Loyola Spotlight Articles

  • Social-Justice Minded Student Uses Evening Program For Career Reboot

    Evening student Kathleen Becket ’18, a native of Davis, Calif., is growing her skills and her social justice goals during her time at Loyola Law School. Loyola’s part-time JD program is enabling her to fulfill her ambition to be an advocate and an agent of change.

  • Protecting the Electoral Process

    As a fractious, surreal presidential election enters the final stretch, emotions and distractions abound. But Loyola Law School’s Jessica Levinson remains focused on shining light on fundamental issues that imperil and distort our democratic process.  

  • For JD/Tax LLM Student with Tax Background, Loyola an Obvious Choice

    It makes sense that Estevan Fernandez ’18 would be one of the handful of Loyola students working toward earning a JD and an LLM in tax simultaneously. He began doing people’s taxes when he was only 19 years old.

  • Networking and Developing Practical Skillsets Means Everything to This Tax Professor

    Carried interest. Depreciation. Itemized deductions. Tax terms have entered the American lexicon during the 2016 presidential election cycle like never before. The prominence of tax issues underscores the importance of skilled professionals who can spot tax issues, interpret tax policy and deal with the change that comes with a new president’s policies. Enter Loyola Tax LLM Director Jennifer Kowal, who has long understood the critical role tax professionals play in our country.

  • Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent to Celebrate Innocence Day with Exoneree Speakers & Film Screening

    The Project for the Innocent at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (LPI) will celebrate Innocence Day today at 4 p.m. with a talk featuring exoneree Gary Tyler and a screening of “Cast the First Stone,” a documentary depicting Tyler’s time leading a prison drama club. To be held on Loyola’s downtown LA campus, the screening will celebrate today’s order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader proclaiming LPI’s client, Kash Delano Register, actually innocent of the murder for which he wrongfully spent 34 years in prison.

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    At Juvenile Sentencing Clinic, Students Get Their Day in Court

    Culminating a year in which students in the Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic (JIFS) wrote 15 appellate briefs, argued motions in four different superior courts, represented clients at five parole hearings, and welcomed three clients home after being released on parole. Clinic students also did five oral arguments in California Court of Appeal: four in the Second District and one in the Fourth District. 

  • A Conversation with Dean Michael Waterstone

    We sat down with Dean Waterstone at the law school’s Frank Gehry-designed campus located in downtown Los Angeles to talk about Loyola, his experience, and his new role as Dean.

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    'Disso Queen' Alumna Laura Wasser Tapped to Represent Angelina Jolie

    Laura Wasser '94 has made international headlines for her representation of Angelina Jolie in divorce proceedings against Brad Pitt. The subject of a glowing recent New York Times profile of her career, Wasser is no stranger to celebrity clients. Her roster includes Johnny Depp, Gwen Stefani, Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Maria Shriver, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera -- earning her the moniker “Disso Queen” in deference to the high rate of success she has had in procuring dissolution of marriage agreements.

  • JIFS Clinic Gives Student the Chance to Make A Difference

    Arguing on behalf of a client before the California Court of Appeal recently, student Lauren Sapp ’17 reaffirmed her mantra: “Helping out a real person, there’s nothing like it; it means everything to me,” she said. As a member of Loyola’s Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic, Sapp is charged with crafting legal arguments and personal narratives to advocate for the early release of her clients – mostly adults serving life in prison on sentences handed down on juvenile convictions. It can be labor-intensive: For her recent appearance, Sapp pored over 20-year-old court transcripts for days, preparing herself for nearly any question the presiding judges might throw her way.

  • New Assistant Director of Admissions Continues JD Evening Program Mission

    Oscar Sanchez is the new Assistant Director of Admissions at Loyola Law School, joining in March, and he is mainly focused on the JD Evening Program, one of the largest, most highly regarded programs of its kind in the United States — and No. 1 on the West Coast.

  • A Former Partner, Professor Views Students as ‘New Associates’

    For most of Director of Concentrations Gary Craig’s students, class is just another day at the office.

  • For Alumna with Health Law Aspirations, Loyola the Perfect Fit

    Aliza Grossman’s legal career came down to one pivotal phone call.

  • Director of Admissions Committed to Accessibility, Diversity, Service to Society

    Kelly Greer’s time as a Loyola Law student continues to guide her work today as the school’s Director of Admissions.

  • Training the Next Generation of Advocates

    Professor Sean Kennedy ’89, Kaplan & Feldman Executive Director of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, leads by example and encourages students to a gain deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty and injustice.

  • Alumna Embraces Social Justice at Firm that Fights for the Underdog

    Jane Abzug ’15 is an associate at Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP, a Los Angeles-based plaintiffs’ firm. As a law student, Abzug worked at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

  • Library Director Guides Students at All Chapters of Career

    When William M. Rains Library Director Daniel Martin describes his expansive repository of books and technology as “home away from home,” he’s not exaggerating – much.

  • Admissions Dean Hones Eye for Outstanding Students

    Talent. Diversity. Achievement. Experience. When Jannell Lundy Roberts, the senior assistant dean for admissions and enrollment services, looks over an admissions application to Loyola Law School, she looks for exceptionalism in many forms. She finds it in the myriad ways prospective students contribute to the community.

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    Former NCAA Football Player Finds Footing at Clippers

    Jonathan Mputu ’17 is spending his summer as a legal intern in the Office of the General Counsel of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. A former NCAA Division I wide receiver already with experience at sports talent agencies, the third-year law student is enrolled in Loyola’s Entertainment Law Concentration and Sports Law Course of Study.

  • For Olympic Silver Medalist, Law School Came Naturally

    If Brittany Hayes ’13 learned one thing during her journey to a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, it was that stress is relative. 

  • Revamped Orientation Puts Social Justice, Practical Training First

     “When I hand you your degree in three years, you are going to be transformed,” said Fritz B. Burns Dean Michael Waterstone at the plenary session of Loyola Law School’s revamped New Student Orientation, held August 9-11. Professors and alumni worked quickly to make good on that promise, leading sessions on everything from developing relationships with clients from underserved populations to hot topics like online privacy, transgender equality and human trafficking. Meanwhile, the new “First To Go” program provided advice to new students making their families’ first foray into law school.



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