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:
5/29- Wall Street Journal
“It is true there have been occasional ballot collection problems, the most prominent recently being North Carolina’s ninth congressional district in 2018, a legit scandal,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “It’s also true that during a pandemic time, ballot collection can be an absolute lifeline for some voters and save them from what would be a worrisome amount of exposure. Not everyone has reliable mail service right to their door.”
5/28- Business Insider
Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, who specializes in US elections, discovered only 31 cases of voter fraud between 2000-2014.
The Republican challenge to Newsom’s executive order on mail-in ballots is a bad political argument dressed up like a lawsuit, argues Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School.
Still, Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson, and host of “The Legal Eagles Files” — a podcast about constitutional issues — argues that Dhillon's arguments are on weak legal ground in the pandemic era.
“Yes, we have lots of constitutional rights — but none of them are absolute,’’ she said. “We have these incredibly robust state police powers that are there to protect our health, safety and welfare.'' She noted how states have the ability to require seat belts and speed limits for safety reasons.
5/26- Los Angeles Times
“We don’t know exactly what the virus will look like in November,” said Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School professor who specializes in voting rights. “But if it looks anything like it did in March, April or May, it’s going to be extremely difficult to vote as Americans are used to voting.”
5/25- USA Today
"Misconduct still amounts to only a tiny fraction of the ballots cast by mail (and is far less prevalent than the President’s rhetoric suggests, which may well be why he’s felt comfortable voting by mail in the past)," Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Marymount University and voter fraud expert, told FactCheck.
5/21- Los Angeles Times
Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor and former president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, said the wrangling over the subpoena is the latest incarnation of Villanueva’s pugnacious approach.
His refusal to testify before the commission shows the necessity of civilian oversight over the sheriff, she said.
Vana Ebrahimi, a 25-year-old from Glendale, graduated from Loyola Law School on Sunday as her brother graduated from medical school. Although their in-person commencement ceremonies were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, they found a way to make the day special.
5/20- Sky News
"Just taking it off the shelf today doesn't end the litigation by a long shot," said Professor Adam Zimmerman, from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
5/20- Los Angeles Times
One of the first people to respond to my tweet was Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson, a former head of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, who teaches political governance. She was disturbed by the officer’s assertion that ordering people to wear masks didn’t pass constitutional muster. “This is neither encouraging nor correct,” she wrote. “Shall I send over a quick handout on state police powers?”
5/18- TaxProf Blog
Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.), How Should We Think About Wealth Tax Avoidance? (JOTWELL) (reviewing Lily Batchelder (NYU), Leveling the Playing Field between Inherited Income and Income from Work Through an Inheritance Tax (reviewed by Mirit Eyal-Cohen (Alabama) here) in Tackling The Tax Code 48 (Jay Shambaugh & Ryan Nunn eds. 2020)):
5/18- Hollywood Reporter
Robert Kang, an adjunct professor of cyber-risk management at Loyola Law School, expects that demand for cyber professionals will skyrocket with many companies turning to in-house cyber lawyers, something he says is long overdue. "Malicious actors are exploiting the confusion caused by the pandemic to engage in cybercrime," says Kang. "The increased volume of remote workers is stress-testing many companies' cyber defenses like never before."