A New Resource for a New Age INSIDE: ••••• Reflection on Two Eras ••••• Lessons in Law and Life ••••• International Relations
Message from the Dean As I complete my first academic year as dean of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, I want to reiterate my thanks to the wonderful Loyola community for the support and welcome I have received. This year has seen much change and great accomplishments at the College of Law, in the midst of challenging economic times. My vision is to make the College of Law a place where we graduate practiceready students. Two law offices have been reorganized to reflect an experiential-based curriculum that works in conjunction with the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. The Office of Law Skills is now known as the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning, and the Office of Career Services was renamed the Career Development and Law Practice Center. This new structure helps to ensure that all of our students are acquiring the practical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to become practicing lawyers. Several of our moot court teams celebrated a number of successes this past year, including placing second in regionals for the National Moot Court Competition and therefore advancing to the national rounds in New York, finishing in the semi-finals in the National First Amendment Competition and in the PACE National Environmental Law Competition, and earning six individual best oralist awards. Our BLSA Mock Trial Team took first place nationally as well. This spring, Loyola hosted another successful Annual Longshore Conference, a CLE program that the College of Law offers yearly. There were 342 attendees and 25 speakers. At the conference, more than $40,000 was collected for the newly created Memorial Scholarship Fund for The Hon. Richard “Dick” Mills. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a Loyola student who scores the highest grade in the Mediation/Arbitration class. We thank Arthur Bewster, J.D. ’87, and the committee for their hard work on this effort. A program that Loyola has offered for the past 20 years is enjoying more success than ever. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program—an IRS-sponsored program designed to provide free income tax preparation services for low- to moderate-income taxpayers—has grown dramatically in recent years. In the spring of 2006, VITA prepared 80 tax returns; this past 2011 season, it prepared 777. We congratulate VITA and all the success it has had in helping Loyola give back to the community. Finally, congratulations to our 2012 graduates—remember that endings are also new beginnings. Thus, as your time as students draws to a close, know that you are beginning your careers as alumni of Loyola College of Law. In this and all of your endeavors, we wish you the best of luck in the years to come.
—María Pabón López College of Law Dean Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Law
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Vol. 8 • No. 1 • Spring 2012 • www.law.loyno.edu Loyola University New Orleans President
12................A New Resource for a New Age More than just bricks and mortar, the new College of Law Broadway Building is helping the college achieve its initiatives for experiential legal education.
The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. College of Law Dean
María Pabón López Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The Rev. Larry Moore, S.J. Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Stephanie Jumonville, J.D. ’86 Assistant Dean of Admissions and Minority Affairs
K. Michele Allison-Davis Senior Development Officer-College of Law
18................Lessons in Law and Life Students receive a lot more than just a legal education from Loyola. Read about the lessons Shantell Payton, J.D. ’07, took with her and continues to employ in her life.
Director of Editorial Services
Ray Willhoft ’00 Designer
Craig Bloodworth University Photographer
Harold Baquet Contributors
Brian Huddleston Natasha Lacoste, J.D. ’11 David McKay Wilson
20................Free Trade and International Peacemaking We spotlight Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations for the Republic of Panama Francisco Alvarez De Soto, J.D. ’94, and the pride he takes in serving his country.
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ON THE COVER The new College of Law Broadway Building, located at 540 Broadway Street, was originally constructed in 1958 as a student residence hall for Dominican College. Loyola purchased the building in 2008, and after extensive renovations, officially dedicated it on October 25, 2011. www.law.loyno.edu
NEWS BRIEFS COLLEGE U.S. News & World Report listed Loyola University New Orleans among its top-ranked law schools in its 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The College of Law increased its standing this year, climbing to 135 from the previous year’s ranking of 143.
Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice
Mark Curriden, Daniel E. Becnel, Jr., J.D. ’69, Dean María Pabón López, Arthur A. “Buddy” Lemann III, J.D. ’67
EVENTS The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presented “Lions of the Trial Bar,” a lecture by award-winning legal journalist and bestselling author Mark Curriden, on Feb. 1. During the first hour of the program, Curriden expounded on the legal careers of some of this nation’s most successful trial lawyers, including two local attorneys who later joined him for a panel discussion: Daniel E. Becnel, Jr., J.D. ’69, and Arthur A. “Buddy” Lemann III, J.D. ’67. Russ M. Herman was scheduled to participate, but was unable to attend. Curriden discussed his interviews and subsequent American Bar Association article of seven great trial attorneys from across the country.
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The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice presented “Veterans: Know Your Rights Family Law Seminar,” on Feb. 29. Loyola Clinical Professor of Law Cheryl Buchert, J.D. ’93, and family law student practitioner Sarah Mejias, taught veterans who reside in Louisiana about wills and powers of attorney. Law clinic students were also available to assist any veterans interested in preparing a will and/or power of attorney.
The Workplace Justice Project in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice received a $50,000 grant that will be used to address employer wage theft in Louisiana. The College of Law was awarded the grant by the Foundation for Louisiana, which awarded $843,000 to support 22 organizations working in communities throughout the state
to ensure that more Louisianans have safe access to affordable housing, opportunities to earn a decent living, and a voice in decisions that affect their futures.
James Klebba, Victor H. Schiro Distinguished Professor, coordinated a visit to New Orleans legal institutions during the week of Jan. 23 by a group of 11 Russian lawyers, mainly from the Irkutsk region of Siberia. All visitors were active in their local bar associ- Race Judicata 2012 ations. Accompanying the group and acting as tour guide Association (with the diswas Professor Gaya Davidyan, cussion led by President Patrick who teaches in the Loyola Law Vance and Past President Brian summer program in Moscow and Quirk, J.D. ’89), and the U.S. was the group leader/chaperone Attorney’s Office (with extensive for the Moscow State University discussions with Jim Letten and law students who came to Loyola several of the assistant U.S. atin summer 2010 and 2011. For torneys). all but three, this was their first trip to the U.S., and for all but •••••• Davidyan, the first visit to New The Loyola Law Review on March Orleans. Dane, Alvin R. Chris22 presented “Perspectives on tovich Distinguished Professor of Environmental Justice,” a symLaw, and Wendy Ciolino arranged posium examining the history a tour of the Louisiana Supreme and recent developments of enCourt and a lengthy conversation vironmental justice, nationally with Justice Greg Guidry. The and locally. Lisa F. Garcia, Esq., group of visiting lawyers also senior advisor to the adminismade visits to Criminal District trator for environmental justice Court (Judge Hunter’s courtat the Environmental Protection room), Orleans Parish Prison Agency, was the keynote speaker. (with a tour led by Sheriff GusOther speakers include the “faman, J.D. ’84), the Stone Pigman ther of environmental justice,” law firm (arranged by Keith Hall, Robert Bullard, Ph.D., dean of J.D. ’96), the New Orleans Bar
The College of Law and Boys Hope Girls Hope sponsored Race Judicata 2012, a 5K race and one-mile fun run/walk, held on March 3 in Audubon Park. The money raised went directly to support BHGH of New Orleans. University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., served as the honorary chair of the event.
Russian attorneys visited campus in January.
the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, and Judith Koons, J.D., associate professor of law at Barry University School of Law. Robert R.M. Verchick, J.D., Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law and faculty director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use, was joined by Darryl Malek-Wiley, environmental justice organizer at Sierra Club. The panel analyzed the groundbreaking “Plan EJ 2014: Legal Tools,” a document of legal standards and directives released by the EPA in December 2011 that provides the positioning and leverage to promote the agency’s environmental justice initiatives.
event was made possible by a donation from alumnus and New Orleans attorney Morris Bart, J.D. ’78. ••••••
The College of Law presented “The Role of Morris Bart, J.D. ’78, and Susan Saladoff Criminal Law in the Response to Serious Violations of Human Rights,” a The College of Law presented an lecture by Carlos Eduardo Japieducational forum and screening assú, professor of criminal law of the documentary Hot Coffee and international criminal law on March 19. A Q-and-A session at the State University of Rio with Susan Saladoff, director and de Janeiro in Brazil. Japiassú’s producer of the film, followed the presentation, held March 30, screening. One of the subjects of was the 2012 Brendan Brown the documentary, the Hon. Oliver lecture. Diaz, and his wife, attended and participated in the discussion. The
Loyola honored the Class of 2012 at its College of Law Commencement Ceremony on May 12. Stephen Higginson, J.D., former College of Law faculty member and newly-appointed judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, delivered the address. Carlos Ed uardo Japiassú
STUDENTS In September, the Student Bar Association (SBA) held a Softball for Surgery tournament against LSU School of Medicine and raised nearly $4,000 to benefit Children’s Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Division in honor of alumna Anne Elam, J.D. ’09, who, in the fall of 2010, underwent cardiothoracic surgery to reconstruct her tricuspid valve, close an atrial-septal defect, and reduce the size of her right atrium. As a result of the complex surgery, Elam has a “new heart.”
The SBA raised nearly $4,000 for Children’s Hospital. The team, which went undefeated through the regional and national competition, consists of law students Shari Graham, Germani Hardeman, Thaddeus Johnson, and Bonycle Thornton. They were
coached by College of Law alumni and former national champions Dante Butler, J.D. ’11 and Nia Weeks, J.D. ’10. ••••••
Loyola’s First Amendment Moot Court Team had success at their competition at Vanderbilt University. Peter Segrist, oralist/brief writer, Amye Green, oralist/brief
The A.P. Tureaud Black Law Student Association’s mock trial team from Loyola took home top honors at the National BLSA Mock Trial Competition in Washington, D.C. In January, the team advanced to the nationals after defeating more than 20 other teams at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.
writer, and Victor Jones, coach, earned a spot in the semi-finals and finished in the top four of 38 teams. In addition to the overall success, the team’s brief was named as the runner-up best brief. Evan J. Bergeron, J.D. ’11 served as the team’s alumni advisor. ••••••
Law student Josh Hefner and his band, Royal Teeth, had their song “Wild” used in an opening scene of ABC’s crime drama Body of Proof, used in a promo for FOX’s 2012 line-up, and used behind GM’s Buick commercial in Canada. The song is featured on the band’s debut EP titled Act Naturally, which was released last July. For more information, visit royalteethmusic.com ••••••
The A.P. Tureaud Black Law Student Association’s mock trial team
Lacey Rochester, third-year law student, was one of five students nationwide honored as a 2012 Distinguished Law Student by the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals.
JUNE 2011 – FEBRUARY 2012
DAVID W. GRUNING, William L. Crowe, Sr., Professor of Law
MARY GARVEY ALGERO, Warren E. Mouledoux Distinguished Professor of Law
Louisiana Law of Sale and Lease: A Precis (2d ed. 2011)
Federal Legal Research (2012) (co-author) HILARY ALLEN, Assistant Professor of Law Basel’s Gone Cold on Cocos, But Is This a Blessing in Disguise for Banks?, 97 BNA Banking Rep. 532 (2011)
Harges and Jones’ Louisiana Evidence (2011) (co-author)
CHERYL PRESTENBACK BUCHERT, Clinical Professor of Law
The Handbook on Louisiana Alternative Dispute Resolution Laws (2011)
Family Law, in Louisiana Civil Practice Forms (Susan B. Kohn & Denise M. Pilié eds., 2011)
Disaster Mediation Programs - Ensuring Fairness and Quality for Minority Participants, 39 Cap. U. L. Rev. 893 (2011)
DOMINIQUE M. CUSTOS, Judge John D. Wessel Distinguished Professor of Law Independent Administrative Authorities in France: Structural and Procedural Change at the Intersection of Americanization, Europeanization and Gallicization, in Comparative Administrative Law (S. Rose-Ackerman & P. Lindseth eds., 2011) Implications of the European Integration for the Overseas, in European Union Overseas Law (D. Kochenov ed., 2011) Public-Private Partnerships, in Partenariats public-privé : rapports du XVIIIe congrès de l’Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé / Public-Private Partnership: Reports of the XVIII Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law (François Lichère ed., 2011) (co-author) DAVIDA FINGER, Assistant Clinical Professor Redeﬁning Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens of Critical Theory: Lessons for Pedagogy and Practice, 16 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y 337 (2011) (co-author) Public Housing in New Orleans Post Katrina: The Struggle for Housing as a Human Right, 38 Rev. Black Pol. Econ. 372 (2011)
Louisiana Evidence, Cases, Problems, and Materials (2011) (co-author)
BRIAN HUDDLESTON, Senior Reference Librarian Louisiana Legislative History Resources, 36 Legal Reference Services Q. 42 (2011) PATRICK R. HUGG, John J. McAulay Distinguished Professor of Law Redeﬁning the European Union’s Position in the Emerging Multipolar World: Strong Global Leadership Potential, Restrained by Asymmetry of Power and Dissonant Voices, 20 Tul. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 145 (2011)
The Right to Exclude Meets the Right of Responsible Access: Scotland's Bold Experiment in Public Access Legislation, 26 Prob. & Prop. 52 (Mar./Apr. 2012) M. ISABEL MEDINA, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law Constitutional Law: Cases, History, and Practice (4th ed. 2011) (co-author) Migration Law in the U.S.A. (2011) WILLIAM A. NEILSON, Associate Professor of Law Informal Claims for Refund: A Winding Road, 25 Akron Tax L.J. 147 (2011) DENISE M. PILIÉ, Academic Success Instructor
Human Rights Treaties in State Courts: The International Prospects of State Constitutionalism after Medellin, 114 Penn. St. L. Rev. 1051 (2011)
Does AT&T Mobility L.L.C. v. Concepcion Spell the End to Class Actions?, 59 La. B.J. 277 (2012)
Litigating Dignity: A Human Rights Framework, 74 Alb. L. Rev. 1725 (2011)
MARKUS G. PUDER, Associate Professor of Law
JAMES M. KLEBBA, Victor H. Schiro Professor of Law
Did You Ever Hear of the Napoleonic Code, Stella? A Mixed Jurisdiction Impact Analysis from Louisiana’s Law Laboratory, 85 Tul. L. Rev. 635 (2011)
Global Civil Procedure Trends in the Twenty ﬁrst Century, 34 B. C. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (2011) (co-author)
ROBERT A. GARDA, JR., Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law
MARÍA PABÓN LÓPEZ, Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Law
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Progressive Property in Action: The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, 89 Neb. L. Rev. 301 (2011)
Louisiana Civil Practice Forms (2011) (co-editor)
CHUNLIN LEONHARD, Associate Professor of Law
The White Interest in School Integration, 63 Fla. L. Rev. (2011)
JOHN A. LOVETT, De Van D. Daggett, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law
JOHANNA KALB, Associate Professor of Law
No Shelter: Disaster Politics Post-Disaster and the Struggle for Human Rights, in Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Shareen Hertel & Kathy Libal eds., 2011) (co-author)
The Politics of Education Reform: Lessons from New Orleans, 40 J.L. & Educ. 57 (2011)
BOBBY MARZINE HARGES, Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law
What Nations are Doing About Immigrant workers in Downturn Economies: Examining and Comparing the Recent Treatment of Immigrant Workers in the United States and Spain, 1 Notre Dame J. Int’l, Comp., & Hum. Rts. L. 80 (2011)
Subprime Mortgages and the Case for Broadening the Duty of Good Faith, 45 U. San Fran. L. Rev. 621 (2011)
Immigration Law Spanish- Style II: Spain’s Voluntary Immigrant Return Plan and the New Push for Circular Migration, 25 Temple Int’l & Comp. L.J. 79 (2011) (co-author)
The Rise of Regional Integration Law (RIL): Good News for International Environment Law (EIL)?, 23 Geo. Int’l. Envtl. L. Rev. 165 (2011) 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 Torture and Human Rights Abuses at the School of the Americas - WHINSEC, in The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse (2011)
CRAIG SENN, Associate Professor of Law Fixing Inconsistent Paternalism Under Federal Employment Discrimination Law, 58 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 947 (2011) KAREN C. SOKOL, Associate Professor of Law The Underrecognized Role of Tort Law in the U.S. Healthcare System, 32 Hamline J. Pub. L. & Pol’y 429 (2011) ROBERT R.M. VERCHICK, GauthierSt. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building the Legal Framework for Adaptation, 2 Climate Change 299 (2011) (co-author) Adapting to Climate Change While Planning for Disaster: Footholds, Rope Lines, and the Iowa Floods, 2011 BYU L. Rev. 2203 (2011) (co-author) JEANNE M. WOODS, Henry F. Bonura, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law A Human Rights Framework for Corporate Accountability, 17 ILSA J. of Int’l & Comp. L. 321 (2011)
Facilitated discussion on the U.S. Constitution’s threats to state judicial independence. Louisiana Judicial Council’s 17th Annual “CLE of Louisiana.” San Juan, P.R., July 2011. Joined distinguished law professors from various law schools in the Second Annual John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop at DePaul University College of Law. Chicago, Ill., June 2011. “Transitioning from Law Practice to the Academy.” American Bar Association podcast. December 2011. DOMINIQUE M. CUSTOS, Judge John D. Wessel Distinguished Professor of Law “Stakes of independence of adjudication and judicial review in France from an American perspective.” 2011 Law and Society conference. June 2011. RAMONA FERNANDEZ, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Loyola Law Clinic “Low Wages, High Gains: The Case For Keeping Illegal Immigrants Illegal.” 2011 NLLSA Conference. New Orleans, La., September 2011. DAVIDA FINGER, Assistant Clinical Professor
FACULTY PRESENTATIONS MARY GARVEY ALGERO, Warren E. Mouledoux Distinguished Professor of Law “Precedent in Louisiana.” Third Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. Jerusalem, June 2011. ANDREA ARMSTRONG, Assistant Professor of Law “Slavery Revisited in Penal Plantation Labor.” New Scholars program at SEALS, 2011. “Public Accountability and Prisons.” LatCrit XVI conference. San Diego, October 2011. CHERYL PRESTENBACK BUCHERT, Clinical Professor of Law; HIROKO KUSUDA, Assistant Clinical Professor; DAVIDA FINGER, Assistant Clinical Professor; and LAILA HLASS, Staff Attorney
“A Conversation Exploring Opportunities for Southern Law Students Committed to Social Justice,” “The Power and Pitfalls of Collaborative Clinical Pedagogy: A Case Study from Family and Immigration Sections,” “The Role of the Law School Clinic in Disaster Response: A Call to Action.” Southern Clinical conference. Tuscaloosa, Ala., August, 2011. “Redeﬁning Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens of Critical Theory: Role of Transnational Partnerships in Our Pedagogy and Practice.” Global Alliance for Justice Education conference. Valencia, Spain, July 2011. “Criminalization.” Ford Foundation’s Second International Consultation on HIV-related Legal Services and Rights. Rome, Italy, July 2011. “A Matrix for Community Lawyering: Site, Practice, and Population.” Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Education. June 2011.
“The Power and Pitfalls of Collaborative Clinical Pedagogy: A Case Study from Family and Immigration Law Sections.” Southern Clinical Conference at the University of Alabama School of Law. Tuscaloosa, Ala., August 2011.
“Housing & Health Advocacy in Action.” Housing & HIV/AIDS research summit; Advocacy Learning Institute. New Orleans, La., September 2011.
MITCHELL F. CRUSTO, Professor of Law
“Accountability in New Orleans Six Years After Hurricane Katrina: Community Lawyering & Community Organizing For Justice.” Law School community. October 2011.
Facilitated discussion on President Barack Obama’s Legislative Agenda. Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2011 Annual Conference. Hilton Head Island, S.C., July 2011.
Human Rights Advocacy and the United States clinical seminar. Harvard Law School. October 2011.
“Justice & the Role of Law Clinics.” Northwest Clinical conference. Cannon Beach, Ore., October 2011. “Women and Fair Housing: Background and Current Issues.” Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s Fit for a King celebration. January 2012. ROBERT A. GARDA, JR., Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law “Achieving Socio-economic Diversity in Charter Schools.” Diversity Roundtable of the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys. “Why Charter Schools Struggle With Special Education.” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. “As of Now, I’m in Control Here... .” National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys’ 2011 School Law Practice Seminar. October 2011. “Charter Schools and Special Education: A Look at New Orleans and Washington, D.C.” Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys. October 2011. “Educational Governance Models.” 57th Annual Conference of the Education Law Association. November 2011. “My Kind of Loyalty: The Legal Impact of Changing Governance Models on Public Education and its Office Holders.” 57th Annual Conference of the Education Law Association. November 2011. “Access to Charter Schools under Section 504 and the ADA.” Examining the IDEA in Theory and Practice symposium held at the Pepperdine Law School. February 2012. “The White Interest in School Integration.” University of Georgia Law School. February 2012. BOBBY HARGES, Adams and Reese Distinguished Professor of Law Just the Beginning Foundation Suit Up for the Future High School Legal Institute and Internship Program. 2011. JOHANNA KALB, Associate Professor “Diagonal Accountability: A Strategic Account of Comparative Citation.” Law & Society Annual Meeting. June 2011. Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting. July 2011. Judges & Judging Workshop at American University Washington College of Law. “U.S. State Courts: Learning From Other Jurisdictions.” Aspen Institute training for state Supreme Court justices.
FACULTY BRIEFS JAMES M. KLEBBA, Victor H. Schiro Professor of Law Moderator, “The Role of Public Interest Litigation in New Democracies.” Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference. Hilton Head, S.C., July 2011. HIROKO KUSUDA, Assistant Clinical Professor “Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) - Self Petitioning For Adjustment Of Status Before USCIS And EOIR (Immigration Court)” and “Relief From Removal: An Overview Of Cancellation Of Removal For Permanent Residents, Cancellation For Nonpermanent Residents, Adjustment Of Status, NACARA, TPS and Special Categories.” 8th Annual Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Seminar. Memphis, Tenn., May 2011. “Asylum Fundamentals: How To Make Asylum Case Manageable?” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. San Diego, Calif., June 2011. “Legal Protection and Defense for Immigrants - Social Justice Perspective.” International Academic Symposium, Iwate University. Morioka, Japan, July 2011. “East Japan Great Disaster and Reconstruction.” Fifth Annual “Ganchan” International Forum, Iwate University. Morioka, Japan, July 2011. “An Overview of American Clinical Legal Education – Loyola New Orleans Immigration Law Clinic.” Waseda Law School. Tokyo, Japan, July 2011. Jesuit Social Research Institute Detention Conference. October 2011. Servicio Jesuita para Migrantes CentroAmerica Norte America—the Jesuit Migration Conference. El Progreso, Honduras. October 2011. “Advanced Asylum: Redeﬁning a Particular Social Group.” American Immigration Lawyers Association Midsouth Chapter Conference. Nashville, Tenn. November 2011.
JUNE 2011 – FEBRUARY 2012 “Possession, Prescription and Uncertain Land Titles in Louisiana: 1808 – 1825.” Louisiana Legal History Workshop. Edinburgh University Law School. Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2011. “Love, Loyalty and the Louisiana Civil Code: Rules and Discretion in a Mixed Jurisdiction.” The Third International Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. Hebrew University Law Faculty. Jerusalem, Israel, June 2011. M. ISABEL MEDINA, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law “The Continuing Impact of Race on Constructions of Citizenship in the United States.” Xavier University. September 2011. “Challenges for Hispanics in Louisiana.” U.S. Department of Agriculture. New Orleans, La. September 2011. “Derivative Citizenship – What’s sex (and race) got to do with it?” Marquette Law School. September 2011. “The challenge of effective legal defense in deportation proceedings.” South Texas College of Law Symposium on Ethical Issues in Immigration Law, Practice and Policy. October 2011. 2011 National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference. September 2011. “Derivative Citizenship – What’s sex (and race) got to do with it? Revisiting Nguyen v. Immigration and Naturalization Service in the shadow of Flores-Villar v. United States.” Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Second Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium. October 2011. Commented on Linda McClain’s “Taking Rights as Well as Responsibilities Seriously, the Case of Abortion” (a chapter in a book co-authored by McClain and Jim Fleming). Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network held at George Washington University Law School. January 2012.
“Mixed Jurisdiction Dynamics in Federal-State Frameworks: American Court-Structure Federalism and Louisiana’s Codal Core.” Third International Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. Hebrew University, Faculty of Law. June 2011. “Louisiana’s Law and Lawyers.” 12th Summer School European Private Law. University of Salzburg, Faculty of Law. July 2011. 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 Southern Clinical Conference at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. August 2011. (With Cheryl Buchert, Laila Hlass, Hiroko Kusuda, Davida Finger, Judson Mitchell). “Racism and Resistance: The Crime of Criminal Justice and Working for Change.” Indiana Civil Liberties Union. Indianapolis, Ind., September 2011. “The Role of the Law School in Disaster Response: A Call to Action.” Southern Clinical Conference, University of Alabama School of Law. August 2011. “A Conversation Exploring Opportunities for Southern Law Students Committed to Social Justice.” Southern Clinical Conference, University of Alabama School of Law. August 2011. Moderator, “Challenges and Rewards of Representing and Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted.” Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and Journal of Public Interest Law. November 2011. “Advocacy Strategies: Haiti.” Jesuit Social Research Institute Imprisoned, Forgotten, and Deported: Immigration Detention, Advocacy, and the Faith Community Conference. October 2011. D. MAJEEDA SNEAD, Clinical Professor of Law
KATHRYN VENTURATOS LORIO, Leon Sarpy Distinguished Professor of Law Baton Rouge Bar Association. October 6. (With Dean Meyer of Tulane, Chancellor Pritchard of Southern, and Chancellor Weiss of LSU).
R. JUDSON MITCHELL, Assistant Clinical Professor and Pro Bono Coordinator/ Homeless Advocacy Director Presentation on his ClinicCases software. Southern Clinical Conference at the University of Alabama School of Law. Tuscaloosa, Ala., August 2011.
JOHN A. LOVETT, De Van D. Daggett, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law
MARKUS G. PUDER, Associate Professor of Law
“Towards a Uniform Easement Relocation Act at the Progressive Property Workshop.” McGill University Law School. Montreal, Canada, May 2011.
“Uncertain Land Titles in Louisiana: Interplays between Local Property Law and International Law.” Louisiana: The Legal History of Europe in a Single US State workshop. University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law. May 2011.
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Criminal Law Panel. CLE Conference of Louisiana. San Juan, P.R., July 2011. Direct Examination. Annual statewide Louisiana Public Defender Training. September 2011. ROBERT R.M. VERCHICK, GauthierSt. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law “Asking the Climate Question: How National Action Helps Local Action.” Second World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change. Bonn, Germany, July 2011.
“Scenario Analysis of Solar Radiation Management: Imagining Possible Futures Scenario Analysis.” Yale University. “Closing the Environmental Justice Gap: Advancing Evaluation Methods.” UCLA. “Adapting to Climate Change while Planning for Disaster: Footholds, Rope Lines, and the Iowa Floods.” B.Y.U. Law Review (2011) (with Abby Hall of EPA). Environmental workshop at Stanford Law School. “Planning for the Worst Case.” Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Fall Symposium on Environmental Law. Santa Monica, Calif. International conference on economic damage caused by the BP Blowout and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Tokyo. Student seminar at Waseda University. Tokyo. Humphrey Fellowship Enhancement Workshop. Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. JEANNE M. WOODS, Henry F. Bonura, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law Annual meeting of the American Constitutional Society. June 2011. “Globalization, Militarization, and the Laws of War.” Conference on Third World Approaches to International Law at the University of Oregon. October 2011. “Peace as a human right.” Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference at Howard University Law School. January 26, 2012.
FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS ANDREA ARMSTRONG, Assistant Professor of Law Served as co-advisor of the Loyola Black Law Students Association for 2011 – 2012. Served, along with Imre Szalai, on a working group on criminal attorney ethics convened by the Innocence Project of New Orleans. Serves as Board Treasurer for the Capital Appeals Project and was elected to the board governing Lusher Charter School. CHERYL PRESTENBACK BUCHERT, Clinical Professor of Law Along with Loyola Family Law Clinic students, volunteered at the Civil District Court for the Parish of New Orleans Self-Help Resource Center every Friday during the fall 2011 semester assisting self-represented litigants. Along with Student Practitioner Sarah Mejias, established Veterans Know Your Rights Family Law Seminars.
DOMINIQUE M. CUSTOS, Judge John D. Wessel Distinguished Professor of Law Was one of only 63 academics stemming from 25 countries to be elected an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. June 2011. DAVIDA FINGER, Assistant Clinical Professor Worked on (with Bill Quigley and clinic students) the legislation regarding “Solicitation of Crimes Against Nature,” which was signed into law by Governor Jindal on June 28, 2011. This legislation removes the requirement that those convicted of “Solicitation of Crimes Against Nature” must register as sex offenders. Along with four interns, Finger helped to lead a legal collective in Atlanta, Ga., during the protests against Georgia House Bill 87, one of the nation’s toughest immigration measures. The legal collective provided legal support during the weekend of protests along with legal research for Know Your Rights trainings for community leaders in Atlanta (July 1 – 3, 2011). Was invited to join the steering committee of the Southeastern States National HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative. Taught a CLE for the New Orleans Bar Association titled FEMA Debt Collection (Dec. 28, 2011). JAMES M. KLEBBA, Victor H. Schiro Professor of Law Served again as an “Author in Residence” regarding his exercise on Personal Jurisdiction at the Center for Computer Assisted Instruction (CALI) booth at the Annual Meeting in Washington. HIROKO KUSUDA, Assistant Clinical Professor On Sept. 14 – 17, 2011, traveled to Port-auPrince with members of Center for Constitutional Rights for the purpose of preparing a report concerning the condition of Haitian deportees. She interviewed representatives of USDOS, USAID, Office of International Migration (IOM), visited Petionville jail to interview six deportees who were detained upon deportation to Haiti, and interviewed Haitians who had been deported from the U.S. since January 2011. She co-authored a report to Inter-American Commission for Human Rights with University of Miami Law Clinic, Center for Constitutional Rights and Alternative Chance. On Sept. 21, 2011, she hosted the liaison meeting between American Immigration Lawyers Association and DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement, New Orleans District.
Assembled a team of volunteers to interview Haitian detainees at Tensas Parish Detention Center, South Louisiana Correctional Center, and La Salle Parish Detention Center in Dec. 2010, based on the information that U.S. Department of Homeland Security was set to resume deportation of Haitians, which had been suspended since March 2010 due to a devastating earthquake. Based on these interviews, Kusuda co-authored a request for precautionary measures submitted to Inter-American Commission for Human Rights in Feb. 2011. The IACHR issued precautionary measures to 26 detainees. She ﬁled amicus curie brief in Silva-Trevino v. Holder, No. 11-60464 (5th Cir. 20111), with Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration Defense Project, Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. CYNTHIA LEPOW, Professor of Law Her video, Big Family, Who Claims the Dependent Child?, was adopted by tax professors at the University of Florida, Wyoming, Wake Forest, and Temple. M. ISABEL MEDINA, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law Elected to the Executive Committee of the AALS Constitutional Law Section. WILLIAM P. QUIGLEY, Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Co-counsel, Petition to International CriminalCourt, Sept. 2011, on behalf of survivors of clergy sex abuse, a human rights complaint asking the ICC prosecutor to investigate and prosecute the people in the Vatican responsible for systematic and widespread concealment of rape and child sex crimes committed around the world. Served (with Davida Finger) on the School of Americas Watch legal collective at the annual protest outside Fort Benning, Ga., on Nov. 20, which commemorated, among other human rights violations, the murder of several members of the Jesuit community in El Salvador. Loyola law alumna Alison McCrary was the cocoordinator of the legal collective. Loyola law students Angela Davis, Marc Florman, Anna Lellelid, Emily Ratner, Emily Turner, and Caty Wyly also attended and assisted as legal observers at the protest activities. Participant, Human Rights Delegation to Port au Prince, Haiti, School of Americas Watch, Oct. 2011. www.law.loyno.edu
FACULTY BRIEFS D. MAJEEDA SNEAD, Clinical Professor of Law Honored by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans on July 15, 2011, for being the ﬁrst African American Woman to serve as Acting Director of Loyola Law Clinic. ROBERT R.M. VERCHICK, GauthierSt. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law Held an international symposium, sponsored by Global COE (Center of Excellence), funded by Japanese Government, on environmental damage and economic damage caused by the BP blowout spill or the Fukushima nuclear disaster in January 2012.
JUNE 2011 – FEBRUARY 2012 BERNARD KEITH VETTER, Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professor of International Law Studies Urban Planning Seminar Class, in cooperation with the College of Social Studies’ Center for the Study of New Orleans, composed a comprehensive list of Federal, State, Local, and NPO Programs devoted to Housing Rehabilitation in New Orleans. The register is housed at the CSNO, and is available to any individual or group wishing to obtain more knowledge of these programs. The ultimate goal is to deliver the Register to the City Government, with a view toward setting up an office in City Hall to assist individuals or groups in negotiating the requirements of the multiplicity of programs. Named to the Advisory Board of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
At the dedication of the new building housing the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic, Vetter was recognized as the founder of the Loyola Law Clinic, having obtained the funds for the inception of the ﬁrst clinic at the College of Law. MONICA HOF WALLACE, Dean Marcel Garsaud, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law In June 2011, at the Annual Meeting, was sworn in to the Board of Governors for the Louisiana State Bar Association. Appointed to the Birth Certiﬁcates Committee of the Louisiana Law Institute. Appointed to the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute. Named chairman of a committee of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association to study the process employed in choosing bar examiners.
Named to the International Business Advisory Board of the College of Music.
Faculty Research is Now Available on the Social Science Research Network By Brian Huddleston, Senior Reference Librarian The College of Law recently joined the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). SSRN is the largest open archive of scholarly academic publications in the world and includes articles and other works from ﬁelds such as economics, political science, and accounting, as well as law. Recent articles and book chapters by Loyola’s law faculty are now available, in full text, at the college’s SSRN page: www.ssrn.com/link/Loyola-U-LEG.html The college also has a Research Paper Series (RPS) through SSRN to which anyone can subscribe. Subscribers to the college’s RPS will receive four to ﬁve e-mails a year with abstracts of recent faculty publications and links to their full text on SSRN. To subscribe to the college’s RPS, click on the “Subscribe to this eJournal” at the top of the college’s SSRN page at the address above. One beneﬁt of SSRN is that it optimizes the availability of the publications it hosts to Google and other search engines. This makes these scholarly works available to a wider population beyond only academia. “Having our publications on SSRN is a great way to publicize the law faculty’s work and to increase the college’s visibility,” says College of Law Dean María Pabón López. “We’ve had more than a thousand downloads since we started our Research Paper Series on SSRN last fall.” Besides recent articles, the college is also uploading older faculty publications to its SSRN page, so that the site will eventually serve as a comprehensive archive of all faculty work from the past several decades. By joining SSRN, the College of Law continues its trajectory of success in establishing its online presence in the research community worldwide.
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Coming Home Again
By Thomas Sponsler, J.D. It has been quite an adventure to return to New Orleans and to Loyola after a 22-year absence. What has changed the most I found, was unfortunately, me. While some of my former colleagues are still active on the faculty, they had aged in place, slowly and subtlety over the years. When I left, I was young, running up the steps, two at a time, and skipping down them. Now I was hanging onto the railing for dear life. Students had always complained that I talked too fast. My response: “I don’t talk too fast; you listen too slowly.” Now I would occasionally stumble over words or use the wrong one. Interestingly, that improved as the semester went on. I guess “use it or lose it” applies to the little gray cells as well as to larger muscles. My plight was made worse by numerous well-meaning students telling me that their parents and employers had had me as a professor. One even found an old exam on reserve in the library and pointed out that it had been administered on the very day he was born! I finally had to announce in class that if I had had anybody’s grandparent as a student, I didn’t want to hear about it. Loyola has changed. There are more buildings on the main campus and a lot less open space. The university seems much more complex to me with a much larger staff. I attended a university-wide convocation and was struck by how many more women were on the faculty than when I left. The same trends are present at the College of Law. There is now a handsome addition to the building and a wonderful new clinical facility nearby. Although the size of the student body seems similar to what I knew, there are many more faculty members and administrators than in my day, and both the faculty and the student
body are much more diverse in terms of gender, race, and national origin: students seem to come from a broader array of undergraduate schools around the country. Both tuition and student grade point averages have risen substantially. Since leaving Loyola, I have had a Editor’s Note: number of experiences with other law schools and have noticed how nurturing Thomas Sponsler, J.D., Loyola is to its students compared with served on the College of many law schools. Fortunately, that is still the case. Students have a rich array of Law faculty from 1968 social and extracurricular activities available to them as well as resources to help them to 1983 and then as navigate the pressures of a professional eddean from 1983 until ucation. Programs that were just starting when I left, the skills program and foreign 1989. He returned to programs, have grown and flourished. The parts of New Orleans that I fre- campus last fall, taking quent have never looked better; there is a over former professor sense of progress and energy far greater than in the past. Unfortunately, pervasive Stephen Higginson's political corruption in the area, violent street crime, and pretty bad drivers are still classes, and remained with us. I have been impressed and moved for the spring semester by many stories of the horrors of Katrina and the heroic efforts of the area to overcome as well. its losses. It is encouraging to see the resiliency of the people and the new channels of progress opening up. I have had a great experience that few people can have: to come back to a place one treasures and experience it once more after a long absence. At least occasionally, one can come home again.
A New Resource for a New Age By Ray Willhoft ’00 With the addition of the new College of Law Broadway Building, Loyola has reaffirmed its commitment to experiential legal education. The formula used to be simple—attend law school, graduate, pass the Bar, and find a good job that would train you for your legal career. However, for new law graduates these days, things are more complicated. With entry-level legal positions becoming increasingly competitive and scarce, new law graduates, often in substantial debt, are finding themselves with fewer options for employment and more competition. The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is addressing this issue head on with its initiatives for experiential legal education, so that its graduates are practice-ready. The addition of the new College of Law Broadway Building, which is more than just an eye-catching marvel, epitomizes the mission of the college—one that is focused on both educating and training the lawyers of tomorrow. The college also understands the importance of training students to be better lawyers from a serviceoriented standpoint as well as a practical one. The offices housed within the new building—the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning, and the Career Development and Law Practice Center— enable students to gain practical legal knowledge and hands-on experience, as well as the skills and networking resources they will need for their legal careers.
THE STUART H. SMITH LAW CLINIC AND CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Because clinical legal education is fundamental to the education of lawyers, the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice (formerly the Loyola Law Clinic) was established with a generous gift from alumnus Stuart H. Smith, J.D. ’86, and provides students with opportunities to learn best practices under the guidance of clinical legal educators who are experts in their practice areas. The fully functioning legal clinic allows third-year law students to represent indigent clients under the supervision of experienced, full-time attorney professors. This is done in compliance with the student practitioner rule as described by the Louisiana Supreme Court. By participating in the clinic, student practitioners experience firsthand what
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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, and her clinic students.
representing clients is about, and they also have an opportunity to further the Jesuit ideals of scholarship and service at Loyola by providing legal representation to the needy. “The clinic embodies the Loyola mission of excellence in education and social justice to the community,” says William P. Quigley, J.D. ’77, Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor and director of the clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center. “Our students are learning how to become good lawyers by representing the people whose lives embody problems the law is set up to address.” The clinic is designed to complement and build upon the first two years of traditional legal education. One of the ideas behind the clinic is that students learn most effectively by participating in their own education. Clinic students engage in a wide variety of lawyering, including: interviewing, counseling, researching, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, negotiating, mediating, arguing before judges and juries, and appearing in court to examine and cross-examine witnesses. Areas of practice include: children’s rights, community justice, criminal defense, family law, immigration, prosecution, street law, technology and litigation, and workplace justice. A clinical externship is also offered, with students working for the Louisiana Supreme Court, Orleans Parish Civil and Criminal District Courts, and U.S. Dept. of Justice Immigration Court, among others.
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“Law firms are expecting law graduates to be trained and practice-ready,” says Quigley. “Dean López is implementing a school-wide focus on experience-based learning, and the clinic continues to provide students not only with practical training, but with a commitment to social justice as well.” With the new building, the clinic now has the space it needs to truly fulfill its mission. “The clinic is bigger than it has ever been with nine sections and 90 students, handling hundreds of cases at any given time,” notes Quigley. “The new building has provided us with ample rooms for meeting with clients, as well as a place for the community to meet.”
THE GILLIS LONG POVERTY LAW CENTER The Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center was established in 1985 at the College of Law by an act of the United States Congress and named for the late Gillis W. Long, a prominent Louisiana attorney who was committed to excellence in legal services. His career exemplified service to the needs of the disadvantaged. The mission of the center is to promote legal research and education relevant to the problems of poor people and give assistance to attorneys who provide legal services to those unable to afford representation. The center offers several educational and service programs to achieve said mission.
Cheryl Prestenback Buchert ’71, J.D. ’93, clinical professor of law, and her clinic students.
The Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for first- and second-year students to work as interns in Legal Services Offices in Louisiana. Students can also return to their home states for the summer to participate in legal services communities. Stipends for the summer internships are provided to students by the center for the required 10week program, but the experience they receive is invaluable. “Students have the opportunity to get first-hand, practical experiences outside of the classroom,” says Barbara Wilson, associate director of the center. “We try to help them financially so they can have those experiences.” From 1991 –2011, 493 students have been placed in internships, and the center has paid $1,673,900 in stipends for summer work. All College of Law students must meet a pro bono requirement to graduate. One of the ways students do that is to complete 50 hours of pro bono work over the course of their law school careers. The center’s Student Pro Bono Program helps students satisfy that requirement by placing them at approved sites where they also are able to gain practical experience. Students conduct client interviews, provide legal research and writing, and, in some cases, represent clients before the courts, where it is permitted by law.
Since many Loyola law graduates devote their careers to public service work as advocates for traditionally underserved communities, but are often burdened by law school debt, the center’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) has tried to address this problem and remains committed to furthering its goal of providing quality legal assistance to communities throughout the country. Financial assistance is available for Loyola graduates who provide services to the poor by providing grants to reduce loan payments. LRAP is also available for Loyola graduates who work full time as attorneys in low-paying government or nonprofit jobs throughout the U.S. From 1991 – 2011, $1,786,488 in tax-free student loan payments has been made, helping hundreds of graduates continue their public service careers. The center’s work also has an impact on the local community. Each year, nationally recognized professionals working in the field of public interest and poverty law are invited to the college to address contemporary issues concerning poverty-related and human rights issues. This spring, Professor Jules Lobel, the Bessie McKee Wathour Endowed Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, was the distinguished speaker. Lobel’s lecture was titled “Success Without Victory: Radical Litigation in an Era of Conservative Courts.”
Photo courtesy of Wadner Pierre
The 2012 Gillis Long Public Service Award recipients: Maria Dugas, Kathleen Breaux, Matthew Livaccari, J.D. ’09, Gavin Rush, J.D. ’11, Professor Jules Lobel (distinguished speaker), the Hon. Paul Sens, J.D. ’81, Charles Long, J.D. ’93
In addition, prior to the lecture, the center annually presents public service awards to members of Loyola’s alumni, staff, and students for their outstanding service to the community. The 2012 recipients were: alumni Matthew Livaccari, J.D. ’09, Charles Long, J.D. ’93, Gavin Rush, J.D. ’11, the Hon. Paul Sens, J.D. ’81, and Barbara Siefken, J.D. ’06; law student Maria Dugas; and Kathleen Breaux, assistant to the associate dean for student affairs in the College of Law. With the new building, future plans for the center include increasing the number of programs and initiatives it offers, including holding forums for the local community when new laws are passed.
THE OFFICE OF LAW SKILLS AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING The Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning (formerly known as the Skills Program), under new director Christine E. Cerniglia ’98, J.D. ’03, focuses on the practical skills students need to be successful legal practitioners after graduation. Building on the theoretical practice of law taught by faculty in the classroom, the courses consist of one to five class meetings, and focus on four categories—factual investigation and counseling, trial practice, effective communication and negotiation, and administrative boards and law office management—as well as electives.
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“My goal is to follow the apprenticeship model and infuse the current academic curriculum with the practical skills our students need to become practice-ready,” says Cerniglia. “There is still planning to be done, but I think Loyola will be at the forefront of the practice model.” And for the office, continuing to build relationships with the legal community is vital since practicing attorneys and judges teach the courses, which are designed to present students with an experienced legal worldview. “I plan to continue reaching out to the legal community, especially our alumni, about their needs and ideas for the office,” says Cerniglia. “The relationships among students, faculty, staff, and alumni are crucial to our success.”
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND LAW PRACTICE CENTER Working closely with the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning, the Career Development and Law Practice Center (formerly known as Law Career Services), under new director Monique M. Garsaud ’86, J.D. ’97, is the final piece of law students’ education at Loyola. The center’s mission is to work side by side with the students and alumni to articulate their career goals and to develop an organized plan for reaching such goals.
The Career Development and Law Practice Center staff: Li Seghers, Vanassa Douglas, J.D., Heather Gattuso Lambert, J.D. ’04, Monique Garsaud ’86, J.D. ’97, Amy Schwarzenbach, M.L.I.S.
“Job searching in this market is challenging for many of our students and alumni. In the center, we seek to develop a working partnership with each student that necessitates effort on part of the student and the center. We are here to provide the support and resources to our students and alumni to develop a career, but it is also crucial that they take an active role in developing their career paths,” says Garsaud. “Although Louisiana is a civil law state, the college educates many outof-state students. Our goal is to be inclusive, and to assist both civil and common law students.”
As with the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning, cultivating relationships with legal employers, alumni, and other members of the legal community is crucial. “I hope to bring in more alumni as part of an outreach program to provide resources to our students,” notes Garsaud.
DEANS’ VISION While the late Brian Bromberger, former dean, was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of the new College of Law Broadway Building, Dean María Pabón López has taken charge of fully utilizing it and the offices it houses for her vision of educating law students. “It is imperative in the ever-changing and competitive world of law that students gain practical knowledge and hands-on legal experience so that they have a closer understanding of their clients and the issues affecting them,” she says. “The need for the College of Law to be more responsible for the educational growth and outcome of law students at Loyola has never been more essential.” Once again, Dean López is demonstrating that the college is indeed in good hands, and students, faculty, alumni, staff, and the community at large will all benefit as a result.
Career Counselor Amy Schwarzenbach, M.L.I.S., discusses career opportunities with law student Jay Mattappally.
Lessons in Law and Life By Ray Willhoft ’00
Shantell Payton, J.D. ’07, expected to receive an outstanding legal education from Loyola. What she did not expect were the life lessons and the second family that came with it.
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“My mom says I’ve always wanted to be a litigator since I was six years old. I recall arguing my first successful case in the seventh grade,” says Shantell Payton, J.D. ’07. From that moment on, Payton’s legal course was set, though not without a few hurdles and triumphs along the way. Payton’s arrival at Loyola was an indirect one. Having finished two years of law school in Washington, D.C., she was forced to move back home to New Orleans after the untimely death of her unborn son’s father, and the subsequent stroke she suffered. With family by her side, she made a full recovery and was more determined than ever to get her legal education back on track, now with a healthy baby boy in tow. After a brief start at Tulane, Payton was personally invited to attend Loyola by K. Michele Allison-Davis, J.D., assistant dean of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Diversity Affairs, and the late Brian Bromberger, J.D., former dean. Payton accepted, but within one week, Katrina struck, sending New Orleans and Loyola into chaos. Homeless and jobless, Payton believed her short stint at Loyola was at an end, but once again, Bromberger intervened, providing her with additional scholarship funds which helped to secure her a place to live, transportation, and
“Some things you can’t be taught, but rather learn through experience. I wanted to be exposed to the practical side of the law, and my experience in the Law Clinic allowed me to do just that.”
childcare for her son, while he got the college up and running in Houston. “He told me, ‘You’re worth the investment and you are going to do great things,’” Payton recalls with tears in her eyes. Indeed, the dean’s words were proven true when Payton joined the Loyola Law Clinic in her final year. Having received a solid foundation of the theory of law from her classes, it was her time spent in the Law Clinic that truly trained her for her calling. “I wanted to be prepared to be a strong advocate when I graduated,” Payton notes. “Some things you can’t be taught, but rather learn through experience. I wanted to be exposed to the practical side of the law, and my experience in the Law Clinic allowed me to do just that.” It was in the Law Clinic that Payton met the woman whom she credits as having a profound impact on her life. Clinical Professor of Law D. Majeeda Snead, J.D. ’84, or DMS as Payton lovingly refers to her, pushed Payton and her classmates to their limits, but never beyond what she knew they could handle. Her lessons about knowing the facts of your case inside and out, taking pride in your work, and establishing and maintaining your credibility resonated with Payton, and to this day, still stay in the forefront of her mind. And Snead remains only a phone call away should Payton need her. “I cannot put a value on the jewels this woman has given to me,” Payton adds when talking about her mentor and friend. “I credit her for instilling the proper character of a litigator into me. She taught me to think on my feet, always be prepared, and to always be a zealous/passionate advocate and never give up.” The Law Clinic experience and Snead’s teaching were so powerful that after Payton, while still a student, completed her first argument in court, the judge, so impressed with her skills, offered her a job on the spot—with Snead beaming with pride on the side. Payton then knew she was on the right track, and her hard work paid off later with a job offer
from Jones Walker, one of the most prominent law firms in New Orleans. She is currently in her fifth year with the firm and specializes in business and commercial litigation. Of course, Snead knew Payton would do well. “Shantell was a professor’s dream student,” Snead says. “She is very intelligent, highly motivated, and a hard worker. One of her greatest assets is her curiosity. She wants to learn everything there is to know about whatever it is she is doing. She will ask many questions and challenge you in depth to ensure she has all the information available. She is very personable and therefore gets along well with her clients, opposing counsel, and judges. In fact, I am proud of the lawyer she has become in such a short time.” Payton readily acknowledges that she received more than just legal training at Loyola. In addition to her mentor, she developed a second family that aided and supported her every step of the way, including Allison-Davis; Lola Davis, former admissions staff member; Nadine Laurent ’88, director of Financial Aid; and Janet Robinson, WFF personnel for the college, who was the first person with whom Payton shared news of her job offer, yelling and cheering all the while. Payton also learned the value of giving back in appreciation for all that she has been given. Her other mentor, Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby of the Eastern District of Louisiana, recently told her, “Don’t thank me, give back,” and this is the motto Payton has adopted and continues to live by, serving as a mentor to current Law Clinic students, as well as giving motivational talks to high school and college students about career paths and achieving success. In recognition of her efforts, at the 2012 Loyola Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Gala, Payton received the Karl J. Connor Alumni Award, presented to an extraordinary alumna/nus who is willing to contribute his or her time, energy, and financial support to the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of BLSA. Making the event even more special was the fact that Snead received the Public Service & Leadership Award and Robinson received the BLSA Special Recognition Award. Payton was thrilled to share the evening with both her own family (her now seven-year-old son, Shane, and significant other, Zion) and her Loyola family, who of course were there to cheer her on as always. No doubt Bromberger was looking down on her as well, full of pride in the young woman he knew was worth investing in all along.
FreeTradeand International Peacemaking By David McKay Wilson
Francisco Alvarez De Soto, J.D. ’94 Photos courtesy of the Republic of Panama
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AS DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN RELATIONS FOR THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, FRANCISCO ALVAREZ DE SOTO, J.D. ’94, IS FULFILLING HIS DREAM OF SERVING HIS HOME COUNTRY AND LEADING PANAMA IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
As a first-year law student, Francisco Alvarez De Soto, J.D. ’94, recalls visiting the United Nations with the International Law Society and dreaming that someday he’d address the General Assembly on behalf of his homeland. Nineteen years later, that reverie became reality, just two weeks after he was named the Republic of Panama’s deputy foreign minister. In September 2011, he spoke from the General Assembly’s green marble podium on the value of international mediation and the inspiration the UN provided in Panama’s bid for sovereignty over the Panama Canal in the 1970s. “The struggle of Panama to regain full sovereignty of its territory dates back to 1903,” says Alvarez De Soto, 42, who lives in Panama City. “Our relationship with the United States has had its ups and downs. It was critical for us to obtain the full support of the international community, and that helped us with the dynamics of U.S. politics.” Alvarez De Soto’s address to the United Nations launched an ambitious year of diplomacy, as he met with leaders around the world to develop bilateral and multi-lateral agreements to benefit his nation. In March, he was in Tokyo, conferring with Japanese political and trade officials, as well as business leaders. In April, he traveled to the Republic of South Africa on the first official Panamanian visit since diplomatic relations were established in 1995. “Our natural region to play a major role in is Central America, but in our foreign policy, we want to look outside the usual box,” says Alvarez De Soto. “To continue our growth, we need to look at international markets, and assume our responsibilities as an international trade hub.” Alvarez De Soto, the son of Spanish immigrants, lived in Panama for the first eight years of his life before returning to Spain. He arrived in New Orleans in the mid-1980s to attend Tulane University, where he majored in political economy. With his sights set on a career in civil law, he only sought acceptance at his top choice: Loyola
University New Orleans College of Law. Alvarez De Soto’s rise in the Panamanian government dates back to 1996, just two years after graduating from Loyola, when he joined a team of young lawyers and economists that managed the nation’s membership in the World Trade Organization. His success there led to his appointment as a negotiator on Panama’s International Trade Council in 1998. By 2001, he was special ambassador for international trade affairs. The next year, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as ambassador and general director of international economic relations. In 2003, he opened a “Our natural region to play a major private legal practice, role in is Central America, but in our Alvarez De Soto & Espinosa Jimenez, and foreign policy, we want to look later served as legal affairs vice president of Cable & outside the usual box. To continue Wireless Panama, the naour growth, we need to look at tion’s largest telecommunications company. international markets, and assume He returned to public service in 2009 as our responsibilities as an Panama’s deputy minister international trade hub.” of international trade negotiations. Two years later, he was named to his —Francisco Alvarez De Soto, current post—deputy minJ.D. ’94 ister of foreign relations. The country, with a population of 3.5 million and an area slightly larger than West Virginia, has emerged as an economic powerhouse in Central America. Its economy grew by 10.6 percent in 2011, the second consecutive year of double-digit growth, says Alvarez De Soto. “People make a mistake if they look at us just in terms of population and land area,” he says. “We should be analyzed more like a nation like Singapore. We are the engine for economic trade for the entire region of Central America and the Caribbean.”
“Nowadays, the Panama Canal, fully under our sovereign authority, is one of the most important axes of our economic development, supervised by Panamanian administration, for the benefit of all nations. For this noble success of multi-lateralism, Panamanians will always be grateful to the United Nations.” —Francisco Alvarez De Soto, J.D. ’94 The nation’s trade focuses on the Canal, that 51-milelong waterway opened in 1914 that snakes its way across the Isthmus of Panama, which separates the Atlantic from the Pacific oceans. In 2011, an estimated six to eight percent of world trade went through the Canal. The current lock system can handle what’s called the Panamax class of cargo ships, which were built to fit the Canal’s current dimensions. Up to 14 percent of world trade could be shipped through the Canal in 2014, when its Third Lock Lane Project is completed. That will allow ships 25 percent longer and 26 percent deeper below the surface to make it across the Isthmus. “It will make a huge difference,” says Alvarez De Soto. “Vessels carrying liquid natural gas and oil are often too large and can’t fit through the Canal and have to go around the Cape of Good Hope. The project will make maritime trade cheaper, and make Panama more competitive.” Since returning to the government in 2009, Alvarez De Soto has been deeply involved in developing trade agreements with Panama’s trading partners. In 2007, Panama and the U.S. signed the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, which will eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports. The U.S. Senate finally ratified the accord in 2011, and Alvarez De Soto says details are still being worked out on the pact’s implementation. A strong proponent of free trade, Alvarez De Soto says opening up world markets helps generates economic health for both importers and exporters. “Free trade facilitates the movement of capital, and the exchange of capital builds wealth,” he says. Alvarez De Soto headed up the Central American delegation in March 2011 at trade talks with the European Free Trade Association—the nations of Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and Iceland. Alvarez De Soto has been deeply involved in negotiations over a free-trade agreement with neighboring Colombia, which ruled Panama until its independence in 1903. Alvarez De Soto was a key player in the fifth round of talks on the agreement, which ended in 2011 without resolution. The sixth
round has just commenced, with Alvarez De Soto confident that disagreements over agricultural products will be resolved. “I hope the sixth round will be the last,” he says. Alvarez De Soto’s success in the trade arena taught him the value of international cooperation on the economic front. Now he’s looking to create more cross-border collaboration on a broader range of economic, political, and security issues. The Republic of Panama has donated land and will finance the construction of a regional center in Panama to serve as headquarters for 16 UN agencies operating in Central America. “In international politics, we’d like to be known as the Geneva of Latin America,” says Alvarez De Soto. That philosophy was detailed in his address to the United Nations in September, as he advocated for strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of international disputes and preventing conflict before it breaks out into bloodshed. He recalled the role played by the UN in the 1970s, when Panamanian nationalists vowed to wrest sovereignty of the Canal from the United States. Of particular inspiration, Alvarez De Soto told the General Assembly, was its passage of Resolution 31/143 in 1976, which involved implementation of the 1960 UN declaration on granting independence to colonial countries and peoples. The United States voted against it. The resolution ostensibly addressed the Union of South Africa’s illegal occupation of Namibia, and white-minority rule in Zimbabwe. But it also reaffirmed the international community’s determination to eradicate colonialism from the world stage. Alvarez De Soto told the General Assembly that the resolution inspired the bilateral agreement signed a year later, which resulted in turning over the Canal to Panama in 1999. “Nowadays, the Panama Canal, fully under our sovereign authority, is one of the most important axes of our economic development, supervised by Panamanian administration, for the benefit of all nations,” he said that day. “For this noble success of multi-lateralism, Panamanians will always be grateful to the United Nations.”
David McKay Wilson is a freelance writer who has written extensively for college and university magazines.
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FRANCISCO ALVAREZ DE SOTO’S ADDRESS TO THE 66TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS, SEPTEMBER 2011.
THE DAY FRANCISCO ALVAREZ DE SOTO TOOK OFFICE AS DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN RELATIONS FOR THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, IN THE PRESENCE OF PRESIDENT RICARDO MARTINELLI BERROCAL. www.law.loyno.edu
A Welcome Reception for Dean María Pabón López and her family was held on September 30 at the home of John Houghtaling, J.D. ’97. College of Law faculty, staff, and alumni were in attendance.
The Class of 1986 Reunion was held on November 5 at the home of Stuart H. Smith, J.D. ’86, and Barry Cooper, M.B.A. ’94, J.D. ’00, with around 70 guests in attendance.
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The Annual Law Alumni Luncheon was held on February 3 at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. Alumnus and former Loyola Board of Trustees Member Stephen M. Barbas, J.D. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;79, received the 2012 St. Ives Award, the highest honor awarded by the College of Law Alumni Association. This event was one of the largest alumni luncheons on record, with more than 300 attendees.
The 2012 Law Review Banquet was held on April 11 at the Audubon Tea Room, with past and present members in attendance. James Klebba, Victor H. Schiro Professor of Law, gave the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Welcome.
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1950s Samuel Dalton, J.D. ’54, H’94, Harahan, La., the founding chairman the Jefferson Parish Indigent Defender Board in Louisiana, who has represented poor defendants for nearly six decades, was the Kutak-Dodds Prize awardee for public defense. Established in 1989 and presented each year at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s (NLADA) Annual Dinner in Washington, D.C., the Kutak-Dodds Prize honors an equal justice advocate “who, through the practice of law, has contributed in a significant way to the enhancement of the human dignity and quality of life of those persons unable to afford legal representation.”
1960s Frank G. DeSalvo, Sr. ’65, J.D. ’68, New Orleans, La., was voted a “Best Attorney” for 2011 by Gambit readers. Don M. Richard, J.D. ’68, Metairie, La., made partner at Kinney, Ellinghausen, Richard & DeShazo. Don is primarily a litigator with experience in antitrust, commercial litigation, personal injury, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, criminal law, and appellate practice. Over the course of his legal career, he has been lead counsel in more than 180 jury trials.
1970s Glenn G. Goodier ’70, J.D. ’71, New Orleans, La., a partner in Jones Walker’s admiralty and maritime practice, was honored by the New Orleans Bar Association as the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award. Allan Berger, J.D. ’74, Metairie, La., was voted a “Best Attorney” for 2011 by Gambit readers. Steven A. Cossé, J.D. ’74, El Dorado, Ark., was elected to Murphy Oil Corp.’s Board of Directors, effective August 3, 2011. Steven retired from Murphy Oil in March 2011, where he served as executive vice president and General Counsel. He previously held positions as senior vice president, vice president, and principal financial officer while maintaining his role as General Counsel throughout his tenure with Murphy Oil Corporation. Michael A. McGlone ’72, J.D. ’75, partner in the New Orleans, La., office of Kean Miller, was named Alumnus of the Year by Jesuit High School. Larry Curtis, J.D. ’77, Lafayette, La., was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers, as one of Louisiana’s top 50 lawyers. He has been listed in the practice areas of maritime/transportation law every year since its inaugural publication in 2007. Larry was also listed in the 2012 edition of Woodward & White’s publication and The Best Lawyers in America. He currently serves as president of the Lafayette Bar Association. Morris Bart, J.D. ’78, New Orleans, La., was voted a “Best Attorney” for 2011 by Gambit readers.
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William H. Langenstein III, J.D. ’78, joined Chaffe McCall’s New Orleans, La., office. He formerly served as managing member of Langenstein and Associates, A.P.L.L.C., which merged with Chaffe McCall. William has extensive experience in taxation, real estate, and both corporation and business law, and currently serves as an honorary consul to the Republic of Korea. He is a member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council and is a past chairman of the Louisiana Bar Association, Section of Taxation. He also sits on the boards of several companies. Kathleen O’Leary, J.D. ’78, was named president of NIPSCO and is responsible for all regulatory and economic development effort at the utility. She previously was with NIPSCO’s parent company, NiSource, and another subsidiary, Columbia Energy. Barton Hegeler, J.D. ’79, La Jolla, Calif., became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Brent Wood, J.D. ’79, PA manager with Chevron Corporation in Covington, La., was elected secretary of the board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
1980s Gene Dwyer, J.D. ’80, New Orleans, La., published She Walks on Gilded Splinters, the never before told story of Marie Laveau, her life and legend uncensored. (sbpra.com/GeneDwyer) Steven Lane, J.D. ’80, New Orleans, La., managing partner with Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, L.L.P., was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, which is considered one of the leading guides for legal excellence in the country.
Luis A. Perez ’78, J.D. ’81, Miami, Fla., of Akerman Senterfitt, co-chairs the Akerman International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group, which for the second year in a row, has attained a tier 1 recognition amongst U.S. law firms by U.S. News - Best Lawyers. This is a great honor as the recognition is based on client feedback and peer reviews. Billy Gaudet, J.D. ’82, Adams and Reese partner in the firm’s New Orleans, La., office, was named a Litigation Practice Group Leader. Nancy Scott Degan, J.D. ’83, New Orleans, La., of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., was nominated to lead the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation, which is the ABA’s largest specialty section, having approximately 60,000 members. She will assume the role of vice chair of the Section of Litigation in August 2012 at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting. She will serve as vice chair from 2012 to 2013, and as chair-elect from 2013 to 2014. Upon conclusion of the 2014 ABA Annual meeting, she will begin a one-year term as the chair of the ABA Section of Litigation. Carol A. Newman, J.D. ’84 was named one of the Top Ten Business Women of the Year by The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA). This is a national program that honors 10 outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education, and community involvement. Carol, who also does business as Newman Title Insurance Agency, lost her home and was displaced due to Hurricane Katrina. Not only did she survive and relocate to Baton Rouge, she expanded her private law practice with offices in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge. (www.carolanewmanlawfirm.com)
Blazing a Trail in Academia When Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, J.D. ’92, was recently named the new dean of Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Fla., it was yet another success in his already distinguished career in academia. He joined Stetson from the LSU Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he served as vice chancellor for business and financial affairs and as the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law. At LSU, he was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, financial planning, and personnel matters, in addition to serving on a variety of committees. Chris has served in many national leadership positions in legal education as well. He has held several roles for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Law School Admission Council and the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, where he served as president from 2005 to 2006. In addition, Chris co-authored Corporate Reorganizations and is currently working on another book on tax issues. He has published numerous law review articles, and frequently presents on tax law and legal education issues. Earlier in his career, Chris worked as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an attorney/adviser in the U.S. Department of Education. “I am delighted to be named dean at the Stetson College of Law and enjoyed a wonderful academic experience for the last 11 years at LSU as well as nine years of practice in Washington,” Chris says. “I know that these opportunities would not have been possible without the dedicated faculty at Loyola and its student-focused learning environment.”
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Ed Laizer ’83, J.D. ’85, Adams and Reese partner in the firm’s New Orleans, La., office, was named to the Adams and Reese Executive Committee, comprised of six partners who oversee the strategic operations of the firm and its attorneys and staff in 13 offices in six states and Washington, D.C. Robert Zarbin, J.D. ’86, Annapolis, Md., was honored by the Daily Record as one of 25 attorneys recognized for Leadership in Law. In addition, Robert was appointed by the Maryland Court of Appeals to serve on its Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.
Paige Sensenbrenner, J.D. ’87, senior partner in charge of the Adams and Reese New Orleans, La., office, was selected to the Pro Bono Task Force of the Legal Services Corporation, which will help develop additional resources to assist low-income Americans facing foreclosure, domestic violence, and other civil legal problems. Paige also was selected as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a membership of about 800 attorneys adjudged and nominated by their peers and judges to be “outstanding in the field of advocacy,” honoring the role of trial lawyer in the justice system.
1990s Charles “Chuck” Bourque, Jr., J.D. ’90, Houma, La., retired from the Louisiana National Guard after nearly 30 years of service. During Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Gustav, Chuck flew rescue and assist missions in south Louisiana and was one of the guardsmen who helped rescue survivors in the waterlogged areas of New Orleans after Katrina. As an attorney, Chuck specializes, in part, in maritime and aviation cases.
Thomas E. Ganucheau, J.D. ’91, Bellaire, Texas, partner with Beck, Redden & Secrest, L.L.P., was elected to the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) as the 2011 – 2012 president, effective November 1, 2011. TADC is a statewide professional association of approximately 2,000 private practice attorneys specializing in civil defense trial law.
ALUMNI NEWS Thomas Hosty, J.D. ’92, Oklahoma, Okla., has been recognized three times in Super Lawyers for criminal defense. He specializes in Oklahoma DUI law. Gordon McKernan, J.D. ’92, Baton Rouge, La., of Gordon McKernan Injury Lawyers, has written a booklet called Who is Your Lawyer? in which he tries to show that we all need representation from a higher source. For a free copy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Sharon Bridges, J.D. ’94, current General Counsel and immediate past vice president of the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominantly African American lawyers and judges, joined the law firm of Adams and Reese as a litigation partner in the firm’s Jackson, Miss., office. Harold J. Flanagan ’84, J.D. ’95, of Flanagan Partners, L.L.P., New Orleans, La., was named to the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Steven W. Hays, J.D. ’95, joined Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.L.L.C. He practices out of the firm’s Royal Oak, Mich., office, concentrating his practice on aspects of patent and trademark law including preparation, prosecution, and litigation. Michelle L. Corrigan, J.D. ’97, St. Louis, Mo., a member of Stinson Morrison Hecker, L.L.P., was elected partner. She focuses on product liability litigation. Gina Mushmeche, J.D. ’98, Henderson, Nev., was selected to be one of the State Chairs for Nevada by the Council on Litigation Management (CLM). Gina is the State Lead Chair. Bryan Haggerty ’80, M.B.A. ’90, J.D. ’99, was appointed city attorney for Slidell, La. Bryan has been practicing since 1995.
2000s Dawn Tezino Jones, J.D. ’01, Kingwood, Texas, a shareholder with MehaffyWeber, was elected chair of the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section and chair of the 25th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference to be held in February 2012. Dawn is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Louisiana and practices in the firm’s premise liability, personal injury, and labor and employment areas. Shaakirrah Sanders, J.D. ’01, joined the faculty at the University of Idaho College of Law as an assistant professor. She teaches Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure. Richard Cortizas, J.D. ’02, New Orleans, La., Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s executive counsel, was appointed acting city attorney and head of the law department. Stefanie Major, J.D. ’02, was promoted to the level of senior attorney with the noted Dallasbased trial and appellate firm Godwin Ronquillo, P.C. She is a member of the Godwin Ronquillo commercial litigation group. Brendan Doherty ’00, J.D. ’03, was appointed litigation manager in the Houston, Texas, office of Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, L.L.C. Erin Guruli, J.D. ’03, was named director of career services and employer relations for the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Previously, Erin served as a business development director for Special Counsel, a national, fullservice legal staffing organization in Washington, D.C. Jane H. Heidingsfelder, J.D. ’03, New Orleans, La., was elected to partnership with Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre L.L.P.
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Lauren Tafaro, J.D. ’04, was elected to partnership with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese. She serves on the Labor and Employment Team, drawing on her experience in insurance defense, toxic tort, and personal injury litigation and also focusing on insured employment claims. Lauren Campisi ’02, J.D. ’05, was elected a member of the New Orleans, La., office of McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C. Her practice focuses on consumer finance regulatory compliance matters and litigation. Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq., J.D. ’05, New Orleans criminal defense attorney, received a new addition to her credentials: the completion of three forensics DNA classes sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The courses are designed to educate officers of the court about important aspects of forensics basics, such as how DNA testing works, how to read DNA report results, and what laws are in place regarding how DNA evidence should be handled. In addition, she offers a new service focused on defending nurses before the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. She will represent nurses facing complaints and charges including, but not limited to, violations of the Nurse Practice Act, patient confidentiality breaches, DWIs, drug or alcohol problems, and failures to complete continuing education credits. She is also offering her services for petitioning for license reinstatement, appeal of license denial, and modification of disciplinary orders already handed down by the board. (www.neworleans-criminaldefense.com) Jaimmé Collins, J.D. ’05, was elected to partnership with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and general business.
Jason P. Franco, J.D. ’05, New Orleans, La., joined the firm of Provosty & Gankendorff, L.L.C., as an associate. Jonathan R. Katz, J.D. ’05, Metairie, La., was elected to partnership with Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, L.L.P. Shelly Spansel, J.D. ’05, was elected to partnership with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese. Her areas of litigation include labor, employment, and healthcare. Jaclyn Hill, J.D. ’06, New Orleans, La., was named executive director for Build Now, a local nonprofit founded after Hurricane Katrina that helps displaced New Orleans residents build new homes on their original lots. Previously, Jaclyn practiced real estate and business law in the New Orleans area for five years. Bryan Jeansonne, J.D. ’06, Baton Rouge, La., was elected to serve on the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee, the governing body of the Republican Party of Louisiana. Bryan is a partner in Christensen Dore Jeansonne & Shahla law firm. Wesley M. Plaisance, J.D. ’07, joined the New Orleans office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P., as an associate. His practice includes gaming, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and loan restructuring. Jeffery Carlson, J.D. ’08, Metairie, La., and Elizabeth Ford, J.D. ’09, Harvey, La., are graduates of the Young Leadership Council’s Leadership Development Series. Kristyl Treadaway ’05, J.D. ’09, Kenner, La., joined the firm of Salley & Salley, L.L.C., in June 2011. She began her practice of law with Malbrough & Zeringue, A.P.L.C., in January 2010.
2010s Matthew A. Menendez, J.D. ’10, joined the Law Offices of Kantaras & Andreopoulos in Palm Harbor, Fla. Whitford “Whit” Remer, J.D. ’10, Washington, D.C., is the policy analyst for Environmental Defense Fund’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration project. In this role, Whit works to advance EDF’s federal coastal restoration policy goals. His responsibilities include monitoring and responding to congressional developments, securing adequate funding for restoration efforts, and preparing research to help increase public and decision-maker awareness of restoration efforts. Kathryn M. Zainey, J.D. ’10, joined Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans, La., as an associate in the business and energy litigation sections.
Evan J. Bergeron, J.D. ’11, joined Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, L.L.P., as a new associate at the firm’s Metairie, La., office. Evan joined the firm’s insurance defense group, where his primary focus is corporate and insurance defense litigation. Ryan T. Christiansen, J.D. ’11, joined Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans, La., as an associate in the business law section. Rob Dordan, J.D. ’11, New Orleans, La., recipient of the Best Comment Award for the Journal of Public Interest Law for 2011, had his work, “Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS), Its Recent Legal Battles, and the Chance for a Peaceful Existence,” 12 Loy. J. Pub. Int. L. 177, 178 (2010), cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when discussing how the MERS system works in Cervantes v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 656 F. 3d 1034 (9th Cir. 2011).
Heather Ladner, J.D. ’11, joined the Gulfport, Miss., office of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, P.L.L.C. She is a member of the firm’s government, environmental, and energy group, and serves in the areas of school law, government relations, governmental regulations, and administrative law. Reed A. Morgan, J.D. ’11, joined Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans, La., as an associate in the business litigation section. Ryan Kent Howell Nevin, J.D. ’11, Nashville, Tenn., joined The Nevin Law Firm as an associate. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy, estate planning, debt relief, adoptions, probate, real estate, and general practice.
Tyler J. Rench, J.D. ’11, joined Jones Walker an associate in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and practices from the firm’s New Orleans, La., office. Tyler previously worked for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as an extern to the Hon. Sarah S. Vance and as a law clerk. Additionally, he collaborated with Loyola College of Law professor Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, J.D. ’73 on updating her Louisiana Civil Law Treatise on Successions and Donations.
William J. Curry, Jr., J.D. ’40
Donald V. Organ, J.D. ’55
Michael F. Escudier, J.D. ’69
Edward J. Villere, J.D. ’40
Ronald M. Labbe, J.D. ’59
Louis J. St. Martin, J.D. ’75
Herbert W. Waguespack, Jr. ’38, J.D. ’41
Edward J. Boyle, Jr. ’61, J.D. ’61
James B. Larose III, J.D. ’76
George S. Hesni, J.D. ’42
Phillip D. Endom ’61, J.D. ’61
Ruth M. Calzada, J.D. ’81
Robert J. Conrad, Sr., J.D. ’50
Louis Alfred, Jr., J.D. ’63
Darren G. Wells ’86, J.D. ’93
Paul A. Monju, Sr., J.D. ’50, ’52
Carl O. Brown Jr., J.D. ’65
Dr. Lloyd S. Jolibois, Jr., J.D. ’03
Elmer R. Tapper, J.D. ’52
Michael A. Dessommes ’63, J.D. ’65
The Hon. Henry C. Keene, Jr., J.D. ’54
Henry D. McNamara, Jr., J.D. ’67
THANK YOU! The College of Law thanks the following men and women for their dedication and service for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.
ADJUNCT FACULTY Raymond Areaux Lauren E. Bartlett G. Karl Bernard The Hon. Ginger Berrigan Stephen Broussard Stephen Bullock Jaye A. Calhoun Michael Carbo James Carriere Richard Chopin Arthur A. Crais Mark A. Cunningham Brett Fenasci Everett Fineran Jerry John Glas Neely Griffith Edmond Haase Keith B. Hall Karen Hallstrom Tim Hassinger Stephen Herman Margaret M. Joffe The Hon. Calvin Johnson Brian A. Leftwich Kevin McGlone Andrew Mendez David J. Messina Stanley Millan Norman Mott Brian Neulander Michael Pappas Julie Quinn Bryan Reuter
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Gayle Reynolds Dennis Rousseau Lloyd N. Shields John Shreves Randall Smith Mark C. Surprenant William Tete Frank Whiteley Morgan Williams Gordon Wilson Delcianna Winders Brett Wise L. John Zeller
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE) Dr. Kenneth N. Adatto Angela W. Adolph Steven Albares The Hon. Kerry J. Anzalone Raymond G. Areaux David C. Barnett Daniel E. Becnel, Jr. The Hon. Steven B. Berlin Magdalen Blessey Bickford Steven M. Birnbaum* The Hon. Paul A. Bonin Alan G. Brackett* The Hon. James J. Brady R. Todd Bruininks Laura Brunyeel Larry G. Canada Kathleen K. Charvet Herbert J. Chestnut
Dane Ciolino Mark Curriden Beverly Aloisio DeLaune The Hon. Nancy S. Dolder* Clement P. Donelon Paul M. Doolittle The Hon. William R. Dorsey Monique Gougisha Doucette Bernadette D’Souza John Dudrey Anna Duggar David A. Duhon* Eric Dupree Jack L. Dveirin* Kenneth G. Engerrand* William Farrington Anthony R. Filiato Isabella M. Finneman Thomas C. Fitzhugh III Keith L. Flicker Patricia A. Garcia Joshua Gillelan The Hon. Tamia N. Gordon Robert S. Gross Michael E. Guarisco* Carol Haynes Mary C. Hester The Hon. S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. Nina C. Hogan Frank B. Hugg Jay M. Jalenak, Jr. Jeffrey W. Koonce I. Harold Koretzky David T. Kormis
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