2015 Projects

  • Office of the Independent Police Monitor (New Orleans)

The OIPM was created to monitor the implementation of a Consent Decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of New Orleans that resolved a lawsuit alleging misconduct by the New Orleans Police Department.


Assisting OIPM in intake and analysis of complaints against the NOPD; compiling data and preparation of reports on officer misconduct; legal research on 4th amendment and other constitutional requirements; and assistance in developing a Mediation Project. This work is conducted in the downtown office of the Police Monitor. (Requires background check.)

  • L-9 Center for the Arts (New Orleans)

For more than thirty years L-9, located in the Lower Ninth Ward, has been documenting conditions at the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.


Investigation of conditions at Angola, with emphasis on labor requirements: do these conditions and requirements violate international human rights law? What specific treaties and/or customary laws are being violated? What are the possible venues in which a claim can be brought?

  • Center for Democracy and Technology (Washington, D.C.)

CDT is a non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC that seeks to safeguard access to the Internet and other electronic technologies.  Since the revelation of the massive surveillance being conducted by the National Security Agency, CDT has been working on legal avenues to protect the right to privacy.


We are currently drafting a legal memorandum critiquing the constitutional (4th Amendment) analysis of the Report on the Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, issued by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Is the analysis sound? Has it construed the reasonableness standard too narrowly? Are there other constitutional arguments that can be brought, such as the First Amendment?

  • National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as an association of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that they had a major role to play in the reconstruction of legal values to emphasize human rights over property rights.


Legal Implications of the 2014 Israeli Invasion of Gaza. We are drafting legal memoranda exploring whether Israeli military actions in Gaza constitute genocide as defined in the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court, as well as whether Palestine is competent to accede to the Rome Statute.

  • Blights Out (New Orleans)

Blights Out is a grassroots community group that plans to use art, architecture, and urban planning to provide the physical space and programmatic framework to activate community agency in neighborhood development. The group plans to purchase a blighted property in Mid-City, , establish it as a Community Land Trust, and transform it into a functional social sculpture: a multipurpose community learning, cultural, and resource center that will empower others to shape the destiny of their neighborhoods


Research the origins and history of the Community Land Trust (CLT) in Louisiana. What is the CLT? How does the CLT work? Why form a CLT? How do you start a CLT? Make a recommendation: should Blights Out join an existing CLT or form its own?