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:
The Times Online – 05.31.19
Justin Levitt, a constitutional law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said lawmakers may be reluctant to change which count is used for redistricting knowing they'd face legal challenges.
NBC News – 05.31.19
Jessica Levinson, law professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles says, “The Supreme Court is about to start looking a lot more like a political branch. Indeed, in a decade or less, we may look back at this time as the era in which the court lost any imprimatur of judicial independence.”
Los Angeles Business Insider – 05.31.19
Law school isn’t just for churning out lawyers anymore. At least that’s how Michael Waterstone, the innovative Fritz B. Burns dean of Loyola Law School, sees it. In mid-June, Waterstone and Loyola kick off the first courses at LLX, the school’s new executive education offering.
The Guardian – 05.31.19
Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, agreed with Schwinn that it would be tough to prove that Trump exceeded his authority under the emergency powers act.
“It’s clearly beyond the spirit of the law,” said Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. “But is it within the letter of the law? Possibly."
Naked Capitalism – 05.31.19
Preemption is generally regarded as a “silver bullet defense” because it stops claims across the board, said Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
But Zimmerman and three other legal experts agreed that Bayer faces a big hurdle convincing appeals courts that the EPA determination on glyphosate shields it from state law claims.
CNN International – 05.30.19
“I think what Robert Mueller was doing today was really trying to educate the American public and the larger public, that what he found absolutely was not that the President was innocent, that there was not enough evidence to go forward and that the president for instance was exonerated. So I think he was trying really hard to push against the false narrative that has been coming out of the White house – that has been coming out of attorney general William Barr,” said Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
KNX-1070 AM – 05.29.19
“I think this is Mueller making two things very clear. One, I think that there is a concern here for the president calling for investigating the investigators and Mueller said this needed to be investigated – every American should want this investigated. And second on the point you are saying, he basically said we could not constitutionally bring charges against the president,” said Loyola Law School Professor Lauri Levenson.
LAist – 05.29.19
There have been more than a dozen deputy cliques in the sheriff's department since the early 1970s, according to Sean Kennedy, a Loyola Law School professor who studies deputy cliques and is a member of the Civilian Oversight Commission.
KCRW-FM – 05.29.19
Jessica Levinson, law professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles says, “I think that what Robert Mueller felt was duty-bound to try and set the record straight. I think that what he realizes is that most people have not read the report and what most people know about the report has been filtered.”
KCBS-TV – 05.29.19
“Well the Supreme Court had the option of picking up a case from Indiana that had a law that had been stricken down by the lower courts. This was a law seeking to restrict abortion in a couple of ways,” says Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.
Vox – 05.29.19
Jessica Levinson, law professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles says, “There is nothing in the Constitution that prevents a sitting president from being indicted. 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”
KPCC-FM – 05.29.19
“It’s fairly rare. But it may be rare to have judges like Judge Carter because he is somebody who really dives into the case and does everything he can if he is allowed to resolve the matter,” says former federal prosecutor and Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.
KABC-TV – 05.28.19
Jessica Levinson, a professor of law at Loyola Law School, notes that Thomas in his opinion suggests that the fetus is being discriminated against. "He may try to place abortion laws under the rubric of anti-discrimination laws" in the future, Levinson said.
Mercola – 05.28.19
"Preemption is generally regarded as a 'silver bullet defense' because it stops claims across the board,” said Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law Law School in Los Angeles."
The Week – 05.26.19
"Our current system permits the political branches of government to yield tremendous power over immigration enforcement policies and practices," says Kathleen Kim, an immigration law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "Without an independent judiciary, our system of government provides no check on abuse of that power and immigration court decisions suffer from the taint of impartiality."
The New York Times – 05.26.19
It was J & J who wound up requesting a jury trial. That was likely because, said Adam Zimmerman, who teaches complex litigation at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Judge Balkman
has made rulings against the defense and has steadily marched the parties toward a trial date.
Maria Shriver – 05.26.19
Susan became a lawyer after her kids were in high school (how cool is that?) and she now works at The Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is one of those friends who always seems to be having fun. She’s got a great boyfriend, great kids and deep, meaningful work.
University Business – 05.24.19
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will work with Wiley Education Services to design two online tax programs for launch this fall. Wiley will also provide student support and marketing services.
CBS Radio News – 05.24.19
Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson answered questions about Trump's criminal liability.
WUWM-AM – 05.23.19
Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola Law School, says the courts traditionally have given Congress broad leeway to issue subpoenas. “I thought it was a long shot for Trump and his family to try to block these subpoenas. The court clearly said that it's appropriate for Congress, in its oversight responsibilities, to get these financial records. And the court will allow it,” says Levenson.
Los Angeles Times – 05.23.19
“It’s not fair to leave these people in legal limbo, living in this nether region between guilt and innocence,” said Paula Mitchell of Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent. “Quite simply, if the conviction has been overturned and the prosecution cannot retry the person, then they should be entitled to compensation.”
Cal Matters – 05.23.19
However Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson noted that the cities, not the state, will ultimately determine whether to keep bars open. “I think the governor has been very open about his businesses and his interest in his businesses,” Levinson said. “[SB 58] feels like something we’ve talked about for a while. This doesn’t seem like the type of change he would drive through for financial benefit.”
South China Morning Post – 05.23.19
“This is a growing migraine for campaign finance law, trying to guard against foreign influence,” said Jessica Levinson, a campaign finance expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “Based on these invitations floating around, the RNC is essentially on notice that due diligence is more complicated than it used to be.”
The Hour – 05.22.19
"This is a growing migraine for campaign finance law, trying to guard against foreign influence," said Jessica Levinson, a campaign finance expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "Based on these invitations floating around, the RNC is essentially on notice that due diligence is more complicated than it used to be."
Find Law – 05.22.19
The defense attorneys want the judge to dismiss the case. They said the surreptitious monitoring intrudes on their attorney-client privilege. The Navy Times also has a reporter's privilege, which is intended to protect sources. David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law School, said the prosecutor's action compromises the integrity of the case.
Los Angeles Times – 05.21.19
“It’s hard to know when a threat is credible versus when someone is just venting their anger,” said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson.
Cleveland.com – 05.21.19
The district that extends from eastern Cuyahoga County to slices of Akron often has been justified as fulfilling a need to draw a district where African Americans are in the majority, to meet federal requirements. But that requirement does not exist, many scholars say, including Justin Levitt, associate dean for research at Loyola Law School.
KCRW-FM – 05.20.19
HOW SUCCESSFUL WILL STATES BE ON THE FINAL DECISION ON OVERTURNING ROE VS. WADE
“Well, that’s the big political questions, and I think there are a number of paths that the Supreme Court can take right now,” says Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.
Preferred Radio – 05.20.19
They are joined by Stan Goldman, journalist and professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Stan wrote the book “Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother.” Stan is the son of a Holocaust survivor.
Kera News – 05.20.19
"What we are seeing now on the federal level and now on the state level, at least in Texas, is a sense that you do not have to comply with congressional investigations – that you can simply just say, 'No I don’t feel like it,'" said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles focusing on election law and constitutional law. "And that is unprecedented."
Reuters – 05.16.19
Preemption is generally regarded as a “silver bullet defense” because it stops claims across the board, said Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Associated Press – 05.15.19
It is not clear what role federal prosecutors might play in the investigation, but having another arm of the government looking into the leaks might not raise serious legal or constitutional questions, said David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law School and Navy veteran. A separate investigation would provide a firewall to prevent information gleaned from the defense from being shared with prosecutors.
The Daily Journal – 05.15.19
In a new op-ed, Loyola Law School Professor Kevin Lapp, writes: “For the second time in three years, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals avoided answering the urgent issue of whether child respondents in immigration removal (deportation) proceedings have a due process right to counsel at government expense.”
KNX-1070 AM – 05.15.19
Professor Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School and former federal prosecutor tells KNX this is a win-win, especially for the prosecutors, because Janke is someone who knows where the bodies are buried, so to speak. “Now they have an insider who can tell them who else was involved in the scheme.”
KNX-1070 AM – 05.14.19
A former USC soccer coach who’s an important player in the college admissions scam has pleaded guilty. “If all this works out in her cooperation’s of value, frankly this can help her going from many years of prison to almost nothing,” says Professor Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and former federal prosecutor.
National Jurist – 05.14.19
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles has a highly regarded graduate tax program, which includes a master’s degree for non-lawyers. If you need to know more about tax law but don’t need to be a lawyer, it’s an appealing option. “Fewer and fewer students were able to get on campus by 6,” said Jennifer Kowal, director of the school’s graduate tax program.
KNX-1070 AM – 05.13.19
Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson says, “It’s hard to exactly what Barr wants out of this investigation. I think part of it this is to pass it by the president who’s been saying let’s find out who led to this investigation and whether it was bogus from the beginning.”
KCRW-FM – 05.13.19
This ruling is a big blow for Apple, and Jessica Levinson is here to tell us about the case, law professor at Loyola Law School and our regular Monday Legal Eagle. “Consumers are suing Apple and they are doing that because they are saying basically that when they buy apps through their iPhones, they are being overcharged and they are being overcharged in a way that violates federal monopoly laws,” said Levinson.
Associated Press – 05.13.19
David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law School and Navy veteran, said the ploy had opened the door for the defense to seek getting prosecutors booted from the case and having it dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct.
CBS Radio News – 05.13.19
Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, on Monday said it was too early to speculate about a potential settlement of the litigation by Bayer. “The legal question on appeal in the previous two cases will ultimately inform how the litigation proceeds,” Zimmerman said.
Tech Know Bits – 05.13.19
“The crucial problem in this instance is absolutely exactly what their intent has been,” said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. “Were they were still crossing a line and paying for bribes? The more people who say, ‘Yes, we all understood,’ the better it’s for the prosecution,” said Levenson, who was able to work as a federal prosecutor.
KNX-1070 AM – 05.11.19
“Don McGahn basically is one of the most controversial figures in the Mueller Report and the White House has never been happy by everything that he said to Bob Mueller, so when the report came out they wanted him to clarify that he was not accusing the president of obstruction of justice,” Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.
AL.com – 05.10.19
Kathleen Kim, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, helped craft the California law that gives survivors of human trafficking the right to sue perpetrators. Unlike in Alabama, she said lawmakers in that state did not include a provision to allow the attorney general to act on behalf of victims. Instead, the victims would have to bring suit themselves.
Breitbart – 05.10.19
“Mayor Pete is the flavor of the month, he’s really excited people, particularly in the LGBT community,’’ Los Angeles attorney and professor at Loyola Law School, Jessica Levinson said, though she admitted “[Harris] actually has more specific policies than he does.”
Legal History Blog – 05.10.19
This book tells the movement and litigation stories behind important reproductive rights and justice cases. The twelve chapters span topics including contraception, abortion, pregnancy, and assisted reproductive technologies, telling the stories of these cases using a wide-lens perspective that illuminates the complex ways law is debated and forged―in social movements, in representative government, and in courts. Contributors to the book include Priscilla Ocen, professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
TaxProf Blog – 05.10.19
LMU's Loyola Law School is launching an online version of its highly ranked Graduate Tax curriculum. The new custom-built online courses will make Loyola’s distinctive approach to rigorous tax law training available to Tax LLM, Master of Tax Law and JD students nationwide beginning in August 2019.
Vox – 05.10.19
Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt studied voter impersonation. He found 35 total credible accusations between 2000 and 2014, constituting a few hundred ballots at most. During this 15-year period, more than 800 million ballots were cast in national general elections and hundreds of millions more were cast in primary, municipal, special, and other elections.
Daily Magazine – 05.09.19
"You might say one of the essential functions the courts can play is where one party can hold another to account," says Adam Zimmerman, an associate professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and an expert in the type of multidistrict litigation (MDL) being used in Cleveland. "To not have some kind of adjudication about what happened and who did what and who's responsible, it feels like something's lost there."
The Irish Times – 05.09.19
Analysis has in fact found that illegal voting is rare. A study by Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt found 31 instances of voter fraud between 2000 and 2014 of a total of one billion votes. A report by the justice department under then president George W Bush came to similar conclusions.
Daily Journal – 05.09.19
Stanley Goldman, a Loyola Law School professor who appeared as an analyst for Court TV during its initial run, said he felt it was an opportune time for the channel’s return given the wealth of interesting high profile criminal trials to cover the horizon. “From the time of the ancient Greeks, trial was the original, classic drama.”
San Diego Union-Tribune – 05.08.19
SUSPECT IN POWAY SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING EXPECTED TO FACE FEDERAL HATE CRIME CHARGES
Laurie Levenson, a former prosecutor and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that in past dual prosecution cases in California the state case has gone first. That is because California has a state law that provides stronger protections against double jeopardy — the legal term for being tried twice for the same crime.
The Daily Maverick – 05.08.19
It’s important that eligible voters participate in today’s elections. Supermajorities can be diluted when election participation is high (Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School). Even when you cannot find a political party that you support outright, you could resort to strategic voting. The idea is to find the least imperfect of a wide set of options and then to apply realism and strategy when it comes to your vote.
L.A. Progressive – 05.08.19
While the Constitution clearly establishes a single-person presidency as opposed to a committee, unitary extremists like Barr hold skewed and treacherous views of the Constitution. As Professors Karl Manheim and Allan Ides of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, observed in an oft-quoted 2006 academic paper.
KNX-1070 AM – 05.07.19
Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson sees this going before a judge. “It looks like it’s more likely that it’ll have to be the courts that step in. That is their job to decide whether the president through his power can stonewall congress.”
Los Angeles Times – 05.07.19
Sean Kennedy, a Loyola Law School professor and member of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, said it’s critical that the department work with independent constitutional policing experts as well as the inspector general to develop a protocol to ensure racial profiling does not occur. “Changing the name or changing the people involved is not going to be good enough,” he said.
KPCC-FM – 05.07.19
“I am not a fan. To me it is part of a larger problem of using the public company closure system for purposes beyond what it was designed for,” said LMU’s Loyola Law School Professor Michael Guttentag, “Unfortunately the systems becoming increasingly politicized over the last 20 or 30 years.”
Wall Street Online – 05.07.19
“Our work with Wiley Education Services allows us to make our top-ranked tax programs more accessible to adult learners who are balancing busy schedules of work and family by bringing them online,” said Ted Seto, the Hon. Frederick J. Lower, Jr. Chair at Loyola Law School. “As the preeminent tax program on the West Coast, we are pleased to allow students from across the U.S. access to our outstanding faculty who bring a ‘practice-ready’ approach to our programs.”
Daily Journal – 05.06.19
But their precautions can’t mitigate the unease Avenatti’s criminal charges likely are causing his clients, and they can’t squash the thorny privacy issues piercing their cases, said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. “At minimum, it’s an inconvenience to the client, but it’s alarming beyond that.
KCBS-AM – 05.06.19
KCBS’ Patty Ricing and Jeff Bells speak with Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a former federal prosecutor serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. “I think it is an important letter and it’s important because it comes from both sides of the aisle.”
KABC-AM – 05.06.19
It’s Monday and Jessica Levinson is here, a law professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a regular Monday legal eagle. “Whether or not you can intervene actually is a technical legal question.”
CBS News – 05.03.19
In this case, geography could make a difference, said former prosecutor and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles professor Laurie Levenson. "If you come from a place where money is no object and you can pay that $6.5 million, you might just say that's what America requires," she said.
The New York Times – 05.03.19
But after a series of lower courts have thrown out partisan maps, “it’s becoming harder and harder for the Supreme Court to claim that there’s no possible way for courts to manage claims like these,” said Justin Levitt, the associate dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “It shows that courts can and do manage these cases just fine, with reasonable opinions that don’t look simply like the judges are wearing partisan hats.”
Montreal Times – 05.03.19
Stan Goldman tells us through the story of his mother’s harrowing survival that there are still millions of more stories about the Holocaust, and there should be a never ending quest to bring out these stories for future generations to become more aware of such an unspeakable tragedy, and continually end the ignorance so that it could never happen again.
Toofab – 05.02.19
But according to another former prosecutor Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, the more people who plead guilty, the harder it will be for those pleading the opposite. "The key issue in this case is absolutely what their intent was," she said. "Did they know they were crossing a line and paying bribes? The more people who say, 'Yes, we all knew,' the better it is for the prosecution."
El Valquero – 05.02.19
Elie Miller, supervising attorney at Loyola Law School was present at the event to further guide the students and community members in the process. Miller clarified that expunging one’s record does not wipe it clean, but it increases the likelihood of this person getting a job opportunity, making it easier for them to transition into the workforce.
KRCU-FM – 05.02.19
Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and nationally renowned expert on redistricting, said some states like Virginia and North Carolina have extensive history of crossover voting, as opposed to states like Alabama and Mississippi which do not.
KNX-1070 AM – 05.01.19
“If the president doesn’t like the way the department of justice is being run, he can remove the attorney general.” Justin Levitt teaches constitutional law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles served at a deputy assistant attorney general of the U.S.
The Washington Post – 05.01.19
As Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles notes, Mueller determined he didn’t have authority to recommend charging Trump with a crime, but that Congress could. In fact, the report strongly suggests Mueller thinks Congress should do something about it.
San Francisco Daily Journal – 05.01.19
In a new op-ed, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Rebecca Delfino writes: “Daily we are bombarded in cyberspace with fake information, images and videos, and the law has failed to keep pace with the fallout. Recently, new technology has emerged on the internet that blurs reality by allowing users to create ’deepfakes‘ — doctored images and videos that believably map one person’s likeness onto another person’s body.”
NBC News – 05.01.19
In an op-ed, Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson, writes: “The allegations against Mueller, like the ones against Buttigieg, quickly fell apart. But in the zero-sum game of politics, the truth doesn’t always matter. Putting aside the patent immorality of such tactics, is there anything Buttigieg can do legally in this situation? It’s an interesting question.”
Associated Press – 05.01.19
“The key issue in this case is absolutely what their intent was,” said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. “Did they know they were crossing a line and paying bribes? The more people who say, ‘Yes, we all knew,’ the better it is for the prosecution,” said Levenson, who used to work as a federal prosecutor.
The Washington Post – 05.01.19
Legal experts, however, were skeptical, noting that the uncertainty surrounding the precise objections raised by the special counsel make it difficult to assess Barr’s candor. So, too, the ambiguity of the language employed by the attorney general, as well as by the lawmakers questioning him, would likely shield him from a perjury charge, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Federal law makes it a criminal offense to speak falsely about a material matter while under oath, and to do so knowingly and willfully.