Lecturer in Law
Janis Penton is a lecturer in law at USC Gould. She recently retired after 40 years representing financial institutions as a partner in private law firms and in-house, most recently as associate general counsel at MUFG Union Bank. Ms. Penton is an expert on bank trust and securities activities, a highly regarded public finance professional and recognized for her knowledge of letters of credit.
Ms. Penton chairs the American Bar Association’s Law School Teaching Subcommittee and is the programming director of the Committee on Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees. She was the secretary of the Article 5 Task Force sponsored by the American Bar Association and the International Financial Services Association that provided the basis for revision of letter of credit law, was a drafter of the California legislative analysis for UCC Article 5 adoption and was a member of the drafting committee for the International Standby Practices (ISP 98). She is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Trust & Investment Services Subcommittee, Letters of Credit Subcommittee and Working Group on International Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees. Ms. Penton is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and a member of the editorial advisory board of Documentary Credit World. She serves on the advisory council of the Transnational Center for Law and Business at USC Gould.
Ms. Penton received her BA from UCLA and her MBA and JD degrees from USC, where she was a member of the law review and Order of the Coif. Following law school, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.