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Todd Grabarsky
USC Gould School of Law

Todd Grabarsky

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 338

Last Updated: June 3, 2022

Todd Grabarsky is a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. He specializes in federal constitutional law, and in his practice he defends the constitutionality of California laws and policies. Most recently, he has defended California’s public health restrictions and regulations imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic against an array of First Amendment and other constitutional challenges. He also defends numerous other California policies such as gun control legislation, labor protections, election laws, policies that expand access to affordable housing, and the accuracy and completeness of the census count.

Grabarsky earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York (Yeshiva University), where he served as editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Law Review. After law school, he clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for the Hon. Edward J. Davila, and then on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Hon. Paul J. Watford and the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcón (dec.). He also spent a brief period as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He currently serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee and as a board member of the Law and Humanities Institute.


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."


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.