Achievements

3L Caroline Strohe received first place in the Louisiana Bar Association Family Law Section’s student writing contest for her article entitled Embryotic Custody: A Proposed Synthesized Approach to Properly Balance Procreative Freedom. The contest was open to all Louisiana law students who wished to submit a scholarly writing piece on any family law topic. Look for Caroline’s winning article which will be published in the upcoming edition of the Louisiana Bar Journal!

 

Professor Blaine LeCesne has been selected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of Morris Jeff Charter School.  Morris Jeff is a diverse K-12, open enrollment school in New Orleans that offers an International Baccalaureat curriculum.

Professor Bill Quigley, Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, was quoted in the Washington Post discussing the problem of outstanding warrants in the City of New Orleans.  The article explains that there are over 56,000 outstanding warrants in New Orleans Municipal Court - and 1 in 7 adults in the city have a warrant out for their arrest.  While police have discretion whether to enforce the warrant, Professor Quigley explains that these discretionary powers are "always exercised at the expense of people of color and people without economic resources." 

Caitlin Newswanger '19 has been selected by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to become their first Veterans Justice Fellow.  Funded by the New Orleans Bar Association and New Orleans Bar Foundation, Caitlin will help low-income veterans access discharge upgrades and other programs they need to secure housing, income, and medical care. Caitlin received her Masters in Social Work before graduating, magna cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 

Loyola graduate Andre Robinson has been named a Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow by the ABA Section on Taxation.  As a fellow, Andre will spent two years working with the Low-Income Tax Clinic at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to provide education and tax services to taxpayers returning to society after being incarcerated and micro and small business owners.  

Misha Logan, Class of 2015, was named Member of the Month by the Greater New Orleans Martinet Legal Society.  Misha is an active member of the Young Lawyers Committee as well as the Community Service Committee.  She also served as one of the co-chairs for the Society's Mock Trial Camp.  While at Loyola, Misha served as Vice President of BLSA and was a member of the Journal of Public Interest Law and the Sports Law Moot Court team. Misha currently serves an associate with Leake & Andersson in New Orleans.

Alexis Stanley, Class of 2020, is spending her summer as an intern for the Women's National Basketball Players Association in New York City, where she will work on issues related to collective bargaining and player and brand licensing.  After graduation, Alexis plans to specialize in labor law.

Professor Finger's report, which she co-authored with Jane Place Neighborhood Substantiality Initiative, is the first comprehensive report on the escalating eviction crisis in New Orleans. The report maps evictions throughout the city based on a dataset Finger compiled through public records requests.  It shows that the most affordable neighborhoods have the highest eviction rates and makes policy recommendations to lessen displacement. The full report is available at https://jpnsi.org/evictions 

Professor Johanna Kalb and co-author Didi Kuo recently published Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion, in the Michigan Law Review Online.  In their essay, Kalb and Kuo argue that the current conversation about American democratic decline fails to acknowledge that the stability of American democracy has long rested on political compromises that exclude communities of color, and they describe how this reframing should reshape current polic

Shaakirrah R. Sanders (JD '01) became the first African-American and second person of color to achieve the rank of full professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. Professor Sanders teaches courses related to U.S. constitutional law and criminal procedure. Professor Sanders has published scholarship on felony sentencing reform; civil and criminal jury trial rights; religious freedom; and agriculture security or “ag-gag” legislation.

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