Sona Gala is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Business Law at LMU. She teaches the "Legal Environment of Business" and "Law for the Entrepreneur." Professor Gala has written a number of articles that have published in both legal and social science journals. Prior to joining the LMU faculty, Gala was a practicing attorney for 19 years. Most recently, she served as an attorney for a leading privately-owned investment company, with a focus on hospitality and food service. In addition to practicing law, Professor Gala has been a part-time lecturer at both LMU and Cal State Long Beach.
Loyola Law School: J.D. 1999
Loyola Marymount University: B.B.A., Marketing 1996
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Industry Expertise (1)
This paper begins by examining the history of university oversight of sexual assault cases and why sexual assault has become such a problem on college and university campuses. Next the paper will examine existing laws that govern how colleges handle sexual assault cases. Subsequently, this article will discuss the loopholes in existing laws that have allowed institutions of higher learning to not only ignore the problem of sexual assault, but also underreport incidents of sexual assault. Current proposed legislation and administrative actions will be explored that attempt to close these loopholes forcing universities to answer for their failure to handle sexual assault cases properly and revamp their existing policies to better protect victims of sexual assault. Finally, the authors provide potential solutions for what is likely the next big crisis in higher education.
This paper examines whether the tenure system at the university level today is in need of reform. To answer this complex and highly charged question, the authors begin by first tracing the history of tenure, from its inception in Europe to its emergence in the United States. Next, the paper examines the significant role played by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in defining tenure at the collegiate level today. The article then moves into an analysis of the current state of tenure through the review of key aspects of the university tenure process. The authors conclude with observations and suggestions for potential reform of the tenure system.
The article begins by examining the current state of the laws governing same-sex relationships at both the federal and state level. Specifically, we will examine two cases that have substantially impacted the landscape of rights for same-sex couples. The paper will then examine four areas of the law where uncertainty for same sex couples lies and the legal agreements that can be effectively utilized to reduce this uncertainty. These areas include: 1) medical/end of life decisions; 2) financial welfare of both parties and distribution of assets upon dissolution of the relationship; 3) distribution of the couple’s property in the event of death; and 4) parental rights. The paper will conclude with recommendations for clergy in counseling same-sex couples prior to performing marriage and commitment ceremonies.
This article examines a Rule adopted by the AAUP that protects Professors from complaints by non-students. The authors argue that the Rule should be eliminated.
This article examines whether media and technical complexities are interfering with a jury’s ability to deliver a fair verdict. The authors examine several highly publicized cases and the potential impact media had on jurors in these cases. The authors also examine the issues facing jurors with respect to highly technical and often complex evidence that is often difficult to understand. The authors then make recommendations with respect to what can be done to reduce media bias and simplify technical evidence introduced during trials.