March 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:

March 2018

 

NBC News – 03.31.18

COSBY RETRIAL SET TO BEGIN AND #METOO WILL LIKELY MAKE AN IMPACT, EXPERTS SAY

Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, believes both sides will likely bring up the #MeToo movement during jury selection but that a judge would probably prohibit discussing the movement at trial. But, she said, there are still implicit ways to remind jurors of the movement…“You want that to be a very conscious aspect of their decision-making,” she said. “They’ll be more open to the victim’s claims realizing that this is not an isolated event.”


KNX-AM – 03.30.18

THE LEGACY OF STEPHEN REINHARDT

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levinson discusses Judge Stephen Reinhardt. Excerpt: “There was no one like Judge Reinhardt. He was a real presence in the court.”


The Washington Post – 03.29.18

FACT-CHECKING CLAIMS ABOUT TRUMP’S CITIZENSHIP QUESTION IN THE CENSUS

Think of cities or school districts. In those cases, the ACS “has always been close enough” to estimate whether a minority group has enough voters to elect a representative of its choice, said Justin Levitt, a voting rights expert at Loyola Law School.


KNBC-03.28.18

BLACK LIVES MATTER BALLOT MEASURE

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Priscilla Ocen discusses the proposed county ballot measure she helped draft that would give subpoena powers to a citizen commission. Excerpt: “Independent oversight. That’s what we were tasked to do and this will enable us to carry out that charge.”


KNX-AM – 03.28.18

THE STRATEGY OF STORMY DANIELS’ LAWYER

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Laurie Levenson examines Michael Avenatti’s strategy. Excerpt: “His goal is to get discovery. And get discovery by having Trump having to give a deposition.”


San Francisco Chronicle – 03.28.18

ORANGE COUNTY JOINS LAWSUIT AGAINST CALIFORNIA OVER SANCTUARY LAW

Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said Tuesday that the anti-sanctuary moves reflect the views of a large swath of county residents, particularly those most likely to go to the polls.


CNN – 03.28.18

GERRYMANDERING BACK AT SUPREME COURT AS MIDTERMS NEAR, TENSIONS RISE

"This is a rare opportunity to peek behind the scenes at the court," said Justin Levitt, an elections law expert at Loyola Law School. "The court may well use this argument over Maryland districts to test the implications of their draft opinions about a Wisconsin case presented a few months ago."


NBC – 03.28.18

STORMY DANIELS AND SUMMER ZERVOS ARE USING DEFAMATION LAWS TO TRY AND REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP (also featured on World News)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines how these two defamation lawsuits are more focused on discovery than mitigating reputation damage. Excerpt: But defamation claims remove these questions about what is true and what is a lie from the court of public opinion and transfer them to the actual court system. Judges are not perfect, but they are much better suited to sort through these tangles of falsehoods than your average Twitter user.


Huffington Post – 03.28.18

REPUBLICANS MAY SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT BY PUTTING CITIZENSHIP IN THE CENSUS

“If I am a strategic Republican congressional partisan right now, I am livid at this,” Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a former deputy assistant attorney general under President Barack Obama, told HuffPost. “Because what this reliably does is make sure that areas where people are afraid, where there are fast-growing communities, are likely to be undercounted, and those are precisely the areas where Republicans are likely to be in control of redistricting after the next census. ... But if there’s not a full count, those are presumptively Republican seats that are gonna vanish.”


The Orange County Register – 03.27.18

COUNCIL MEMBERS SUE SANTA ANA MAYOR OVER BALLOT MEASURE TO CHANGE VOTING SYSTEM

Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson said in the cases she’s familiar with, “courts view the filing deadline very seriously,” but the Santa Ana case could also hinge on the legality of Pulido’s refusal to sign paperwork on a council-approved action.


KCRW-FM – 03.27.18

HOW CHANGING THE CENSUS AFFECTS REPRESENTATION AND FEDERAL FUNDING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Justin Levitt explains how including a citizenship question on the census will effect federal funding and California’s challenges to the questions inclusion.


KABC-AM – 03.27.18

ADDING A CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO THE CENSUS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the repercussions of adding a question about citizenship to the census.


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 03.27.18

BOIES SCHILLER, OTHER FIRMS LISTED AS CREDITORS IN WEINSTEIN BANKRUPTCY

Dan S. Schechter, a bankruptcy attorney and a professor at Loyola Law School, said that with the exception of Boies Schiller’s film financing bill, all of the money owed appears to be for legal services. Unfortunately for the law firms, that means they’ll be kept “at arm’s length” as unsecured creditors…“If they’re unpaid legal bills, then you’re standing in line with all the other unpaid trade creditors,” Schechter said.


CNN International – 03.27.18

TRUMP EXPELS 60 RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS OVER SPY POISONING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the expulsion of Russian diplomats as a retaliatory measure. Excerpt: “This had to happen. I’m glad it happened. Because we didn’t want to take one more step to look like an outlier on the international stage.”


KCRW-FM – 03.26.18

CALIFORNIA LAWSUIT COULD AFFECT UNIVERSITIES' POLICIES ON STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines a California Supreme Court decision that may make colleges liable for violence that happens in classrooms and on campus.


Los Angeles Pierce College Round Up – 03.24.18

CON: BUDGET

In an article for The Wall Street Journal, Lauren E. Willis, a professor at Loyola Law School, wrote that students are made overconfident by classes that are meant to teach concepts such as budgeting and “often leave the classes excited to do their own financial planning, then craft poor plans.”


CrimProf Blog – 04.23.18

BERDEJO ON GENDER DISPARITIES IN PLEA BARGAINING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Carlos Berdejó’s article “Gender Disparities in Plea Bargaining” is highlighted.


Inside Higher Ed – 03.23.18

SOCIAL MEDIA, PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE

But establishing laws in defense of privacy -- defending the individual from “wrongful publicity” -- also yielded the unexpected consequence Jennifer E. Rothman analyzes in The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World: “Beginning in the 1950s, the right transformed into a fully transferable intellectual property right, generating a host of legal disputes …” It “transformed people into intellectual property, leading to a bizarre world in which you can lose ownership of your own identity.”


The Regulatory Review – 03.22.18

TIGHTENING SERVICE AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL REGULATIONS

In a recent paper, Loyola Law School Professor Sande Buhai argues that laws regulating service and support animals are complicated and incoherent, leading to easy abuse. To provide companies with a clearer understanding of their responsibilities and to reduce the exploitation of these regulations, Buhai proposes several solutions, including a certification program for all service and emotional support animals, along with criminal penalties for abuse of these regulations.


WAJR-AM – 03.21.18

OPIOID LITIGATION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Adam Zimmerman discuss opioid consolidation and litigation. Excerpt: “A lot of judges have tried to take this kind of aggressive approach to settling these kind of cases in the past.”


Vox – 03.21.18

FIRING MUELLER WON’T SOLVE TRUMP’S LEGAL PROBLEMS

“I don’t think this case will magically disappear,” Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, said.


Los Angeles Times – 03.21.18

CAN TINY LOS ALAMITOS TAKE ON CALIFORNIA'S 'SANCTUARY STATE' MOVEMENT?

Kathleen Kim, a professor at Loyola Law School who specializes in immigration law, said the city won't prevail because there isn't any evidence that SB 54 is unconstitutional…“And the Los Alamitos ordinance relies on the presumption that SB 54 is unconstitutional,” Kim said. “That issue has not been adjudicated. One part of me thinks that it seems premature to pass an ordinance like the one in Los Alamitos without seeing first how the constitutional challenge plays out in court. It doesn’t make sense for Los Alamitos to come out with this ordinance. It seems like a waste of resources.”


Associated Press – 03.20.18

LOS ALAMITOS AIMS TO OPT OUT OF CALIFORNIA'S 'SANCTUARY STATE' LAW

Aaron Caplan, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, largely agreed. He said a city can adopt its own measures but should expect to defend them in court..."They can't opt out of state law and automatically win," he said.


Los Angeles Times – 03.20.18

APPELLATE COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN HOLLYWOOD LEGEND OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND'S 'FEUD' LAWSUIT

Jennifer Rothman, a legal expert on the right of publicity who filed an amicus brief in the case, said that the right "protects against exploitative use of a person's identity" and that doesn't really apply in de Havilland's case..."It's clear that this is a transformative use," Rothman said. "She did not appear in 'Feud'; Catherine Zeta-Jones did."


Variety – 03.20.18

FYRE FALLOUT: HOW MUCH PRISON TIME — AND DEBT — IS FESTIVAL FOUNDER BILLY MCFARLAND REALLY LOOKING AT?

“Going forward, this judgment will haunt Mr. McFarland for at least 20 years,” says Loyola Law School professor Dan Schechter, explaining that the initial forfeiture judgment runs for 10 years and is renewable for an additional 10 (in other words, he’ll be paying it off for 20 years). “But there’s not a lot that can be done. It’s not a typical situation where a business can be rehabilitated; his company was basically a Ponzi scheme used to defraud people. The forfeiture orders him to turn over the money, and I’m sure to the extent that he can, he will. But the problem is he’s probably spent it and doesn’t have to give back, and he isn’t in a position to earn it back.”


The Christian Science Monitor – 03.20.18

IN KANSAS VOTER ID TRIAL, A CLASH OF TWO VISIONS FOR AMERICA

“Secretary Kobach is a controversial lightning rod because he champions some controversial policies,” says Justin Levitt, an election law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “He takes issues that many people have reasonable concerns about, and tends to runs to the extreme on them.”


PBS – 03.20.18

TRUMP CALLED HIS SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCUSERS ‘LIARS.’ HE MIGHT NOW HAVE TO PROVE IT IN COURT

“Because he was so definitive, it’s more harmful for him,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.


KQED-FM – 03.19.18

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND & THE RIGHT OF PUBLICITY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jennifer Rothman discusses Olivia de Havilland’s case against FX for their portal of her in “Feud.” Excerpt: This case threatens all biographical pictures, television series, novels based on real people, biographies because of the claim that the trial court allowed. 


SCOTUSblog – 03.20.18

TUESDAY ROUND-UP

Commentary comes from Jessica Levinson at NBC News and Garrett Epps at The Atlantic, who observes that “[t]he background to this case is the simple fact that states ‘compel’ all kinds of professional, commercial, and medical speech to prevent misinformation, [a]nd speech to pregnant women about abortion may be the most regulated single kind of speech in America.”


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 03.19.18

9TH CIRCUIT GRANTS QUICK BRIEFING IN DACA APPEAL, DENIES REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED DECISION

"The odds of getting an opinion in time for this term are minuscule," said Allan Ides, a professor of civil procedure at Loyola Law School.


NBC News – 03.19.18

IN NIFLA V. BECERRA, THE SUPREME COURT TAKES ON BOTH ABORTION AND FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS (also featured on Politico’s California Playbook)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson writes on the Supreme Court Case NIFLA v. Becerra. Excerpt: In addition, the First Amendment protects both the right to speak (or not speak) and the right to listen. While pregnancy crisis centers are decrying what they claim is forced speech, we are largely ignoring a woman’s right to hear available information about their healthcare.


The National Law Review – 03.19.18

TAX TAKES VIDEO: SHOULD I CONVERT MY ENTITY?

In the below Tax Takes Video, Dan Zucker and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Adjunct Professor Alexander Lee discuss the pros and cons of converting your entity from an S corp to a C corp.


KCRW-FM – 03.19.18

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CALIFORNIA CASE PITTING FREE SPEECH AGAINST ABORTION RIGHTS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses the Supreme Court case in which California crisis pregnancy centers are challenging a state law requiring them to tell their clients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions and family planning services.


Los Angeles Times – 03.18.18

IF D.A. JACKIE LACEY WON'T CHARGE THE LAPD OFFICER WHO SHOT BRENDON GLENN, SOME ASK: WHEN WOULD SHE PROSECUTE? (also featured on MSN)

"In any arrest where a civilian engages in a physical response — arrests of drunk people, the mentally ill, irate civilians, any of these types of arrests — the officer just has to formulate or allege a belief that the victim is going for their gun, and they have a blanket justification for shooting that individual," said Eric Miller, a professor at Loyola Law School. "I think that's horrific."


preLaw Magazine – Spring 2018

BEST LAW SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is new to our best-buildings list with a B+. The school recently completed an over haul of its 23,000 square-foot Founders Hall to bring its criminal defense, immigration, post-conviction relief and various other clinics under one roof...”Loyola’s mission has always focused on severing the underserved,” said Cindy Archer, associate dean for clinics programs and experiential learning.


preLaw Magazine – Spring 2018

LAW SCHOOL NEWS: AROUND THE NATION

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles celebrated the grand opening of its Social Justice Law Clinic and the inauguration of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project, a partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Reentry.


preLaw Magazine – Spring 2018

TOP LAW SCHOOLS: TECHNOLOGY & IP LAW

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles gets an “A” ranking for intellectual property law.


preLaw Magazine – Spring 2018

BEST SCHOOLS FOR PRACTICAL TRAINING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles gets a “B+” for its practical training.


KABC-AM – 03.18.18

The OJ CASE

“I just saw the great Bill Hodgeman, district attorney in Los Angeles at an event at Loyola Law School a few weeks ago.”


PrawfsBlawg – 03.17.18

LEGAL ED'S FUTURES: NO. 23

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Dean Michael Waterstone writes on the future of legal education. Excerpt: This experience enriched an important question I had been thinking about and building structures around as a new Dean: should the “futures” of legal education include an expanded focus on legal education for individuals who are not – and will likely never become – US lawyers? 


Associated Press – 03.17.18

CALIFORNIA CITY WEIGHS OPTING OUT OF SO-CALLED SANCTUARY LAW

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Kathleen Kim says the argument in the city's proposed ordinance is flawed.


World Journal – 03.17.18

法律學者:民權運動影響移民法

洛杉磯Loyola法學院16日舉辦移民法研討會,與會學者就目前川普政府的移民政策和未來進行討論。


Fox News – 03.17.18

'CLUELESS' CO-STAR AND EX-FOX COMMENTATOR DASH, COMPTON MAYOR HEAT UP CALIFORNIA HOUSE RACE

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, thinks Brown is a serious candidate with a solid elected-office record on which to run, but she questions the strength of big-name endorsements.


The Orange County Register – 03.16.18

LOS ALAMITOS MIGHT CHALLENGE CALIFORNIA OVER STATE’S SANCTUARY LAW

The proposed ordinance might be the first local attempt in California to officially challenge the law, said Kathleen Kim, a Loyola Law School, Los Angeles professor who specializes in immigrants’ rights and human trafficking…The proposed ordinance contains “flawed argument,” Kim said Friday, March 16. The new state law is “absolutely consistent with the U.S. Constitution,” she said.


Legal Theory Blog – 03.16.18

BERDEJÓ ON GENDER DISPARITIES IN PLEA BARGAINING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Carlos Berdejó’s article “Gender Disparities in Plea Bargaining” is featured.


The Guardian – 03.16.18

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, 101, ON SUING FEUD: TV SHOW 'PUT FALSE WORDS IN MY MOUTH'

“It would bar the telling of true stories without the permission of those depicted,” said Jennifer Rothman, a Loyola law school professor and author of a forthcoming book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World. “This would effectively shut down critical commentaries about real people whether in movies, television shows, or written biographies, documentaries, and potentially even in news coverage. This is a chilling prospect.”


Huffington Post – 03.16.18

REPUBLICANS GOT GREEDY WITH GERRYMANDERING. NOW IT’S COMING BACK TO HAUNT THEM.

“The courts are going to police outlier cases, rather than trying to wade into each and every one,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “The same principle’s true in any kind of discrimination: The more blatant, the easier it is to establish, and the more likely the courts are to call it out.”


The Hill – 03.15.18

GOP'S NEW TAX LAW ENCOURAGES CAMPAIGN DONOR SECRECY

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Ellen Aprill writes on how tax law changes could increase possibility of "illegal behavior regarding foreign influence in our elections."


Los Angeles Times – 03.15.18

COMPTON MISMANAGED, OVERSPENT TAXPAYER FUNDS, STATE AUDIT FINDS

Jessica Levinson, an L.A. city ethics commissioner and Loyola Law School professor, said the level of financial mismanagement in Compton does not rise to the level of Bell, a small Southern California city that became a poster child for graft after city leaders were caught paying themselves outsized salaries… "All of this is harming constituents and the people who live in Compton," she said. "Bell is a really high threshold to hit and I don't think we're quite there, but if they don't do anything the city is going to get closed."


Daily Breeze – 03.15.18

WEST BASIN WATER DISTRICT UNAWARE ITS NEW GENERAL MANAGER SETTLED A SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT FOR $250,000

It isn’t illegal to hire someone who has faced misconduct claims, unless a contract says the person won’t be hired if it occurred, said Jessica Levinson, an ethics expert and Loyola Law School professor...“That’s not illegal, it’s just a judgment call up to the water district board,” she said.


L.A. Taco – 03.15.18

#TACOTRUCKSATEVERYMOSQUE: HOW HALAL TACOS ARE UNITING LATINOS AND MUSLIMS

The secret to the power behind the #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque movement is that halal tacos are blessed, Claudia Perez explained to L.A. Taco on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at Loyola Law in Downtown Los Angeles.


CNN International – 03.14.18

TRUMP ADMITS MAKING UP FACTS WITH TRUDEAU

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson discusses breaking news in the Trump presidency including allegations that he made up facts with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, new appointments and more. Excerpt: “This is so damaging because if he’s admitting and boasting about lying, then it really means what we all know, that he has no relationship with the truth.”


The Sacramento Bee – 03.14.18

CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO MOVE TRUMP SANCTUARY LAWSUIT FROM CAPITAL TO SAN FRANCISCO

"This is about doing what every smart lawyer does, trying to find the most favorable judge, and it's not inappropriate," said Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson of the push to change venues. "There is absolutely a straight-faced argument to make that the two cases are related and there will be similar facts and arguments that may come up."

KPCC-FM – 03.14.18

ACLU SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER SEPARATION OF ASYLUM-SEEKING FAMILIES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Stanley Goldman discusses the ACLU’s class-action lawsuit filed against federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking parents from their young children. Excerpt: “I think the lawsuit in many ways is going to be an effort to try to get more due process, in other words to get a hearing of some kind.”


Legal Theory Blog – 03.13.18

POLLMAN ON CORPORATE LAWBREAKING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Elizabeth Pollman’s article “Corporate Disobedience” is “highly recommended.”


Gizmodo – 03.13.18

HOW CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISTS CATFISHED TWITTER

Beyond the questionable journalistic ethics of exploiting people’s desires for work and love, Project Veritas’s tactics broke the law, says John Nockleby, a professor who specializes in privacy at Loyola Law School-Los Angeles… “You’re allowed to do video in a public place without getting consent, but not take audio, unless it’s someone like a politician giving a speech to a crowd,” Nockleby told me by phone.


Washington Examiner – 03.13.18

REDRAWING AMERICA

“If they’re ever going to deliver, now is the time,” Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School law professor and redistricting expert, said. “That’s not a partisan statement. When a party has unilateral control, they tend to abuse it, and that’s not a Republican or Democratic thing.”


Times-Herald – 03.13.18

COMMUNITY COLLEGES EXPAND PATHWAY TO LAW SCHOOLS

The remaining participating law schools are the UC Davis School of Law, the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, UC Irvine School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, and Loyola Law School.


KCRW-FM – 03.12.18

STORMY DANIELS' HUSH MONEY AND FEDERAL ELECTION LAW

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines the legality of Stormy Daniels offering to return the money she says she was paid to keep quiet about an affair she had with Trump before he became president. In exchange, Daniels wants to speak freely, and share any photos, texts or videos she has relating to Trump.


California Community College Chancellor’s Office – 03.12.18

CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES EXPANDS PROGRAM OFFERING CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS A PATHWAY TO LAW SCHOOL

The remaining participating law schools are University of Southern California Gould School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, UC Davis School of Law, UC Irvine School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law and Loyola Law School.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 03.12.18

UNDOCUMENTED: A PITTSBURGH FAMILY LIVES IN UNCERTAINTY

The Immigration Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles estimates that 1.8 million Dreamers, as they are called, were eligible for DACA, but Pablo and many like him were dissuaded by government distrust that has only grown since President Donald Trump took office.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 03.12.18

LONG-TERM PLANNING A CHALLENGE FOR DACA RECIPIENTS

The Immigration Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles estimates that 1.8 million Dreamers were eligible for DACA.


Market Mogul – 03.12.18

THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT: FIXING THE NEW TAX LAW

The drafting problem highlighted originally in a blog post by Ellen April of Loyola Law School, is that the University of Alabama, a state university, has a good argument that its tax-exempt status is not by reason of IRC Section 115, but rather under the doctrine of implied statutory immunity, which exempts the income of states and political subdivisions absent a specific statutory authorisation.


KPBS – 03.12.18

#SHOWUSYOURMAILERS: MAILER FROM DUNCAN HUNTER PREPARED AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE

It is perfectly legal to send out these mailers, said Jessica Levinson, a campaign finance expert at Loyola Law School. They are something called "franked mail", a practice that dates back to the 1700s to allow members of Congress to communicate with their constituents.


Daily Beast – 03.11.18

PETER BOYKIN, THE GAY TRUMP CANDIDATE WHO’S AGAINST TRANSGENDER TROOPS

Justin Levitt, a redistricting expert from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles said the district’s history counters these claims...“In 2011, it was reliably Democratic. Between 72 to 80 percent Democratic, depending on the particular race,” said Levitt in an email to The Daily Beast.


KNX-AM – 03.10.18

STORMY DANIELS & TRUMP CAMPAIGN

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines evidence that suggests the payment to Stormy Daniels was made for campaign purposes. Excerpt: “The fact that this is mere days before the presidential election, I think is hugely significant and is a great piece of evidence to show that it does look like the payment was made for campaign purposes.”   


Leafly – 03.10.18

WHEN STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS CONFLICT, WHO WINS?

Although the supremacy clause can help courts make sense of conflicting laws, judges have to balance its claims against other constitutional considerations, says Karl Manheim, a constitutional law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles… “As is often the case in constitutional law, we have an equal and opposite constitutional command in the 10th Amendment, which says that states have a certain degree of autonomy and that Congress cannot commandeer state processes,” Manheim said.


The Sacramento Bee – 03.09.18

IT'S THE U.S. VS. CALIFORNIA – WHO'S GOT THE WINNING CASE?

“You don’t get to commandeer us and force us to be a local arm of immigration enforcement,” said Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson.


The Christian Science Monitor – 03.08.18

SUING CALIFORNIA: WHAT WASHINGTON'S MOVE MEANS FOR FUTURE CONFLICTS

“It feels less about ensuring that rights are vindicated and more about ensuring a policy position is vindicated,” says Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “It’s a legal matchup, and it’s also a political matchup. Those two things are actually quite distinct.”


Los Angeles Times – 03.08.18

ARE CALIFORNIA'S SANCTUARY LAWS VULNERABLE IN COURT? YES, SAY LEGAL EXPERTS (also featured on Governing)

Loyola law professor Kathleen Kim said the purpose of sanctuary laws was to ensure that immigrants report crimes and cooperate with law enforcement without fear of being deported…"The cities and the state have a right under the 10th Amendment to pass what they deem necessary to advance public safety for California residents," she said.


Tax Notes – 03.08.18

WILL THE NICK SABAN TAX APPLY TO NICK SABAN?

The debate over whether universities are covered by the excise tax began with a blog post by Ellen P. Aprill of Loyola Law School, in which she argued that Congress had inadvertently left public universities off the hook.


Buzzfeed News – 03.08.18

WE'RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A LIBERAL STATE ASSERTS ITS RIGHT NOT TO FOLLOW A FEDERAL LAW

Justin Levitt, associate dean for research at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said the 10th Amendment has been interpreted by the Supreme Court to say the federal government can enact its own laws and states can't actively interfere with that enforcement… "The fight is over exactly what federal law requires, and California said, essentially, in this area, we're going to do the very least we have to to comply," Levitt told BuzzFeed News.


KNBC-TV – 03.07.18

SANCTUARY STATE ENFORCEMENT

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Kathleen Kim discusses challenges to California’s sanctuary state laws by the federal government. Excerpt: “The LAPD has made it its internal policy to mitigate any circumstances under which they would be handing over individuals in custody for criminal activities to immigration enforcement for immigration violations.”


KCRW-FM – 03.07.18

CHALLENGES TO CALIFORNIA SANCTUARY POLICIES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Justin Levitt discusses the Justice Department’s challenges to California’s sanctuary policies.


Santa Cruz Sentinel – 03.07.18

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION LAWSUIT AGAINST CALIFORNIA THE LATEST VOLLEY IN WAR OF WORDS AND LITIGATION

“We’re seeing open warfare between the federal government and the state government,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. The latest lawsuit is “going to be a case that defines the contours of federal power versus state power in immigration.”


The Stanford Daily – 03.07.18

MORAL OBLIGATION, PRACTICAL COMPLICATIONS

Eric J. Miller, Professor at the Loyola Law School, claims that though the case of individual payouts could maximize economic autonomy of those affected by slavery, much of the money given out would go back to the white-dominated economy and would have only a generational effect rather than a long-term, deeper effect for the community.


KPCC-FM – 03.06.18

LA METRO FIGURED OUT HOW TO SCAN FOR WEAPONS — WITHOUT THE LINES

The use of this passive scanning technology raises several tricky legal questions, says Eric Miller, a Loyola Law School, Los Angeles professor who specializes in policing issues… "It only benefits us if there’s a lot of other evidence that would suggest that a particular station is currently vulnerable or not. Otherwise they’re just doing mass data collection of individuals."


CNN International – 03.06.18

EX-TRUMP AIDE VOWS TO DEFY RUSSIA PROBE SUBPOENA

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson analyzes breaking news in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation including former aide Sam Nunberg’s decision to defy a subpoena.


The New York Times – 03.05.18

CAN THIS JUDGE SOLVE THE OPIOID CRISIS?

The transcript from that hearing has created a ruckus in legal circles. Adam S. Zimmerman, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, has begun teaching it in his classes...“We say we want judges to be umpires,” Mr. Zimmerman said. “But when there’s a large social problem at stake, judges can be umpires for only so long, before they decide it has to be solved.”


Los Angeles Daily Journal – 03.05.18

CRITICS DEMAND CHANGE TO FEDERAL SEX TRAFFICKING BILL

Tracey Freed, a Loyola Law School professor and tech attorney at Freed Law PC, said that while she agreed that a bill with a “broad, sweeping” impact would be ill-advised, she’s sympathetic to those who think there should be more checks and balances to Section 230.


KNX-AM – 03.05.18

ATTORNEYS FOR SUGE KNIGHT INDICTED ON CHARGES TIED TO ALLEGED WITNESS TAMPERING

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Stanley Goldman notes that Marion "Suge" Knight’s attorneys Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper could be disbarred following an allegations of witness tampering.


KCRW-FM – 03.05.18

ROBERT MUELLER LOOKS INTO TRUMP'S COZY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jessica Levinson examines breaking news in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation including reports that he’s looking into whether the United Arab Emirates tried to buy influence with the Trump campaign.


KQED-FM – 03.05.18

DEFEAT OF PESTICIDE BILL HIGHLIGHTS AG INDUSTRY'S CAMPAIGN DONATIONS

"It's rarely so stark that you can see dollars spent roughly correlating into votes," said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School who specializes in campaign finance.


Wisconsin Public Radio – 03.05.18

NEW DISTRICTS IN 2018 UNLIKELY AS SCOTUS CONTINUES TO WEIGH WISCONSIN GERRYMANDERING LAWSUIT

"It looks an awful lot like whatever answers we get will be effective only in 2020," said Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School professor.


The Blade – 03.05.18

REDISTRICTING ISSUES COMING TO THE FOREFRONT IN OHIO, NATIONWIDE

Justin Levitt, associate dean of research and a professor of constitutional law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said redistricting challenges these days are seemingly “stacked up like planes on the runway” as state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court take fresh looks at the role of partisan politics in the process.


The New York Times – 03.03.18

AT 101, A SURVIVOR OF HOLLYWOOD’SGOLDEN AGE THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET

“It is unusual for this type of case to proceed past anti-Slaap,” said Jennifer Rothman, a professor at Loyola Law School and the author of a forthcoming book called “The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World.” If the de Havilland decision were allowed to stand, Ms. Rothman said, “then that upends the film industry, the TV industry, the video game industry. Anyone who is trying to make stories based on true events with real people are not going to be able to do so without permission.”


Los Angeles Times – 03.02.18

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REVIEWING OAKLAND MAYOR'S TIPOFF OF IMMIGRATION RAIDS, WHICH LED TO 232 ARRESTS (also featured on ABA Journal and MSN)

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, said she believed Schaaf's purpose in making the warning was not to help people evade the law, but to give them the opportunity to make preparations for their families or get appropriate legal advice..."As she stated it, it was her purpose to make her community safe," Levenson said. "She gave a general warning. She did not tell individuals to make a run for it."


Cartoon Brew – 03.02.18

‘THE SIMPSONS’ ARE VICTORIOUS IN $250 MILLION LAWSUIT BY ‘GOODFELLAS’ ACTOR FRANK SIVERO

Professor Jennifer Rothman of Loyola Law School, one of the foremost scholars on right of publicity law, for example, notes that the decision puts great weight on the “Simpsonizing” of Sivero’s personality to find transformative use.


Los Angeles Times – 03.01.18

WHAT DOES OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND HAVE AGAINST ALLISON JANNEY?

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Jennifer Rothman analyzes Olivia de Havilland’s right of publicity claim related to Allison Janney’s performance in “I, Tonya.” Excerpt: The threat that this narrower line of reasoning poses to traditional moviemaking, plays and books is clear from the trial court's holding that the portrayal of de Havilland is too realistic to benefit from a 1st Amendment defense.


Politico – 03.01.18

CALIFORNIA PLAYBOOK – 03.01.18

Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME likely to permanently weaken public unions,' by Jessica Levinson via NBC: Story.


LA This Week – 03.01.18

SOCIAL JUSTICE LAW CLINIC

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project is spotlighted.