Loyola Law School 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:

2/27- CBS 

TRIAL DATE SET FOR LORI LOUGHLIN IN COLLEGE BRIBERY SCANDAL AS LAWYERS CLAIM NEW EVIDENCE CLEARS HER OF WRONGDOING 

“It gives the defense some ammunition to say that, in fact, Loughlin and others didn’t really agree that this was a bribe,” Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson told CBS2. 


2/25- San Jose Inside 

PART II: FOR CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS, CHARITY OFTEN BEGINS AT HOME 

California’s requirement that these kinds of interactions be disclosed as behested payments promotes transparency in state government, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and former president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. 


2/25- NBC News 

WEINSTEIN'S N.Y. CONVICTION IS A 'SIGNIFICANT WIN' FOR COMING L.A. CASE, EXPERTS SAY 

"I think that this was a huge win for New York, but it was also a significant win for Los Angeles," said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School. "It's a good sign for the prosecution in Los Angeles that if they present a solid case and their witnesses are believable, that they're likely to get a conviction." 


2/24- KCRW-FM 

SUPREME COURT LETS TRUMP DENY GREEN CARDS TO IMMIGRANTS USING PUBLIC SERVICES 

It will be harder for low income immigrants to be able to either stay here, get green cards, get work visas, obtain citizenship, there is now a rule brick immigration official can look at,” said Jessica Levinson, law professor at Loyola Law School. 


2/22- Bloomberg 

VW Diesel Drivers Head To Trial After Spurning $10 Billion Deal 

The “Dieselgate” case to go to trial could further sully the company’s reputation if jurors find that its conduct was egregious enough to warrant punitive damages -- what Loyola Law School Professor Adam Zimmerman calls the “big-ticket item.” 


2/21- Mercury News 

STEAK DINNERS, SECRET DONORS: HOW THE TECH CAUCUS IS COURTING SILICON VALLEY WITH CHARITY 


2/20- Bloomberg 

JUDICIARY STRIKES BACK AFTER TRUMP PRESSURE ON ROGER STONE 

Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Loyola Law School, said the message to Trump was unmistakable. “She said what what every other judge was thinking, which is that what he did was totally inappropriate,” said Levenson. “She was saying back off.” 


2/20- CalMatters 

STEAK DINNERS, SECRET DONORS: HOW THE TECH CAUCUS IS COURTING SILICON VALLEY WITH CHARITY 

Even if the law permits selling speaking slots at a meeting, the practice raises questions about whether policymakers are getting the best information, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and former president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. 


2/20- The Progressive 

UNEQUAL JUSTICE: THE FEUD BETWEEN TRUMP AND BARR IS A GRAND ILLUSION 

Unfortunately, the unitary executive theory is not easily dismissed, as the Constitution indeed establishes a single-person executive, as opposed to a committee. Nonetheless, zealots like Barr hold distorted positions on the President’s Article II powers. As professors Karl Manheim and Allan Ides of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, observed in an oft-quoted 2006 essay: 


2/20- Los Angeles Times 

ROGER STONE SENTENCING SEEN AS TEST OF JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE 


2/19- East Bay Times 

THE NEW THING FOR CALIFORNIA POLITICIANS? SWEET CHARITY FROM NONPROFITS 


2/19- KCBS-AM 

STONE MAY BE PARDONED BY TRUMP IF GIVEN A CRIMINAL SENTENCE 

“What strikes me is that the president thinks that these people were wronged but frankly there’s really nothing we can point to in how justice was carried out” said Jessica Levinson, professor at LMU Loyola Law School. 


2/19- CalMatters 

FOR CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS, CHARITY CAN BEGIN AT HOME 

California’s requirement that these kinds of interactions be disclosed as behested payments promotes transparency in state government, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and former president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. 


2/18- Los Angeles Times  

HE STRANGER-THAN-FICTION TWISTS THAT LED TO ROBERT DURST’S LOS ANGELES MURDER TRIAL  


2/18- CalMatters 

THE NEW THING FOR CALIFORNIA POLITICIANS? SWEET CHARITY 

“We have stricter campaign finance laws than many states,” added Ellen Aprill, a professor at Loyola Law School who specializes in nonprofit tax law. “And money will find an outlet. If you can’t do it one way, they will do it another way.” 


2/15- WBBM-AM 

MCCABE COULD FACE CRIMINAL AFTER MISLEADING THE DEPARTMENT 

“This is a case where they are not going after someone the president wanted them to go after, so I would suspect there’s at least some type of discussion if not friction between the president and the attorney general.” said Laurie Levenson, professor at LMU Loyola Law School. 


2/15- CNN International 

ROGER STONE MAKES ANOTHER REQUEST FOR NEW TRIAL 

“I think he has been a vigorous advocate for President Trump. President Trump famously with his first attorney general, Jeff sessions, basically said, “you’re not Loyal to me, you’re not acting like my attorney,” said Jessica Levinson, an ethics and election law professor at Loyola Law School. 


2/13- KCBS-AM 

HOLMES CHARGES AFTER BLOOD TEST DID NOT WORK AS ADVERTISED 

“It’s always a victory when you get some charges thrown out, but she didn’t get all the charges thrown out, she is still facing felony federal charges, which she can face many years in prison is she is convicted” said Laurie Levenson, professor at LMU Loyola Law School . 


2/12- MSN News 

BAYER STRIVES TO END LAWSUITS OVER ROUNDUP — WHILE STILL SELLING IT 

“The trials have gone so spectacularly bad for Bayer that they don’t want to go in front of another jury,” said Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  


2/12- KPBS 

SIGNATURE GATHERERS DUPED SAN DIEGANS INTO SIGNING UP FOR NEW POLITICAL PART 

Registering people in a party without their knowledge is "at the very least misleading, at most it's fraud," said Jessica Levinson, an ethics and election law professor at Loyola Law School. 


2/11- CNN International 

FIRST BALLOTS CAST IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY AT MIDNIGHT 
A lot of people are looking at Michael Bloomberg and saying he is our hope, he is the person who can, and this is what democrats care about the most, take on Donald Trump, said Jessica Levinson, professor at LMU Loyola Law School. 


2/11- Los Angeles Times 

A. IS RADICALLY ALTERING THE WAY WE VOTE. GET READY FOR BIG CHANGES, POSSIBLE PROBLEMS 


2/10- KCRW-FM 

LOOKING INTO ALL ACTS OF POTENTIAL RETALIATION AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWERS 

Probably yes, these are people that do serve to the pleasure of the President, says Jessica Levinson, professor at LMU Loyola Law School, when asked if the President has the power to fire someone after comments stated not to his liking. 


2/9- NBC Los Angeles 

NEWSCONFERENCE: NEXT UP, NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY 

All eyes are now on New Hampshire. NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Jessica Levinson of Loyola Law School and Dan Schnur of USC and UC Berkeley on what to expect on the first primary election in the nation. 


2/7- Los Angeles Times 

POLITICS CLOUD CASE AGAINST O.C. COUPLE; IN UNEXPECTED MOVE, JUDGE DELAYS DECISION ON WHETHER TO DROP RAPE CHARGES AGAINST DOCTOR AND GIRLFRIEND 


2/6- Al Jazeera 

TRUMP ACQUITTED: WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE PRESIDENT, DEMOCRATS? 

"It's a big win for President Trump," said Jessica Levinson, a professor of law and director of the Public Policy Institute at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. 

"He's going to say this was exoneration," Levinson told Al Jazeera. 


2/5 - Spectrum News 1 

STATE OF THE UNION 2020: WHAT SOCAL SHOULD BE LOOKING OUT FOR TONIGHT 

“I think that is wishful thinking from both parts, I think the democrats would like to see him explode, and I think the republicans would like to see him be as statesman like as possible”, says Stanley Goldman, professor at LMU Loyola Law School. 


2/4 - Spectrum News 1 

BREAKING DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S 2020 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 

“If they are terrified that Trump at 49 percent is going to actually win, they will once again try for the person they think is most likely to beat Trump and that may not be people who agree with their politics quite as much as they would like” says Stanley Goldman, professor at LMU Loyola Law School.  


2/3 – PolitiFact 

REPORT ABOUT POTENTIAL IOWA VOTER FRAUD IS FALSE 

"That’s an apples-to-oranges measure. They measure different things, at different times, with different types of levels of certainty," said Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School professor, in an email. "And so it’s really bad science to claim that a disconnect between those two numbers means that there’s fraud." 


2/2 – PolitiFact 

NC REPUBLICAN SAYS REDISTRICTING IS A PARTISAN PROCESS - NOT A FAIR ONE” 

In other words, "the Court said that a jurisdiction can engage in some partisan gerrymandering consistent with the US Constitution, as long as it doesn’t go too far," said Justin Levitt, associate dean for research at Loyola Marymount University law school and founder of allaboutredistricting.org. But, he added, the Supreme Court said "federal courts have no power to determine what ‘too far’ is." 


2/1 – New York Times 

WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES TO BAYER SETTLING ROUNDUP LAWSUITS? 

But Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law School, said defining those groups is complicated by the lack of a signature disease associated with Roundup, making it difficult to predict Bayer's liability.  


2/1 - KTLA 

EARLY VOTING IN CALIFORNIA PRIMARY STARTS MONDAY, AND COUNT COULD TAKE LONGER THAN EVER 

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson shrugs off a delay in results, saying it “is only an issue for the candidates who want to claim victory and momentum.” In any case, the way the California Democratic Party calculates delegate votes is complex and only partly related to who wins the overall popular vote. 


2/1 – CBS News 

SENATE BLOCKS WITNESSES IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL 

A slim Republican majority voted to block witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Politico Whtie House correspondent and associate editor Anita Kumar, McClatchy national political/Congressional correspondent David Lightman, and Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson joined CBSN to break down what this means and what comes next.