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  • Susan Estrich

    The Star Democrat

    December 2, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about stereotyping with reference to a recent string of robberies. "The problem with correlations — like the one between young Black men and crime — is that they are both statistically accurate and inherently racist. This is not about causation. We have a right to be treated as individuals."

  • Robin Craig

    CBS News

    December 2, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was quoted about more states considering bans on gas-powered lawn equipment. "I think the easier the manufacturers make it for other states to adopt the same sort of ban, the more states will do it," she said.

  • Emily Ryo

    lawandcrime.com

    December 1, 2021

    Re: Emily Ryo

    Emily Ryo's immigration study was featured in an article about changing the immigration strategy in the United States. In the study, Ryo gave three groups of respondents various information about how migrants were treated when they arrived at the border. The participants were then asked if they would still attempt to live in the U.S.

  • Robin Craig

    Law360.com

    December 1, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig wrote an expert analysis on the recent ruling of Mississippi v. Tennessee, the Supreme Court's first ever interstate groundwater dispute. "The decision could have long-ranging effects on interstate water negotiations for at least the rest of the century," said Craig. "Its influence is likely to be particularly acute in states where groundwater is becoming an increasingly important source of water, in light of climate change's disruptions to surface water supplies."

  • Robin Craig

    WKRC

    December 1, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was quoted in an article about California becoming the first state to ban the sale of gas-powered lawn equipment in an effort to curb emissions. "We'll see how manufacturers react. I think the easier the manufacturers make it for other states to adopt the same sort of ban, the more states will do it," said Craig.

  • Robin Craig

    USC Annenberg Media

    November 30, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was interviewed in an article about the end of snow in the California Western mountains for the first time in 30 years. "Tt can have cascading impacts, obviously," said Craig. "That’s going to limit the water supply for drinking water and it’s going to limit water supply for agriculture.”

  • Robin Craig

    USC Annenberg Media

    November 29, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was quoted in an article about the use and distribution of readily available, single-use plastic food-ware. "Will it solve the entire plastics problem? Obviously not. But will it start to make a dent? I think, yeah, I think it might," Craig said.

  • Jody David Armour

    KCRW Press Play

    November 24, 2021

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about the verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery case. “It's only happenstantial that Arbery’s video got out and it became part of a movement, that we are here to be thankful that the justice process was vindicated in this case," he said. "But it could very easily have gone another way. And that's something for us to pause on and not become too triumphalist when you have a verdict like this.”

  • Robin Craig

    90.3 WPLN News

    November 23, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was interviewed about Mississippi losing a legal battle over groundwater to the city of Memphis. “There’s no factual record of Mississippi having wells dry up or not having the groundwater it needs available, and that’s what you’d have to show to show the kind of injury you’d need to get the equitable apportionment,” she said.

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    November 23, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed arguing that panels may not end politics in redistricting, but they're better than what we use now. "Redistricting panels are not the panacea many of us hoped for," she wrote. "We might have been naive in expecting that they could do politics without being political about it, but it is still better than a Congress full of districts that look like nothing so much as a school of fish." The op-ed was also featured in The Columbian.

  • Susan Estrich

    The Sun

    November 19, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about traveling has illuminated her belief about the U.S.' COVID-19 situation. "The president signed his big infrastructure bill yesterday. In other times, he might get a boost in the polls," she wrote. "But he won’t, I’m sure. Because things just aren’t OK. Nothing is OK. I’m lucky and I know it, and things still aren’t OK."

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    November 17, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed arguing that calling speech you don't like 'misinformation' doesn't solve a problem. "We won't find out by labeling the chants 'misinformation' and taking them down from YouTube," she wrote. "If the government were to censor those images, we would rightly claim it was violating the First Amendment." The op-ed also appeared in West Central Tribune and The Columbian.

  • Edward McCaffery

    Forbes

    November 11, 2021

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Ed McCaffery was interviewed for an article about how America's richest can access billions without selling their stock. “It’s perfectly legal, and it's a little hard to say it's immoral. Like, it's immoral to own a growth stock? It's immoral to borrow money?” he said.

  • Ariela Gross

    CBS Los Angeles

    November 11, 2021

    Re: Ariela Gross

    Ariela Gross' LA Times op-ed was mentioned in an article about protests at USC over recent days, mainly in response to the poor handling of sexual assault investigations – not only into Sigma Nu fraternity – but into the university as a whole. "Gross denounces the leadership of the university, claiming they have continued to enable the predatory behavior on campus," the article read.

  • Thomas Lenz

    KALW Your Legal Rights

    November 10, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about new labor and employment laws passed in 2021. "We expect California law to provide for more rights than under federal law," he said. "California always raises the bar; this is another example."

  • Ariela Gross

    FOX 11 Los Angeles

    November 9, 2021

    Re: Ariela Gross

    Ariela Gross was interviewed about USC's toxic culture. "By saying 'culture,' the University makes it sound as though it is a broad issue of general responsibility of all community members," she said. "I think that we have an administrative culture of secrecy, denial, euphemisms and impunity for wrongdoers."

  • Ariela Gross

    Daily Trojan

    November 9, 2021

    Re: Ariela Gross

    Ariela Gross's LA Times op-ed was mentioned in an article about President Folt's recent community-wide email. "The FAQs did not directly address Gross’ statement that USC has not released reports about Tyndall or former medical school dean Dr. Carmen Puliafito," said the article.

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    November 9, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about President Biden's future. "It's hard to escape the conclusion that Sen. Joe Manchin reached, when he announced that the country (as opposed to the Democrats in the House) is somewhere to the right of the center on the ideological spectrum. That is certainly where Virginia was on Nov. 2. It is, even, where New Jersey was on Nov. 2," she wrote. "And if that is where two Biden states were on Election Day, where will they be next year on Election Day? Or three years from now?" The op-ed was also featured in The Star Democrat, The Lowell Sun and the Daily Herald.

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    November 6, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about the infrastructure bill and Terry McAuliffe. "Tuesday was a small disaster. Bigger ones are on the horizon. Everyone gets that," she wrote. "The question is whether the early warning is early enough and whether Biden can recapture the attention of the country when we have the price of eggs, not to mention eggnog, to worry about."

  • Ariela Gross

    Los Angeles Times

    November 3, 2021

    Re: Ariela Gross

    Ariela Gross wrote an op-ed about the USC administration's toxic culture. "The culture of the USC administration is rotten from the top," she wrote. "What will it take for that to change?"

  • Elyn Saks

    India Education Diary

    November 2, 2021

    Re: Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks was interviewed about co-winning the prestigious Pardes Humanitarian Prize. “I am humbled and deeply honored to receive the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health,” she said. “The Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation makes extraordinary contributions improving the lives of people living with mental illness, and advancing our understanding of mental health.”

  • Joseph Longo

    Los Angeles Times

    November 2, 2021

    Re: Joseph Longo

    Joseph Longo was quoted in an article about the complications the MLB may face if LA Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer appeals his suspension from MLB for allegations of sexual misconduct. "You’ve got to interpret what’s written in the policy. Both sides will try to put their explanation on the policy, and then the arbitrator has to make a decision,” he said.

  • Jody David Armour

    Davis Vanguard Everyday Injustice

    November 1, 2021

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed on his perspective on D.A. Boudin’s response to justice reform. “As a politician, running for elective office [especially in the position of District Attorney] is one of the most important kinds of executive type politicians out there…I was really heartened to hear the points he was hitting. I think those are the places we need to go,” he said.

  • Susan Estrich

    Standard-Speaker

    October 30, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about getting tested for breast cancer. "But if you think we’re come far enough, if you’re ready to put your pink ribbon aside for a year, try getting an appointment for a mammogram," she wrote. "It may make you think again. Or schedule well in advance. But if you haven’t, for goodness’ sake, just do it: Make the appointment."

  • Erik Hovenkamp

    Promarket/University of Chicago

    October 28, 2021

    Re: Erik Hovenkamp

    Erik Hovenkamp wrote an op-ed on tech platforms and the antitrust duty to deal. "Antitrust experts have long recognized that, although a firm should not be penalized for earning a monopoly on the merits, it is not entitled to exploit that monopoly to impair competition in other markets," he wrote.

  • Gregory Keating

    Reuters

    October 27, 2021

    Re: Gregory Keating

    Gregory Keating was quoted in an article about who faces legal liability in 'Rust' shooting case. "It's pretty obvious; somebody had to be negligent," he said. He was also quoted in msn.com.

  • Gregory Keating

    France 24

    October 27, 2021

    Re: Gregory Keating

    Gregory Keating was interviewed about the legal implications fo the Alec Baldwin shooting. "He appears to have reasonably believed that this was not a loaded weapon," he said.

  • Christopher D. Stone

    Christopher Stone

    October 26, 2021

    Re: Christopher D. Stone

    Christopher Stone was mentioned in a podcast episode about giving legal rights to nature. "In his argument, Stone noted that other non-human entities had legal rights — such as corporations, universities, trusts, and governments — and he compared this to the civil rights movement, women’s suffrage, and giving children rights."

  • Edward McCaffery

    CNN

    October 26, 2021

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Ed McCaffery wrote an op-ed about how Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other billionaires should be taxed. "My preferred idea is for a progressive spending tax, which would tax all Americans when they spend, not when they work, save, give or die," he wrote.

  • Susan Estrich

    Odessa American

    October 25, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about being the lawyer friend. "I have put myself and my reputation on the line (twice) on behalf of men who are the subject of complaints of sexual harassment or sexual assault, even though I have spent my entire adult life fighting against the abuse of women," she wrote. "And I’m about to do it again." The op-ed also appeared in West Central Tribune and Daily Herald.

  • Gregory Keating

    Los Angeles Times

    October 24, 2021

    Re: Gregory Keating

    Gregory Keating was interviewed about the legal fallout from the Alec Baldwin prop gun shooting. “Somebody has to have been negligent,” he said. “This doesn’t happen without negligence. There are safety protocols that are supposed to be followed. It’s really just a matter of who’s negligent and how the responsibility gets parceled out. Then it gets murky because the facts are murky.” He was also quoted in Yahoo!.

  • Susan Estrich

    The Columbian

    October 24, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about Colin Powell's passing. "Powell’s death has produced an outpouring of sadness reminiscent of the passing of McCain and Bush," she wrote. "They represented a Republican Party of decency, respect for democratic institutions and fiscal rectitude. Their party would not tolerate racist sentiments. It would have ostracized any member who threatened school board members over anything."

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    October 21, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about taxes and price inflation. "Protect yourself, always at a price," she wrote. "And the price is going up."

  • Jody David Armour

    Wired

    October 20, 2021

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour's book N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law was mentioned in an article about cancel culture.

  • Gregory Keating

    NBC Los Angeles

    October 14, 2021

    Re: Gregory Keating

    Gregory Keating was interviewed about a woman's claims that Amazon should take action against scams. "If scammers got Amy's phone number through and Amazon data breach, then the lawsuit might have legs," he said. "But there's no evidence that happened."

  • Robin Craig

    Straight Arrow News

    October 13, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was interviewed about the aftermath of the recent pipeline spill into the Pacific Ocean. She said even after financial liability is determined, an oil spill’s impact is difficult to quantify. “How much does it cost to clean up an otter,” she asked. “How much does it cost to rehabilitate a traumatized otter?”

  • Robin Craig

    Bloomberg

    October 13, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was interviewed about the fight between Mississippi and Tennessee over ground water. "This is the first case to reach the Supreme Court arguing about groundwater," she said.

  • Franita Tolson

    The Guardian

    October 11, 2021

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was interviewed about how the chief justice no longer sits in supreme court’s ideological center and has lost the power to cast the deciding vote in any ruling. “The cases in this term do not give [John Roberts] an easy out to be an institutionalist and trying to build a coalition, versus him indulging his personal preferences. And overturning Roe v Wade might be his personal preference," she said. "And if it is, it’s still the Roberts court.”

  • Gregory Keating

    San Fernando Valley Business Journal

    October 11, 2021

    Re: Gregory Keating

    Gregory Keating was interviewed about the ongoing 2015 Aliso gas leak settlement. "The big issue here is whether there will be injuries down the road, whether it will be possible to trace causal connections between those injuries and the leak; and whether people who, say, die prematurely as a result of this leak will get the reparation they should get," he said. This article is behind a paywall.

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    October 8, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susah Estrich wrote an op-ed about proctoring in schools. "But let's not pretend at our children's expense. Learning isn't one of them," she wrote. "If this is what it will take for us to start respecting teachers more, then that may be the only lesson to be had here."

  • Robin Craig

    KUAF

    October 8, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was quoted about how the outcome of Mississippi's legal dispute with Memphis could impact other groundwater conflicts. “It’s either going to be the shortest interstate water law case opinion in the history of the court, or they are going to make some broader pronouncements about where they think equitable apportionment applies and doesn’t apply,” she said.

  • Ariela Gross

    LA Times

    October 7, 2021

    Re: Ariela Gross

    Ariela Gross was quoted in an article about the investigation of George Tyndall. “I certainly think anyone who has the authority to do so should look further, especially when it comes to criminal matters involving George Tyndall. It surprises me there wasn’t a more thorough investigation,” she said.

  • Robin Craig

    Courthouse News Service

    October 6, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was quoted in an article about a rare Supreme Court case over shared groundwater in Mississippi and Tennessee. “This is really the first time that two states are before the U.S. Supreme Court saying . . . how do we treat groundwater? Is it like a river, where we know we either do an interstate compact or, if we go to the court, we're asking for equitable apportionment? Or is it something else,” Craig said. “And Mississippi has pretty much against all advice from everyone in just insisting that, no, it's something else.”

  • Robin Craig

    The Orange County Register

    October 5, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig was interviewed about a civil lawsuit filed in regards to an oil spill that has been washing up in Orange Country since the weekend. “If your entire goal is to prevent pollution off the coast, you’re going to take a different approach to what the penalties should be than if you take into consideration the broader economic role of petroleum. There does seem to be a trend of not prioritizing preventative measures," she said. Additional coverage also appeared in The San Bernardino Sun.

  • Franita Tolson

    ABC News

    October 5, 2021

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was quoted in an article about the strict voter identification laws in Texas. "Texas has a very restrictive voter ID law. If you read it, it doesn't seem racist on its face, but if you think about how it operates in practice, as well as the intent behind it, it is fairly racist. For example, Texas' law only allows voters to have a certain limited amount of IDs. You have to have a driver's license, you can have a hand handgun license, you can have a military ID, but you can't have a federal ID, or you can't have a student ID, which are the types of IDs that people of color are more likely to have," she said.

  • Susan Estrich

    Standard-Speaker

    October 2, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about divisiveness and ignorance. "And when we lack consensus on anything, when there is no 'legitimate media' anymore — the very phrase sounds of an oxymoron — when we now call it 'social media' to distinguish it, say, from 'truth' — how do we live together?

  • Thomas Lenz

    Law360

    October 1, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about the new Democratic majority settling in at the National Labor Relations Board and preparing for a policy shift. "I'm telling clients and colleagues that whatever the legal standard is right now, that's all well and good, but ... you might be wise to consider where the law is going," he said.

  • Thomas Lenz

    USA Today

    October 1, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees strike. "A 'yes' vote from union members puts them in a good bargaining position, something they can deploy if they need to," he said. "Producers don't really want a disruption in the product they put out, and workers don't want to go long without pay. They could get back to the bargaining table."

  • Michael Jenkins

    Laguna Beach Independent

    October 1, 2021

    Re: Michael Jenkins

    Michael Jenkins was interviewed about an investigation into alleged violations of the Brown Act by Laguna Beach city councilmembers. “The DA will then decide what to do – it can drop the matter, issue a caution or proceed with a formal proceeding, such as a civil or criminal prosecution,” he said. “Criminal prosecutions are rare and the burden of proof is high.”

  • Dorothy S. Lund

    Bloomberg Law

    October 1, 2021

    Re: Dorothy S. Lund

    Dorothy Lund was interviewed about a new SEC proposal that would trigger greater investor scrutiny about how their proxy ballot votes correspond to their environmental, social, and governance claims. “There’s a strong need for more transparency on what mutual funds are doing with their votes,” she said. “There’s a lot of talk these days about BlackRock on sustainability, Vanguard on climate.”

  • Robin Craig

    SCOTUS Blog

    October 1, 2021

    Re: Robin Craig

    Robin Craig wrote an article about how justices will hear Mississippi’s complaint that Tennessee is stealing its groundwater. "The key legal issue in Mississippi v. Tennessee, therefore, is whether the equitable apportionment doctrine (automatically) applies to groundwater resources," she wrote.

  • Elyn Saks

    KNX 1070 In Depth

    September 29, 2021

    Re: Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks was interviewed about John Hinckley Jr. "I think it matters who a victim is," she said. "It shouldn't really because it doesn't really go to someone's culpability or blame-worthiness."

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    September 28, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about having a seizure in the age of COVID-19. "Actually, I was lucky to be there. I didn't have COVID-19. Just the regular ICU," she wrote. "Actually, I was waiting for a step-down unit. The only beds available were non-COVID ICU."

  • Lisa Klerman

    CBS Los Angeles

    September 27, 2021

    Re: Lisa Klerman

    Lisa Klerman was interviewed about how COVID-19 vaccination rates among the LAPD and LAFD are well behind LA county residents. “States and local governments, they have the power to regular public health before the Constitution was even ratified,” she said.

  • Franita Tolson

    CNN

    September 22, 2021

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was mentioned as a participant in a Senate hearing on voting rights. "Apologies Mr. Cruz, your state of Texas, perhaps," she said, when Cruz asked which voter ID laws are racist. "The fact that the voter ID law was put into place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent." Tolson was also quoted in The Washington Post, USA TODAY, Independant, The Hill and Yahoo! News.

  • Brian Peck

    LLM Guide

    September 21, 2021

    Re: Brian Peck

    Brian Peck was interviewed about how heightened geopolitical tensions have made the need for trade law specialists more acute than ever. “There is a growing need for trade lawyers to help clients navigate and comply with the increasingly complex multilateral regulatory network of international and domestic trade laws,” he said.

  • Susan Estrich

    Joplin Globe

    September 20, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine debate. "Why would anyone want the 'right' to have mumps or chickenpox? Or German measles? These were things to be avoided." she wrote. "Why would anyone want the 'right' to have COVID-19?"

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    September 17, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about Gavin Newsom's lucky day. "But here's the other half of the story," she wrote. "Larry Elder may be the only candidate that Gavin Newsom can beat. And that is a relief, as well." The op-ed also appeared in Times-Republican and West Central Tribune.

  • Heidi Rummel

    Los Angeles Times

    September 13, 2021

    Re: Heidi Rummel

    Heidi Rummel was interviewed about Sirhan Sirhan’s possible parole. “The faction that’s saying it’s unfair to release him should be arguing with California sentencing laws,” she said. “It’s not an argument with the parole board.”

  • Nomi Stolzenberg

    Los Angeles Times

    September 13, 2021

    Re: Nomi Stolzenberg

    Nomi Stolzenberg was interviewed about the opposition of LAPD employees to the vaccine mandate. Employers can turn down a religious exemption if they can demonstrate that it is insincere, but “no one has actually figured out a way to test the sincerity of a person who claims they have religious objections,” she said. As a result, employers have largely deferred to “religious exemptions on demand.”

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    September 7, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about the hypocrisy of certain laws in Texas. "You have to hand it to those Texans," she wrote. "On one hand, they believe in liberty — to not wear a mask. But for the victim of rape or incest to have control over her body? No way."

  • Emily Ryo

    Phys.org

    September 2, 2021

    Re: Emily Ryo

    Emily Ryo was interviewed about how her personal experience with immigration influences studies on migrant experience. "My main motivation going to law school was to see if I could help my family," she said. "I went on to get a Ph.D. because I wanted to explore the migrant experience, not just for people living in the U.S. but for people living abroad dreaming of coming to the U.S. and establishing new lives here."

  • Thomas Lenz

    Law360

    September 2, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about the end of the National Labor Relations Board's Trump era. "I thought it really did a disservice to the employees, the subject matter of their discussions, and when something is going to be considered protected and when it won't," he said. "I think it promotes confusion."

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    August 29, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about censorship on social media. "Censorship is a public function," she wrote. "And if you are going to censor anyone, censor the Taliban, who do present a clear and present danger to the Americans and Afghans at the airport, and to innocent people in their own country. And ours." The op-ed was also featured in the West Central Tribune and the Standard-Speaker.

  • Jody David Armour

    FOX 11 Los Angeles

    August 28, 2021

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about how Robert F. Kennedy's assassin was granted parole. "It's a sign of the times. We've been in a debate over the last couple years about what criminal justice should look like and what conception of justice should determine our criminal justice policy, and should it be rooted in retribution, retaliation and revenge or in redemption, restoration and rehabilitation," he said.

  • Thomas Lenz

    Mottek on Money

    August 26, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about Proposition 22. "The thrust of the lawsuit that Prop. 22 was unconditional," he said. "Basically the reasons that the proposition was determined to be unconstitutional are that the proposition interfered with worker's compensation law and the rights of the individuals performing work for Uber, Lyft, etc. to form or join a labor union."

  • Susan Estrich

    The Pantagraph

    August 24, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about Andrew Cuomo's departure. "The rush to condemn Cuomo, and the fact that he found no one in the party who would stand up for him is partly a measure of how far we've come on gender politics," she said.

  • Susan Estrich

    ABC News

    August 22, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich was interviewed about Roger Ailes and how Fox News became a propaganda outlet for Donald Trump. "I said to him there were two ways to defend a sexual harassment case like this. One is by going out-and-out attack the complainants, the victims. 'Nuts and sluts', I coined the phrase, you know," she said.

  • Abby K. Wood

    ABC 7

    August 19, 2021

    Re: Abby K. Wood

    Abby Wood was interviewed about the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election. "If you want to keep the governor in office, but you think, 'if my side doesn't win, I want a say in who replaces them,' you should go ahead and answer question two," she said. "It will not void your dislike of the recall in question one."

  • Susan Estrich

    Joplin Globe

    August 18, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about Andrew Cuomo's resignation from governor of New York. "Andrew Cuomo had 11 women making painfully similar complaints. He tried to discredit the women, a big mistake; the "nuts and sluts" defense doesn't work on a minyan, as Harvey Weinstein discovered," she wrote. This op-ed also appeared in West Central Tribune and Daily Herald.

  • Jody David Armour

    WTTW

    August 15, 2021

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviwed about police leaders’ claims that bail reform is responsible for the surge in violence. “You can’t pin cash bail to the spike in violent crime because, for one thing, cash bail affects mainly low-level non-violent offenders,” he said. Armour was also quoted in KAKE.

  • Susan Estrich

    Joplin Globe

    August 13, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about the NFL's new vaccine policy. "If there is an outbreak among unvaccinated players, you forfeit the game and face further fines, and none of the players on either team gets paid," she wrote. "First, you lose. Second, you — and every one of your peers — has to pay for it. Sounds right." The op-ed also appeared in West Central Tribune.

  • Jonathan Barnett

    Bloomberg Law

    August 11, 2021

    Re: Jonathan Barnett

    Jonathan Barnett wrote an op-ed about startup exit strategies in the new antitrust era. "If an emergent firm represents a small portion of a much larger market, the transaction is unlikely to increase the acquirer’s market power, and hence, consumer harm is unlikely," he wrote. "For dealmakers, this means that startup acquisitions have generally raised little concern over regulatory intervention that would delay or preclude closing."

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    August 10, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about vaccine policies internationally. "But calling on the United States, along with France and Germany, to put its own citizens' health second ignores the reality of democratic politics," she wrote.

  • Daniel Klerman

    Washington Post

    August 10, 2021

    Re: Daniel Klerman

    Dan Klerman co-wrote an op-ed with Anja Shortland, professor of political economy at King’s College London, about Hobby Lobby's owner's gray-market artifacts. "The Museum of the Bible is now setting an example for responsible ownership of foreign cultural heritage," they wrote. "Perhaps this will change social norms further, spurring other museums to “choose” to send disputed acquisitions back to the countries from which they were taken."

  • Susan Estrich

    West Central Tribune

    August 9, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about the return of mask mandates. "The life you save is probably going to be your own, but it could also be the life of someone in your family who listened to you," she wrote. "Government is offering you a lifesaver, free of charge, no strings."

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    August 9, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about "life in blue genes." "I'm the woman who swings for the stands," she wrote. "Provided, that is, I take my medicine."

  • Thomas Lenz

    CNBC

    August 9, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about vaccine mandates. “We see that employers are as concerned with what they perceive as a skill shortage, a labor shortage, as anything in deciding whether to mandate the vaccinations,” he said. “And for that reason, employers don’t want to scare people away, as they feel they might be able to accommodate and keep the workforce in some other way.”

  • Eileen Decker

    Maui Now

    August 5, 2021

    Re: Eileen Decker

    Eileen Decker was interviewed about new legislation to fight cybercrime and help keep Americans safe from online scams. “Comprehensive cybercrime data will help ensure robust training and increased resources to law enforcement to investigate cybercrimes, and improved public awareness about the pervasiveness of the cybercrime problem," she said. "This bill is an important step to achieving these goals.”

  • Franita Tolson

    New York Times

    August 4, 2021

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was interviewed on debates over the Constitution. “We became reliant on the courts to do what the amendment process couldn’t do,” she said.

  • Ariela Gross

    Law360

    August 4, 2021

    Re: Ariela Gross

    Ariela Gross was interviewed at the American Bar Association's panel about racial bias in law. "We unfortunately see echoes of this era not only in the onslaught of voting restrictions that have been passed in many southern states but in efforts to sanitize and whitewash this era of racist violence and disenfranchisement," she said.

  • Elyn Saks

    AP News

    July 30, 2021

    Re: Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks wrote an expert analysis about Britney Spears' conservatorship. "Keeping Britney and others safe does not mean that they cannot be free to make decisions about their own lives," she wrote. The analysis also appeared in San Antonio Express-News, Tulsa World, Britannica, Metropolitan Digital, The National Interest, Faribault Daily News, The New Zealand Herald and PennLive Patriot-News. The analysis originally appeared in The Conversation.

  • USC Gould School of Law

    Business Insider

    July 30, 2021

    Re: USC Gould School of Law

    Jonathan Handel was quoted on how the key to resolving the lawsuit could be determining what constitutes a “typical” wide release.

  • Franita Tolson

    Notre Dame News

    July 29, 2021

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was a witness at a hearing featuring Luis Fraga's testimony that federal government commitment is necessary to protect voting rights for historically marginalized people. “The practice-based preclearance provision isolates those practices that states have historically used to abridge or deny the right to vote, and it does so without singling out any particular jurisdiction or geographic area,” she said.

  • Clare Pastore

    The Washington Post

    July 28, 2021

    Re: Clare Pastore

    Clare Pastore was interviewed about the Activision Blizzard lawsuit. “The DFEH would want to take on cases to set precedents, against particularly bad actors, if there are lot of complaints about the same employer, or to send a wake up call to the industry," she said.

  • Michael Jenkins

    Los Angeles Times

    July 27, 2021

    Re: Michael Jenkins

    Michael Jenkins was interviewed about a potential COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers. “From a legal perspective, if you can accommodate someone who otherwise is resisting compulsory vaccination, it gives them less to argue about [in court]," he said. “It essentially narrows the potential for a lawsuit.” Jenkins was also quoted in Newsweek.

  • Jody David Armour

    KCRW Greater LA

    July 26, 2021

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about the Ed Buck federal trial. “That's the equivalent kind of a punishment that you get for a second-degree homicide in a lot of states, for example," he said of the charge against Buck. "You're punished as a murderer. And so all the prosecution has to prove is that you knowingly distributed the meth. They don't have to prove that you distributed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury or anything else.”

  • Ankit Shah

    Los Angeles Times

    July 26, 2021

    Re: Ankit Shah

    Ankit Shah was interviewed about HIPAA is and is not. “I think that the major thing for people to understand with regard to HIPAA is that it’s very specific,” he said. “Healthcare entities have your information and are prohibited from sharing it without your consent. That’s it. That’s HIPAA.”

  • Susan Estrich

    Odessa American

    July 26, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about college athletes. "What I have seen, and what we should be celebrating, is the increasing number of athletes who are not only attending college but actually graduating," she wrote. "No, most of them will not end up playing professional ball. But they will graduate from college." The op-ed also appeared in the Standard-Speaker.

  • Thomas Lenz

    Northern California Record

    July 26, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about a federal appeals court ruling that statutory claims are subject to arbitration agreement. "The court seems to want to establish a pretty broad, arbitration-friendly rule here that is based on the terms of the agreement itself and not whether the employee in fact understood the agreement to mean one thing or another,” he said.

  • Thomas Lenz

    Law360

    July 26, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about the Democrats' plan to penalize labor violaters. "When you add fines to the mix, it's going to create a more adversarial system," he said.

  • Franita Tolson

    PolitiFact

    July 21, 2021

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was interviewed about restrictive voting laws. "We no longer live in the time of poll taxes and literacy tests," she said. "It's way more subtle now."

  • Edward McCaffery

    MarketWatch

    July 19, 2021

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Edward McCaffery was interviewed about the term ‘Buy, Borrow, Die,’ and how debt destabilized Haiti. “Need debt, you get screwed, don’t need debt you can use it as a tool to screw the government and everybody else,” he said.

  • Susan Estrich

    Daily Herald

    July 18, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about women in leadership. "Where are the women in leadership who are supposed to be changing the rules?" she wrote. "What happened to the argument that when you play by 'boys' rules,' the house is going to win nine times out of 10? And on the 10th, they say it's unfair. So long as we're playing by boys' rules, only the Hillarys have a shot." The op-ed also appeared in the Herald Bulletin and the Standard-Speaker.

  • Edward McCaffery

    MarketWatch

    July 16, 2021

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Edward McCaffery was interviewed about how the wealthy use debt in their favor. "Need debt, you get screwed, don’t need debt you can use it as a tool to screw the government and everybody else," he said.

  • Dwight Stirling

    USA Today

    July 14, 2021

    Re: Dwight Stirling

    Dwight Stirling was interviewed about the Pentagon's move to address sexual assault in National Guard, after years of failing to do so. Stirling said that the recommendations set forth by the Defense Department task force report should be “immediately implemented as of yesterday. They are woefully overdue.”

  • Hannah R. Garry

    The New York Times

    July 13, 2021

    Re: Hannah R. Garry

    Hannah Garry was quoted in an article about a United Nations decision to set up a panel of experts to investigate systemic racism in policing against people of African descent. The panel stems from a U.N. human rights office report analyzing the deaths of 190 people of African descent, mostly in the U.S., highlighting lack of accountability for police killings and urging change. “It’s a very important step forward,” said Garry. “I see this international mechanism as a precursor to a future commission of inquiry.”

  • Edward McCaffery

    The Wall Street Journal

    July 13, 2021

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Edward McCaffery was interviewed about how rich Americans live off their paper wealth. “Ordinary people don’t think about debt the way billionaires think about debt,” he said. “Once you’re already rich, it’s simple, it’s easy. It’s just buy, borrow, die. These are planks of the law that have been in place for 100 years.”

  • Misa Shimotsu-Kim

    Bloomberg

    July 13, 2021

    Re: Misa Shimotsu-Kim

    Misa Shimotsu was quoted in a press release about the expansion of the Media and Entertainment Law certificate to Master's students. “We are thrilled to extend our Media and Entertainment Law certificate to our on-campus MSL and MDR students at USC Gould,” said Shimotsu. “USC and Los Angeles are at the center of the entertainment industry, and our courses will be led by leaders and decision-makers who teach immediately applicable skills in entertainment law that can be utilized across a broad range of roles and organizations.” The press release also appeared in Yahoo Finance, LexBlog, Citizen Tribune (TN), Odisha Expo (India), Chronicle Tribune (IN), Valdosta Daily Times and Argus Press.

  • Jody David Armour

    Observer-Dispatch

    July 12, 2021

    Re: Jody David Armour

    Jody Armour was interviewed about Bill Cosby's release. It wasn’t just a technicality but "gross prosecutorial abuse" that eventually set Cosby free, he said. That misconduct landed him “in a cage” for two years. Armour said it’s “hard to say what is appropriate" as far as Cosby's punishment, but he believes two years imprisonment “is about right.”

  • Niels W. Frenzen

    Mirage News

    July 12, 2021

    Re: Niels W. Frenzen

    Niels Frenzen was mentioned in an article about a USC analysis of death reports for people who died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

  • Susan Estrich

    Joplin Globe

    July 10, 2021

    Re: Susan Estrich

    Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about going mask-free while vaccinted. "It is time for our country to move forward, and those who refuse to be vaccinated are standing in the way," she wrote. "And my wearing a mask won’t do anything to move them." The op-ed also appeared in the West Central Tribune.

  • Edward McCaffery

    Daily Beast

    July 9, 2021

    Re: Edward McCaffery

    Edward McCaffery was interviewed about the implications of the Trump Organization indictment. If the whole organization were “infected” with “tax-evasion fever,” McCaffery said, and if prosecutors could establish that picture, it would be easier to climb the net to other executives. “The question here is, what’s the exposure to the executives on the organization side,” he said.

  • Thomas Lenz

    Mottek on Money

    July 8, 2021

    Re: Thomas Lenz

    Thomas Lenz was interviewed about regulations in the workplace as COVID restrictions begin to loosen. "Employees are allowed to impose stricter guidelines," he said. "If an employer wants to require face coverings, they can do so."

  • Franita Tolson

    The Guardian

    July 7, 2021

    Re: Franita Tolson

    Franita Tolson was interviewed about Trumps "big lie" and voting restrictions. “The fact that the January 6 insurrection didn’t scare us and prompt many Republicans to start aggressively rejecting those claims, and instead Republicans continue to embrace those claims as a justification for imposing additional restrictions means that our democracy remains in real trouble,” she said.

  • Camille Gear Rich

    Orange County Register

    July 6, 2021

    Re: Camille Gear Rich

    Camille Gear Rich was interviewed about the debate on critical race theory. “Most law students don’t even learn critical race theory,” she said. “Critical race theory talks about things like how the construct of whiteness informed constitutional doctrine. It talks about intersectionality — how multiple identities come together to create unique experiences of bias. It talks about how bias intersects with identity and causes injustice.”

  • Elyn Saks

    Elle

    July 4, 2021

    Re: Elyn Saks

    Elyn Saks was interviewed about Britney Spears' conservatorship. “I think it’s a really difficult, hard issue, and we want to do right by people and get them care," she said. "And we also want to do right by people in giving them the ability to exercise choice as much as they can.”

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Star Democrat
December 2, 2021
Re: Susan Estrich

Susan Estrich wrote an op-ed about stereotyping with reference to a recent string of robberies. "The problem with correlations — like the one between young Black men and crime — is that they are both statistically accurate and inherently racist. This is not about causation. We have a right to be treated as individuals."

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Robin Craig
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Robin Craig participated on a virtual panel discussion on “Key Recent Environmental Law Developments in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court,” California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section, 30th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite. Yosemite National Park, CA.

Robin Craig
October, 2021

“Climate Change Adaptation in the United States.” Integrated Marine Biosphere Research. IMBIZO 6: Marine Biosphere Research: Buoyant Solutions for Ocean Sustainability, United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development activity. Virtual presentation.

Robin Craig
October, 2021

“In term-opener, justices will hear Mississippi’s complaint that Tennessee is stealing its groundwater,” SCOTUSblog, October 1. 2021.