February 2018

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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:

February 2018

 

The Washington Post – 02.28.18

LEGAL DEFENSE FUND FOR TRUMP AIDES LAUNCHES AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT DONOR TRANSPARENCY

Donations to legal defense funds for public officials usually are capped at a certain amount. Members of Congress have donation limits set through congressional rules — $5,000 annually per source for the House and $10,000 for the Senate, according to research by Ellen Aprill, a tax law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


NBC News – 02.28.18

SUPREME COURT CASE MINNESOTA VOTERS ALLIANCE V. MANSKY PITS FREE SPEECH AGAINST VOTER INTIMIDATION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines the Supreme Court case Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. Excerpt: Voters, and indeed all Americans, should take more comfort in the protections afforded by our right to express ourselves than protections designed to prevent voters from seeing political messages inside the polling place. Some of those messages might make us uncomfortable, but ultimately, Minnesota has simply gone too far in its well-intentioned effort to shield voters


Reel Urban News – 02.28.18

LOYOLA SOCIAL JUSTICE LAW CLINIC GRAND OPENING AND INAUGURATION OF THE CCCJP (WATCH)

“It is wonderful to have you here for this special event today,” said Michael Waterstone, Dean of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles to an audience of educators and public officials on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 on Loyola’s downtown L.A. campus. “It’s my honor as Dean of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles to welcome you to the opening of Loyola’s Social Justice Legal Clinic.


CNN International – 02.27.18

GUN CONTROL

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses recent pushes for gun control legislation following the shooting at Parkland High School. Excerpt: The Supreme Court has looked at this problem through basically in Alice in Wonderland like looking glass, where they said we need to protect the rights of individual gun owners, but they haven't talked about protecting the rest of us from being safe from guns. And they have -- they have not weighed the other liberty interest at stake.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 02.27.18

STATE HIGH COURT RULES JUVENILE OFFENDER’S 50-YEAR SENTENCE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Though there are a very limited number of juvenile criminals who fall into the One Strike category, said professor Christopher Hawthorne of Loyola Law School, offering more parole opportunities to sex criminals is a political "third rail" that few lawmakers will be eager to touch.


The Rachel Maddow Show/The Maddow Blog – 02.27.18

THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC-SECTOR UNIONS IS AT STAKE AT THE SUPREME COURT

In a piece for NBC News yesterday, Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson, the president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, set the stage.


Slate – 02.27.18

I CUT, YOU CHOOSE

“We want a lot of things out of our district lines,” says Justin Levitt, a law professor and civil rights attorney at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “We want lines that yield a roughly fair partisan balance. We want lines that are at least not anti-competitive. … We want districts that represent real communities. We want districts that reflect geographic features.”


NBC News – 02.26.18

SUPREME COURT DECISION ON JANUS V. AFSCME LIKELY TO PERMANENTLY WEAKEN PUBLIC UNIONS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines the Supreme Court cases Janus v. AFSCME and its possible outcomes. Excerpt: Thus, there will be few who are surprised if, sometime in June, the court invalidates state laws allowing for agency fees with a decision split along traditional partisan lines.


KCRW-FM – 02.26.18

SUPREME COURT CASE COULD FATALLY UNDERMINE PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the Supreme Court ruling is likely to gut the power of public unions here in California and elsewhere.


Voice of America News – 02.25.18

CRACKDOWN SPARKS FEAR IN LA IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

"I think it's important for people to inform themselves of their immigration eligibility, if there is any, of possible defenses if they are placed in removal proceedings, and we encourage obtaining this information from an immigration attorney," said Yanira Lemus, supervising attorney with the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic of Loyola Law School that offers the weekly legal clinics.


KSMU-FM – 02.25.18

FIVE LEGAL ISSUES FROM THE GREITENS INDICTMENT

Dov Fischer, an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, agreed with Young’s analysis...“Transmits implies that I’ve done something that makes it possible for someone else to do it on a computer,” he said. “It doesn’t seem to contemplate that I took the photo for my own reasons, and that technology stores it on the cloud without intentions to distribute it.” 


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 02.23.18

LOYOLA OPENS NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE FACILITY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles celebrated the grand opening of its Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic at the school’s downtown LA campus Feb. 14.


National Jurist – Spring 2018

SUMMER’S MOST UNUSUAL COURSES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ summer offerings are highlighted.


National Jurist – Spring 2018

BEST LAW SCHOOLS FOR DIVERSITY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is ranked No. 7 for Asian students and No. 10 for Hispanic students.


National Jurist – Spring 2018

LAW STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Loyola Project for the Innocent Fellow and Public Interest Law Foundation Co-Chair Hannah Brown '18 is named one of 20 Law Students of the Year.


The Washington Post – 02.22.18

PENNSYLVANIA REPUBLICANS LOST THE REDISTRICTING BATTLE. NOW, THEY’RE DECLARING WAR ON THE COURTS.

“Using impeachment — even talking about impeachment in a serious fashion — as a means to express disagreement with one particular substantive decision is a very dangerous approach to both the structure of government and the rule of law, and a serious threat to the independence of the judiciary,” said Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Philadelphia Inquirer – 02.22.18

REPUBLICANS ARE TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHING STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. DO THEY HAVE AN ARGUMENT?

If the state legislature disagrees with the state court’s interpretation of the law, there’s a process that doesn’t involve attacking the individual justices, said Justin Levitt, a law professor and associate dean at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


USA Herald – 02.22.18

PENNSYLVANIA GOP LEADERS ASK SCOTUS TO BLOCK REMEDIAL CONGRESSIONAL MAP

Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said, “The likelihood that [Republicans] will get a response from the [U.S.] Supreme Court is near zero.”


The Sacramento bee – 02.22.18

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS TO VOTE ON KICKING OUT ONE OF THEIR OWN

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, said expulsion should be considered the “nuclear option” for the Senate and cautioned against any move to score points with the “Me Too” movement.


KNX-1070 AM – 02.22.18

EXPELLING MENDOZA

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses allegations against California Senator Tony Mendoza and the possibility of him being expelled. Excerpt: “I think expulsion is the nuclear option. And we need to treat it like the nuclear option and the option of last resort.”


Crain’s – 02.21.18

LAW SCHOOLS TEACH CYBERSECURITY TO FILL GROWING DEMAND

In spring 2016, Loyola Law School Los Angeles began offering a cybersecurity and data privacy law concentration… “The goal is to teach students and practitioners the skills they need to work in this new, emerging environment,” adjunct professor Robert Kang said. “Our goal is to develop lawyers who can work with businesses to develop good products. In terms of big picture, we have the first comprehensive cybersecurity and data privacy program on the West Coast.”


Southern California News Group – 02.21.18

BAY AREA LAW SCHOOL DEANS ASK FOR NEW INVESTIGATION INTO 1983 HATCHET MURDER CASE (also featured in the River Riverside Press-Enterprise)

The Feb. 14 letter is signed by Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University California School of Law in Berkeley; Michael Waterstone, dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles; Lisa A. Kloppenberg, dean of the Santa Clara School of Law; and John Trasviña, dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Pittsburg Post-Gazette – 02.21.18

GOP ASKS THE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO BLOCK PENNSYLVANIA REDISTRICTING

Justin Levitt, a professor and associate dean at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said the appeal filed Wednesday is “a little more refined in the problems that it’s articulating, as I would expect. So before, it was sort of the equivalent of a loud and unarticulated scream into the wind, and this time I can hear words -- but it’s still a scream into the wind.”


Witness LA – 02.20.18

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL OPENS A SOCIAL JUSTICE LEGAL CLINIC FOR THOSE WHO NEED POST CONVICTION “SECOND CHANCES”

“The moments when people need us the most are the moments when we have to be found,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last Wednesday afternoon to a crowd of lawyers, judges, law students, and others who had gathered in a large courtyard at the bright-colored Frank Gehry-designed Loyola Law School campus.


KCRW-FM – 02.20.18

MUELLER CHARGES LAWYER LINKED TO FORMER TRUMP AIDES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines Alex van der Zwaan pleading guilty to lying about his communications with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.


Politico – 02.20.18

REPUBLICAN CHALLENGE TO PENNSYLVANIA MAP LIKELY TO FAIL

“The likelihood that [Republicans] will get a response from the [U.S.] Supreme Court is near zero,” said Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


KQED-FM’s “California Report” – 02.20.18

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL PROGRAM HELPS FORMER OFFENDERS
Former offenders are getting some help from law students in clearing their criminal records. A new program at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles is trying to help people with prior criminal convictions remove barriers to employment and ease other challenges. Loyola student Teresa Mayer recently represented a single mom convicted of a felony marijuana charge. Mayer and her professor were able to help with the paperwork to get the conviction expunged under the guidelines of Proposition 64. Mayer is eager for the program at Loyola to expand. “As it grows, there will be more students. They will be able to help more people. When we go out into the real world, we're going to take this experience with us. So it's helping people out in the community -- people who are homeless, people who are poor single mothers. So we can't forget people like them. We really have to keep this close to the heart.”  


Research Live – 02.20.18

BE360: FINANCIAL FEEDBACK

“Objective observers generally admit that research to date does not demonstrate a causal chain from financial education to higher financial literacy to better financial behaviour to improved financial outcomes, in part due to biases, heuristics, and other non-rational influences on financial decisions…” This fairly damning quote comes from Lauren Willis, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School and consumer finance specialist.


The Washington Post – 02.20.18

NEW PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSIONAL MAP ERASES 1,100 MILES OF DISTRICT BORDERS

“A district in which people generally live near each other is usually more compact than one in which they do not,” explained redistricting expert Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School.


Lexology – 02.19.18

INSOLVENCY LAW COMMITTEE E-BULLETIN

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Dan Schechter analyzes an appellate court cases in which a lender allegedly directed its borrower to default on her loan in order to qualify for a home mortgage modification.


Los Angeles Times – 02.18.18

VETERAN L.A. COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS CAN WORK ONE SHIFT, THEN COLLECT DOUBLE PAY FOR YEARS

Jessica Levinson, an L.A. city ethics commissioner and Loyola Law School professor, said the one-day rule, "just doesn't strike me as a straight-faced solution. It's like a flashing red light saying, 'loophole ahead.'"


NBC – 02.18.18

MUELLER'S RUSSIA INDICTMENTS PROVE AMERICAN ELECTION LAWS ARE INADEQUATE AND OUTDATED

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines US election law and the protections they may not offer in the digital age. Excerpt: The internet has and will continue to re-shape the way we obtain all of our news and information, including our electoral information, in profound and unexpected ways. We know this. Foreign nationals know this. But we have not done enough to adapt.


KCBS-TV – 02.18.18

LOCAL CONNECTION FOUND IN RUSSIA INDICTMENTS FILED BY MUELLER

“Apparently, he was basically stealing people’s identifications and then using them to open bank accounts which he then provided to the Russians who are interested in having a place from which they could use the money without revealing who they really are,” says Loyola Law School professor and former federal prosecutor Laurie Levenson.


KCAL-TV – 02.17.18

VENTURA COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO IDENTITY FRAUD CHARGES IN MUELLER INVESTIGATION (also featured on KCBS)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson discusses Richard Pinedo’s guilty plea. Excerpt: “He is key because he made it possible for the Russians to actually pose as American citizens and thereby fund their activities in America.”


KCAL-TV – 02.16.18

RUSSIANS INDICTED IN ELECTION MEDDLING PROBE

“So far, this indictment doesn’t suggest that type of collusion,” said Loyola Law School Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson. “But we do know that this investigation continues.”


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 02.16.18

STATE BAR TO TRY PSYCHOLOGY TO BOOST TEST PERFORMANCE

Professor Susan Bakhshian, director of bar programs at Loyola Law School, said her school and others already implement some mindset techniques to help students prepare for the bar exam… "It's fantastic that they are looking into something we all know is important," she said. "The bar exam is such a grind, the study period is so long and the subject matter is so vast, that grit is such a huge part of passing."


Talking Points Memo – 02.16.18

DON’T EXPECT DEMS TO SEEK REDISTRICTING REVENGE WHERE THEY GET THE CHANCE

“The NDRC is saying all the right things and it might be that they would be happy with fair districts,” Justin Levitt, a redistricting expert at Loyola Law School, told TPM. “In some places that’s all they’re going to get, by the way. I will see what happens when they actually get control of states. I’ll see if they put their money where their mouth is.”


KPCC-FM – 02.15.18

LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH MAYOR'S OFFICE ON EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC 

Free legal services are being offered are being offered to former prison inmates in a pilot program being run by a Southern California law school. Loyola Law School teams up with the L.A. Mayor’s Office of Reentry to open a legal clinic. So far, it’s handled more than 200 cases. Yesterday, it held its open house. Sean Kennedy, director of Loyola’s Center for Juvenile Law & Policy, explained the Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project’s mission: “I think everyone benefits: Our clients who get a job; employers, who need to hire people to do jobs that maybe there aren’t as many applicants for; and finally the whole city because if people are not repeating their criminal offenses, but are moving on with their lives and taking care of their families, that helps everyone.” 


LAMayor.org – 02.15.18
MAYOR GARCETTI PARTNERS WITH LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL TO OFFER FREE LEGAL SERVICES FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED ANGELENOS
Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined partners at Loyola Law School to recognize the Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project (CCCJP), a legal clinic that helps clients move on with their lives after incarceration.


The Intercept – 02.15.18

CHINESE STATE-OWNED CHEMICAL FIRM JOINS DARK MONEY GROUP POURING CASH INTO U.S. ELECTIONS

“The ACC’s spending is likely merely one example of foreign money that has or will be spent to influence who we elect as our representatives,” says Jessica Levinson, an ethics expert and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


LA West Media – 02.14.18

MAYOR GARCETTI TOUTS FREE LEGAL CLINIC FOR FORMER PRISON INMATES

The Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Reentry and Loyola Law School, and is staffed by student advocates who represent clients in need of legal assistance for issues that include immigration and employment.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 02.14.18

LAW SCHOOL CLINICS KEY TO BRIDGING ACCESS-TO-JUSTICE GAP

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Dean Michael Waterstone pens an op-ed on how law schools are uniquely positioned to bridge the access to justice gap the day of the opening of the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic. Excerpt: For the first time, many of our live-client clinics will be housed under one roof, operating collaboratively as a social-justice law firm to help the greater Los Angeles community. It is an exciting moment, and one that stands ready to produce graduates with training and passion to help close the justice gap.


KPCC-FM – 02.14.18

ARRESTS OF IMMIGRANTS WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD SPIKE IN LA

Emily Robinson, co-director of Loyola Law School's Immigrant Justice Clinic in Los Angeles, said she's been seeing more arrests of individuals with no criminal history since the inauguration last year. Most of these are "individuals who are either collateral to an arrest of someone who might have criminal issues or other immigration violations, or individuals who have been seized for no reason at things like ICE check-ins or in community spaces," Robinson said.


The Washington Post – 02.14.18

COUNCIL MEMBER PROPOSED BILL THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED FIRM THAT OFFERED HIS SON AN INTERNSHIP

Jessica Levinson, an ethics expert at the Loyola Law School at Los Angeles, said it’s understandable that a father would want to help his son but that Evans should have disclosed the potential conflict of interest.


Huffington Post – 02.14.18

IT’S NOT AS EASY AS YOU THINK TO SPOT A GERRYMANDERED MAP

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who closely follows redistricting issues, criticized efforts to name misshapen districts after strange creatures. He says communities just aren’t organized in neat, geometrical shapes.


Courier Journal (Part of USA Today Network) – 02.14.18

FAMILY OF FORMER UK TRUSTEE ACCUSED OF RAPE WANTS HIS NAME CLEARED BEFORE HE DIES

But law professors Bruce Green of Fordham University, Bennett Gershman of Pace University and Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles said refusing to permanently dismiss a case that can never be tried can be an abuse of discretion.


The Loyolan – 02.14.18

FOUNDER OF REHAB CENTER HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES SPEAKS ON "EXQUISITE MUTUALITY"

Still an active member of the community, Boyle holds several influential positions, including a member of the National Gang Center Advisory Board and member of the Advisory Board for the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy in Los Angeles.


Harvard Westlake Chronicle – 02.14.18

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY: WRONGLY CONVICTED MAN SPEAKS TO CRIMINAL LAW CLASS ON HIS EXPERIENCE

As a Professor of Law, [Laurie] Levenson runs Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, which is dedicated to exonerating wrongly imprisoned people and reforming the legal system to prevent further injustice.


Los Angeles Times – 02.13.18

A. COUNTY SUPERVISORS SEEK PLAN TO CLEAR AND REDUCE MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS

People of color in California, particularly African Americans and Latinos, have been arrested and jailed for marijuana offenses at much higher rates than white people, said Stanley Goldman, a professor of criminal law at Loyola Law School…"People of color tend to be more heavily prosecuted under marijuana laws," Goldman said. "One of the origins of that were the stop-and-frisk policies."


Daily Breeze – 02.13.18

AMID TENSE IMMIGRATION CLIMATE, LAPD REVISES RULES FOR WORKING WITH ICE, PLACE-OF-BIRTH QUESTIONS

“Our concern is that if the LAPD doesn’t create the strictest possible policy to completely disentangle police from ICE, that under the current administration — with its anti-immigrant rhetoric — that the LAPD, unintentionally and very much to the contrary of LAPD philosophy, may end up in operations that associate the LAPD with civil immigration enforcement arrest,” Loyola Law School Professor Kathleen Kim said.


Pasadena News Now – 02.13.18

FORUM TONIGHT DETAILS RISE IN “POLICE SURVEILLANCE” OF THE PUBLIC

Laurie Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School, said that because ALPRs are used out on public streets, they don’t violate anybody’s right to privacy...“The Fourth Amendment doesn’t protect people against things that everyone can see in public,” Levenson explained. “You don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and it’s not a Fourth Amendment violation.”


Insider – 02.13.18

ROB LOWE EXPLAINS HOW HE ROPED HIS NON-HOLLYWOOD SONS INTO DOING REALITY TV

Despite growing up around film sets, both sons have largely stayed away from show business. Though John Owen had a guest role on his dad's show "The Grinder," he's a student at Stanford. Matthew is currently studying at Loyola Law School.


KCRW-FM – 02.12.18

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES AFTER WEINSTEIN COMPANY by Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines the New York Attorney General’s suit against the Weinstein Company.


National Catholic Reporter – 02.12.18

LOSS OF TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS DISTRESSES SALVADORANS IN US

Fortunately, she and others underscored, the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic is helping as many as its staff can with residency and other legal issues.


KABC-AM – 02.11.18

INNOCENCE PROJECTS

Loyola Project for the Innocent Director Professor Laurie Levenson, Supervising Attorney Adam Grant and Loyola Project for the Innocent client Kash Delano Register discuss his case. Register was wrongfully convicted for murder in 1979 and released in 2013 thanks to the clinics effort. Excerpt: “I think people see what they want to see.


NBC News – 02.10.18

RESTRICTIVE VOTER ID LAWS ARE NO MATCH FOR THIS GROUP

Justin Levitt, a constitutional law professor and voting expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said organized voter education efforts like VoteRiders' are an important complement to any legal challenges.


KNX-1070 AM – 02.09.18

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CHRISTINA GARCIA

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the sexual misconduct allegations against California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia. Excerpt: “It’s really important that all of us hold her to the same standards as a male politician.”


Los Angeles Times – 02.09.18

INGLEWOOD MAYOR'S ROLE IN $100-MILLION TRASH HAULING PACT IS QUESTIONED

Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor and government ethics specialist, agreed..."I think you could certainly say that it's a misuse of office, that it is an improper action," she said.


NPR – 02.09.18

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKER, OUTSPOKEN LEADER OF #METOO MOVEMENT, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

“Opponents of the #MeToo movement simply couldn't buy this level of publicity,” says Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 02.09.18

THE SURVIVOR

He first took a job for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, which brought him to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. After running a private practice for a few years in Granada Hills, he became an assistant dean at Loyola Law School.


Associated Press – 02.08.18

ALLRED AT 76: STILL FIGHTING, AND SHRUGGING OFF THE CRITICSby Associated Press

Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola Law School, notes that movements need both philosophers and soldiers, and Allred is the soldier.


Politico – 02.08.18

#METOO MOVEMENT LAWMAKER INVESTIGATED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Jessica Levinson, a professor of law and political ethics at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles — and the current president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission — said that, if proven true, the accusations against Garcia threaten to seriously damage the nationwide movement that has been credited with bringing the issue of sexual harassment into the open.


The Fox News Rundown – 02.08.18

THE FOX NEWS RUNDOWN 2/8/2018

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the released texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.


In Justice Today – 02.07.18

13-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN OKLAHOMA FACES LIFE IN PRISON

Samantha Buckingham, director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School, declined to discuss the Oklahoma case specifically, but told In Justice Today that prosecutors often file more serious charges to bring cases in adult criminal court rather than proceeding in juvenile court. “Prosecutors who have the power to directly file charges in adult court will utilize that power when they charge the most serious offense, which is oftentimes unwarranted by the facts, evidence, and mitigation present in the case,” she said.


Pittsburgh-Post Gazette – 02.07.18

SUPREME COURT RELEASES GERRYMANDERING OPINION: 2011 MAP VIOLATES 'FREE AND EQUAL' ELECTIONS (also featured on The Inquirer)

But the opinion will be looked to in drawing future maps and for future lawsuits, so “they want to do their homework adequately,” said Justin Levitt, a professor and associate dean at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Indy Week – 02.07.18

THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS CAME TO RALEIGH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHALLENGES TO THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Justin Levitt, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration, argued that the true danger of Shelby lies in the fact that racially discriminatory practices will no longer be headed off ahead of time. With preclearance gone, fighting racist voting laws requires litigation, which in turn requires time and money—"with harm accruing as litigation plods along."


Los Angeles Times – 02.06.18

DETECTIVES RUNNING OUT OF TIME IN NATALIE WOOD MYSTERY

The chances those questions will ever be answered are slim, said Stanley Goldman, a professor at Loyola Law School and a former public defender…"Unless the early versions of TMZ were taking pictures of three stars on a boat, or Robert Wagner actually confessed, or if someone with some credibility comes forward and says, 'Twelve years ago, he confessed to me, he threw her over the side' — I find it very hard to believe they can charge him at this point," Goldman said.


U.S. News & World Report – 02.06.18

WHY FINANCIAL LITERACY MATTERS IN AN ERA OF DEREGULATION

That's a valid concern, says Lauren Willis, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "People cannot realistically protect themselves from every scam," she says in an email. "That is one very important reason we need the CFPB to pursue and stop deception and abuse in financial services."


Los Angeles Times – 02.06.18

PROSECUTORS USE AGGRESSIVE TACTICS AGAINST SUGE KNIGHT AND HIS TEAM, SPARKING CIVIL LIBERTIES CONCERNS

"It's an extreme case that raises a lot of troubling questions. It's always concerning when you go after reporters," said Laurie Levenson, a professor at the Loyola Law School and former federal prosecutor. "It's always concerning when you are listening to phone calls between attorneys and clients. It's always concerning when you are arresting members of the defense team."


TaxProf Blog – 02.06.18

APRILL & HEMEL: THE TAX LEGISLATIVE PROCESS — A BYRD'S EYE VIEW

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Ellen Aprill and Daniel Hemel’s article “The Tax Legislative Process: A Byrd's Eye View” is featured.


KCRW-FM – 02.05.18

GERRYMANDERING COURT CASES COULD RESHAPE MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines how recent gerrymandering cases could affect the midterm elections.


USA Today – 02.05.18

COURT FIGHTS COULD ERASE SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS' EDGE IN CONGRESS, LEGISLATURES

"It's the equivalent of telling states they were speeding, and to speed a little less," says Justin Levitt, an election law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "That's significant, but not necessarily game-changing."


Voice of OC – 02.05.18

16,000 VOTERS INVITED BY MAIL TO MEET STEEL AND RACKAUCKAS, BUT THERE ONLY WAS ROOM FOR 50

“The disparity between the number of people who were invited and the number of people who could actually attend does make it look like it’s more about blanketing people with an electoral mailer than actually meeting people,” said Jessica Levinson, an election law professor at Loyola Law School and the president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.


Courthouse News – 02.05.18

JUDGE IN RUSSIA PROBE TO MEET PRIVATELY WITH GATES DEFENSE TEAM

Wu, Mack and McAvoy filed their reasons for withdrawing under seal, and former prosecutor Laurie Levenson called it possible in an interview Monday that Gates wants to cooperate with investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller...“It may be either Gates wants to make a deal or his lawyers said, ‘Make a deal and Gates won’t,” said Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


The Mercury News – 02.05.18

CAN TRAVIS ALLEN’S CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR SURVIVE SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS?

“We tend to put people and actions into buckets, and now, for better or worse, he’s in the sexual harassment allegation bucket,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. “Given that he wasn’t doing all that well before, this could be a death knell for his chances.”


The Washington Post – 02.04.18

OPPONENTS OF GERRYMANDERING KEEP WINNING, BUT IT MIGHT NOT AFFECT 2018 (also featured on SF Gate)

“The Supreme Court’s duty is to say what the law is, but only federal law,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who runs a blog about redistricting and worked on the issue at the Justice Department under President Barack Obama.


KCAL-TV – 02.03.18

POLITICAL EXPERT WEIGHS IN ON CONTROVERSIAL NUNES MEMO

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discuss the leaking of the GOP memo. Excerpt: It’s not a border conversation about whether or not President Trump is vindicated, even though he’s trying to make it so.


The Tribune – 02.03.18

TRIPS TO REBUILD BURNED BLACK CHURCHES IN THE SOUTH A REMINDER OF A TUMULTUOUS PAST

In all, around 25,000 Americans — including Liz’s father, Quentin “Bud” Ogren, then a professor at Loyola Law School in L.A. — marched along what become known as the “Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Trail.”


KPCC-FM – 02.02.18

ANGELENOS WITH POT CONVICTIONS ARE ON THEIR OWN (also featured on KQED)

Each of California’s 58 district attorneys has the authority to decide whether to continue to use "something that is no longer a crime" against people, said Loyola Law School Professor Stan Goldman.


Tampa Bay Times – 02.02.18

CLEARWATER HEADS INTO KEY CITY COUNCIL ELECTION, BUT WILL VOTERS SHOW UP?

Justin Levitt, associate dean for research at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, said one of the driving forces behind low turnout is not apathy but voters not always making a connection between issues they care about and local policy.


Mercury News – 02.02.18

LAWMAKERS NAMED IN SECRET SACRAMENTO SEXUAL HARASSMENT PROBES

Jessica Levinson, an election law, ethics and campaign finance expert at Loyola Law School, said she doubted any sitting lawmaker on the list would emerge unscathed…“Things have really changed in terms of the consequences for this behavior as a result of the #MeToo movement — meaning there are consequences,” she said. “For a sitting lawmaker, it’s not a death knell necessarily, but it would be a huge blow and it could embolden challengers.”


The News & Observer – 02.02.18

US CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION WANTS TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE STATE OF VOTING

Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Los Angeles law school and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama justice department, said it was misleading to say that because the justice department had filed fewer discrimination claims that the problems had been dialed back.


KPCC-FM – 02.01.18

THE L.A. COUNTY SUPERVISOR’S PICK FOR INTERIM HEAD OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE FACES CRITICISM

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Stanley Goldman analyzes criticism leveled at Nicole Davis Tinkham, the interim head of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office


San Francisco Chronicle – 02.01.18

BREED’S REMARK ABOUT BREAKING FEDERAL LAW TO HOUSE HOMELESS COULD HURT SF

Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson noted that it’s become trendy for politicians “to make questionable comments in order to portray (themselves) as antiestablishment.”