July 2019

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:

JULY 2019

Consumer Watchdog – 07.31.19

LARA TELLS INSURERS HE’S ‘RECEPTIVE’ TO THEIR IDEAS, INCLUDING VEHICLE DATA USE

Jessica Levinson, former president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission and a professor who teaches politics and ethics at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said of Lara’s speech to the insurance group, “The optics are so terrible even if you put on rose-colored glasses, it looks like a bomb went off.’’


The Press Democrat – 07.31.19

CALIFORNIA TAX RETURN MANDATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES BECOMES LAW, RILING TRUMP CAMPAIGN

Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, said the question of the new law’s legality would hinge on whether it is seen by courts as a new requirement for candidacy, which would not be allowed, or whether it was a new “ballot access rule,” which would be legal.


The Fresno Bee – 07.30.19

ITS NOT JUST TRUMP. CALIFORNIA’S NEW LAW COULD KEEP OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES OFF ITS BALLOT

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, said California will try to argue the new law taking effect immediately is about transparency over politics, despite the fact it cleared the Legislature on a party-line vote.


The Fresno Bee – 07.30.19

GAVIN NEWSON OKs LAW FORCING TRUMP TO RELEASE TAX RETURNS TO GET ON CALIFORNIA’S BALLOT

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, is unsure how an all-but certain legal battle between California and Trump would play out in court. She said the outcome would largely depend on the judge who hears the case.


Voyage LA – 07.30.19

MEET HAMILTON CHAN OF LLX – LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL EXECUTIVE EDUCATION IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

“I am really proud of the love we have poured into creating our web platform (which I partly coded myself) and the video production in our first course on negotiations (which I scripted and partly edited myself as well),” says Loyola Law School Professor Hamilton Chan.


Spectrum News – 07.29.19

MAN WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF MURDER RUNS NONPROFIT TO HELP EXONEREES

"Loyola is the buoy that fell into the water as I was drowning," Obie Anthony said about Loyola Project for the Innocent.

"We ended up teaming up with the Northern California Innocence Project on what became our first case," said Adam Grant, who's the program director and was one of Anthony's lawyers.


The Modesto Bee – 07.29.19

CALIFORNIA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER MET WITH CEO WHO HAS CASES PENDING BEFORE HIS DEPARTMENT

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said because Lara’s role “stands somewhere in the middle” between a lawmaker and a judicial official, the meetings and decisions raise “serious red flags.”


CBS Los Angeles – 07.27.19

BREAKING DOWN THE MUELLER HEARING

“It depends on who the ‘we’ is. I think for most people tuning in to the Mueller Hearings, no, because this is a group who is already familiar with the Mueller report. They’ve either read it, listened to it or they’ve read a lot of coverage,” says Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.


Associated Press – 07.27.19

FACT-CHECKING TRUMP AND OTHERS ON MUELLER, THE ‘SQUAD’ AND MORE

Studies have found only isolated cases of voter fraud in recent U.S. elections and no evidence that election results were affected. Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt found 31 cases of impersonation fraud, for example, in about 1 billion votes cast in elections from 2000 to 2014.


CBS Los Angeles – 07.26.19

PENTAGON FUNDS CAN BE USED TO STRENGTHEN SECTIONS OF BORDER WALL

“This ruling means today that President Trump, at least temporarily, has a big victory,” says Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.


WBEZ 91.5 – 07.26.19

REPAIRING JUSTICE: THE PROSECUTOR

Lara Bazelon, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, on Sen. Kamala Harris's record as a prosecutor.


The Gazette – 07.25.19

FEDERAL JUDGES DENY REQUEST TO PLACE TEXAS BACK UNDER FEDERAL SUPERVISION FOR REDISTRICTING

Justin Levitt, an election law professor at Loyola Law School and a former attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice under Barack Obama, said the court’s decision gave state legislatures a green light to discriminate against minorities and suffer very few consequences.


Voice of America – 07.24.19

MUELLER FRUSTRATES BOTH PARTIES BY RARELY STRAYING FROM HIS REPORT

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Mueller’s reticence took the drama out of the hearings.

“Today was not really about fact-finding. It was about the drama,” she said. “And when Robert Mueller’s answers are all some version of ‘Yes, no, or look at the report,’ it completely takes the air out of the room. It takes any drama out.”


Politico – 07.24.19

A NEW LEGAL ARGUMENT FOR IMPEACHMENT

“Watch for “greed, lies and disloyalty to the country” to be a Democratic rallying cry going into the 2020 elections.” Laurie L. Levenson is professor of law and David W. Burcham chair of ethical advocacy at Loyola Law School. She was formerly an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.


CTV News – 07.24.19

PART TWO OF MUELLER TESTIMONY UNDERWAY

“So these hearing are really made for TV. They’re not made for fact finding. So to the extent that these hearing are about appearances and about Democrats wants a viral moment or a political win, Robert Mueller is not the person that’s going to give that to you,” says Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School. 


KPCC-FM – 07.24.19

WHAT NOW? COVERING THE MULLER REPORT (Part 1) (Part 2)

“[Mueller] is anything but a smooth witness. I don’t think he is comfortable being in the chair of the witness but much more comfortable being the investigator. Having said that, I think it ultimately helped. He didn’t look slick, he didn’t look like he was on a witch-hunt and in fact he was reluctant to go outside the report,” says Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School professor and former federal prosecutor.


KNX-1070 AM – 07.24.19

QUESTIONING ROBERT MUELLER AND HIS INVESTIGATION (Part 1) (Part 2)

Stan Goldman who teaches criminal and constitution law at Loyola Law School joins KNX to cover the Mueller hearing. “[Mueller] was trying to warn the country about the Russian intervention. He did. He got his testimony out of the way, which was probably a relief for him,” says Goldman.


KCRW-FM – 07.24.19

ROBERT MUELLER TESTIFIES: WHAT WASN’T IN HIS REPORT

“I think we learned you should be careful what you asked for. In the sense that Democrats really pushed hard for these hearing. And let’s be clear, this wasn’t truly a fact-finding mission. If you really wanted to get Robert Mueller to answer more questions, this isn’t the way you would set that up,” said Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.


The World News – 07.24.19

WHY MUELLER SAID HE COULDN’T INDICT TRUMP, EXPLAINED

“There is nothing in the Constitution that prevents a sitting president from being indicted,” says Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson. “There is nothing in Supreme Court opinions that prevents a sitting president from being indicted. All we have is Department of Justice policy based largely on concerns over separation of powers.”


KCRW-FM – 07.23.19

WHAT CALIFORNIANS PAY FOR CA DEATH PENALTY

California tax payers, according to a study co-authored by Loyola Law School Professor Paula Mitchell, we Californians spent 4.6 billion dollars on the death penalty system between 1978 and 2011. During that time 13 people were executed.


Daily Journal – 07.23.19

TRUMP TAKES FALSEHOODS TO A YOUTH AUDIENCE

Studies have found only isolated cases of voter fraud in recent U.S. elections and no evidence that election results were affected. Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt found 31 cases of impersonation fraud, for example, in about 1 billion votes cast in elections from 2000 to 2014.


KCRW-FM – 07.22.19

THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT SAYS TECH GIANTS HAVE TO TURN OVER PRIVATE POSTS

The California Supreme Court says tech companies like Facebook and Twitter have to turn over private posts and chats to defense lawyers. Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson says, “Prosecutors in a number of circumstances already do get this information. It is not always easy, but we do see law enforcement has been provided information again by these big social media companies.”


Wall Street Journal – 07.22.19

IRS GREENLIGHTS TAX BREAKS FOR BUYERS OF 23ANDME GENETIC TESTS

“The IRS, for decades, has read the term ‘disease’ extremely broadly,” said Katie Pratt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who studies tax treatment of medical expenses. “What matters is that there’s a serious laboratory function going on to do the genotyping.”


Los Angeles Daily News – 07.22.19

WE MUST STOP SENTENCING PEOPLE OF COLOR TO DEATH IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

“Throughout the United States, a growing number of reform-minded prosecutors are rejecting the death penalty and embracing smart justice policies including rehabilitation programs and new approaches to reviewing and prosecuting serious crimes,” wrote Loyola Law School Professor Priscilla Ocen.


Los Angeles Times – 07.20.19

DEATH PENALTY TRIALS HAVE CONTINUED DESPITE NEWSOM’S MORATORIUM. THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT COULD STOP THEM

Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, said there’s a real risk to the accused if that is the mindset of jurors. “The question is likely to be: Is there any kind of instruction or precautionary steps that a trial judge can take to prevent that from occurring?” she said. It’s hard to predict what the court will decide, Levenson said, but its stay in the Harris case signals that the state’s highest justices are taking his petition seriously. “It’s not a frivolous issue,” she said.


Los Angeles Times – 07.19.19

SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA’S SON WAS HIRED TO BE A DEPUTY SEVEN MONTHS AFTER HIS FATHER TOOK OFFICE

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School who focuses on ethics, agreed there is a long tradition of children following their parents into law enforcement.

“The question whenever someone hires a relative or family friend is, would that person have gotten the job anyway? If you changed the name on the resume, would that person have otherwise been qualified?” Levinson said.


Outside the Beltway – 07.18.19

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS PASS BILL REQUIRING CANDIDATES TO RELEASE TAX RETURNS

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, said she is torn on the issue of the measure’s constitutionality and that the outcome of a potential legal fight would largely depend on the judge who hears the case.


WHIO-AM – 07.17.19

FORMER JUSTICE DIES FOLLOWING A STROKE

A former justice John Paul Stevens has died of complication of suffering a stroke. He passed away on July 15. “I think he is going to be remembered as somebody who set the tone on the court. To be a collegial court, even if he didn’t agree on the decision to at least listen to the other side,” said Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School professor and former federal prosecutor.


Radar – 07.17.19

L.A. MAY SOON FILE FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES AGAINST EX MATT KIRSCHENHEITER

Loyola Law School professor and criminal law expert Laurie Levenson told Radar prosecutors still could subpoena and compel an alleged victim to testify.


NBC – 07.17.19

A TRUMP IMPEACHMENT WOULD BE AN UNCERTAIN PROCESS. CONGRESS COULD CENSURE HIM RIGHT NOW.

“We do not, however, live in an impeachment-or-bust world. Congress has another tool in its arsenal to formally declare its disapproval of Trump and his transgressions: It can censure the president. Censure is a process whereby Congress formally reprimands an officeholder for what it perceives as egregious behavior,” wrote Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.


The San Diego Union-Tribune – 07.17.19

ORTHODOX JEWISH CHICKEN-KILLING RITUAL DRAWS PROTESTS

Kaparot is mentioned in Jewish law texts at least as far back as the 16th century and was originally meant to jolt practitioners into recognizing their own mortality, according to Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, an adjunct professor of Jewish law and ethics at Loyola Law School.


Princeton Alumni Weekly – 07.16.19

TURING *38 CHOSEN FOR 50-POUND NOTE; MILLEY ’80 SPEAKS TO SENATE COMMITTEE

New laws that treat publicity rights as property rights could put aspiring performers at risk, says Jennifer Rothman ’91, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. — The Hollywood Reporter 


El País De España – 07.16.19

BARRY KOWALSKI, WHO WON CONVICTIONS IN RODNEY KING CIVIL RIGHTS CASE, DIES AT 74

Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School and a former prosecutor, said that through Kowalski’s efforts, “civil rights really became a reality. He protected people who had been victimized and who had no one else to protect them, or at least advocate in their name. He was not afraid of the big case. He took justice personal.”


Equities – 017.16.19

‘KARL MARK FAILED TO CONSIDER SOFTWARE’: BILLIONARE TOM STEYER ON INEQUITY AND HIS 2020 RUN

Entering so late in the race, Steyer already missed the first debates and is starting at a disadvantage. He may also struggle to convince voters that he would defeat the president – the question, polls show, that is most important to many Democrats, said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor.


USA News Hub – 07.16.19

WITH CENSUS CITIZENSHIP BATTLE OVER, REPUBLICANS GEAR UP FOR A REDISTRICTING FIGHT

“If you think about how hard they pushed for the question, they understand” the stakes, said Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “If you draw district lines based on voter-eligible population, then you are moving power very clearly from urban areas to more rural areas. It’s a win for Republicans. There’s just no two ways about it.”


KCRW-FM – 07.15.19

TRUMP WANTS TO END ASYLUM CLAIMS FOR MOST CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRANTS

Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School and our regular Monday legal eagle is here to discuss Trump’s plans. “This would be a big shift in keeping with a general theme of trying to reduce not just legal immigration, illegal immigration but also what we are talking about here is refugees, people who are seeking asylum,” says Levinson.


FiveThirtyEight – 07.15.19

TRUMP’S PUSH FOR CITIZENSHIP DATA COULD STILL BE USED FOR GERRYMANDERING

But convincing the Supreme Court that congressional districts can be drawn using something other than total population will be a long shot, according to Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, because the justices have been explicit that congressional seats have to be distributed among the states using total population.


Los Angeles Times – 07.14.19

DEPUTY GANGS HAVE SURVIVED DECADES OF LAWSUITS AND PROBES. CAN FBI STOP THEM?

“I think it reveals that the various county agencies can’t or won’t conduct a thorough, credible, independent investigation,” said Sean Kennedy, a Loyola Law School professor and member of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission.

“The feds are known for being pretty successful where others haven’t been,” said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who teaches criminal law at Loyola Law School.


NPR – 07.13.19

FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR ON R. KELLY AND JEFFERY EPSTEIN

“I think it's going to be difficult for [Epstein] to get bail. Here you have a situation where somebody who has been previously criminally convicted, got a sweet deal on that, and now he's trying to pay money to get out of this one. They've tried that home detention thing,” explained Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School former federal prosecutor.


MSNBC – 07.12.19

WHY TRUMP’S CENSUS SURRENDER IS SUCH A ‘HUMILIATING DEFEAT’

As Loyola Law School’s Jessica Levinson explained in a piece for NBC News, many in the targeted communities are likely aware of the controversy, and they may now be afraid to participate in the census.


Hollywood Reporter – 07.12.19

DEEPFAKES POSE MORE AND MORE LEGAL AND ETHICAL PROBLEMS IN HOLLYWOOD

Jennifer Rothman, a Loyola Law School professor, warns that making such rights alienable could end up backfiring. "For example, if a celebrity declared bankruptcy, then her creditors could take ownership of her publicity rights," she says. "Similarly, ex-spouses could take an ownership interest in a person's identity when assets of the marriage are split." So Brad could have owned half of Angelina and vice versa.


Miroir Mag – 07.12.19

DEEPFAKES POSE DE PLUS EN PLUS DE PROBLÈMES JURIDIQUES ET ÉTHIQUES À HOLLYWOOD

Jennifer Rothman, professeure à la Loyola Law School, prévient que rendre de tels droits inaliénables pourrait finir par se retourner contre nous. "Par exemple, si une célébrité se déclarait en faillite, ses créanciers pourraient alors devenir propriétaires de ses droits de publicité", dit-elle.


USA Today – 07.11.09

DONALD TRUMP DROPS FIGHT TO GET CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON 2020 CENSUS; OTHER FEDERAL RECORDS TO BE USED

Trump’s options were limited, especially given the administration’s own June 30 deadline to start printing millions of census forms, said Justin Levitt, an American constitutional law scholar and former Justice Department official who teaches at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


KCRW-FM – 07.11.09

CAN TRUMP USE EXECUTIVE ACTION TO GET AROUND THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION

“I think the short answer is no. As you said in the introduction, there are a lot more questions than answers in this case. The short version is the constitution specifically says congress this is your job to count how many [people live in this country,” says Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles Times – 07.11.09

TOM STEYER’S BETS ON PRIVATE PRISONS AND COAL MINING COULD SPELL TROUBLE IN 2020

“If you’re running as a liberal, idealistic candidate, as Tom Steyer is, it’s a serious problem when the story you’re trying to tell uses words like private prisons and coal,” said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor. “It just goes directly against the rainbows and sunshine and clean air and better tomorrow narrative he’s trying to paint.”


Big Law Business – 07.11.09

KIRKLAND LAWYERS FACING GLARE IN EPSTEIN SEX TRAFFICKING CASE

Alternative dispute resolution services provider JAMS added international arbitrator and mediator Hiro N. Aragaki to its panel in Los Angeles. According to his LinkedIn, he’s a law professor at Loyola Law School and has worked at law firms including Davis Polk & Wardwell, O’Melveny & Myers, and Orrick, among other things.


The Mercury News – 07.11.09

SWALWELL OUT, STEYER IN – HOW THE PRESIDENTIAL FIELD IS CHANGING

“His challenge is to convince people that this isn’t a vanity exercise,” said Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor. “If you had $100 million, think of all the things you could have done with that money instead of a likely failed run for president.”


KNX-1070 AM – 07.10.19

JUDGE IN NEW YORK RULES JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CANNOT CHANGE LAWYERS

Jessica Levinson is professor at Loyola Law School and says she doesn’t expect this to be the end of the fight. “the more he is turned down by judge the more he can say unelected judges, many of them appointed by democrats, have thwarted the popular will and the more he has frankly, fall guys for his failed agenda,” says Levenson.


KABC-AM – 07.10.19

ACOSTA TO QUIET EPSTEIN’S ACTIONS

“It also seems actually like there’s four people in the world. Again, they all just keep interacting over and over again. If there weren’t such dire consequences to the decisions that all of these people have made, it would just be an amazing soap opera,” says Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.


KCBS-AM – 07.10.19

FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR WEIGHS IN ON THE EPSTEIN CASE

Laurie Levenson, former federal prosecutor and now law professor at Loyola Law School, says: “My takeaway is that was an extraordinary deal. This isn’t the type of pleas agreement you see all the time and there are very unusual provisions in it,” says Levenson.


NBC News – 07.10.19

TRUMP’S CITIZENSHIP CENSUS QUESTION BATTLE IS LEGALLY DUBIOUS. BUT HE MAY HAVE ALREADY WON THE WAR.

Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson says, “The Trump administration has already sowed such strong seeds of distrust in our government that regardless of whether or not a citizenship question appears on the next census, it’s possible people in immigrant communities may be too scared to participate.”


The Hill – 07.10.19

TRUMP INCREASINGLY BOXED IN ON CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, said that an order from the president that effectively seeks to overturn the recent Supreme Court ruling against the citizenship question could cause confusion over exactly which directive officials should respond to.


The Guardian – 07.10.19

TRUMP LABOR SECRETARY WHO CUT EPSTEIN DEAL PLANS TO SLASH FUNDS FOR SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

“A huge cut of this sort is bound to expose children to more risk of sexual trafficking,” said Kathleen Kim, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who co-authored California’s law on human trafficking. “An 80% reduction at ILAB will undoubtedly eliminate many of the U.S. government’s anti-human trafficking efforts that have been critical in encouraging action by law enforcement.”


KNX-1070 AM – 07.09.19

JUDGE DENIES DEPARTMENT REQUEST TO SHAKE UP THE LEGAL TEAM

Jessica Levinson with Loyola Law School says it adds another hurdle to the Trump administration’s fight to get the question on there. “There were mostly career attorneys at the Department of Justice who did not want to go forward on this search for the quote on quote real reason behind adding a citizenship question to the census,” says Levenson.


San Francisco Chronicle – 07.09.19

DNA THAT SOLVED INFAMOUS ‘RIDESHARE RAPIST’ CASE ILLEGALLY OBTAINED BY SF COPS

“As long as there was a legitimate motive, police can pull him over, but they can’t just pull him over because they want his DNA,” said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who teaches criminal law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “But it’s a very low threshold to pull someone over for a sobriety stop.”


Time – 07.09.19

FOR DONALD TRUMP, COURTS ARE ANOTHER 2020 BATTLEGROUND

“He’s playing to his base,” says Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. “He is trying to style any judge who doesn’t agree with him as a dangerous, un-elected individual who is wielding too much power.”


The Washington Post – 07.09.19

FEDERAL JUDGE REJECTS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S BID TO SWAP OUT LAWYERS FOR CENSUS CASE ON CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

Justin Levitt, an election law professor at Loyola Law School who was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 2015 to 2017, said he had never seen the department swap out an entire team in the middle of litigating a case.


Politico – 07.09.19

JEFFREY EPSTEIN PROSECUTION COULD RISE OR FALL ON A SINGLE WORD

“That word is his best hope,” said Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor.


KCRW-FM – 07.08.19

PROSECUTOR, ALEXANDER COSTA MAKES SECRET PLEA DEAL WITH EPSTEIN

Here to talk about some legal questions in this is our regular Monday Legal Eagle and law professor at Loyola Law School, Jessica Levinson. “There is still a lot of secrecy involving that particular decision. What we do know is what you said and we do know that that was not acceptable to keep the victims in the dark to create this sort of sweetheart-deal plea agreement” says Levinson.


KABC-AM – 07.08.19

EPSTEIN GETS A HANDSLAP FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES (PART 1) & (PART 2)

“This is such a story of complete opposite of equal justice under the law, at least up until now,” says Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Financial Times – 07.08.19

US REFORM PLAN FOR PARENTS RAISES INNOVATION CONCERNS

But Karl Manheim, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, knows bipartisan support does not necessarily mean smooth sailing through Congress. In 2007 he served as special counsel to a congressional committee reviewing the internet and intellectual property.


KUNC-FM – 07.08.19

JUSTIN DEPARTMENT CHANGES LEGAL TEAM BEHIND CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION CASE

Justin Levitt, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division who served during the Obama administration and now a law professor at Loyola Law School, has spoken out against adding a citizenship question, raised concerns about the new team comprising a "hodgepodge of lawyers from across the Civil Division, rather than the ones with specific expertise" relevant to the census lawsuits.


Alter Net – 07.08.09

EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON DOJ’S DESPERATE CESUS LAWYERS SHAKEUP

The New York Times quoted Justin Levitt, a former senior official in the Justice Department under President Barack Obama and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, who said: “There is no reason they would be taken off that case unless they saw what was coming down the road and said, ‘I won’t sign my name to that.’”


Reuters – 07.08.19

IN LOSING LEGAL BATTLES OVER CENSUS, TRUMP MAY WIN POLITICAL WAR

In the meantime, attention surrounding the legal debacle may already be hurting the census and helping Trump achieve his goals, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “The longer he has this conversation, the worse it is for an accurate census count,” she said.


The Scotsman – 07.07.19

FROM GLASGOW TO TULSA: A SCOT WRESTLES WITH HIS RACIAL IDENTITY

Early exposure to prejudice drove Eric Miller across the Atlantic to demand reparations for African American victims of Oklahoma’s infamous massacre, he tells Martyn McLaughlin.

It was last month that a journey which began in a cramped left-wing bookshop in Glasgow city centre took Miller, now a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Liberties.


The New York Times – 07.07.19

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO REPLACE LAWYERS IN CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION CASE

“There is no reason they would be taken off that case unless they saw what was coming down the road and said, ‘I won’t sign my name to that,’” says Justin Levitt, a former senior official in the Justice Department under President Barack Obama and professor at Loyola Law School, said on Sunday.


The Columbian – 07.06.19

FAITHFUL CONGREGANTS DEFEND LEADER OF LA LUZ DEL MUNDO

Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School and a former prosecutor, said the church’s decision to open its doors to reporters is not typical for religious organizations whose leaders have been accused of abuse. “There’s always a risk to this openness,” she said. “They might have convinced themselves there’s nothing to see, but they don’t know how it’s going to be seen through the eyes of others.”


KNX-1070 AM – 07.04.19

WILL NEXT YEAR’S CENSUS FORMS HAVE A CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson thinks that was mostly political decision, “This is probably the president sending a message to is followers saying I won’t give up and probably trying to distract them from some of the other controversial issues going on this week,” says Levenson.


KNX-1070 AM – 07.04.19

APPEALS COURT UPHEALD A LOWER COURTS BAN

“Under the constitution, Congress controls the strings and under the federal statute you need to have some unforeseen experience in order to divert this military funding,” said Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.


USA Today – 07.03.19

KAMALA HARRIS IS SURGING. HERE’S WHAT THAT MEANS FOR HER CAMPAIGN

Lara Bazelon, a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, wrote in a New York Times op-ed in January that Harris was not a "progressive prosecutor."


Bonner County – 07.03.19

GERRYMANDERING DECISION IS A SETBACK FOR DEMOCRACY

According to the Loyola Law School, federal laws “require equal population as nearly as is “practicable.” In practice, this means that states must make a good faith effort to draw districts with the same number of people in each.


NPR – 07.03.19

TO GERRYMANDER OR NOT TO GERRYMANDER? THAT’S THE QUESTION FOR DEMOCRATS

But Republicans aren't the only ones who have shown a willingness to use gerrymandering to their advantage, said Justin Levitt, an election law expert at Loyola Law School. The Republican Party is currently more strongly associated with gerrymandering because its expansive successes in 2010 gave it a bigger opportunity to shape legislative maps.


KPCC-FM – 07.02.19

WHY DEEP FAKE VIDEOS HAVE BECOME SUCH A CONCERN

“They present a broad potential attack both on our political system then also in people’s personal relationships. Any person that has a present on the internet, any digital image is susceptible to having another individual or entity to that image, remark or comment and manipulate it,” say Loyola Law School Professor Rebecca Delfino.


KNX-1070 AM – 07.02.19

SEX ABUSE CASE AGAINST TYNDALL IS NOT A SLAM DUNK

“The big problem for Tyndall is that there was so many victims coming forward and telling similar stories,” says Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.


Edinburgh Law School News – 07.02.19

EDINBURGH LAW SCHOOL ALUMNUS TESTIFIES AT US CONGRESSIONAL HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING

The Committee heard testimony from Eric J. Miller, who graduated with an LLB from the Edinburgh University Faculty of Law in 1991, where he specialized in Jurisprudence, Sociology of Law, and Penology. He is now a professor at Loyola Marymount University’s Loyola Law School, California, and a member of the team of lawyers who sought reparations for the victims and descendants of a race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.


Christian Science Monitor – 07.02.19

IN THE SHADOWS: SUPREME COURT’S OFFSTAGE MOVES MAY MATTER MORE

“Planned Parenthood v. Casey [in 1992] gutted Roe. That was decades ago. That gutting is now being displayed in case after case,” says Kimberly West-Faulcon, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


The Washington Post – 07.02.19

HERE’S HOT TO FIX PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING, NOW THAT THE SUPREME COURT KICKED IT BACK TO THE STATES

Using data published by Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, we considered the effects of three of the most common types of districting criteria: district compactness requirements; rules that require districting authorities to preserve “communities of interest”; and rules requiring that districts respect political boundaries such as counties or municipalities.


San Diego Union-Tribune – 07.02.19

PROSECUTORS FACE CHALLENGE AS THEY MOVE TO PROVE TYNDALL ALLEGATIONS

“What Tyndall’s going to say is: ‘You might question my medical judgment, but that doesn’t make me a criminal,’” said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School.


KCRW-FM – 07.01.19

REPUBLICANS HAVE EARNED A WRAP AS NEFARIOUS MADMAKERS BUT THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY

“History has shown that both major parties are willing to rig the electoral rules, to benefit their own,” says Justin Levitt, an election law expert and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


KCRW-FM – 07.01.19

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRYING TO RESEND DACA

“The basis of the Trump administration wanted to resend DACA is that they said Obama never had the authority in the first place,” says Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.


Chicago Sun-Times – 07.01.19

SAY IT AINT SO, JOE

Lara Bazelon, an associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, wrote a scathing op-ed for the New York Times earlier this year, under the headline: “Kamala Harris Was Not a Progressive Prosecutor.”


NPR - 07.01.19

WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP FOR DEMOCRATS, FOLLOWING RULING ON PARTISAN REDISTRICTING?

Over the past decade, it's Republicans who have gotten a rap as a nefarious mapmaker, says Justin Levitt. He's an election law expert at Loyola Law School. “This is emphatically not a specifically Republican problem. History has shown that both major parties are perfectly willing to rig the electoral rules to benefit their own,” Levitt said.

Alumni News

Northern California Record – 07.16.19

HOLLAND & KNIGHT WELCOMES YUSUF Z. ZAKIR AS DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

[Yusuf Z.Zakir] began his career as a securities litigator and also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He earned a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a B.A. degree from the University of Toronto. Mr. Zakir is involved in community engagement and outreach and serves as a board member for the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals.


The Downey Patriot – 07.18.19

DENNIS SAAB SWORN-IN AS JUDGE

Judge Saab was sworn-in on July 5 before his family and friends in a ceremony at the courthouse. Before joining the bench, he was a solo practitioner in Downey for 23 years where he practiced in a variety areas of law. Judge Saab earned his law degree from Loyola Law School and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. He is a graduate of St. John Bosco High School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey.


The Daily Times – 07.29.19

ALLEN MATKINS WELCOMES LAND USE PARTNER SPENCER B. KALLICK

Allen Matkins, a California-based full-service real estate and business law firm, announced today the addition of land use partner Spencer B. Kallick to its Century City office. Spencer received his juris doctorate from Loyola Law School and his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.


Northern California Record – 07.30.19

BAKER MCKENZIE ADDS STATE AND LOCAL TAX PARTNER MIKE SHAIKH IN CALIFORNIA

Mike Shaikh has joined Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice as Partner, bringing to the Firm experience in state and local tax (SALT) controversy and planning. Active in the legal community, Mike teaches SALT law at Loyola Law School and is on the Executive Committee for the California Lawyers Association Taxation Section. Mike received his BS from the University of Southern California, his JD from Loyola Law School and his LLM from New York University School of Law.