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FALL 2012

Producing Leaders in the Legal Academy

INSIDE: ••••• New Admissions Team ••••• Studying Abroad ••••• Mayoral Duties

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Letter from the Dean As I reflect upon the 2012 – 2013 academic year so far, I am joyful that the College of Law is full of blessings that benefit our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. First, I am pleased to announce that the college has joined the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium—an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of American Legal Education. This consortium, comprising 25 law schools nationwide, aims to encourage and facilitate innovation in legal education in order to train new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism. It is an honor for the College of Law to become a member of this consortium, working with schools such as Georgetown University Law Center, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Cornell University School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Vanderbilt Law School. The consortium brings together law schools committed to innovation in experiential learning, a critical component in my vision of educating “practice ready” lawyers. We all know we learn by doing, and our students can now be taught substantive law while at the same time also learning the practice of law. An example of this is the current collaboration between Professor Monica Hof Wallace and Clinical Professor Cheryl Prestenback Buchert to deliver experiential instruction in learning modules for upper-class students in Persons class. Another blessing is that, in keeping with Loyola’s commitment to excellence and diversity, we have welcomed a first-year class that hails from 106 different colleges and universities and represents 31 states plus Washington, D.C. We currently also are the academic home to five lawyers from around the world who are pursuing their LL.M. degree at our school this year. This is the highest number of LL.M. students we have ever welcomed. In continuing the trend of ensuring that the College of Law has the best faculty, I am pleased to report the following promotions: Associate Professor Markus G. Puder to full professor and Associate Professor Lloyd “Trey” Drury, III and Associate Professor Imre Szalai to our tenured faculty. Additionally, Aliza Cover, Regina Lennox, and Agnieszka McPeak joined our hard-working group of Westerfield Fellows. Finally, I am proud to report that 100 percent of the Loyola law alumni employed with two law firms in New Orleans—The Javier Law Firm, L.L.C., and Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C—have donated to the college. We call this The 100 Percent Club. Thank you all, our alumni and friends, for your support. Many of the exciting new opportunities the college is able to offer stem from your annual giving and major gifts. Your continued generosity is deeply appreciated. Best wishes to all in the upcoming holidays and in the coming New Year.

—María Pabón López College of Law Dean Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law



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Vol. 8 • No. 2 • Fall 2012 • Loyola University New Orleans President

10................Producing Leaders in the Legal Academy We spotlight alumni who have educated and currently shape the legal minds of tomorrow’s lawyers.

The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J. College of Law Dean

María Pabón López Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Stephanie Jumonville, J.D. ’86 Associate Dean for Faculty Development

John A. Lovett Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs

16................Recruiting the Best The new admissions team makes recruiting academically talented and diverse students a priority.

18................A New Perspective from Abroad One law student spent his summer experiencing international legal practice and learning the Greek culture.

The Rev. Larry Moore, S.J. Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid

Forrest Stanford Senior Development Officer-College of Law

Suzanne Plaisance Law Alumni + Annual Giving Officer

Jennifer Jumonville Law Development Coordinator

Bart Folse ’79 Director of Editorial Services

Ray Willhoft ’00 Loyola Lawyer Designer

Craig Bloodworth University Photographer

Harold Baquet

20................Marching over Mountains Associate Professor Chunlin Leonhard found exactly what she wanted in a law teaching career at Loyola.

Photo Contributors

Kyle Encar Kalin McKivergan Contributors

Brian Huddleston Tasha Lacoste, J.D. ’11 Brendan Saxon Shelby Schultheis ’14 James Shields Loyola Lawyer is published bi-annually for Loyola University New Orleans College of Law alumni and friends.

22................Serving His Hometown The Hon. David A. Bowers, J.D. ’78, is serving with pride after being elected to his fourth term as mayor of Roanoke, Va. DEPARTMENTS

4..................News Briefs 6..................Faculty Briefs 24................Alumni Events 26................Alumni News 29................Memorials

Please address correspondence to: Loyola Lawyer 7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 909 New Orleans, LA 70118 News and photographs for possible use in future issues may be submitted by readers. Loyola University New Orleans has fully supported and fostered in its educational programs, admissions, employment practices, and in the activities it operates the policy of not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation. This policy is in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and guidelines.


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NEWS BRIEFS COLLEGE The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice received grants totaling $557,000 for the Workplace Justice Project (WJP), which educates, litigates, and advocates for low-wage workers in the greater New Orleans area

and for policy changes in Louisiana. The clinic received a three-year grant for $450,000 from Baptist Community Ministries of New Orleans, which will allow it to maintain the WJP, hire a new staff attorney, continue its efforts in education, litigation, and advocacy, and to become a resource center for low-wage workers and work-

er advocates. Earlier this year, the clinic received $22,000 from the IMPACT 2011 Program at the Greater New Orleans Foundation and $50,000 from the Foundation for Louisiana. The GNOF grant allows the clinic to continue to operate the weekly Wage Claim Clinic and worker education programs. The clinic also received a $35,000 grant from the Louisiana Bar Foundation for 2012 – 2013, which will fund its litigation work.

Jennifer Jumonville joined the college as the new alumni and annual giving officer. A native of Iowa, Jumonville has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa and a master of arts degree in international

affairs from George Washington University. She most recently worked at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Washington, D.C., where she assisted in regulatory efforts to protect investors. Prior to the PCAOB, she worked as a special events coordinator for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in San Francisco, Calif.

as a must for the library of veteran litigators. Law student Marc Mandich, the brief writer for the Moot Court National Team, attended the lecture and remarked: “I find that the more of Mr. Guberman’s style tips I manage to incorporate into my writing, the more persuasive my writing becomes. In particular, his suggestion to make up creative analogies to illustrate points has revolutionized the way I frame legal arguments.”

The Loyola Institute for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presented “Civil Rights—From Filing Suit to Getting Paid,” on September 21. Two sessions highlighted how lawyers can utilize “Brady,” which refers to the 1963 Supreme Court landmark case, Brady vs. Maryland, in which the prosecution withheld evidence from the criminal defendant. Speakers also discussed Section 1983 actions, including whom to sue, the decision about whether to file in


EVENTS The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center presented a screening of the documentary, The Presumption of Guilt, on June 10. It was co-sponsored by Citizens United for Economic Equity and the Irvin Mayfield Foundation. The documentary examines the complex issue of race, class, and crime in U.S. society. Directed by Hafiz Farid, the documentary is based on the best-selling book, The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America, by Harvard professor Charles J. Ogletree. Following the film, there was a discussion with Farid and Ogletree.

Fredericka Homberg Wicker presided. ••••••

The College of Law, on September 21, presented acclaimed author Ross Guberman in a lecture about lessons learned from the “Obamacare” briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. A lecturer at George Washington University Law School, Guberman is the author of the bestseller, Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates, praised by critics


The College of Law hosted oral arguments for the Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on September 20. Four cases were set on the docket—two civil and two criminal. Judges Robert A. Chaisson, Jude G. Gravois, and



Ross Guberman

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federal or state court, and how to obtain attorney’s fees. Featured panelists included: The Hon. Helen Ginger Berrigan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Samuel S. Dalton, J.D. ’54, H’94, Esq.; Soren Gisleson, Herman, Herman and Katz; Gerald H. Goldstein, Goldstein, Goldstein and Hilley; Mary E. Howell, Esq.; the Hon. Calvin

Johnson (Ret.), J.D. ’78, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court; William E. Rittenberg, Rittenberg, Samuel and Phillips, L.L.C.; Nicholas J. Trenticosta, Center for Equal Justice; and the Hon. Franz Zibilich, J.D. ’84, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Gerald H. Goldstein

STUDENTS sociation (, during 2011 – 2012. Her topics included forced sterilization in Slovakia; a Congolese defendant of the ICC running for president in DRC from his cell; Internet regulation in Belarus; and the controversial conviction of Ukraine’s former prime minister. ••••••

Lisa Bothwell, a fourth-year law student who worked in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, was the first recipient of the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship from the National Association of the Deaf. Bothwell is assisting the NAD with its intake of deaf truck drivers for their commercial driver’s license exemptions. She has received a Gillis Long fellowship through the law school to research special education concerns at the Bloch advocacy center. Prior to attending Loyola, she was the community emergency preparedness information network national public relations specialist for Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. ••••••

Law student Justina LaSalle contributed four articles to ILSA Quarterly, a publication of the International Law Students As-

Law student Matthew O’Gorman and Assistant Clinical Professor Stephen Singer participated in the case of State of Louisiana v. Melvin Goldman consolidated with State of Louisiana v. Glenn Dale Nelson (they represented Goldman while Southern represented Nelson). The decision is reported at 85 So. 3d 21 (La. 2012). Both Mr. Goldman and Mr. Nelson were charged, and after a jury trial, ultimately convicted of second degree murder in Ouachita Parish. During jury selection, the prosecutor accused Mr. Goldman, Mr. Nelson, and their separate counsel of exercising their peremptory challenges in a racially discriminatory fashion. Accordingly, the trial judge reseated the jurors who had been stuck by the defense and prohibited both defendants and their separate counsel from using any of their remaining peremptory challenges on any of the reseated jurors, even those struck by the other. Although the intermediate appellate court affirmed, the Louisiana Supreme Court unanimously reversed, agreeing with O’Gorman and

Singer’s positions—that trial court erred in finding a “reverseBatson” violation based upon a discriminatory effect and in the absence of discriminatory intent, that race neutral reasons had been provided for the challenges, and that one defendant cannot be barred from striking a reseated juror that that defendant had not improperly struck. ••••••

Law students Margaret Craven and Melissa Hill, under the supervision of Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Loyola Law Clinic Ramona G. Fernandez, handled a termination of parental rights case and various exceptions. After a full-day trial, they won the case. The judge granted the exception of no right of action. ••••••

Against all odds, Family Law student practitioners Germani Hardeman, Brittany Dunn, and Krystel Garcia won a custody trial in the spring 2012 semester for their client, a young father. The students, under the supervision of Clinical Professor of Law Cheryl P. Buchert, represented the father for two years prior to the trial with student practitioner Katherine Crouch negotiating a complex Interim Consent Judgment after the first year. Prior to the trial, a mental health professional examined the parents in a court ordered custody evaluation according

with the best interests of the child factors. The student practitioners filed a Petition and numerous Motions; argued before the Court on their Motions; conducted formal discovery; prepared witness and exhibit lists; and hosted numerous settlement conferences before the trial date. At the trial, the students examined the father and cross examined the mother and the custody evaluator. Even though the custody evaluator testified in favor of the mother being designated the domiciliary parent, the Court ruled that the students’ client be named the domiciliary parent of the parties’ young child. ••••••

Four 2012 graduates received federal judicial clerkships for 2012 – 2013: Maria Teresa Gonzalez, with the Hon. Gustavo Gelpi in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; Keriann Langley, with the Hon. Carl Barbier, J.D. ’70, in the U.S. Eastern District of Louisiana; Lacey E. Rochester, with the Hon. Wendy Hagenau in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia; and Meera Unnithan Sossamon, with the Hon. Ivan L.R. Lemelle, J.D. ’74, in the U.S. Eastern District of Louisiana.


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FACULTY BRIEFS March 2012 – September 2012


Harges and Jones’ Louisiana Evidence (2012 ed.) (co-author)

M. ISABEL MEDINA, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law

The Louisiana Code of Evidence Pocket Manual (2012) (co-author)

2012 Supplement to Constitutional Law: Cases, History, and Practice (4th ed. 2011) (co-author)

JOHANNA KALB, Associate Professor of Law

DENISE PILIÉ, Academic Success Instructor

The Persistence of Dualism in Human Rights Treaty Implementation, 30 Yale L. &. Pol’y Rev. 71 (2011)

Louisiana Civil Practice Forms (2012 ed.) (co-editor)

HILARY ALLEN, Assistant Professor of Law Cocos Can Drive Markets Cuckoo, 16 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 125 (2012) ANDREA C. ARMSTRONG, Assistant Professor of Law Slavery Revisited in Penal Plantation Labor, 35 Seattle U. L. Rev. 835 (2012)

BLAINE G. LECESNE, Professor of Law

JOHN BLEVINS, Associate Professor of Law

Crude Decisions: ReExamining Degrees of Negligence in the Context of the BP Oil Spill, 2012 Mich. St. L. Rev. 103

The New Scarcity: A First Amendment Framework for Regulating Access to Digital Media Platforms, 79 Tenn. L. Rev 353 (2012)

CHUNLIN LEONHARD, Associate Professor of Law

CHERYL BUCHERT, Clinical Professor of Law Family Law, in Louisiana Civil Practice Forms 191 (Susan B. Kohn & Denise M. Pilié eds., 2012)

The Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Economic Checks and Balances, 31 Banking & Fin. Services Pol’y Rep. 15 (June 2012)

Racism: The Crime in Criminal Justice, 13 Loy. J. Pub. Int. L. 417 (2012) Obama’s Assault on Civil Liberties, in Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion 243 (Jeffrey St. Clair ed., 2012) GERARD A. RAULT, JR., Professor Emeritus

DOMINIQUE M. CUSTOS, Judge John D. Wessel Distinguished Professor of Law

MARÍA PABÓN LÓPEZ, Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law

Handbook on Louisiana Evidence Law (2012) (co-author)

Between Dependence and Independence, Privileged Relationships: The Case of Puerto Rico, in Destins des Collectivités Politiques d’Océanie 319 (JeanYves Faberon, Viviane Fayaud, & JeanMarc Régnault eds., 2011)

The Prospects and Challenges of Educational Reform for Latino Undocumented Children: An Essay Examining Alabama’s H.B. 56 and Other State Immigration Measures, 6 FIU L. Rev. 231 (2011) (co-author)

IMRE SZALAI, Associate Professor of Law

The Guarantees of Independence of Agency QuasiJudicial Function in Louisiana: Towards a French Way of Judicial Review of Administrative Action?, in Indépendance(s), Mélanges en l’honneur du Professeur JeanLouis Autin 527 (M. Clapié, S. Dénaja & P. Idoux eds., 2012)

An Essay Examining the Murder of Luis Ramírez and the Emergence of Hate Crimes Against Latino Immigrants in the United States, 44 Ariz. St. L.J. 155 (2012)

DIAN TOOLEY-KNOBLETT, Jones Walker Distinguished Professor of Law & DAVID W. GRUNING, William L. Crowe, Sr., Professor of Law

Reflections About Legal Education and Justice from the Perspective of a Latina Law School Dean, 48 Cal. W. L. Rev. 431 (2012)

Louisiana Civil Law Treatise Vol. 25: Sales (2012)

DAVIDA FINGER, Assistant Clinic Professor Introduction: Theory & Praxis in Reducing Women’s Poverty, 20 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol’y & L. 763 (2012) (co-author) ROBERT A. GARDA, JR., Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law Culture Clash: Special Education in Charter Schools, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 655 (2012) DAVID W. GRUNING, William L. Crowe, Sr., Professor of Law Louisiana Law of Sale and Lease: Cases and Materials (2012) (co-author)


WILLIAM P. QUIGLEY, Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center

SANDI S. VARNADO, Assistant Professor of Law KATHRYN VENTURATOS LORIO, Leon Sarpy Distinguished Professor of Law 2011-2012 Supplement to Louisiana Civil Law Treatise Vol. 10: Successions and Donations (2d ed. 2009)

Inappropriate Parental Influence: A New App for Tort Law and Upgraded Relief for Alienated Parents, 61 DePaul L. Rev. 113 (2011)

Reflections: A Generation Later, 80 UMKC L. Rev. 745 (2012)

ROBERT R.M. VERCHICK, GauthierSt. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law

JOHN A. LOVETT, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and De Van Daggett, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law

Protecting the Coast, in The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: United States and International Aspects 235 (Michael B. Gerrard & Katrina Fischer Kuh eds., 2012) (co-author)

BOBBY MARZINE HARGES, Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law

Symposium Introduction: Methodology and Innovation in Mixed Legal Systems, Papers from the Third Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, 57 Loy. L. Rev. 703 (2011)

Promoting Equity for Minorities in Hurricane Mediation Programs, Dispute Resolution Magazine, Summer 2012, at 22

Love, Loyalty and the Louisiana Civil Code: Rules, Standards and Hybrid Discretion in a Mixed Jurisdiction, 72 La. L. Rev. 923 (2012)


An Introduction – Prosecutorial Immunity: Deconstructing Connick v. Thompson, 13 Loy. J. Pub. Int. L i (2012)

JAMES ETIENNE VIATOR, Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law Legal Education’s Perfect Storm: Law Students’ Poor Writing and Legal Analysis Skills Collide with Dismal Employment Prospects, Creating the Urgent Need to Reconfigure the First-Year Curriculum, 61 Cath. U. L. Rev. 735 (2012)

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FACULTY PRESENTATIONS MARY GARVEY ALGERO, Warren E. Mouledoux Distinguished Professor of Law Discovery of Trade Secrets. “En Banc in New Orleans,” joint conference of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary and the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference. Sept. 2012. “The Bench, The Bar, and The Academy Unite to Discuss Legal Education.” AALS Annual Meeting. Jan. 2013. Discovery issues. Joint conference of the Federal Administrative Law Judges and the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. Sept. 2012. ANDREA ARMSTRONG, Assistant Professor of Law “Slavery Revisited in Penal Plantation Labor.” Seattle University Law School’s Symposium on Race and the Criminal Justice System. Feb. 2012. “A Constitutional Right to Non-Violent Protest for Prisoners.” International Conference on Law and Society. June 2012. Prison Law conference at the University of Michigan. Jan. 2013. CHERYL P. BUCHERT, Clinical Professor of Law

“Do Lawyers Have a Duty to Serve the Unrepresented?” Louisiana Judicial Council, 18th Annual CLE of Louisiana, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. June 2012. LLOYD “TREY” DRURY, Associate Professor of Law “Publicly-held Private Equity Firms and the Rejection of Law as a Governance Mechanism.” Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. June 2012. Tulane University School of Law. July 2012. RAMONA FERNANDEZ, Associate Clinical Professor of Law “Child Representation: Best Interest Attorney versus Child’s Attorney - Two Distinct Roles of Lawyers for Children.” Jefferson Parish Family Law Association. April 2012. “New Children’s Rights Section of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice.” Jefferson Parish Family Law Association. April 2012. DAVIDA FINGER, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law “Service & Learning in Times of Disaster.” Catholic University School of Law. Feb. 2012. ROBERT GARDA, Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law

“Child Representation: Best Interest Attorney versus Child’s Attorney - Two Distinct Roles of Lawyers for Children.” Jefferson Parish Family Law Association. April 2012.

“Equitable Enrollment for Students With Disabilities: Understanding Recent Legal Challenges.” Building the Capacity of Charter Schools: Effectively Serving Students with Disabilities.” American Institute of Research.

“Self Help Resource Center (SHRC) at Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans.” Jefferson Parish Family Law Association. April 2012.

BOBBY MARZINE HARGES, Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law

“Louisiana Child Support: An Overview.” Divorce Mediation CLE at Loyola College of Law. July 2012. MITCHELL F. CRUSTO, Professor of Law “Unconscious Classism Revisited: Entity Equality for Sole Proprietors.” Corporate Citizenship: First Among Equals or Equal Protection, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, 65th Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida. Aug. 2012. “Moral Capitalism: a Constitutional Right to Protection from Economic Exploitation/ Predation.” Issues in Consumer Financial Protection and Financial Regulation, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, 65th Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida. Aug. 2012.

“Handling Objections During Trial.” New Orleans Legal Department Summertime Luncheon CLE Series. May 2012. “Ethics in Negotiations.” Federal Bar Association’s 20th Annual Judge Alvin B. Rubin Symposium. May 2012. “Use of Mediation Techniques in High Conflict Cases.” 2012 Domestic Relations Seminar sponsored by the Louisiana Judicial College. Aug. 2012. “Ethics in Mediations.” Seminar sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel in New Orleans, La. Aug. 2012.

JAMES MARSHALL KLEBBA, Victor H. Schiro Professor of Law “SEALS Global Outreach Activities.” Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) in Amelia Island, Fla. July 2012. CHUNLIN LEONHARD, Associate Professor of Law “An Economic Duty of Good Faith as Checks and Balances.” 7th International Contracts Conference hosted by Thomas Jefferson School of Law. San Diego, Calif. March 2012. MARÍA PABÓN LÓPEZ, Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law “Challenges and Opportunities in the Legal Profession in 2012.” 70th Annual Banquet of the Louisiana Law Institute. New Orleans, La. March 2012. “Is the Legal Education Bubble Bursting?” Pre-Law Advisors National Council National Conference plenary panel. Washington, D.C. June 2012. “Reflections of the First Year of a Law Dean.” ABA New Dean’s Workshop. Jackson Hole, Wyo. June 2012. KATHRYN VENTURATOS LORIO, Leon Sarpy Distinguished Professor of Law Reproductive Rights. 2012 SEALS Conference. JOHN LOVETT, De Van D. Daggett, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law “Tragedy or Triumph in Post-Katrina New Orleans?: Reflections on Possession, Dispossession, Demographic Change and Affordable Housing.” Progressive Property Workshop, Harvard Law School. May 2012. M. ISABEL MEDINA, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law “Derivative Citizenship as Fourteenth Amendment Citizenship: Nonmarital Status, Gender, Race and Class.” 2012 International Conference on Law and Society. June 2012. Street Law. Louisiana Summer Institute for the Louisiana Center for Law & Civic Education, New Orleans, La. July 2012. DENISE PILIÉ, Instructor and Adjunct Professor of Law “Does AT&T Mobility, L.L.C. v. Concepcion Spell the End of Class Actions in Arbitration?” Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board/Louisiana State Bar Association CLE Seminar. May 2012.


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FACULTY BRIEFS MARKUS G. PUDER, Professor of Law Crucial Years in the Leadup to Louisiana Statehood. Festive Act, 13th Summer School European Private Law, University of Salzburg, Faculty of Law, Salzburg, Austria. July 2012. Mixed Jurisdictions: Louisiana Workshop, 13th Summer School European Private Law, University of Salzburg, Faculty of Law, Salzburg, Austria. July 2012. L’influence universelle du code civil français: La Louisiane. Table Ronde, University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Law, Innsbruck, Austria. July 2012. WILLIAM P. QUIGLEY, Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center “Service and Learning in Times of Disaster.” Catholic University Law National Webinar. Feb. 17, 2012. “Social Justice.” St. Thomas University, Miami, Fla. April 2012. “The Injustice of the Death Penalty.” Florida International University. April 2012. “Ten Years in the War on Terror.” American Humanist Association. June 2012. “Courage and Challenge for Social Justice Advocates.” Bertha Foundation and Center for Constitutional Rights gathering of social justice law students, New York, N.Y. June 2012. CRAIG SENN, Associate Professor of Law “The Far Reach of Disability Law: Its Impact in Multiple Federal and State Contexts.” Annual SEALS conference. Aug. 2012. SANDI S. VARNADO, Assistant Professor of Law AALS Women in Legal Education breakfast in Washington, D.C. June 2012. “Avatars, Scarlet ‘A’s, and Adultery in the Technological Age.” New Scholars Panel at SEALS in Amelia Island, Fla. Aug. 2012. ROBERT VERCHICK, Gauthier St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law “Climate Change and Disaster Planning.” Sustainability& Globalization Lecture Series, sponsored by the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, and the World Trade Center New Orleans.



B. KEITH VETTER, Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professor of International Law Studies “Some Common Problems and Possible Solutions in Starting a Successful Summer Abroad Program.” INTERNATIONAL LEGAL EDUCATION ABROAD CONFERENCE. American University, Washington College of Law. JAMES E. VIATOR, Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law “Mr. Madison’s Modest Amendment—or, Why Search-and-Seizure Law Used To Be So Simple.” Faculty Colloquium on Legal History, Marquette University School of Law in Milwaukee. April 2012.

FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS CHERYL P. BUCERT, Clinical Professor of Law Collaborated with Professor Janet Heppard of the University of Houston Law Center in their representation of a minor child in a Texas case. Buchert’s student practitioners, Eric Santana and Aimee Rabalais, conducted a home study in Houma, La., and wrote an extensive report to assist the U of H Law Center clinic. MITCHELL F. CRUSTO, Professor of Law Served as an external reviewer/evaluator of scholarship/research for a law professor’s promotion for the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (July 2012). Served as mentor for emerging scholars at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ Annual Meetings on August 3, 2012. DAVIDA FINGER, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Invited to join American University Washington College of Law's Advisory Board for the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project based at the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law. Invited to join Georgetown Law School’s summer institute on clinical teaching in June. M. ISABEL MEDINA, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law Testified before the Louisiana Senate Committee on the Judiciary on a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with the right to own and use weapons on behalf of Loyola University on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

Together with law students Aisha Pujadas and Natalia Okoniewski, represented a noncitizen before the Board of Immigration Appeals, when the federal government appealed an immigration judge’s decision to grant the noncitizen relief from removal. In June 7, 2012, the Board affirmed the immigration judge’s decision and Medina’s client was allowed to continue to reside in the United States. MARKUS PUDER, Professor of Law Elected Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Membre Associé de Académie Internationale de droit comparé). WILLIAM P. QUIGLEY, Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Co-organized People’s Law Conference, along with Davida Finger, Emily Ratner, and Emily Posner, March 23-24, New Orleans, which attracted more than 100 social justice law students and lawyers from around the country discussing issues including: criminal justice from former prisoner’s perspectives, LGBTQ justice, models of full spectrum advocacy, dissent, government surveillance, immigrant justice organizing and litigation, human rights in Haiti and Gulf South, Loyola-Tulane collaboration on student and parent advocacy in education, use of media in social justice movements, and challenging police misconduct. Co-counsel with Davida Finger and Judson Mitchell for seven jailed Entergy protestors in New Orleans who sat in Entergy offices against renewal of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Brattleboro, Vermont, owned by Entergy, March 2011. Co-counsel, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, in litigation in Missouri where lawyers for Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse of children trying to subject SNAP, not a party to the litigation, to invasive and burdensome discovery, January 2011 to present. Co-counsel with Davida Finger with the Center for Constitutional Rights in a successful Louisiana federal court challenge to the Louisiana statute which required people convicted of solicitation of crime against nature, oral or anal sex for money, to register as sex offenders. The nine plaintiffs in the suit will be removed from the register and plans

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are underway to remove hundreds more. Pro Bono Litigation: • Chisom v Jindal, USDC, 86-4075, federal voting rights challenge to Louisiana Supreme Court efforts to deny Justice Bernette Johnson, court’s only African American Justice, her rightful position as Chief Justice. Also filed Section 5 complaint. Co-counsel. • State of Louisiana versus 11 people without counsel. June 2012 challenge to Orleans Parish Criminal Court prosecutions of people without appointed counsel. Ask that prosecutions be stayed and those in jail awaiting trial without counsel be released. Section K. • Doe v Caldwell, USDC 2:12-cv-01670, June 2012 class action challenge to Louisiana sex registry listing of 400+ people for crime against nature. Co-counsel. • United States of America v New Orleans City, USDC 2:12-cv-01924 SM – JCW, filed motion for intervention into proposed consent decree oversight of New Orleans Police Department on behalf Community United for Change. Co-counsel with Davida Finger. ROBERT VERCHICK, Gauthier St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law Appointed a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2013-14. The award, which is part of the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leader Program, will support his research in India during the fall semester of 2012. He is currently working on a book about cities around the world adapting to climate change. Joined two new blogs as a regular contributor: Environmental Law Prof Blog and Jurisdynamics a site focusing on “law’s interaction with societal and technological change.” He continues to write for CPRBlog. JAMES E. VIATOR, Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law Accepted a position for academic year 2012 – 2013 in the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. He will serve as Visiting Professor of Legal Reasoning and Rhetoric and will also teach Torts and Common Law Property.

HAS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT GONE TO THE DOGS? Currently pending before the United States Supreme Court are two Fourth Amendment cases that will likely have far-reaching consequences in determining the reasonableness of our expectations of privacy. Both cases involve canine drugdetection sniffs, but are anticipated to provide important insight into the scope of the Fourth Amendment more generally. Associate Professor of Law Leslie Shoebotham teaches constitutional criminal procedure and is a nationallyrecognized expert in the canine-sniff investigative technique. Shoebotham filed Fourth Amendment Scholars Amici Curiae Briefs, or “friend of the court” briefs, in both of the pending caninesniff cases, Florida v. Jardines (No. 11-564), which involves a warrantless canine sniff of a private home, and Florida v. Harris (No. 11817), which involves a warrantless canine sniff of a lawfully-stopped vehicle. The Jardines Scholars Brief uses peer-reviewed scientific studies which establish that drug-detection dogs are trained to alert to certain noncontraband, break-down products of illegal drugs. Importantly, these decomposition odor constituents are not themselves illegal, and are found in substantial quantities in the ordinary home. Therefore, a positive canine sniff produces nothing more than an inference that contraband is also present. The Brief argues that this sense-enhanced police inferencing about a home’s interior is analogous to the technology-assisted inferencing that the Court rejected in prior cases. Fifty-one constitutional criminal procedure professors joined in filing the Jardines Scholars Brief. The Harris Scholars Brief argues against the State of Florida’s proposed test for determining an individual dog’s reliability for contraband detection (which the Brief describes as a “credentials alone” canine reliability determination). Thirtythree constitutional criminal procedure professors joined in filing the Harris Scholars Brief. Shoebotham’s article concerning the canine-sniff investigative technique was cited in both Jardines’s and Harris’s Merits Briefs, as well as several of the other amici briefs filed in these cases, and is titled: Has the Fourth Amendment Gone to the Dogs?: Unreasonable Expansion of Canine Sniff Doctrine to Include Sniffs of the Home, 88 Or. L. Rev. 829 (2009). This article is available at:


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Producing Leaders in the Legal Academy By Tasha Lacoste, J.D. ’11


Along with producing exceptional lawyers and judges, Loyola University College of Law has given the legal community outstanding leaders in academia. It is vital for law schools to have dedicated faculty educating would-be-lawyers due to the ethical and professional responsibilities associated with the legal profession. Robert A. Pascal ’37 (English), LL.B. ’39, H’95, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; William H. Byrnes, IV, J.D. ’92, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Shaakirrah R. Sanders, J.D. ’01, University of Idaho College of Law; and Laura A. Cisneros, J.D. ’05, Golden Gate University School of Law, are such faculty members—committed to educating young lawyers to be outstanding members of the legal community. 10


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Robert A. Pascal ’37 (English), LL.B. ’39, H’95 Professor Emeritus, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Robert A. Pascal has enjoyed a long and distinguished career (1945 – 1980) as a member of LSU’s law faculty, and even now, at 97 years of age, he can be found almost daily in his Tucker Room office. Pascal had not thought of an academic career until the Loyola faculty suggested it to him at the end of his third semester—half-way through his LL.B. studies—but he embraced the idea with enthusiasm. Unfortunately, several obstacles prevented him from entering academia right away. So, Pascal went to work for the law firm of Normann and Rouchell in New Orleans, La. However, he soon found practicing law was not the right path for him. “I didn’t like dealing with clients; they wanted me to get them what they wanted in spite of what the law provided,” he says. “So, I decided to pursue graduate studies with a view to enter the teaching profession.” Pascal was awarded a scholarship to the University of Michigan as a candidate for the S.J.D. degree. While in the mist of his studies, the United States entered World War II. Pascal was able to complete his studies but not his dissertation. Nevertheless, he and his fellow graduate students were awarded an LL.M. degree for work completed. During the war, Pascal served in the Coast Guard and was assigned to the 10th naval district, headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After the war, a fortuitous event led Pascal to LSU. He met with former LSU Law Dean Frederick Beutel, who was attempting to rehabilitate the University of Nebraska College of Law. Pascal was offered a position, but he decided it was not the right fit for him. Pascal then travelled to New Orleans on October 15, the same day that Dean Paul M. Herbert arrived at LSU. On the 16th, Pascal went to Baton Rouge, La., to meet with Herbert, and, within 20 minutes, became an associate professor. Pascal continued to teach at LSU, and he was named professor emeritus in 1980. While on leaves of absences from LSU, Pascal taught at

the University of Chicago (spring 1951) and the University of Rome (1951 – 1952 and 1963 – 1964). There was one condition for teaching in Rome—that he lecture in Italian. Pascal accepted, and spent a summer learning the language. “We are a community of Throughout his career, people under God, and Pascal has taught a wide range of subjects, but his favorites have because we are a been interstate and international legislative jurisdiction, philosocommunity, each of us phy of law, introduction to civil must cooperate with and common law, and private (or family) trusts. His teaching everyone else in life.” philosophies can be found in almost any piece of his scholarship. The basic principle is: “We are a community of people under God, and because we are a community, each of us must cooperate with everyone else in life.” He is best known, however, for his Tucker Lecture of 1998, “Of the Civil Code and Us,” and his more recent “A Summary Reflection on Legal Education.”


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William H. Byrnes, IV, J.D. ’92 Associate Dean for Graduate & Distance Education Programs, Thomas Jefferson School of Law William H. Byrnes, IV is a pioneer in online education. The Internet was gaining popularity while Byrnes was working towards an LL.M., and he knew this was the medium through which he could teach the international tax program he had been designing. When lecturing in South Africa, Byrnes began offering his online program via e-mail. By 1995, there were students from around the world enrolled in this program. After returning stateside, he implemented the first online LL.M. program offered by an ABA-accredited law school in the United States. Currently, Byrnes is associate dean for graduate and distance education programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. He notes that TJSL “is the most technologically advanced campus in the country.” Because he has become so well known in the field of online education, many students are drawn to TJSL specifically to work with him. In addition to his duties as a professor and dean, Byrnes also is a prolific author. He has authored or edited 19 books and compendia of 38 volumes, 25 books and treatise chapters, and 725 “The insights I received articles. Byrnes was always interfrom New Orleans and ested in pursuing a career in inthe civil law allowed me ternational tax, and at age 15, he entered Tulane University to see different with this goal in mind. While at Loyola, a professor encouraged perspectives. At a regular him to leave the country and common law institution, I study abroad. He followed this advice by obtaining an LL.M. would have never been from the University of Amsterdam. He then moved to able to do this.” South Africa, where he was a lecturer at Rand Afrikaans University and worked for Coopers Lybrand. While there, he began to build a client practice and teach his international tax program online. In addition to his teaching career, Byrnes has consulted with various governments on their respective fiscal policies, including South Africa, Botswana, The British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla, and Montserrat. Most notably, he was the primary author of the Economic and Socio-



Economic Impact of the European Union Code of Conduct on Business Taxation and Tax Savings Directive Report for the United Kingdom. Byrnes has an affinity for the civil law and civilian education. He notes: “The insights I received from New Orleans and the civil law allowed me to see different perspectives. At a regular common law institution, I would have never been able to do this.” Byrnes begins all his courses with the civil law. “The problem with common law (case law) is that it implies there is only one way to solve a problem,” he says. “Thus, you seem to be stuck in a pigeonhole when a judge rules on a case. But this is not so in the civil law. The civil law really highlights that there are different types of logic that can be used to approach a problem. And if you are persuasive in your logic, you can persuade the judge to rule in your favor.”

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Shaakirrah R. Sanders, J.D. ’01 Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law Shaakirrah R. Sanders never planned on going to law school, much less becoming a law professor. She was raised in the inner city of Detroit, Mich., and attended college on the East Coast. After college, while working as a community organizer in Detroit, she realized that some type of graduate degree was in her future. “I didn’t have the chops for medical school and wasn’t interested in a M.B.A., so it was law school by default,” she says. “Plus, several people had suggested I go to law school.” Sanders chose Loyola because of a story she read when she was younger. “It was based in New Orleans, and ever since then, I had a fascination with the city.” Sanders notes that the faculty at Loyola were wonderful, and she still enjoys a close relationship with Fr. Larry Moore. “I haven’t made a career decision without first talking to him,” she says. After graduation, Sanders obtained a clerkship with the Hon. Ivan R. Lemelle at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Following her clerkship, she remained in New Orleans to work as an associate at Lord Bissell & Liddell. However, her dream was to clerk for a circuit court judge, and she attained a clerkship with the Hon. Lavenski R. Smith at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. After this clerkship, she knew it was time for a change. She had always wanted to live on the West Coast, so she focused her efforts there. Sanders worked for three years as an associate with K&L Gates in Seattle, Wash., in their appellate, constitutional, and government litigation division. But she soon realized the cases that gave her the most satisfaction were her pro bono cases, and she wanted more control over her work. “What I really wanted was to make a difference and help people,” she says. Thus, Sanders joined The Defender Association (TDA). After two years with TDA, she decided to take a year off and accepted a visiting professorship at Seattle University School of Law. “I had every intention of returning to TDA. But after a

few weeks, I realized teaching “I realized teaching suited suited me more than anything else. I felt like I was back in law me more than anything school,” she says. “I loved anaelse. I felt like I was back lyzing cases and being able to devote time to watching case in law school. I loved law develop. I didn’t realize how much I had missed the academic analyzing cases and rigors of law school.” being able to devote time So, Sanders made a decision to pursue a teaching career. to watching case law “For the first time in my life, all my prior decisions, that develop. I didn’t realize had seemed so random at the how much I had missed time, finally came together.” This fall, Sanders began the academic rigors of her second year of teaching at the University of Idaho law school.” College of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law II, Criminal Procedure, and Freedom of Speech.


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Laura A. Cisneros, J.D. ’05 Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law Laura A. Cisneros notes that finding her path to teaching began in New Orleans, and specifically at Loyola. Currently, she teaches Constitutional Law at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, Calif. She covers the structure and function of the Constitution and institutional power, equal protection and fundamental rights, and the First Amendment. After obtaining a B.A. in history from the University of San Diego, Cisneros worked as a paralegal. “The work was interesting, but after a few years I was ready to make a change,” she says. While visiting New Orleans, Cisneros fell in love with the city. “I loved the pace of life, the bookstores; really the literary heart of the city, and I knew I just had to live here,” she says. Cisneros chose Loyola because it was a Jesuit institution and would likely have smaller classes than huge public universities and “I feel so fortunate to be in there also would be an emphasis on community building and soa profession that I love, cial justice. Her first impression where I’m constantly of Loyola was how welcoming everyone was. challenged and able to “From the start, and this feeling never went away, I felt bring my passion for like people knew me and they learning and the law into wanted to know me,” she says. In her second year, the classroom to give Cisneros knew she wanted to teach. After graduation, she was students the chance to accepted into the University of challenge themselves and Wisconsin’s William H. Hastie Fellowship Program, a two-year stoke their intellectual research and teaching program, leading to an LL.M. degree. curiosity.” When she completed the program, she accepted an assistant professorship at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. Because Cisneros teaches, she is often asked if she has always been comfortable in front of large groups.

“Not really,” she replies, “but like I tell my students, practice makes it easier.” Cisneros also says that early recognition of her scholarly efforts helped. She was awarded the Outstanding Scholarly Paper Award by the AALS in January 2009. The AALS awards this to a junior faculty member whose paper makes a substantial contribution to legal literature. The article was Standing Doctrine, Judicial Technique, and the Gradual Shift from Rights-Based Constitutionalism to Executive-Centered Constitutionalism. “I was so incredibly excited about the research I was doing that I couldn’t wait to tell my students about it,” she says. On September 28, 2012, Cisneros presented her latest article, Paging Dr. Derrida: A Deconstructionist Approach to Understanding the Affordable Care Act Litigation, which discusses the federalism issues raised in the judicial opinions, at Loyola’s Faculty Speaker Series. Cisneros says that going to law school, and specifically going to Loyola, was the best decision she ever made. “This has made me who I am today,” she notes. “I feel so fortunate to be in a profession that I love, where I’m constantly challenged and able to bring my passion for learning and the law into the classroom to give students the chance to challenge themselves and stoke their intellectual curiosity.”

Tasha Lacoste, J.D. ’11, is the research associate for College of Law Dean María Pabón López. 14


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COLLEGE OF LAW ALUMNI IN THE LEGAL ACADEMY M. Lucia Blacksher, J.D. ’99 Clinical Instructor, Tulane University School of Law William H. Byrnes, IV, J.D. ’92 Associate Dean for Graduate and Distance Education Programs, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Laura A. Cisneros, J.D. ’05 Associate Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law Diane E. Courselle, J.D. ’91 Director of the Defender Aid Program and Winston S. Howard Distinguished Professor, University of Wyoming College of Law Kari M. Dalton, J.D. ’95 Associate Professor, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Erin A. Donelon, J.D. ’01 Director of the Legal Research & Writing Program and Professor of the Practice, Tulane University School of Law James Donovan, J.D. ’03 Director of the University of Kentucky College of Law Alvin E. Evans Library and Associate Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law

Keith Hall, J.D. ’96 Assistant Professor and Director of the Mineral Law Institute, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Herbert Law Center

Robert A. Pascal ’37, LL.B. ’39, H’95 Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Herbert Law Center

Thelma L. Harmon, J.D. ’85 Assistant Professor—Clinic Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Judith Perhay, J.D. ’85 Professor, Southern University Law Center

Maurice Y. Hew, Jr., J.D. ’91 Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law Herbert Victor Larson, J.D. ’80 Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of International Legal Studies and Graduate Programs, Tulane University School of Law Peter W. Lewis, J.D. ’74 Visiting Professor, South Texas College of Law Kenneth A. Mayeaux, J.D. ’86 Professor of Professional Practice, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Herbert Law Center Nadia E. Nedzel, J.D. ’95 Kevin Reilly Family Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center

Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, J.D. ’92 Dean, Stetson University College of Law Bonita K. Roberts, J.D. ’80 Professor and Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program, St. Mary’s University of San Antonio School of Law Shaakirrah R. Sanders, J.D. ’01 Associate Professor, University of Idaho College of Law Shandrea P. Solomon, J.D. ’94 Assistant Professor of Law, Phoenix School of Law Donna Michelle Spears, J.D. ’08 Assistant Professor and Librarian, Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law Yvonne A. Tamayo, J.D. ’87 Professor, Willamette University College of Law

COLLEGE OF LAW ALUMNI TEACHING LAW AT LOYOLA Mary Garvey Algero, J.D. ’89 Warren E. Mouledoux Distinguished Professor of Law Christine E. Cerniglia Brown, J.D. ’03 Coordinator of Law Skills and Experiential Learning and Assistant Clinical Professor Cheryl Prestenback Buchert, J.D. ’93 Clinical Professor of Law Marcel Garsaud, Jr., J.D. ’59 Professor Emeritus

Ramona Fernandez ’88, J.D. ’96 Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice

William A. Neilson, J.D. ’73 Associate Professor of Law

Stephanie W. Jumonville, J.D. ’86 Associate Dean of Students

William P. Quigley, J.D. ’77 Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center

Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, J.D. ’73 Leon Sarpy Distinguished Professor of Law

Tim O’Brien, J.D. ’76 Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law

Monica H. Wallace, J.D. ’98 Dean Marcel Garsaud, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law


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Recruiting the Best By James Shields

Forrest Stanford and Tajira McCoy




When María Pabón López accepted the job of dean of the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans in 2011, she was well aware of the challenges many other schools around the country were encountering with maintaining a consistent yet high quality of incoming students. After Michele Allison-Davis, assistant dean of admissions for the College of Law since 1990, retired and relocated with her husband out of state, López felt it was important Loyola replace her with someone who could continue to put the college on a path towards not only maintaining the high standards of the student body that had already been established, but also the skills to build innovative practices to increase the profile amongst the school’s peers. The college created a search committee consisting of López, John Lovett, associate dean for faculty development and De Van D. Daggett, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law, and Sal Liberto, vice president for Enrollment Management and associate provost; conducted a nationwide search; and selected Forrest Stanford as the new associate dean of admissions and financial aid. He started August 1 and was soon joined by Tajira McCoy, assistant director of admissions. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law, Stanford worked at Charlotte School of Law from 2009 – 2012 and brings to Loyola vast experience in law school admissions,

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“Our biggest challenge is to try and increase diversity and the academic perimeters of law students but to also hold or increase enrollment for budgetary needs while the national applicant trend has been declining between 12 and 24 percent for the last two years— a very difficult task.”

financial aid, and administration. He served as associate director of admissions and financial aid at William Mitchell College of Law from 1992 – 1996; assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, from 1996 – 1999; and associate dean of administration, admissions, and multicultural affairs at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, from 1999 – 2009. At Denver, Stanford oversaw a 41place rise in U.S. News & World Report rankings, improvement of the school’s median LSAT from 151 to 159, and significant strengthening of the law school’s diversity profile. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Stanford has been active in Native American legal affairs throughout his career. He has served as chair of the Civil Rights Division of the National Native American Bar Association, as a commissioner of the Colorado Commission for Indian Affairs and the Colorado Indian Education Committee, and has twice received the Indian Education Achievement Award from the governor of Minnesota. McCoy succeeds former Assistant Director Daniel Diaz, who accepted a position closer to his family in Miami, Fla. After graduating from Southwestern Law School in 2010, McCoy worked as their senior admissions counselor for two years. As a law student, she had the opportunity to write

appellate briefs for the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, served as program coordinator of the Guardian Ad Litem Program for Public Counsel Law Center’s Children’s Rights Project, and worked as a family law clerk for the Hon. Amy M. Pellman at Stanley Mosk Superior Court House in Los Angeles, Calif. Stanford was drawn to the culturally rich city of New Orleans, and the principles and values of Loyola. He hopes to increase enrollment by working to establish communities that diverse students will find supportive and rewarding in their law school careers and beyond. In his first year at Loyola, he wants to focus on increasing marketing and outreach efforts as well and to make meaningful headway towards various diversity efforts. “Our biggest challenge is to try and increase diversity and the academic perimeters of law students but to also hold or increase enrollment for budgetary needs while the national applicant trend has been declining between 12 and 24 percent for the last two years—a very difficult task,” Stanford says. A difficult task indeed, but with the help of the dean’s office, Stanford thinks inroads made with alumni, judges, and lawyers in and out of the city will help spread the word that the college is one in which theory, practical knowledge, and skills can be taught as one cohesive learning experience.

James Shields is the communications coordinator for Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs.


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Photo courtesy of Law Student Kalin McKivergan

A New Perspective from Abroad

LAW STUDENT BRENDAN SAXON RECOUNTS HIS EXPERIENCE STUDYING AND WORKING ABROAD THIS PAST SUMMER. I studied abroad with Loyola from about May 12 – 24, but I was abroad until August 3. The abroad program was a travelling field study which started in Istanbul, Turkey, and ended in Thessaloniki, Greece. After everyone flew home from Thessaloniki, I flew to Athens, where I interned for the U.S. State Department at the American Embassy. I was forced to acclimate to a foreign country, essentially alone, where I did not speak the language. Luckily, Professor Kathryn Venturatos Lorio was able to put me in touch with Panayioti Georgountzos, a young Athenian lawyer, who initially showed me Athens. Because I was proactive in doing my work at the embassy, I was able to meet many people, Greek and American. I became friends with the Marines as well as an ICE agent who worked at the Embassy, and I was able to do some weekend travelling with them. I had loved Greece before, but I began to fall in love with Athens, especially. From a work standpoint, I was interning with the Consular Section, which deals with VISAs, Passports, American Citizen Service, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs), which became my main thing. However, I also did work for ACS, which included responding to any American citizens in emergencies abroad and also conducting prison visits to American citizens locked up around Greece. Also, working at the embassy had many other perks. I attended parties at the Ambassador’s residence several times, including the



Fourth of July party, which many of the Greek public figures were also invited to. And I oversaw the promotion of one of the marines who I had become quite good friends with. My summer really culminated with a particular case that combined all my consular experience. We were sending an American citizen mother living on a Greek island with her two children and abusive boyfriend back to America. First, we had to convince her to take a ferry to Athens with the children without the father knowing. It was obvious the woman was mentally fragile and unsure who she could trust. Once in Athens, we hid her in a hotel for her safety. From the hotel room, we had to issue passports and a CRBA for one of the children. Issues arose at this point because of the paternity issues, and a CRBA requiring signatures of both parents. This not only required the sensitive touch and know-how of ACS, but also required diligence by our passport and CRBA teams, and even some of my knowledge from the survey came in handy. The case lasted weeks, but we were all relieved when the mother and children touched down safely on U.S. soil. My summer experience abroad is one that I will never forget. The new Loyola Summer Legal Studies Program in Spetses, Greece, will take place June 16 – 30, 2013. Visit for more information.

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THANK YOU! The College of Law thanks the following men and women for their dedication and service for the fall 2012 semester.

ADJUNCT FACULTY The Hon. Helen G. Berrigan Stephen Broussard Stephen Bullock Michael Carbo James Carriere Arthur A. Crais Mark Davis Everett Fineran Edmond Haase Karen Hallstrom Tim Hassinger Calvin Johnson Timothy R.W. Kappel Andrew Mendez Norman Mott Brian Neulander Bryan Reuter Douglas L. Salzer John Shreves Frank Whiteley Gordon Wilson Brett Wise CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE) Marco A. Adame, II M. Nan Alessandra Jane E. Armstrong Robert E. Babcock Patrick J. Babin The Hon. Steven B. Berlin The Hon. Helen G. Berrigan Magdalen Blessey Bickford Erin E. Bohacek The Hon. Paul A. Bonin Kim M. Boyle Alan G. Brackett The Hon. James J. Brady Arthur J. Brewster Stephanie Seaman Brown R. Todd Bruininks Prof. Dane Ciolino Samuel S. Dalton* Susan F. Desmond Clement P. Donelon The Hon. William R. Dorsey Monique Gougisha Doucette The Hon. Bernadette D’Souza David A. Duhon

Mary L. Dumestre Eric Dupree Marcie W. duQuesnay Jack L. Dveirin* Abraham Feinstein-Hillsman Mark A. Fullmer Christopher M. Galichon Rep. Raymond E. Garofalo, Jr. E. Phelps Gay The Hon. Jennifer Gee Dominic J. Gianna Soren Gisleson Gerald H. Goldstein Shawn Groff Michael E. Guarisco* G. Trippe Hawthorne Russ M. Herman The Hon. S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. Mary E. Howell Frank B. Hugg Donald O. Jansen The Hon. Calvin Johnson (Ret.) Com. Patricia M. Joyce Jeffrey W. Koonce Steven J. Lane Richard K. Leefe Judith A. Leichtman Roger A. Levy The Hon. Benita A. Lobo Rep. Joseph P. Lopinto, III David J. Lukinovich* Mark N. Mallery Lisa A. Marcy Prof. Agnieszka A. McPeak Joseph W. Mengis Lara D. Merrigan Carole Cukell Neff Prof. William A. Neilson Tim Oster, Jr. Alice B. Parkerson Robert L. Perez* Amie C. Peters Laura Walker Plunkett David M. Prados William P. Quigley Justin P. Ransome The Hon. Kern A. Reese Jerome J. Reso, Jr.* Bryan Reuter William E. Rittenberg* Charles Robinowitz Harry Rosenberg

The Hon. Patrick M. Rosenow Collins C. Rossi John A. Rouchell Beau P. Sagona Timothy H. Scott Michael F. Somoza Bruce Spizer Alfred E. “Ted” Stacey, IV Jason L. Stein Mick W. Thomas Frank P. Tranchina, Jr.* Nicholas Trenticosta Raymond H. Warns Lynne W. Wasserman* Christian N. Weiler Kenneth A. Weiss* Marc D. Winsberg* Jeffrey M. Winter The Hon. Franz Ziblich *CLE Advisory Board Member COLLEGE OF LAW ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012 – 2013 Mark E. Morice, J.D. ’98 (President) Monique M. Garsaud, ’86 J.D. ’97 (VP/President-Elect) Sharonda R. Williams, J.D. ’01 (Secretary) Thomas J. Cortazzo ’84, J.D. ’87 (Treasurer) Don M. Richard, J.D. ’68 (Immediate Past President) The Hon. Carl J. Barbier, J.D. ’70 Charles “Chuck” C. Bourque, Jr., J.D. ’90 Leila A. D’Aquin ’83, J.D. ’88 William “Billy” B. Gaudet, J.D. ’82 Jay Alan Ginsberg, J.D. ’82 Cheri Cotogno Grodsky, J.D. ’82 Stephen C. Hanemann, J.D. ’02 Loretta O. Hoskins, J.D. ’06 Brandt M. Lorio, J.D. ’98 Douglas J. Moore, J.D. ’01 The Hon. Kern A. Reese, J.D.

’77 Benjamin B. Saunders, J.D. ’69 Samuel “Tab” T. Singer, J.D. ’72 COLLEGE OF LAW VISITING COMMITTEE 2012 – 2013 Allain F. Hardin ’71, J.D. ’79 (Chair) Elwood F. Cahill, Jr., J.D. ’80 (Vice Chair) Mary Dumestre, J.D. ’88 (Secretary) Thomas P. Anzelmo, Sr. ’70, J.D. ’73 Morris Bart III, J.D. ’78 Herman L. Bastian, Jr., J.D. ’74 The Hon. Paul A. Bonin, J.D. ’76 Harold A. Buchler, Jr., J.D. ’76 The Hon. Angela Y. Cockerham, J.D. ’01 Timothy S. Cragin, J.D. ’93 Clarence “Clancy” J. DuBos III, J.D. ’93 Frank C. Dudenhefer, J.D. ’70 Celeste A. Gauthier, J.D. ’95 Gary G. Hebert, M.B.A. ’89, J.D. ’89 The Hon. Nancy Amato Konrad, ’62, J.D. ’65 Thomas J. Lutkewitte, ’70, J.D. ’73 Richard E. McCormack, J.D. ’84 Suzanne Jones Myers, J.D. ’80 Sherif K. Sakla, M.D., J.D. ’96 The Hon. Ronald Sholes, J.D. ’84 Robert E. Tarcza, J.D. ’81 Frank J. Varela, J.D. ’55 P. Donald White, Jr., J.D. ’76 Conrad S. P. Williams III ’75, J.D. ’84


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Marching By Shelby Schultheis ’14

Associate Professor of Law Chunlin Leonhard has turned mountains into fields. As a young student growing up in Central China during the Cultural Revolution, she would go to the countryside and work with the farmers to gather the harvest. Education was not a priority in China during those years, and Leonhard recalls that time of her life as being simple and relatively straightforward. “We weren’t learning much, but it didn’t bother me at that time. It was fun to go and dig the mountains and “This university has a great help turn the mountains collegial group of people into fields,” Leonhard says. Leonhard later went working together, and also it on to attend Shanghai International Studies has some very strong University and major in international programs. With English and journalism. Her initial dream was to be me being Chinese, I’m always a writer, and when her school was selected to imlooking for signs of interest in plement a bilingual jourthe international marketplace. nalism program, she seized the opportunity. And I saw that here, so that’s Leonhard loved learning the English language why I decided to come.” and was an insatiable reader. Since many books were still censored by the government and could not be printed in Chinese, she read the available English copies. Her main influences were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry



David Thoreau, writers who encouraged individualism and inspired her eventual move to the U.S. “I got to know the U.S. through the books that I read,” she says. “I liked the values such as individualism and freedom embraced by the people—values that are so different from those in the Chinese culture.” In the late 1980s, Leonhard got the opportunity to move to the U.S. for graduate studies. She completed her study of journalism and received her master’s degree at the University of Nevada. However, she soon realized the highly competitive nature of the field. She found work as a reporter for Lahontan Valley News in Fallon, Nev., or “basically in the middle of nowhere” as she describes it. Not one to be discouraged, Leonhard took a practical approach and examined her skills. She realized that her childhood education in China had not covered much in the way of math and science, so those fields were out. Law seemed to come easily to her, so she decided to go to law school. “My husband was the one who suggested that I should think about law school because I was forever debating with people. So, that’s how I ended up in law school,” Leonhard explains. In Boston University School of Law, Leonhard encountered professors with a passion for their subjects. Among her favorites were Professors Francis Miller and Mark Pettit. Miller would become so enthusiastic that she would jump up and down in front of her podium when teaching subject matter she cared about. Pettit surprised Leonhard one day during class by dropping his professional demeanor and singing a song that he composed about one of the cases.

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over Mountains ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CHUNLIN LEONHARD HAS SHOWN THAT JUST AS MOUNTAINS CAN BE TURNED INTO FIELDS, SO CAN LIFE’S CHALLENGES BE OVERCOME WITH PRACTICAL RATIONALITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING. After working for 10 years with the firm Sonnenschein, Nath, & Rosenthal in Chicago, Ill., Leonhard wanted to switch career paths. She had always been interested in writing and research, but in the practical world of law, clients weren’t eager to pay for time spent writing about a legal topic. They wanted the lawyers they hired to solve the problem. After a few stressful years of being constantly kept on her toes, Leonhard began thinking about teaching law instead of practicing it. Leonhard decided to get into legal academia in 2009 and began a nation-wide search for employment. She considered offers from all over the country, but after visiting Loyola’s campus and the city several times, she decided that she liked what she saw. “This university has a great collegial group of people working together, and also it has some very strong international programs. With me being Chinese, I’m always looking for signs of interest in the international marketplace. And I saw that here, so that’s why I decided to come,” Leonhard says. In order to counteract the criticism about law schools that educate students who don’t know how to practice law after they graduate, Leonhard came up with the idea to teach a course called Pretrial Litigation in which students go through each step in preparing for a case. “We start talking about the issues that as a lawyer you should be concerned about right from the day the client contacts you. We go through it from the initial client interview,

the engagement process, up to the drafting of the initial pleadings and the discovery process and then pretrial,” Leonhard says. Inspired by her former professors, Leonhard incorporates her own creative teaching methods in her classes as well. In several lessons, she uses cartoons, some featuring her own stick figures, on PowerPoint to provide a visual aspect to the subject matter. In her UCC Article 9 (Secured Transactions) course, she uses puppets to keep the identities of the creditors straight as she explains which creditor has the right to take the debtor’s assets in a bankruptcy case. When she’s not teaching or in her office pedaling on her LifeBalance Station, which is a hybrid desk and elliptical chair combination constructed by her husband, Leonhard enjoys spending time with her two daughters (ages 11 and 14), cooking, gardening, and reading. She recently made her backyard into a home for a lemon tree and is considering taking up piano lessons again. Leonhard plans to continue teaching at Loyola and considers herself lucky to have her position. “I think I finally found exactly what I wanted,” she says. “When I was a lawyer, I was stressed. I liked practicing law as well. It was challenging. It was interesting. It kept me forever on my toes. So that was a good life too. I don’t regret that I did that, but now this is exactly what I wanted to do. I mean, I can teach, I do something very interesting, I can write on whatever topic I choose, and I don’t have to bill my time. This is what I want to do.”

Shelby Schultheis ’14 (English) is the publications intern for the Office of Marketing and Communications during the fall 2012 semester.


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Serving His Hometown

The Hon. David A. Bowers, J.D. ’78, and Roanoke Young Democrats

While he was a student at Loyola University College of Law, David A. Bowers, J.D. ’78, was befriended by Loyola Professor Emeritus Rousseau Van Voorhees, who would walk from his Magazine Street home through Audubon Park to read at the law library. One day, when Bowers was telling Van Voorhees about his plans for when he returned home to Roanoke, Va., after college, the professor told him, “Well, David, when you go back, practice law and become the mayor— you’ll be in the catbird seat.” Confused, Bowers asked him what he meant. Van Voorhees clarified, “That’s a southern term for ‘you’ll be on top of the world.’ Your dreams will come true.” Fourteen years later, in 1992, when he became mayor of Roanoke for the first time, Bowers had not forgotten Van Voorhees’ words. On his desk in the mayor’s office sat a name plate that was inscribed: Mayor David Bowers, In The Catbird Seat.



Bowers adds that the people of Roanoke use that colloquialism from time to time, but for those who are unfamiliar with its meaning, he’s always ready to explain it. “You’re in the right place at the right time,” Bowers tells them. As of this past May’s election, Bowers is sitting in the catbird seat for the fourth time in his career. After first being elected in 1992, he was reelected in 1996, and served until 2000. In 2008, he was elected once again, and after being reelected this spring, is continuing his service to his community for another four years. Since Roanoke operates on a council manager form of government, Bowers isn’t the full-time, executive type of mayor. He also functions as a lawyer and as an adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College where he teaches classes in government.

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THE HON. DAVID A. BOWERS, J.D. ’78, MAYOR OF ROANOKE, VA., IS SITTING IN THE CATBIRD SEAT FOR THE FOURTH TIME. By Shelby Schultheis ’14 His typical days start at 7:30 a.m. and their length depends on the demands of his schedule. He often goes back and forth between the city hall and the courthouse in the mornings and in the afternoons he meets with clients or attends a court hearing. “I just keep moving and smiling all day long. That’s my motto,” Bowers says. Bowers finds the natural beauty of Roanoke to be breath-taking and promotes it as a tourist destination for those seeking an escape near the southern Appalachian Mountains. Roanoke also has people from more than one hundred different nationalities inhabiting it, and this diversity, for Bowers, is one of the things he loves about being the mayor. Bowers enjoys serving the people of his community and feels that he’s established a good rapport with them. “I tell people, when I’m elected, I promise to give you my heart, my honesty, my hard work, and my good sense of humor,” Bowers says. As mayor, Bowers puts the people’s needs ahead of his own. “I am conscientiously trying to figure out, as an elected representative of the local democracy, what the peoples’ agenda is and promote it for Roanoke. It’s not my agenda,” he adds. Another aspect of Bowers’ job is making the city of Roanoke thrive for the permanent residents. According to Bowers, Roanoke is “a very stable city,” which offers safe neighborhoods and good schools. In fact, the crime rate in the city is down for the seventh consecutive year, and nearly all of the schools in the inner-city school system are accredited. Only one school did not become accredited this year. “For an inner-city in Virginia with high education standards, we have a remarkably good school system,” Bowers says. “And that one school that fell back this year, we’ll make sure that by next year we bring it back up to accreditation.”

This concern over education stems from the mayor’s organization of an initiative called “ACT Now” which stands for academic educational development, cultural economic development, and tourism economic development. Bowers adds that this initiative is projected over the next 10 to 20 years to bring more graduate education programs to Roanoke, to sustain cultural icons such as the many museums, and to promote Roanoke as a tourist destination. As a part of the academic educational development, Roanoke is now the home to the Virginia Tech medical school. Bowers feels that his city is becoming poised to be a regional medical center, on par with Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill. Bowers also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Margarita Cubas, from Honduras, and his pets—a dog named Catcher, after J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and a cat that he affectionately calls Kitty. He often hikes Mill Mountain, right outside his back door, with Margarita and Catcher. Before he became the mayor of Roanoke, Bowers was an English major at Belmont Abbey College, which explains the literary moniker for his canine companion. After graduating, he took advantage of the $15 “I tell people, when I’m application fee for Loyola’s elected, I promise to give law school and applied. He had never been to New you my heart, my honesty, Orleans and didn’t know a lot my hard work, and my about Loyola, but he thought he would take a chance on good sense of humor.” it—a decision he is glad he made. While in New Orleans, Bowers worked several jobs off and on. He delivered The Times-Picayune newspaper and worked in the law library at Loyola. He also worked for Ella Brennan at Commander’s Palace for a while and then worked a couple of years at Café du Monde as a waiter. “I have all good memories of New Orleans, and I love coming back,” Bowers says. Still, he loves his hometown and feels that his greatest accomplishment is becoming the mayor of such a beautiful city. “That was my dream come true,” Bowers says. “So, I’m in the catbird seat when I’m in the mayor’s office.”

Shelby Schultheis ’14 (English) is the publications intern for the Office of Marketing and Communications during the fall 2012 semester.


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ALUMNI EVENTS Women in Law Tea




1) Judge Mary Hotard Becnel, J.D. ’80, Marcia King Reck, J.D. ’82, and Dean María Pabón López, J.D., at the Women in Law Tea, an annual gathering and celebration of our Loyola law alumnae, held on May 17 at the home of Marcia King Reck, J.D. ’82. 2) Krystle Ferbos, J.D. ’10, Judge Rosemary Ledet, J.D. ’85, Judge Tiffany Chase, J.D. ’96, Erica Beck, J.D. ’05, Sharonda Williams, J.D. ’01, and Judge Regina Bartholowmew, J.D. ’99. 3) Cynthia Woessner, J.D. ’82, Mary Ann Wegmann, J.D. ’82, Cheri Grodsky, J.D. ’82, Shawn Holahan, J.D. ’86, CLE Director Lana Corll, and Alisha Johnson, J.D. ’06.

LSBA Annual Meeting



1) Jason Baer, J.D. ’08, Professor Monica Hof Wallace, J.D. ’98, K. Todd Wallace, J.D. ’98, and Christopher Rouse, J.D. ’09, at the reception for alumni at the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Annual Meeting, held in June in Sandestin, Fla.. 2) Dean María Pabón López, J.D., Glass Honoree and Former Dean Thomas Sponsler, J.D., and Former Dean and Emeritus Professor Marcel Garsaud, Jr., J.D. ’59. 24


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Class of 1997 Reunion





1) Mark, J.D. ’98, and Heidi Morice, John Houghtaling, J.D. ’97, Michelle Bennett, J.D. ’97, and Alice Grooms, J.D. ’97, at the Class of 1997’s 15-year reunion, held on September 22 at the home of John Houghtaling, J.D. ’97. 2) Kathleen, J.D. ’97, and Michael Morin, Serena Vaughan, J.D. ’97, and Gina, J.D. ’97, and Joseph, J.D. ’97, Piacun. 3) Nelson Cantrelle, J.D. ’97, and Ryan Roemershauser, J.D. ’97. 4) Kenneth Wells, J.D. ’97, Heather Stewart, J.D. ’97, Peggy Landry, J.D. ’97, Serena Vaughan, J.D. ’97, Monique Garsaud, J.D. ’97, and Elise Frantzen, J.D. ’97.


The 2013 Law Alumni Luncheon Friday, February 22, 2013 The Ritz Carlton Hotel 2013 St. Ives Award Recipient: The Hon. Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., J.D. ’54, H’91 Online Online registration registration and and sponsorship sponsorship information information isis available available at at or or call call (504) (504) 861-5555. 861-5555.


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ALUMNI NEWS If you have an accomplishment that you would like publicized, please send it to or Loyola Lawyer 7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 909 New Orleans, LA 70118

1950s The Hon. Joseph Anthony LaHaye, J.D. ’52, retired 27th judicial district judge, and his wife, Nettie Blanchard LaHaye, Leonville, La., were awarded the Bishop’s Medal during a ceremony at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Leonville. In addition to their service to the church, the couple raised six children over the course of their 60-year marriage.

Norman C. Francis, J.D. ’55, H’82, Ph.D., president of Xavier University of Louisiana and the longest-tenured university president in the U.S., was honored by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), in conjunction with AT&T, which has created a scholarship in his name. The AT&TNAFEO Francis Fellow Awards will go to two students from Xavier University and one student each from Dillard University, Grambling State University, Southern University, and Southern University-New Orleans.

1960s Robert J. David, J.D. ’69, New Orleans, La., a member of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., received the New Orleans’ Best Lawyers 2012 Lawyer of the Year Award in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He was also included among Best Lawyers in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Law.



1970s John, J.D. ’73, and Chrissie Jackson of Conservation Force in Metairie, La., were selected to receive the 2013 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award from Dallas Safari Club (DSC). The Jacksons will be honored at the DSC convention and sporting expo in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 3 – 6. Both Jacksons are avid hunters, anglers, adventurers, and conservationists who have received countless awards and accolades for their devoted volunteerism as well as professionalism. (

The Hon. Carl E. Stewart, J.D. ’74, Shreveport, La., on October 1, became the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which hears appeals from federal courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. He is the first African American to serve as chief judge of the Fifth Circuit.

William J Sommers Jr. ’72 (political science), J.D. ’75, Mandeville, La., partner at Courington Kiefer and Sommers, was awarded the Steve Singer Benevolent Practitioner Award by Tulane Moot Court for 2011 – 2012. He also taught at the Tulane 2012 Civil Practice Intercession and the 2012 Summer Trial and Evidence Immersion Week program at Golden Gate Law School.

Carmelite Bertaut, J.D. ’77, New Orleans, La., of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., was appointed a division director of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. She is responsible for Division III, the division within the Section responsible for CLE and other programming.

Richard Ducote, J.D. ’78, was awarded the 2012 Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization of Forensic Social Work for his 34 years of representing victims of child abuse and domestic violence in more than 40 states. Licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, Richard relocated to Pittsburgh after Hurricane Katrina. (

Neil Hall ’74 (social studies), J.D. ’78, Mandeville, La., the legal adviser who helped guide the St. Tammany Parish Council through complex litigation including rezoning at Nord du Lac shopping center south of Covington and plans for a waste transfer station in Lacombe, retired at the end of June after serving in the post for the past nine years. The council surprised Neil with a plaque to commemorate his service.

Harris Kline, J.D. ’79, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Harris is a mobilization assistant to command staff judge advocate assigned to the Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He has served in the military for 28 years.

1980s Sally Stroup, J.D. ’81, H’06, Alexandria, Va., was named executive vice president and legal counsel of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU). Sally is a former assistant secretary of postsecondary education for the George W. Bush administration.

Nancy Scott Degan, J.D. ’83, New Orleans, La., of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., has been on The Best Lawyers in America’s list of top attorneys in

the areas of commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and regulatory enforcement since 2003. Moreover, she has been listed since 2007 in Louisiana Super Lawyers, which has ranked her among the state’s top 10 attorneys for 2010 – 2012. In addition, she was named to New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Female Achievers” list.

Dr. Bernard T. Ferrari, J.D. ’85, an accomplished corporate strategist and management consultant to Fortune 50 companies, was named dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. Bernard is a former director at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he spent nearly two decades as a partner and senior healthcare consultant. After retiring from McKinsey in 2008, he founded the Ferrari Consultancy, where he currently serves as chairman. Bernard began his career as a surgeon. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was chief operating officer and assistant medical director of the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He previously served as vice chairman of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He recently published Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All.

Philip Greene, J.D. ’86, Washington, D.C., vice president, co-founder, and legal counsel of the Museum of the American Cocktail, will release his new book, To Have and Have Another—A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, through Penguin Books on November 6, 2012.

Stuart Smith, J.D. ’86, New Orleans, La., longtime French Quarter resident and activist attorney, received the Elizebeth T. Werlein Award, the highest honor given by the Vieux Carre Commission which honors

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Making a Difference Sr. Alison McCrary, J.D. ’10, has dedicated her life to making a difference for others. Since graduation, she served the New Orleans community as a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow at the nonprofit, Safe Streets/Strong Communities, and has been coordinating legal teams around the country to provide legal advice and representation to those practicing civil disobedience. She entered the Novitiate with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, located in Chicago, Ill., this past May, having spent the last two years in the Postulancy with the Sisters, living, ministering, and praying with them. After the Novitiate process, Sr. Alison intends to return to New Orleans and continue a ministry of social justice and legal advocacy for the poor and marginalized. For her work, Sr. Alison was named by the National Catholic Reporter as one of its inaugural “12 Women Making a Difference,” a list identifying 12 American Catholic women under the age of 40 whose work will impact the church and society, and was featured in the article for performing social justice movement work throughout the South. The article was part of NCR’s Women Today special section in the July 6 – 19, 2012, issue. “I am grateful to have been nominated and selected for this honor and to be listed among other ordinary women doing extraordinary work in our church and in our communities,” Sr. Alison says. “There are millions of other women and men around the globe who are and should be listed in this number.”

individuals and groups who have made “distinguished contributions to the preservation of the Vieux Carre.” Stuart has often battled what he considered illegal commercial intrusions into residential parts of the Quarter and businesses that he said create excessive noise. In 2003, he led an effort to expand the commission’s authority over changes of use in historic buildings. Previously, the commission took the position that it had no authority to authorize or block a change of use, only to regulate architectural changes.

Frank Liantonio, J.D. ’88, Kenner, La., Adams and Reese partner, was re-elected president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans affiliate. He will serve a two-year term from April 2012 to March 2014. This is

Frank’s second two-year term after originally being named president in 2010.

Brian D. Perry, Sr., J.D. ’88, was selected as the deputy chief of staff for personnel and logistics at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) located on the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. The DLIFLC is the world’s largest foreign language institute. The mission of the DLIFLC is to educate, sustain, evaluate, and support foreign language specialists under the guidelines of the Defense Foreign Language Program, which provides the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies with linguists fully capable of supporting U.S. national interests worldwide. Brian serves as principal advisor to the commandant, DLIFLC on all matters pertaining to civilian

personnel and joint-service military personnel management, Reserve and National Guard programs, and logistics and facilities management. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel, and served as the director of staff with the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

Robert Wilkie, J.D. ’88, Arlington, Va., was elected to The Council on Foreign Relations, the oldest foreign affairs and defense policy organization in the United States. He was nominated by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th secretary of state; Robert M. Gates, 17th secretary of defense; and General Norton Schwartz, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. As an elected member, he will serve on various Council boards and will moderate discussions with world and opinion leaders on the topics of

defense strategy, NATO, and the European Union. He is currently vice president for strategic initiatives for CH2M HILL, one of the world’s largest construction and program management firms. He has also served as assistant secretary of defense and special assistant to President George W. Bush for national security affairs.

1990s Richard S. Busch, J.D. ’90, Nashville, Tenn., a partner in the litigation section of King & Ballow, has successfully represented music clients in numerous trials and appellate court cases, most recently, in the action styled F.B.T. Productions, LLC v. Aftermath Records, et al. He was named to Billboard Magazine’s 2012 Power 100 list of the most influential people in the music business. Richard also


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ALUMNI NEWS has been featured, on numerous occasions, as one of the best 150 lawyers in Tennessee in Business Tennessee magazine. In 2011, he was part of Nashville Post’s list of Nashville’s top 101 lawyers.

Donald “Skip” Cass, Jr., J.D. ’91, Dallas, Texas, was appointed president and CEO of Long Range Systems (LRS), the leading provider of on-site paging systems and guest surveying solutions. Skip brings more than 25 years of relevant industry experience to his new role having recently run the Internet, business development, and technology departments at A. H. Belo Corp., and previously served as executive vice president/media operations, managing Belo Corp.’s various television stations, newspaper, and cable news operations.

Timothy H. Scott, J.D. ’91, New Orleans, La., of Fisher & Phillips, L.L.P., was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013®.

Maria B. Glorioso ’91 (psychology), J.D. ’95, New Orleans, La., managing partner of The Glorioso Law Firm, was elected as the first female president of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.

Carol Malz, J.D. ’91, Oneonta, N.Y., a sole practitioner, was among 22 winners of the New York State Bar Association’s 2012 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.

Andrew Webster, J.D. ’92, and Emily Egan Webster welcomed Andrew Claiborne Webster, Jr., on June 15, 2012, in Houston, Texas. This is their second child, but first boy.



Scott Beal, J.D. ’94, Winston Salem, N.C., was named partner with the law firm of Mike Lewis Attorneys. Scott joined the personal injury law firm in 2008. For the past four years, he has focused his area of practice on complex auto accident claims, truck collisions, construction site negligence, and premises liability injuries.

Elia Diaz-Yaeger, J.D. ’94, New Orleans, La., a shareholder with Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, was elected president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana for 2013. She is currently serving as president-elect of the Association. She also was selected for membership to the International Association of Defense Attorneys and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors for ASI Federal Credit Union.

John P. Griffith, J.D. ’94, managing partner of Smith & Griffith, L.L.P., in Anderson, S.C., was named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in South Carolina for 2012. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. John concentrates his practice in representing injured employees in Workers Compensation claims. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Keith B. Hall, J.D. ’96, Gretna, La., accepted an offer from the LSU Law Center to be a member of its tenure track faculty, as well as director of

the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, starting with the fall 2012 semester. His teaching and research will focus on energy law, particularly oil and gas. Keith taught Introduction to Mineral Law at Loyola for each of the last five spring semesters.

Johanna Arias-Bhatia, J.D. ’98, Los Angeles, was appointed to the California Board of Psychology. She has served as fair hearings and government affairs manager at the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center since 2004 and was a health consumer advocate at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County from 1999 to 2003.

Donald J. Palmisano, Jr. ’95 (sociology), J.D. ’99, Atlanta, Ga., as the former general counsel and now executive director and CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia, is the leading political and policy advocate for the state’s doctors at a time when their profession is facing unprecedented change. Since he stepped into the CEO role in January 2011, the organization’s membership has increased by 19 percent.

2000s Ryan Johnson, J.D. ’01, Wheeling, W.V., became the clerk of court for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in June 2011.

Kelly A. Loisel, J.D. ’02, joined Phelps Dunbar’s New Orleans, La., office as an associate in the firm’s tort litigation practice group. She is admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana as well as U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Marc L. Roark, J.D. ’02, accepted the position of associate professor and director of the Office of Academic Achievement at the new Savannah Law School in Savannah, Ga. His previous appointments include the University of La Verne, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Tulsa.

Erin Mulligan Graber, J.D. ’03, was appointed to the District Court bench for the Tenth Judicial District, which covers Wake County. Erin is currently in private practice in Raleigh, N.C., focusing on family, juvenile, and criminal law. She has held leadership positions in various legal organizations and has received recognition for her extensive pro bono work. Before attending law school, she worked at Interact of Wake County as an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

Jody R. Montelaro, J.D. ’03, New Orleans, La., was named director of governmental affairs for Entergy Louisiana, L.L.C., and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. Jody joined Entergy’s Louisiana utilities in 2011 as a senior governmental affairs executive responsible for addressing the company’s legislative-related issues with the Louisiana Legislature and various state agencies.

Seamus M. Quinn, J.D. ’03, was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently serving as Marine Corps foreign area officer at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany. His previous assignments include prosecution trial counsel for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and military justice officer for I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in Iraq. He began his current assignment in Germany in August.

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Frances E. Hopson, J.D. ’04, was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in Washington, D.C. Frances is also licensed to practice in New York and is currently a litigator in the New York City Department of Education’s Administrative Trials Unit.

Kerri Kane, J.D. ’04, New Orleans, La., who focuses on pharmaceutical defense litigation for the law firm Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, was appointed by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, J.D. ’85, H’05, to the Sewerage & Water Board’s District C seat. Kerri’s term expires in 2020.

Shannon Sale, J.D. ’05, joined the New Orleans, La., office of McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C. She is an associate practicing in the general litigation section.

Heather Begneaud McGowan, J.D. ’06, M.B.A. ’06, New Orleans, La., of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., was named vice chair of the RPTE Emerging Issues and Specialty Leases Committee for the American Bar Association.

Lindsay L. Meador ’03 (political science), J.D. ’07, of the Lafayette, La., office of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, A.P.L.C., received the Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne

Professionalism Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA). Her primary area of practice is general litigation, including insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, and family law. She is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts and is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Lafayette Bar Association, and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.

David Rochford ’04 (philosophy/pre-law/English), J.D. ’08, finished up his first two-year posting in Saudi Arabia, where he worked at various consulate offices in that country as well as two special assignments in neighboring Yemen. As a consular officer, he worked on issuing travel visas, helping Americans in trouble, and working with local residents wanting to emigrate to the U.S. He started his second tour with the U.S. State Department this summer in the Middle East.

Amanda Baxter, J.D. ’09, joined the Austin, Texas, office of Winstead, P.C., as an associate with the real estate development & investments practice group. She previously worked as an associate at Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee in New Orleans, La.

Marlynne Bidos, J.D. ’09, Jamaica, N.Y., was awarded an

Memorials Robert M. Thomas ’48 (business), J.D. ’52 Edward A. Champagne, J.D. ’56 Elsie B. Halford, J.D. ’59 Richard A. Tonry, J.D. ’67 Sidney M. Rihner, J.D. ’70

Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation to obtain a master of laws degree in information technology and intellectual property at the University of Hong Kong. In addition, she was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Ghana next year. She chose the Rotary award because it will provide an opportunity for her to study intellectual property management from a human rights perspective.

Luisa F. Calderon, J.D. ’09, joined Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith (GJTBS) as an associate attorney in their Houston, Texas, office. Luisa is a trial litigator whose areas of concentration are personal injury, premises liability, commercial liability, employment law, maritime, and first and third party insurance defense.

2010s Samantha Kennedy, J.D. ’10, New Orleans, La., coauthored an article in the University of Memphis Law Journal. The article is on the role of culture in investigating the capital cases at Guantanamo.

Carl “Trey” Woods, J.D. ’10, M.B.A. ’10, New Orleans, La., of Herman, Herman & Katz, L.L.P., was appointed to the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Election and Law School Committees.

Joseph W. Hecker, J.D. ’71 Ernest N. Souhlas, J.D. ’74 Conrad A. Bourgeois, J.D. ’76 Dr. Monte Holland, J.D. ’77 Deborah D. Kingrea, J.D. ’79 George T. Bourgeois ’72 (criminal justice), J.D. ’81

Matthew B. Champagne, J.D. ’11, Esq., joined LeBlanc Law Firm as a new partner at the firm’s Covington, La., Office. Matthew joined the firm’s trial division, where his primary focus is criminal defense and custody litigation.

Sunny Mayhall Delacroix, J.D. ’11, joined the Baton Rouge, La., corporate section of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW). Before joining BSW, Sunny worked at the Hudgins Law Firm in Houston, Texas. She is married to Scott Edward Delacroix, Jr., M.D., director of urologic oncology and clinical assistant professor in LSUHSC’s Department of Urology.

Zach Jones, J.D. ’11, joined the firm of Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer in New Orleans, La., as an associate in the tax and business transactions section.

David Saltaformaggio, J.D. ’11, joined Phelps Dunbar’s New Orleans, La., office as an associate in the firm’s admiralty practice group, focusing on marine, energy, and insurance law. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and before U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the New Orleans Bar Association.

Stephen C. Landry, J.D. ’83 Mary Z. Pelias, J.D. ’89 Marion G. Welborn, J.D. ’91 Harry Redmon III, J.D. ’00


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Honoring and Inspiring the Class of 2012

Loyola celebrated the Class of 2012 as its newest law alumni at the College of Law Graduation Mass on May 10 and the College of Law Commencement Ceremony on May 12. The Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., executive director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans, delivered the homily at the Mass. The following are his poignant and timely remarks. Law School graduation, in a way, can be likened to a person who just swam across a mighty river to the other side only to discover that he or she is on an island and there is another roaring channel to cross. You have survived the civil code or the common law, criminal procedure, the Socratic method, legal ethics, innumerable exams, moot court or clinic, or a journal, and you have learned that there really is a thing called, “thinking like a lawyer.” But now, on the other side of the island there is the bar review course, the bar exam, getting and keeping a job, actually learning to practice law—perhaps from your 60-year-old secretary—and paying of a great load of debt. It almost makes you want to stay on this two-day island of parties, congratulations, diplomas, family and friends, and fond farewells. The Scriptures today are about life on the other side of the second channel. We heard from Isaiah, the apostle Paul writing to the Christians at Philippi, and the evangelist John. They had a lot to say to all of us gathered here, but I would like to suggest that what they say to us about real life as lawyers was captured in a single verse from the prophet Micah. 30


You have been told what is good and what the Lord requires of you: only to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God.

First, act justly. This is the message of the Prophet Isaiah in our first reading. He writes to the people of Israel who are in exile in Babylon. Jerusalem has been destroyed, and they are discouraged, dazed, and destitute. He promises them a new, more glorious future rooted in the justice of a loving God who will bring light to the nations and freedom to captives. In many ways, attorneys hold the keys to justice in any society. Admission to the bar is also admission to the legal institutions represented by courts, jails, legislatures, and the executive. But your education also provides tools to shape many other institutions and the agreements, rules, settlements, and arrangements critical to an organized and just and compassionate common good. Whether it be the commutative justice of fair relationships, or the contributive or social justice of larger society, your

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education and now authority are your own gift of God’s Spirit that are intended to create a just society. You too are meant to be light for the nations, sight to the blind, freedom for prisoners, and to shape the covenants that bind us together as a nation and world community.

Second, love tenderly. This is the message of the Gospel of John—that we who are beloved of God and called “friends” by Jesus of Nazareth are to love one another as he loved us. There are particular challenges for lawyers in this command to love tenderly. One may be to sacrifice oneself and one’s time and talent to represent the unpopular client or unpopular cause, or even to work energetically for the ungrateful client. Another challenge that is all too common is to maintain that love for spouse and family in light of the voracious appetite of the practice of law for our time, energy, and passion. It is when “acting justly” can seem to be the enemy of “loving tenderly.” But when Jesus says in the Gospel that they are not servants or slaves, but “friends,” he is referring to our status as the beloved of God and the beloved of Jesus, and that when we are challenged in our call to love tenderly he says we can ask the Father for whatever we need and God will give it to us.

Third, walk humbly with your God. Here we turn to Paul’s letter to the Philippians, our second reading. Paul begins by telling us to “rejoice in the Lord always,” which is easy news to hear at graduation. “The Lord is near,” Paul says. “Have no anxiety at all...” That is too easy to hear now that exams are over. But Paul is writing to them and to us about life, and not just law school graduation. He is writing to an early Christian community that is suffering from internal divisions and external antagonisms. His message about joy and peace and the nearness of God is his final exhortation to them. His final words are, “keep on doing what you have learned

and received...Then the God of peace will be with you.” In addition to acting justly and loving tenderly, the ultimate peace and happiness of any lawyer and of all of us is about integrity of mind and heart and action. It is the “who” of who we are as lawyers and persons. It is about virtuous lives; and it is very much about “out word” as lawyers. Paul uses a whole set of adjectives that are all trying to say the same thing to us. He writes this: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Listen just to the adjectives: true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, excellent, praiseworthy. These are about the person that stands before the bar, the person that advises clients, the person that handles money, the person who gives his or her word to another person, the person who walks humbly with our God. Near the end of the play A Man for All Seasons, a play about a lawyer Thomas More, who is later declared a martyr and saint, there is a scene that makes the same point. At Thomas More’s trial for treason, a former protégé, Richard Rich, commits the perjury that will condemn Thomas More. As he does so, More notices a gold medallion hanging around the neck of Richard Rich, and when asking about it is told that “Sir Richard’s the new Attorney General for Wales. More then turns to Rich and says: “For Wales? Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world...But for Wales!” For us, attorneys and all, it is a reminder that true peace and joy are found, not in deeds or rank or money or fame, but in walking humbly with God and God’s people. So, as we go to this altar, we should rejoice today at your great journey through law school and now to the threshold of your lives as attorneys, and pray at this altar that you may always act justly, love tenderly, and know the peace and joy of walking humbly with your God.


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