From the Desk Of

From the Desk of Laurie Levenson, Law Professor

Oddities and knickknacks found in the office of one of the most prominent lawyers and teachers of the law in Los Angeles.


About Laurie L. Levenson

Laurie L. Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, holds the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy. She joined the Loyola faculty in 1989 and served as Loyola’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1996-99. Earlier in her career, she served as law clerk to the Honorable James Hunter III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also has been an assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Section, in Los Angeles. At Loyola Law School, she currently leads the Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic, The Fidler Institute annual symposium, and the Project for the Innocent.

1. I used that drawing of the drug-sniffing dog one day for a class activity called “Dress as Your Favorite Defendant.” I was a drug-smuggling suspect. I’ve brought drug-sniffing dogs to classes to demonstrate how they are used so the students can see first-hand the legal implications of that kind of search.

2. A colleague gave me that miniature beach chair. I have the privilege to hold the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy — it’s a high honor — but my friend thought I’d be more comfortable in something more humble, like this chair.

3. That’s a container labeled “ashes of difficult students.” I don’t put up with any whining from students, but I’ll help anyone who’s really trying to succeed. I think they get the message.

4. That is a painting by my daughter; she was practically raised here. I took her to one class with me and told the students, “If she can get here on time, so can you.”

5. That red shoe — I think a student gave that to me — represents the “foot in the door.” I take pride in providing opportunities for students and helping get them started in their careers. Funny thing about shoes, I’ve been known to take one off during class and throw it at someone with a wrong answer.

6. That bobblehead of me is my most-prized possession. It was given to me by a group of students, and it’s one of a kind. Is there a better tribute than being immortalized as a bobblehead?

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