Laurie Levenson is a well-known name as a legal commentator for high-profile, televised criminal cases. While her knowledge and passion for criminal justice keeps her on the fast-track election for CBS, Laurie’s passion is to educate and help children. She believes “there are no one-time people” and practices that philosophy through the Loyola Marymount Law School Innocence Project and Girl Scout Troops she leads for homeless girls. In this episode of B.S .: Beyond Stereotypes, Laurie talks to Merle Vaughn about growing up white in Inglewood, other key personal experiences, and why we all need to look in the mirror and face our stereotypes.
While studying law, Laurie Levenson was the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review. After graduating, she served as an associate attorney at the esteemed James Hunter III at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 1981, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, where she practiced as a litigation and appeals attorney and served as assistant chief of the Criminal Division. Levenson joined the Loyola Faculty in 1989 and served as Loyola’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1996 to 1999. She has been a visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and the USC Law School, and a D&L Straus distinguished visiting professor at the Pepperdine School of Law. In 2019, she (together with judge Sandra Klein) founded Girl Scout Troop 1085, a troupe for girls who experience homelessness. At Loyola, Professor Levenson is the founder of the Loyola Project for the Innocent, the Loyola Center for Ethical Advocacy and the Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice, and the senior faculty of the Loyola Journalist Law School.
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