Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

7 thoughts on “True.”

  1. I’m a little appalled that Justice Ginsburg, a cancer patient, couldn’t find it in her to be a hero for all the medical cannabis patients in California and elsewhere and bring us back to Lochner-era jurisprudence from back in the day when this country was more awesome and less shitty.

  2. I had to wait in line a bit more than two hours in northeast Minneapolis this morning. My knees and hips aren’t really up for that anymore.

  3. I don’t know why she didn’t retire when the going was good. If things don’t turn out so well tonight (Election Day), that’s a big empty spot somebody I really, really don’t like is going to get to name someone else to.

    There was a 20-minute line at my suburban polling place in the middle of the morning. I’ve never seen that before. I’m in Hamilton County, one of those places everything is supposed to hinge on.

    1. It was about 40 minutes in my Hollywood precinct at lunch time. That is down from the hour and a half in early evening (I think - could’ve been late morning, come to think of it) in 2008.

      But every other election, it’s a ghost town, more or less. So I think it’s a good sign.

      1. there was no line at my small city (25000+ population) in texas and it took about 5 minutes to vote. this was around 4 pm central time. my precinct went 75% for mccain last time 0_0

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