Faculty Scholarship

Scholarship at the USF School of Law is broad, with professors writing and presenting on everything from eliminating discrimination, the juvenile death penalty, and human trafficking, to how treaty law can affect domestic policy and the nuances of international trade.


  • Connie de la Vega. A Practical Guide to Using International Human Rights and Criminal Law Procedures (Edward Elgar, Forthcoming 2018). (Co-authored with Alen Mirza).
  • Richard A. Leo, The Innocence Revolution: A Popular History of the American Discovery of the Wrongfully Convicted (Forthcoming, 2018).
  • Bill Ong Hing, Immigration Law and Social Justice (Aspen Publishers, 2018). (Co-authored with Jennifer Chacon and Kevin R. Johnson). 
  • Christina Chong, The Perfect Practice Exam: The Skill of Legal Analysis (Carolina Academic Press, 2017).
  • Thomas Nazario, Doing Good: Inspiring Activities and Ideas for Young People to Make the World a Better Place (West/Clark Boardman Callaghan, 2017). (Co-authored with Kelly Quayle ) 
  • Thomas McCarthy, The Rights of Publicity and Privacy (Thomson Reuters, 2nd Edition, 2017). (April 2017 update)
  • Thomas McCarthy, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition (West/Clark Boardman Callaghan, Fourth Edition, 2017). 
  • Tristin Green, Discrimination Laundering: The Rise of Organizational Innocence and the Crisis of Equal Opportunity Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
  • Amy Flynn, California Criminal Law: Cases and Problems (Carolina Academic Press, Fourth Edition, 2016). (Co-authored with Scott Howe and Steven Shatz)
  • Jay Folberg, Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice and Law (Aspen Publishers, Third Edition, 2016). (Co-authored with Dwight Golann, Lisa A. Kloppenberg, and Thomas J. Stipanowich)

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • Alice Kaswan, "Energy, Governance, and Market Mechanisms," Vol. 72 University of Miami Law Review (2018). Read here
  • Tim Iglesias, "Threading the Needle of Fair Housing Law in a Gentrifying City with a Legacy of Discrimination," Vol. 27 Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (2018). Read here
  • Tim Iglesias, "From the Reading Room: The Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act" (Book Review) (2018). Read here
  • Jack Garvey, “The Future Legal Management of Mass Migration,” Vol. 51 The International Lawyer (2018). SSRN
  • Susan Freiwald, "At the Privacy Vanguard: California's Electronic Communication Privacy Act (CalECPA)," Vol. 31 Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2018). SSRN
  • Luke Boso, "Dignity, Inequality, and Stereotypes," Vol. 92 Washington Law Review (2017). SSRN
  • Michelle Travis, "Gendering Disability To Enable Disability Rights Law," Vol. 105 California Law Review (2017). SSRN
  • Richard Leo, "The Criminology of Wrongful Conviction: A Decade Later," Vol. 33 Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (2017). SSRN
  • Richard Leo, "The Miranda App: Metaphor and Machine," Vol. 97 Boston University Law Review (2017). (Co-authored with Andrew G. Ferguson)
  • Lara Bazelon, "The Long Goodbye: After the Innocence Movement, Does the Attorney Client Relationship Ever End?," Vol. 106 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 681 (2017). SSRN

Book Contributions

  • Maya Manian, "The Story of Madrigal v. Quilligan: Coerced Sterilization of Mexican-American Women" in Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories (Foundation Press, Forthcoming, 2019). SSRN
  • Richard Leo,“Mental Health and False Confessions” in Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Criminal Defense Lawyer's Guide (Forthcoming, 2018). SSRN
  • Richard Leo,“Interrogation and Confessions: Social Science, Law and Public Policy” in Academy for Justice: Reforming Criminal Justice edited by Richard Leo (Forthcoming, 2018). SSRN
  • Tim Iglesias, "Two Competing Concepts of Residential Integration" in Social Equity in a Time of Change: A Critical 21st Century Movement (Birkdale Publishers, 2017). SSRN
  • Susan Freiwald, "California’s Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA): A Case Study in Legislative Regulation of Surveillance,"The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Read more
  • Rhonda Magee, "Teaching Law to Transform: Mindfulness-Based Learning Communities as Incubators of Social Justice through Law," in Transforming Justice, Lawyers and the Practice of Law (Carolina Press, 2017). Read more
  • Lara Bazelon, Chapter 11: "Ethics in Criminal Advocacy" in The State of Criminal Justice (American Bar Association, 2017). SSRN
  • Connie de la Vega, “International Developments in Holding Businesses Accountable for Compliance with Human Rights Standards” in An Economy Who Furthers Life. Ethical Reflections on Economy and Business Following on the Impulses by Pope Francis (Switzerland: Matthias Grünewald Verlag, 2017). (Original title: Eine Wirtschaft, die Leben fördert. Wirtschafts- und unternehmensethische Reflexionen im Anschluss an Papst Franziskus). Read more
  • Reza Dibadj, "Fashions and Methodology," in Rethinking Legal Scholarship: A Transatlantic Interchange (Cambridge University Press, 2017). SSRN 
  • Maya Manian, “Teenage Pregnancy, Parenting, and Abortion: Legal Limits on Adolescents’ Reproductive Rights” in Studies in Law, Politics and Society , 81-120 (Emerald Publishing Limited , 2017) Read more

Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts

Other Publications

  • J. Thomas McCarthy, "Restatement of the Law (Third), Unfair Competition," The American Law Institute, March 2015 Database update. (Professor McCarthy was an adviser to the reporters)
  • John Denvir, Companion blog entitled "Guile is Good: Why We Need Lawyers" for his book of the same name (November, 2014). Visit the Blog
  • Connie de la Vega, Report, "Juvenile Life Without Parole in the United States," to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States on behalf of Human Rights Advocates and co-submitted with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Human Rights Watch (September, 2014).
  • Connie de la Vega, Report, "Report on the United States of America to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination," UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued concluding observations on its review of the United States and referred to two issues covered in a report submitted to that body: affirmative action and juvenile life without parole (September, 2014).
  • Connie de la Vega, Report, "Report on the United States of America to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination," on behalf of Human Rights Advocates, the USF Center for Justice and Global Justice, and the Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place and Law (July, 2014). 
  • Connie de la Vega, Challenging Juvenile Life Without Parole: How Has Human Rights Made A Difference? Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School (June, 2014). 
  • Alice Kaswan, "Adapting to Climate Change in the United States: Seven Principles for Achieving Fairness," Center for Progressive Reform (May, 2013). (Issue Alert)
  • Connie de la Vega, Report, "Issue Submission for the Review of the United States of America” to the U.N. Human Rights Committee on behalf of Human Rights Advocates and the Human Rights Sentencing Project, USF Center for Law and Global Justice (December, 2012). (Co-authored with Dana Isaac)
  • Connie de la Vega, Report, “Cruel and Unusual: U.S. Sentencing Practices in a Global Context,” published by the USF School of Law Center for Law and Global Justice (May, 2012). (Co-authored with Amanda Solter, Soo-Ryun Kwon, and Dana Marie Isaac)


  • Luke Boso, Supreme Court of the United States, Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD., et al., Petitioners, v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al., Respondents., several scholars cited Boso's article, "Urban Bias, Rural Sexual Minorities, and the Courts", published by the UCLA Law Review (2013) in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cake case regarding whether bakers can refuse to bake cakes for same-sex couples under religious freedom laws. (U.S. 2017) (No. No. 16-111).
  • Luke Boso, Supreme Court of the United States, Jameka K. Evans, Petitioner, v. Georgia Regional Hospital, et al., Respondents, 76 companies cited Boso's article, "Acting Gay, Acting Straight: Sexual Orientation Stereotyping", published in the Tennessee Law Review (2016) in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging the Court to grant certiorari. The companies urged the Court to take a case arising from the Eleventh Circuit regarding whether Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination includes a prohibition on sexual orientation discrimination. (U.S. 2017) (No. No. 17-370).
  • Connie de la Vega, Supreme Court of the United States, Joe Clarence Smith, Petitioner, v. Charles L. Ryan and Ron Credio, Respondents, the amicus curiae brief was filed on behalf of Human Rights Advocates (U.S. 2017) (No.16-8071).
  • Connie de la Vega, California Supreme Court, The People, Respondent, v. Paul Guiterrez, Appellant, brief addressed the international standards in support of the petitioner’s request that decisions regarding life sentences without parole for juveniles be made by the jury (2016) (No. 35 Cal.2d 721).
  • Michelle Travis, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees ( 2016) (Signatory, Comments from Law Professors on the Notice of Proposed Rule-making. 80 Fed. Reg. 38515-38612).
  • Connie de la Vega, U.S. Supreme Court, Bobby James Moore v. Texas, brief in regards to urging USSC to grant cert on behalf of petitioner who has been on death row for 34 years based on international law standards that consider long stays on death row as torture (2016) (No. 15-797). (Co-authored with Lucy Martinez, Anastasia Davis Bondarenko, Three Crowns, LLP)
  • Connie de la Vega, U.S. Supreme Court, Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, amicus brief filed on behalf of five amici curiae, Human Rights Advocates, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, The Advocates for Human Rights, University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, and the USF Center for Law and Global Justice (2015) (No. 11-345). (Co-authored with Neil A.F. Popovic and Risa E. Kaufman) Read More
  • Susan Freiwald, U.S. District Court, Northern District Court of California, Telephone Information Needed for a Criminal Investigation (2014) (No. No. 3:14-xr-90532-NC). (She prepared and filed an amicus brief, along with attorney Marcia Hofmann, in the Northern District of California in a case involving government access to historical cell site location data. She argued that the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement agents to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before they may compel service providers to disclose customers' cell site location records.) Read More
  • Tim Iglesias, California Supreme Court, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, amicus brief filed on behalf of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service (No. S212072). (This brief refers to the review of challenges to an inclusionary zoning ordinance)
  • Jeffrey S. Brand, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Delama Georges v. United Nations, a class action against the United Nation seeking remedies for the cholera epidemic that the U.N. brought to Haiti, filed on behalf of the 800,000 infected and 9,000 dead from the epidemic (2014) (No. 1:13-cv-07146-JPO).

Court Citation of Research

  • Richard Leo, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit , U.S. v. Philipos , 1st Cir. (2017) (No. 849 F.3d 464). 
  • Richard Leo, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island , U.S. v. Monroe , D.R.I. (2017) (No. 16-055 WES.). 
  • J. Thomas McCarthy, U.S. Supreme Court, Matal v. Tam (2017).
  • Luke Boso, Federal District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Roberts v. Archbold Medical Center, M.D. Ga. (2016).
  • Rhonda Magee, US Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Catastrophe Management Solutions,11th Cir. (2016).
  • Richard Leo, Central District of California United States District Court, Alcox v. Beard, C.D. Cal. (2015).
  • Richard Leo,The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Eastern District, Commonwealth v. Bland, Pa. (2015).
  • Richard Leo, California Court of Appeal, People v. Vega (2015).
  • Richard Leo, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Spence v. Beard, S.D. Cal. (2015).
  • Richard Leo, U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, Williams v. Schmidt, D. Alaska (2015).


    • Lara Bazelon, Keynote Speaker, "After #Metoo Comes to the Courts," Annual Appellate Judicial Attorneys Institute Conference (AJAI), City of Industry, California (April 2018). 
    • Maria Ontiveros, Panelist, "Using the Thirteenth Amendment in Court," Thirteenth Amendment and Economic Justice Symposium, University of Las Vegas School of Law (March 2018). 
    • Lara Bazelon, Panelist, "The Write Stuff: Four Perspectives on the Writing Process," Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence, University of San Francisco (March 2018). 
    • Alice Kaswan, Presenter, "A Broader Vision for Climate Policy: Lessons from California," Just Transitions and the Law Workshop, University of South Carolina School of Law (March 2018). 
    • Joshua Davis, Presenter, "Ethical Issues Unique to the Consumer Space," Practicing Law Institute's 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, New York, New York (March 2018). 
    • Yvonne Lindgren, Panelist, "Scapegoating the Abortion Right: The Conservative Revolution and the Economic Decline of the Working Class", National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars, The University of Arizona College of Law (March 2018).
    • Tristin Green, Presenter, "Racial Entitlement," Law Faculty Colloquia Series, The University of Washington School of Law (March 2018).