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Jeesoo Nam
USC Gould School of Law

Jeesoo Nam

Assistant Professor of Law and Philosophy

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 421
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Last Updated: November 14, 2022




Jeesoo Nam’s research covers the intersection between philosophy and a variety of issues in tax law, criminal law, and statutory interpretation.

In tax law, Nam applies the framework of responsibility and desert to important questions of tax policy, such as the taxation of capital income, the progressivity of tax rates, and the availability of deductions for losses and expenses. In criminal law, Nam analyzes the conditions under which those who committed crimes should nevertheless be exempt from punishment, focusing on the topics of excuse, prosecutorial discretion, pardon, and fair notice. In statutory interpretation, Nam’s research concerns various issues raised by the linguistic phenomenon of vagueness. His research also considers how these three doctrinal areas interact with one another.

Before joining USC, Nam served as visiting assistant professor of tax law at New York University. Nam received a JD from Yale Law School and a bachelor's with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University, where he majored in philosophy and economics. Nam has received the Felix S. Cohen Prize in legal philosophy. Nam practiced law as a tax associate in Los Angeles at Latham & Watkins.

Articles

  • “Just Taxation of Crime: Should the Commission of Crime Change One’s Tax Liability?” 54 Arizona State Law Journal (forthcoming 2023).
  • "Lenity and the Meaning of Statutes," 96 Southern California Law Review (forthcoming 2022). 
  • "Taxing Option Luck," 11 U.C. Irvine Law Review 1067 (2021). - (www)
  • "Biomedical Enhancements as Justice," 29 Bioethics 126 (2015). - (www)

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

USA Today
November 28, 2022
Re: Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks was interviewed about what schizophrenia really is. "A common misconception is that we're unable to care for ourselves and that's not true," she said. "For some people it is, but not for all of us. We can have relationships –romantic and friendships. But we often don't see that (in the media) because of the emphasis on sensationalism and 'othering' us."

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Mugambi Jouet
October, 2022

“Guns, Mass Incarceration, and Bipartisan Reform: Beyond Vicious Circle and Social Polarization,” Arizona State Law Journal (Forthcoming 2023).

Hannah R. Garry
October, 2022

"From Policy back to Principles? Refugee Protection under International Law & State (Non)-Compliance," introductory remarks and chair of roundtable discussion, ABILA International Law Weekend, Fordham Law School, Oct. 21, 2022.

D. Daniel Sokol
October, 2022

“Cookie Intermediaries: Does Competition Lead to More Privacy? Evidence from the Dark Web,” University of Toronto Law and Economics Workshop, Toronto, Canada, October 2022.