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May 19, 2000
Mathew L. Spitzer, an authority in federal broadcasting law, has been named dean of the University of Southern California Law School. Spitzer is a professor at the law school and director of the USC Center for Communications Law and Policy. "He will bring to the dean's office the highest academic standards and the enthusiasm and creativity to lead the law school to the next level of excellence," said Lloyd Armstrong Jr., USC's senior vice president for academic affairs.
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March 25, 2014 | Corina Knoll
She spent three decades in prison as the outside world moved on. Her children aged. Grandchildren were born. Friends passed away. Mary Virginia Jones, who was serving life without parole for murder, did not despair. She told visitors not to cry. An ordained minister, she preached to dozens every week at the interfaith chapel. She directed Bible services, led hymns and was sought out by those who asked for spiritual guidance. They called her "Mother Mary. " On Monday, she walked into a Los Angeles courtroom in a blue jumpsuit, her hands shackled behind her, her gray hair pulled into a taut bun. The 74-year-old calmly sat down and smiled at her attorneys.
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NEWS
March 1, 1997
Jerry Wiley, 63, vice dean and chief administrative officer of the USC Law School. As CAO for three decades, Wiley was responsible for the law school's finances, personnel, facilities and fund-raising. He also taught liability and health care law. Among his many publications was "California Cancer Quack Laws: The Best Is None Too Good." Born in Borger, Texas, Wiley earned a bachelor's degree at Union College in Lincoln, Neb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Francine Orr
The attorney who oversaw USC law students in their efforts to free 74-year-old Mary Virginia Jones, convicted for her role in a 1981 murder, after 32 years behind bars said the the win came after a difficult road. Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. Monday after Judge William C. Ryan ordered her release  earlier in the day. USC Law School's Post-Conviction Justice Project argued that Jones' abusive boyfriend had forced her at gunpoint to help rob and shoot two drug dealers, one of whom died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 12-year-old boy died after collapsing while playing during a lunch break Tuesday at a Riverside County middle school, authorities said. The boy was playing at Vista Heights Middle School in Moreno Valley about 12:20 p.m. when he collapsed, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. School personnel were performing CPR on the child when law enforcement authorities arrived at the school in the 23000 block of Old Lake Drive. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died, department authorities said in a statement.
NEWS
January 15, 1999
"I have become totally disgusted with the process. It takes too long. Government can be efficient just like the private sector. To date it has demonstrated taking way too much time and too much inefficiency. Congress is not doing justice by dragging it out. Let the country get back to work" --Keith Comrie, City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles * "Leave him alone! What he's doing in his personal life is up to him. He's president, but he's also an average man like us.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1992
Herman Kretzer, a Universal Studios attorney for 45 years, has died at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 83. A longtime North Hollywood resident, Kretzer died Monday of a heart attack, said his wife, Eleanor Kretzer. Born in Los Angeles, he graduated from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles and was the school's first student body president. He completed his undergraduate work at UCLA, graduated from USC Law School and became a social worker.
OPINION
July 20, 1997
The Times does its readers a disservice by claiming (editorial, July 15) that the U.S. Supreme Court placed a "constitutional stamp of approval" on the use of injunctions to combat gangs in San Jose or anywhere else. The court's action was mere inaction: It declined to use its discretionary review authority to consider whether the California Supreme Court was correct in People vs. Acuna in upholding San Jose's anti-gang injunction against a 1st Amendment challenge. When the U.S. Supreme Court denies review, it expresses no view on the merits of a case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A 26-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and rape at Grossmont College in El Cajon, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. Anthony Washington, a nonstudent, was arrested by campus police and confessed that he had attempted to attack a female student about 11 a.m., the Sheriff's Department said. He was booked into county jail. The attacker held a knife to the woman's throat as she got into her car in the campus parking lot, the Sheriff's Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2002 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
More than anything, what surprised Tokyo lawyer Michi Yamagami about American education was the informality of the classroom and the interaction between teachers and students. In Japan, professors lecture and students listen, said Yamagami, a master of laws candidate at USC Law School. But here they exchange ideas as if they're equals, he observed, and professors have a knack for calling on students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A 26-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and rape at Grossmont College in El Cajon, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. Anthony Washington, a nonstudent, was arrested by campus police and confessed that he had attempted to attack a female student about 11 a.m., the Sheriff's Department said. He was booked into county jail. The attacker held a knife to the woman's throat as she got into her car in the campus parking lot, the Sheriff's Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 12-year-old boy died after collapsing while playing during a lunch break Tuesday at a Riverside County middle school, authorities said. The boy was playing at Vista Heights Middle School in Moreno Valley about 12:20 p.m. when he collapsed, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. School personnel were performing CPR on the child when law enforcement authorities arrived at the school in the 23000 block of Old Lake Drive. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died, department authorities said in a statement.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold
You put on your best suit. You make a reservation at Mastro's or Morton's, Ruth's Chris or the Palm. And you jettison a month's car payment on a thick, bleeding plank of steer, plus whatever combination of Tanqueray martinis and California Cabernet Sauvignon it takes to get you through the night. It is a modern man's way of asserting that he is solvent, American and employed, in touch with, though not overwhelmed by, his baser pleasures. (I'm not sure what the vegan equivalent to this may be, although I like to think it includes swaggering into a joint where even the dish soap is cruelty free, then demanding the biggest kohlrabi in the house.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted Wednesday to confirm Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's latest nominee to the Board of Police Commissioners. Robert Saltzman, associate dean of the USC Gould School of Law, will replace Wells Fargo bank executive Shelley Freeman on the five-member commission, which serves as the civilian oversight panel for the Los Angeles Police Department. Saltzman, who is openly gay, has spent the last two years on the city's Ethics Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The next dean of USC's Gould School of Law will be Robert K. Rasmussen, an expert on corporate reorganization and bankruptcy law who teaches and has held high-ranking administrative posts at Vanderbilt University Law School, USC officials announced Wednesday. Rasmussen's appointment starts Aug. 1. Matthew L. Spitzer, the previous dean, stepped down last year, citing personal reasons, and professor Edward McCaffery has served as interim dean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Matthew L. Spitzer, dean of USC's law school, plans to step down from his position and return to research and teaching at the university in July. Spitzer, 53, said in a memo that he decided to relinquish the post for personal reasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1986
A. Stevens Halsted, a former president of both the Los Angeles County and State Bar associations and a third-generation Californian whose family settled much of what is now Alhambra, died Sunday at home in Pasadena. Halsted was 78 and died of apparent heart failure. Halsted received his undergraduate degree from Stanford in 1929 and his law degree from Harvard in 1932, the same year he was first admitted to the California and Los Angeles Bar associations.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold
You put on your best suit. You make a reservation at Mastro's or Morton's, Ruth's Chris or the Palm. And you jettison a month's car payment on a thick, bleeding plank of steer, plus whatever combination of Tanqueray martinis and California Cabernet Sauvignon it takes to get you through the night. It is a modern man's way of asserting that he is solvent, American and employed, in touch with, though not overwhelmed by, his baser pleasures. (I'm not sure what the vegan equivalent to this may be, although I like to think it includes swaggering into a joint where even the dish soap is cruelty free, then demanding the biggest kohlrabi in the house.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Lt. Christina J. Wilson staffed a quiet outpost Thursday: the Navy recruiting site for USC law school students. Just before noon, she was sitting in a suite at the Radisson Hotel across from the law school, amid 16 empty chairs. "It's a little lonely," acknowledged Wilson, an attorney with the Navy's Office of the Judge Advocate General. Whether military recruiters should have full official access to students at top law schools has sparked renewed debate around the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2002 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
More than anything, what surprised Tokyo lawyer Michi Yamagami about American education was the informality of the classroom and the interaction between teachers and students. In Japan, professors lecture and students listen, said Yamagami, a master of laws candidate at USC Law School. But here they exchange ideas as if they're equals, he observed, and professors have a knack for calling on students.
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