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Five Ways to Change How Law is Taught—and Practiced

In her Legal Innovation class, Prof. Gillian Hadfield challenged her students to create radical new approaches to legal education and practice. The students responded with proposals for five paradigm-busting programs. Learn about each one in these five video presentations.

Jackie Lacey’s Remarkable Journey

Jackie Lacey ’82 has never turned away from a challenge. In this video interview, she discusses her Los Angeles roots, her successful bid to run the nation’s largest prosecutorial office, thoughts on realignment and the need for more women in leadership roles in law enforcement.

The Method and the Man

USC Gould’s resident master of Socratic Method, Prof. Scott Bice, talks about the enduring value of this classic law school teaching method, as well as how his own approach has evolved.

Tributes to Professor Stone

During his nearly five decades teaching at USC Gould, Prof. Chris Stone touched the lives of countless individuals. Read tributes to this beloved professor, and be sure to add your own.

Solo Mission

Famous paintings. A contested will. Sovereign immunity. Nazis. These may sound like the ingredients of a best-selling spy novel, but they are just some of the elements of a lawsuit brought by E. Randol Schoenberg ’91 against the Austrian government 15 years ago to reclaim Jewish property looted by the Nazi regime in the late 1930s. Read Schoenberg’s own account of this extraordinary case.

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― Elizabeth Barcohana ’07

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Continuing Education Calendar

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    Remote Learning | Ongoing

    Can’t attend a live seminar? Check out our remote learning options and earn self-study MCLE credits for our recent events. Listen to audio recordings of some of our most stimulating sessions on your computer, tablet, or phone.

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    Entertainment Law and Business | October 5, 2013

    Where better to get the scoop on the entertainment business than USC? This institute offers insider analysis and practical strategies for working the industry.

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    Trust and Estate | November 22, 2013

    This conference focuses on practical rather than theoretical issues, providing real-world solutions and strategies for estate planning professionals.

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    Corporate Counsel | December 3, 2013

    Experts offer the latest on corporate trends, changes in the law and a range of issues facing in-house counselors.

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    Tax | January 27-29

    USC’s Tax Institute provides all the practical information a tax professional needs to navigate the ever-changing federal tax code.

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    Real Estate Law and Business | March 5

    This forum provides cutting-edge strategies for dealing with traditional and emerging challenges in the real estate industry.

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    Intellectual Property | March 18

    IP is one of the fastest-growing and fastest-changing areas of law. This institute gathers national speakers to analyze sophisticated topics, and provides practical take-aways.


Thursday, Oct. 24–Sunday, Oct. 27

Trojan Family Weekend

USC Gould

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

39th Annual Trust and Estate Conference

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
(Continuing Legal Education program)

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

2013 Institute for Corporate Counsel

The California Club

(Continuing Legal Education program)


New Board of Councilors Chair

This fall, Ken Doran ’81 takes the helm of the law school’s Board of Councilors (BOC) as its new chair. The longtime USC Gould supporter has plenty of leadership experience to draw upon, having served as Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s chairman and managing partner since 2002.

“I very much enjoyed my time at the law school,” says Doran, who has served on the BOC since 2009. “I’m grateful for the opportunities that it has provided to me and am happy to give back to the school in any way I can.”

The Board of Councilors is an advisory body providing advice and guidance to the law school leadership. Doran says the challenges facing both the legal profession and the law school community have created an opportunity for USC Gould to further distinguish itself from the competition.

“I am very excited about USC Gould’s prospects for the future,” he says. “With a solid financial footing and strong leadership from Dean Robert K. Rasmussen and his team, the law school will continue to attract the best and brightest students and faculty from around the world.”

Doran is encouraged by the steps the dean and faculty have taken not only to strengthen the traditional law school curriculum but also to partner with USC’s other professional schools and bring practitioners into the classroom.

“The fact that the dean is so committed to making sure that USC’s graduates are as well or better prepared than graduates of other top-tier institutions to practice law is very exciting,” Doran says. “We’ll do what we can as a board to help.”