Faculty in Residence
Graduate and Family Housing
Gould School of Law
Bio + Fun Facts:
Jean Reisz teaches the USC Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic, the Immigration Detention and Appellate Clinic and the Legal Profession course. Under her supervision, second- and third-year law students enrolled in the clinics represent individuals seeking relief from removal in the form of asylum, withholding and relief under the Convention Against Torture in proceedings before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Clinic students also represent clients in other types of cases, including affirmative asylum cases, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) immigrant visa petitions and crime victim visas (U visa status petitions). Students in the Detention and Appellate Clinic also represent detained immigrants in habeas corpus petitions before the U.S. District Court.
Reisz is also the co-director in the Immigrant Legal Assistance Center at the USC Gould School of Law which provides free legal assistance to USC students, faculty, staff and their families, in connection with immigration related issues including obtaining DACA, Permanent Residence and U.S. Citizenship.
Reisz was a trial attorney for six years at the Los Angeles County Public Defender and Alternate Public Defender where she handled misdemeanor and felony cases in downtown Los Angeles and Compton. Prior to joining USC Gould, Reisz was a senior associate at Archer Norris, PLC, where she handled products liability, and wrongful death cases. Reisz joined USC Gould in 2014 as the Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellow, a position she held for three years. Reisz graduated from USC Gould School of Law.