TV on Feb. 21 regarding the mayoral race in Los Angeles, explaining how ineffective debates have been.  

Professor Laurie Levenson discussed the issue of obtaining DNA samples of people who have been arrested, but not committed of a crime in California for KPCC FM on Feb. 25.

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson published an article for KCET-TV on Feb. 26 regarding the significance of having a supermajority in the state senate can have.

Professor Stanley Goldman was quoted by the Seattle Times on Feb. 27 regarding the application of predictive policing software in the city of Seattle.

Professor Stanley Goldman was quoted by the Los Angeles Times and KTLA from Feb. 27-28 regarding the recent case, where the city of Los Angeles asked the Supreme Court to allow for the random seizure and destruction of the possessions that homeless people temporarily leave unattended, which pose public danger. 

January

On Jan. 1, Professor Katie Pratt was quoted by Marketplace regarding the impact on the IRS of a potential deal to avert the fiscal-cliff crisis.

On Jan. 3, Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson published a blog post in KCET-TV’s SoCal Focus section, “Should We Just Let Doctors and Legislators Do Their Jobs?” that analogized the pharmaceutical industry with the political process.

On Jan. 4, Professor Daniel Lazaroff was quoted in a widely syndicated Los Angeles Times story about the endgame for the National Hockey League’s lockout.

On Jan. 4, Professor Stan Goldman discussed on KPCC-FM’s AirTalk the voiding of a man’s conviction for rape based on an 1870s-era law.

On Jan. 5, Professor Ted Seto was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal story about the tactics employed by the UC Hastings College of Law to boost its rankings.

On Jan. 7, Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in articles by the New York Daily News  and the Associated Press about the significance of the preliminary hearing for James Holmes, the man charged in last July’s movie-theater killings in Colorado.

On Jan. 8, Professor Douglas NeJaime published an op-ed in the Advocate on Jan. 8 regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to hear two cases relating to marriage equality.

On Jan. 9, Professor Karl Manheim discussed the feasibility and constitutionality of gun-control measures being evaluated by the Obama Administration and Congress on KCAL-TV.

On Jan. 11, Professor Cyn Yamashiro discussed the culpability of juvenile defendants and the use of juvenile neurobiology in a segment about the 10-year-old Riverside boy charged with murder in the shooting death of his father on KPCC-FM’s AirTalk.  

On Jan. 12, Professor Laurie Levenson was a part of a discussion held by the Federal Judicial Center to present its annual “Supreme Court: The Term in Review (2011-2012).”

On Jan. 14, Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson published a blog post in KCET-TV’s SoCal Focus section about the influence that campaign funds will play in the Los Angeles mayoral race.

Between Jan. 15-18, Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in widely syndicated stories by the Los Angeles Times, CNN and other outlets about the potential legal repercussions for Lance Armstrong after he admitted using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

On Jan. 18, Professor Doug NeJaime (along with co-author Nan D. Hunter), published “Exploring the Legacies of Roe and Lawrence” on the Huffington Post.

On Jan. 21, Professor Stanley Goldman was referenced in an article on Broadway World for his participation as a guest speaker for the 2013 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program held by the MENSCH International Foundation.

On Jan. 22, Clinical Professor Maureen Pacheco discussed the ability of juveniles to distinguish right from wrong on KPCC-FM’s Take Two.

On Jan. 22, Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson published a blog post in KCET-TV’s SoCal Focus section about the recent fundraiser that State Senators Ricardo Lara and Ron Calderon held at a Lady Gaga concert.

On Jan. 23, Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by the Modesto Bee, Los Angeles Times and LA Weeklyabout the possibility for criminal charges against Cardinal Roger Mahony and his top aides for their handling of the clergy sex-abuse scandal.

On Jan. 25, Professor Karl Manheim was quoted by TechNewsWorld.com about the demand of data by French officials from Twitter in a French hate-speech case.

On Jan. 25, Professor Doug NeJaime was quoted by the Washington Blade about a 40-page brief outlining the prospects for defending the Defense of Marriage Act.

On Jan. 26, Professor David Glazier was quoted in a New York Times column about the case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of aiding the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

On Jan. 28, Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in a widely syndicated Associated Press story about the high-profile murder trial of Jody Arias.

On Jan. 28, Professor Lauren Willis was quoted in the CardHub story, “Ask the Experts: The Argument Against Financial Literacy Programs?”

On Jan. 29, Professor Stan Goldman was quoted in widely syndicated Associated Press story about Rickie Lee Fowler, who was sentenced to death for his role in setting a San Bernardino fire that caused the death by heart attack of five men.

On Jan. 31, Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by Fox News about Lindsay Lohan’s hiring of a new attorney.

2012

December

Associate Dean Michael Waterstone published an op-ed about the Senate's stalling on a vote to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Associate Professor Doug NeJaime discussed on To the Point and KCET-TV's SoCal Connected the potential Supreme Court review of same-sex-marriage laws. He was also quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Democrat,Press-Telegram, Law.com and The Blog of Legal Timeson the topic.

Professor Jan Costello was quoted in by The Press-Enterpriseon December 6 about mandated reporters, and how their duties are only legally limited to their jobs.

Associate Professor Paula Mitchell was mentioned in an article by The StandDown Texas Project on Dec. 3 for her research alongside Judge Arthur Alarcon on the death penalty.  

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson published an article for KCET-TV on December 3 about the influence that funds have on elections.    

Professor Ellen Aprill published a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times about charitable organizations disclosing the names of donors.

November

Professor Dan Selmi successfully argued a case advocating for pollution controls in the California Supreme Court.

May

Professor Kathleen Kim was quoted by the New York TimesBusiness Insider and KPCC's OnCentral blog about the Supreme Court's ruling of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070.

Professor Doug NeJaime discussed the First Circuit decision to rule3 DOMA unconstitutional in The New York TimesSF ChronicleWashington Blade, Los Angeles Daily JournalCity News and Law360.

Associate Visiting Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in The Sacramento Bee about super PAC spending and their influence on campaigns.

Adjunct Professor Paula Mitchell and Judge Arthur L. Alarcón's study on the rising costs of the death penalty was cited by the Los Angeles Times in an article endorsing the SAFE California Act.

Yxta Maya Murray was cited for her paper on Feminist Engagement and the Museum which was published in volume one of the British Journal of American Legal Studies.

Associate Visiting Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson wrote about the effect of California's $16 billion budget deficit on Governor Jerry Brown's reelection.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted in the Orange County Register on the trial for a former Fullerton police chief and his role in the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas.

Professor Stanley Goldman discussed whether voters are qualified to vote for judges on KPCC-FM.

Associate Visiting Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson wrote about the traffic jams caused by President Obama's trips to campaign fundraisers on KCET's SoCal Focus blog.

April

Professor Dan Schechter discussed the lawsuit filed by beating victim Bryan Stow against the Dodgers on KPCC-FM.

Professor Katie Pratt discussed on Marketplace the myriad hidden taxes Americans pay without realizing it.

Professor Brietta Clark was quoted on KPCC-FM's On Central about the Supreme Court oral arguments before the Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

March

Professor Jay Dougherty was quoted in a Hollywood Reporter story about the wake of litigation against studios that may follow Nicollette Sheridan's lawsuit against ABC.

Professor David Glazier discussed the First Amendment rights of a Marine officer who denounced President Obama on Facebook on CNN's Situation Room and with the AP.

Professor Marcy Strauss was quoted in Bloomberg BNA's Criminal Law Reporter about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Howes v. Fields regarding the interrogation of prisoners.

February

Professor Lauren Willis published an op-ed about Freeman v. Quicken Loans, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on the transparency of mortgage fees.

Clinical Professor Susan Bakhshian was quoted about bar-review instruction techniques in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Associate Professor Douglas NeJaime was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about a petition for rehearing on Prop. 8 by opponents of same-sex marriage.

Associate Professor Douglas NeJaime discussed the Ninth Circuit's ruling in the Prop. 8 case with the Associated PressBay CitizenLos Angeles TimesNew York Times and To the Point.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff discussed how confidential informants snitch to avoid jail time for their crimes on Boston's Fox 25.

Professor Jennifer Rothman published an op-ed, "Occupy the public domain," about the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Golan v. Holder.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff's expertise on confidential informants and her website, Snitching.org, were featured on Narco Confidential, a blog of the Houston Chronicle.

January

Associate Professor Justin Levitt will brief the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on redistricting and the Voting Rights Act as part of a panel of voting rights scholars.

Associate Visiting Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about corrupt business practices at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Professor David Glazier discussed the sentencing of the last Marine to stand trial for killing 24 Iraqis civilians on KPCC-FM'sMadeleine Brand Show, on Associated Press Television News and in the Los Angeles Times.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by CNN about perjury charges in the Penn State sex-abuse case.

Professor Stan Goldman was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily News story about the extradition process of returning a suspected murderer from Mexico to stand trial in California.

Professor Michael Waterstone published an op-ed about North Carolina's move to make reparations to victims of eugenics on the Huffington Post.

Associate Visiting Clinical Professor Jessica Levinsonwrote about super PAC contributions to political campaigns for KCET's SoCal Focus blog.

Professor David Glazier was quoted in an Associated Press story about the last Marine to stand trial for killing 24 Iraqis in Haditha.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt published an op-ed about the Supreme Court's hearing arguments on Texas redistricting efforts on Miller-McCune. He ran another op-ed on looming redistricting challenges in the Huffington Post.

Professor Stan Goldman discussed on KNX-1070 AM the California Supreme Court's reversal of two death-penalty sentences in the last month.

Professor Karl Manheim discussed the constitutionality of President Obama's appointment of consumer chief Richard Cordray on KPCC-FM's AirTalk.

2011

Professor John Nockleby was quoted by the Associated Press about the rationale behind a $150 billion civil judgment.

Professor David Glazier discussed the sentencing of a pirate commander on NPR affiliate WCVE-FM. He was quoted by Mother Jones about the National Defense Authorization Act.

Professor Kathleen Kim was quoted in a Salt Lake City Deseret News story about the results of human-trafficking legislation.

Professor Kathleen Kim discussed human-trafficking issues involved in the case of Lawrence Taylor with CBS News.

Professor Karl Manheim discussed on KPCC-FM's AirTalk with Larry Mantle the Supreme Court's decision to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Associate Professor Doug NeJaime discussed on Which Way, L.A.? the California Supreme Court's ruling that Prop. 8 proponents may challenge a lower court's overturning of the ban.

The Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review released its inaugural Supreme Court issue, which features a tribute to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.

Professor Ted Seto's report, "Cost-Effective Recruiting: New Data," appeared in Bloomberg Law Reports' Law Firm Management.

Professor Laurie Levenson discussed on NPR's Morning Edition recent expert testimony in the trial of Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt's All About Redistricting website was featured in a New York Times story, "Battles to Shape Maps, and Congress, Go to Courts."

Professor Brietta Clark was quoted by the Associated Press about a Los Angeles midwife charged with performing an unlicensed delivery of a baby.

Loyola's Project for the Innocent was featured in the Los Angeles Times and KPCC-FM for its work to free Obie Anthony, a man serving LWOP for a murder he did not commit.

The Center for the Study of Law & Genocide was profiled in the Jewish Journal for bestowing its inaugural Raphael Lemkin Award on the Hon. Gabriel Bach for his role in the Eichmann trial.

Professor Laurie Levenson was quoted by the Los Angeles Times about the challenges of convicting police officers for their conduct.

The Loyola Student Bar Association won the Diversity Award, one of six awards presented by the ABA, for its Diversity Week Committee.

Associate Professor Aaron Caplan was quoted by the Associated Press about the free-speech implications of the shut down of cell service on San Francisco commuter trains.

Professor Ellen Aprill was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about tax breaks for members of the clergy.

Professor Kimberly West-Faulcon published an op-ed, "The Real Cheating Scandal of Standardized Tests," on Miller-McCune.com.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff discussed the role of snitching in the London uprising on the CBC-TV's Connect with Mark Kelley.

Professor Dan Lazaroffdiscussed the NBA lockout on Lawyer2Lawyer, a Legal Talk Network podcast.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt's presentation on redistricting to the L.A. Board of Supervisors aired on KPCC-FM.

Professor Ted Seto's law review article "Where Do Partners Come From?" was featured on the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog and the ABA Journal.

Visiting Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson published an op-ed about citizens' rights to see legislators' budget and spending records on the KCET-TV blog.

Professor Dan Lazaroff was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about a possible resolution to the NBA lockout.

Associate Professor Justin Levittdiscussed California redistricting efforts on KPCC-FM.

Associate Professor Doug NeJaime appeared on the NBC Nightly News to discuss same-sex marriage.

Professor Ted Seto was quoted about the constitutionality of the debt ceiling on Frum Forum.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt's web guide to the redistricting process, All About Redistricting, was profiled by Miller-McCune.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was profiled in LMU, the magazine of Loyola Marymount University.

Associate Professor Doug NeJaime published an op-ed, "Same-sex marriage: Married but unequal," in the Los Angeles Times.

Associate Professor Doug NeJaime was quoted in a New York Times story about the implications for the Defense of Marriage Act of New York's new law allowing same-sex marriage.

Professor Dan Schechter was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the Dodgers' bankruptcy filing.

Clinical Professor Bob Brain was quoted in a USA Today story about the Supreme Court's recent opinion rejecting a California law banning sales of violent video games to minors.

Professor Laurie Levenson discussed California's death-penalty policies and spending on KPCC-FM's Madeleine Brand Show.

Professor Michael Waterstone published the op-ed, "Taking Care of Our Wounded Warriors," in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Adjunct Professor Paula Mitchell's Loyola of Los Angeles Law Reviewarticle, written with Judge Arthur L. Alarcón, on California's death penalty was cited by CNN, the L.A. Times and others.

Professor Ellen Aprill's law review article, "The Law of the Word: Dictionary Shopping in the Supreme Court," was cited in a New York Times column about dictionary citations in opinions.

Associate Professor Justin Levitt launched All About Redistricting, a comprehensive online guide to the nationwide redistricting process featuring interactive maps, analysis and more.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff discussed the role of snitching in the arrest of a suspect in the Dodger Stadium beating on KPCC-FM's Patt Morrison Show.

Professor Ellen Aprill was quoted by Bloomberg News about corporate donations to advocacy groups.

Associate Professor Justin Levittdiscussed voter ID requirements on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

Professor David Glazier published an op-ed assessing how the killing of Osama bin Laden comported with international law in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Professor Michael Guttentag was quoted in a Corporate Governance story about the effects of SEC reporting rules on social-media companies' decisions about public offerings.

Professor Alexandra Natapoff was quoted in a New Yorker story about the FBI's use of criminal informants.

Professor Charlotte Goldberg was quoted by the Associated Press about the potential divorce arrangements between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

Clinical Professor Maureen Pacheco published an op-ed, "Don't re-traumatize foster youths in court," in the Los Angeles Daily News.

Professor Emeritus Bob Benson published an op-ed about Frank Gehry's architecture at Loyola on Miller-McCune.

Professor Jennifer Rothman was quoted in a Reuters story about the constitutionality of a proposed San Francisco ban.

Associate Professor Aaron Caplan published a series of op-eds, "Does WikiLeaks have anything to do with the Internet?" in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.

Professor David Glazier was quoted by Agence France-Presse about the Obama Administration's decision to try terror suspects before military tribunals.

Professor Kimberly West-Faulcon was quoted in a Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal story about the new California labor commissioner.

Professor Stan Goldman discussed the early release of a man convicted of killing a missing SDSU student on KNBC-TV.

Professor Bryan Hull was quoted in the Inland Empire Daily Bulletin about how bribery allegations could affect a San Bernardino County settlement contract dispute.

Professor Jay Dougherty was quoted in USA Today online about Sarah Palin's move to trademark her name.

Dean Victor Gold published an opinion piece on the Huffington Post questioning the omission of diversity as a criterion in U.S. News and World Report's overall law school rankings.

Professor Dan Lazaroff was quoted in Variety about how the McCourt divorce could affect Dodgers TV rights.

Clinical Professor Scott Wood was featured in an Azteca America story about a campus talk by Franky Carrillo, who was wrongfully convicted of murder. A story also aired on KNX-1070 AM.

Loyola Law School was ranked No. 54 out of 190 law schools nationally by U.S. News & World Report. It was ranked No. 5 for trial advocacy, No. 9 for diversity and No. 10 for tax law.

Loyola's Center for the Study of Law and Genocide was profiled in a KPCC-FM story about art looted during the Armenian Genocide.

Professor David Glazier was quoted in a widely published Associated Press story about the last Marine to be tried for the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha. He was also quoted in the Los Angeles Times story, “U.S. troops need better training on laws of war, experts say,” that appeared in an array of publications, including Stars & Stripes.

Professor Stan Goldman discussed the California Supreme Court’s reversal of two death sentences within a month’s span on KNX-1070 AM.

Professor Laurie Levenson appeared on the NBC Nightly News to discuss the case of a New York woman who used a shotgun to shoot an intruder in self defense on New Year’s Eve.

Associate Visiting Professor Jessica Levinson contributed several KCET.org blog posts:"Plenty of money to go around in 2012? With super PACS, it looks like it;" "Redistricting: Should Valley districts completely stay within the Valley?;" "2012: The year we bid adieu to redevelopment agencies

Associate Professor Justin Levitt weighed in on states’ redistricting efforts in several outlets including Thomson Reuters News and Insight, Huffington Post, and Miller-McCune.

Professor Karl Manheim discussed on KPCC-FM’s AirTalk constitutional questions surrounding Obama’s recess appointment of the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Professor Michael Waterstone published an op-ed about a proposal for reparations for victims of a North Carolina eugenics program on the Huffington Post.

Professor Scott Wood was quoted in Tidings story about the Center for Restorative Justice and its upcoming symposium, “Another Way: Imagining a Future of Justice that Restores.”

Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity is an excellent new site — just launched Friday — for anyone interested in the right of publicity (the limited right to control the use of one’s name or likeness for commercial purposes). Rothman is Professor Jennifer Rothman (Loyola Law School), one of the nation’s leading experts on the right of publicity. It will be useful to lawyers, academics, law students, public policy advocates and anyone else interested in the subject.
"You actually don't have to do anything," says [Georgene] Vairo. "The class actions that have been filed already cover everyone in the country who owns a TDI."
Professor Ted Seto’s study of law school graduate employment outcomes is cited in a report that ranks Loyola Law School, Los Angeles No. 8 on a list of Best Law Schools for Small Law. The issue’s “Guide to LLM Programs” notes Loyola’s LLM Specializations.
Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson said the state’s proposal might simply push more of the fundraising to candidates and parties.
“California is trying to come out in front of this issue and, frankly, severely restrict the number of IEs that will be considered independent,” Levinson said. “Increasingly it’s a question of how and where do you want the money to flow, not whether it’s going to flow.”
Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson said she was not surprised by the panel's decision that there was no deliberate attempt to leak information to influence the proceeding, nor by its decision to drop the threatened sanctions.
"It was a very strong reaction about what they feared might have been done behind the scenes," Levenson said, and Wilson "was just the one to catch the flak."
Even as it promises to reduce mandatory minimum sentencing and the three strikes mandatory life provision for some drug offenders, the bill creates new provisions for mandatory minimums in other areas, and takes pains to draw a line between violent and nonviolent crimes. Those compromises will do little to nothing to significantly reduce mass incarceration, said Eric Miller, a professor at Loyola Law School. "The relationship of guns and other weapons to violence and crime is a complicated one, and it looks like crimes of violence is driving the expansion of the prison populations," Miller said.
Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola Law School and a longtime supporter of the bill, joined in singing the bill's praises. "People who knew what was going on in the criminal justice system have seen the train wreck of mandatory minimum sentencing of drug offenders for a long time," she said. Levenson described it as "fantastic" that the public and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle "woke up and finally realized we can't just throw everybody in prison forever."
From a legal standpoint, the case boils down to whether California's Byzantine ballot system allows such political maneuvers by the Legislature. But to many observers, including those who want to see the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling wiped away, the practical question is whether the Legislature should be cluttering already-cluttered ballots with advisory questions.
"It's a case of first impression," said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola law professor specializing in election law. "This shouldn't be about whether you like Citizens United. It should be about what the Legislature gets to use the ballot for."
Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, documented every credible allegation of voter impersonation between 2000 and early 2014. His conclusion? Out of the more than 1 billion ballots cast in that period in primary and general elections, there were 31 credible allegations — not even instances of proven fraud — of someone voting under another’s name. That’s less than 0.0000031 percent of the time — and some could have been clerical errors.
It is obvious that Capitelli "shouldn't have taken" Meehan as a client, said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola University law professor and the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission's president. "His vote ended up financially benefiting him."
Earlier this year, the district attorney rejected another Cosby case presented by the LAPD because the alleged incident occurred in 1974. Under California law, the legal deadline for prosecuting most rape cases involving an adult victim is 10 years. In most other adult sex-crime cases — including the type Goins is alleging — the statute of limitations is generally six years, according to Laurie Levenson, a Loyola law professor and former prosecutor. That would place Goins’ case outside the time allowed for prosecution.
One comprehensive study by Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, looked at 14 years of voter fraud cases in the United States. That study found just 31 credible cases of fraud by impersonation."
To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents ... come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014," Levitt wrote. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period."
The nature of the O'Bannon decision "does not immunize the amateurism rule from further attack," said Dan Lazaroff, a professor emeritus at Loyola Law School.
With many skeptical about the true degree of amateurism in college sports, the legal system may yet rewrite the rules. "I don't foresee the end of this debate," Lazaroff said. "It's not over by a longshot."
Wednesday’s ruling was such a “mixed bag,” according to Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, professor Dan Lazaroff, that both sides of the argument could find reasons to feel as if they prevailed. Within the 78-page opinion, amateurism as a concept was upheld as a legitimate business justification for the NCAA’s restrictions but also was said to not make the NCAA immune from further antitrust inquiry in upcoming litigation.“
The case perpetuates the notion that they are amateurs and rules that preserve that alleged amateur status are valid,” Mr. Lazaroff said, “which is contrary to what some of us think the characterization should be going forward.”
“Each side is going to claim some victory here, and each side is going to recognize that they didn’t get everything they wanted,” said Daniel Lazaroff, former director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute and a professor emeritus at Loyola Law School. “The ruling certainly doesn’t endorse the idea that these players are not students first and that they generate a lot of money. It takes the position that amateurism is legitimate. It recognizes that this is a commercial activity, but the focus is on how that activity functions in the context of the athletes still being students.”
Daniel Lazaroff, a professor emeritus at Loyola Law School, said the plaintiffs did not gain much in the panel decision because NCAA colleges already offer full scholarships to many student-athletes. "How can the principal elements of a multimillion dollar enterprise (i.e., the players) be
considered amateurs?" [Lazaroff] asked in an email.
Alexandra Natapoff of Loyola contended at the conference that plea bargaining should be firmly placed on the list of factors that produce wrongful convictions. Plea bargaining is not just a process through which the innocent are convicted, but a cause in and of itself. Differential sentencing is a huge part of the problem. Defendants faced with a plea offer typically experience a perilous choice: take a lenient sentence upfront or risk a much more severe sentence if found guilty at trial.
Professor Emeritus Dan Lazaroff’s law review article, “The NCAA in Its Second Century: Defender of Amateurism or Antitrust Recidivist?” from the Oregon Law Review is cited in today’s opinion in O’Bannon v. NCAA by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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The NCAA began to strengthen its enforcement capabilities in 1948, when it adopted what became known as the “Sanity Code”—a set of rules that prohibited schools from giving athletes financial aid that was based on athletic ability and not available to ordinary students. See Daniel E. Lazaroff, The NCAA in Its Second Century: Defender of Amateurism or Antitrust Recidivist?, 86 Or. L. Rev. 329, 333 (2007). The Sanity Code also created a new “compliance mechanism” to enforce the NCAA’s rules—“a Compliance Committee that could terminate an institution’s NCAA membership.” Id
Professor Alexandra Natapoff discusses the world of FBI informants, brought to the light of the mainstream public with the Whitey Bulger movie “Black Mass,” with NPR’s “On Point.”
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"Sophisticated, well-funded special interests are playing a long game," said Jessica Levinson, a campaign finance expert and Loyola Law School professor. "It makes a lot of sense to invest early in people who are attuned to your needs and are in position to vote your way when the time comes."
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Loyola Law School professor Alexandra Natapoff, who writes a blog on Snitching.org, said the use of a confidential informant in the Jones case is another example of a "black market, off-the-record way of running the criminal justice system" that gets almost no scrutiny.
Professor Jessica Levinson’s op-ed attempts to reconcile the Citizens United campaign finance decision with the words and deeds of Hillary Clinton.
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Hillary Clinton, who has raised almost $47 million for her presidential campaign, has set her sights on reducing the influence of money in politics, with a special focus on limiting the impact of the Supreme Court’s now-infamous Citizens United decision. Clinton does not like Citizens United, but she also likely loathes the group behind the decision. Citizens United is, after all, actually all about Clinton.
While there are many issues in the world we live in that seem to divide us, I have always thought education could never be counted as among these. Sure, we might have disagreements about education policy, but it seems hard to believe that anyone would truly be against more education programs. So imagine my surprise when I recently came across a research paper in the Iowa Law Review entitled “Against Financial Literacy Education,” written by Loyola Law School Los Angeles law professor Lauren Willis in 2008.
Even when legal, some expenses still might not be appropriate, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School who specializes in campaign finance.
“The line should be drawn a bit more stringently to really say these are funds that were given to allow you, legislator, to get your message out to obtain voters, and these aren’t funds that were given out so that you could obtain personal perks,” said Levinson, also president of Los Angeles’ Ethics Commission. “A lot of what we’re seeing here looks more like personal perks than bona fide governmental or legislative purposes.”