Associate Professor of Legal Writing
Areas of Expertise
New York Civil Practice
B.A./B.S., University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Professor Jayne Ressler Publishes Editorial on Civil Contempt Confinement Policies in Los Angeles Daily News
An article by Professor Jayne Ressler was featured in the Los Angeles Daily News concerning suspicious civil contempt confinement policies. She cites the case of Richard Fine, an attorney who has been imprisoned for nearly sixteen months under contempt of court and "moral turpitude."
Prof. Ressler Comments on Richard Fine Case
For thirteen months, the Los Angeles Superior Court has held attorney Richard I. Fine, a taxpayer advocate from Tarzana, California, in solitary confinement at the Men's Central Jail for contempt of court for reasons of coercive confinement. Superior Court Judge David Yaffe, who ordered the attorney's disbarment and arrest, claimed Fine withheld personal financial information directly relating to a real estate development case in which he was representing the defendants. Fine's case is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Jayne Ressler, an expert in coercive confinement cases, said, "The fact the Supreme Court is involved in any way is a big deal. It certainly speaks volumes to the importance of this case, and it's quite intriguing."