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Lindsay Harrison (B.A., political science and gender studies, '00) is a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Firm Ambition

July 15, 2011

The young attorney might have been standing solo before the omnipotent Wizard of Oz. No small and meek here before the great and powerful. Hair blond and unbridled, the lawyer faces the scrutiny of John Roberts, Clarence…

Lee Epstein, an internationally renowned scholar of law and judicial politics, will hold joint appointments as the Provost Professor of Law and Political Science in USC Dornsife and the inaugural Rader Family Trustee’s Chair in Law at the USC Gould School of Law.

Internationally Known Law and Politics Scholar Joins USC

May 2, 2011

The University of Southern California has recruited Lee Epstein, an internationally renowned scholar of law and judicial politics at Northwestern University School of Law to USC. Epstein will hold joint appointments as the…

Kam Kuwata ’75 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of Bill Carrick.

In Memoriam: Kam Kuwata, 57

April 21, 2011

USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, who worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and late Senator Alan Cranston, has died. He was 57. Kuwata died in his Venice, Calif., home on April 11. His sudden death…

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

April 19, 2011

Seated at a counsel table in a Los Angeles County courtroom, Elvira Kras anxiously awaited the jury’s decision. After years of work, she listened as the jury awarded Mohammed Usman Chaudhry’s family $1.7 million in…

It Ought to be a Law

At the Forefront of Change

March 21, 2011

Swapping jeans and graphic T-shirts for suits and ties, 21 USC Dornsife students ascended the steps of the California State Capitol. After months preparing for the final presentation, students in the freshman seminar “It…

Lt. Col. Russell Todd Zink left his wife, two sons and job as deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to lead more than 800 Marines and Navy corpsmen during a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. Here, the Lone Star Battalion trains in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo courtesy of Russell Todd Zink.

Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)

March 18, 2011

In a rural, poppy field-filled area outside Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Russell Todd Zink sat with village elders under a tent in the hot desert sand.  It was his first shura — a consultation meeting —…

USC College alumna Mandana Dayani ’03 is director of brand development for Rachel Zoe Inc. in Los Angeles. Photo credit Phil Channing.

A Passion for Fashion

February 4, 2011

Brainy and beautiful, the elegant and edgy Mandana Dayani ’03 could pass for a high-fashion runway model. So many dream of casting a wide net in the fashion industry with hopes of creating the ever elusive perfect…

USC College junior Arin Ghosh was presented with the State of Maryland Governor’s Citation in January for his on-going collaboration with the Maryland Interagency Strategic Council to strengthen Indo-U.S. relations. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Creating His Own Path

February 1, 2011

It’s Monday at 6 a.m. and Arin Ghosh’s phone is already ringing. After all, while the day is just beginning in Los Angeles, for his business contacts in New Delhi, India, it’s 7:30 p.m. and they are eager for…

Divinity Matovu '08 (middle) with young women from the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) in Uganda, which she co-founded in 2008. <em>Glamour</em> magazine has named Matovu one of "20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World." Photo courtesy Divinity Matovu.

The Power of Change

January 27, 2011

When Divinity Matovu chose Kenya as her study abroad destination during her senior year in USC College, she had no idea that this one decision would dramatically alter countless lives in addition to her own. Just three years…

Joseph R. Cerrell was a USC College political science alumnus who co-founded the Jesse M. Unruh Institute. He was a renown political consultant who worked on campaigns for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey, to name a few historic elections. Photo courtesy of the Cerrell family.

In Memoriam: Joseph R. Cerrell, 75

December 4, 2010

USC College alumnus and political consultant Joseph R. Cerrell who played a vital role in the presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates including John F. Kennedy has died. He was 75. Cerrell died early Dec. 3 in…