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LOS ANGELES �� Civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman, who was convicted earlier this year on tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud, has retained constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky to represent him in his appeal. On Dec. 10, Chemerinsky, a professor at Duke Law School, filed a notice of appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Yagman, who was sentenced to three years in federal prison last month. Chemerinsky, who officially becomes the dean of the new University of California, Irvine Donald Bren School of Law on July 1, also is representing Yagman in a related disciplinary hearing that took place on Wednesday. At that hearing, which was scheduled to determine whether Yagman could practice law in the Central District of California, where he was convicted, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ordered the proceedings sealed. On Thursday, Yagman is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge George H. Wu in a separate suit he has filed against the State Bar of California challenging the suspension of his bar license following his conviction. His law firm partners are representing him in that case, which he filed in October. Yagman, a partner at Venice Beach, Calif.-based Yagman, Yagman & Reichmann, is scheduled to begin serving his sentence on Jan. 15. He was convicted on one count of tax evasion, one count of bankruptcy fraud and 17 counts of money laundering (Wilson later acquitted Yagman on six money laundering counts). In legal circles, Yagman is best known for filing civil rights suits against the Los Angeles Police Department, particularly following the Rampart scandal in the late 1990s, which implicated several police officers in misconduct allegations. Chemerinsky was asked to review an inspector general’s report regarding Rampart. Also, Yagman and Chemerinsky, who was a professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law until 2004, were the first lawyers to file a lawsuit on behalf of a detainee at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba.

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