William P. Quigley, J.D. '77, College of Law professor, has been appointed as an international co-dean of the School of Law and Political Science at the Université Fondation Dr. Aristide (UNIFA) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Quigley joins professor Jeffrey Brand, J.D., of the University of San Francisco School of Law, as an international co-dean for the law school in Haiti.
Quigley made his first visit to Haiti in 2004 as part of a human rights trip organized by Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton. Most recently Quigley taught a two-day seminar to 40 law students on social justice lawyering earlier this month.
From his many trips to Haiti, Quigley has observed that there is a need for respect from other countries in order for justice to be served.
"Haiti's greatest need is for the U.S. and the rest of the international community to treat them with dignity and respect. Many individuals and organizations are very generous with much needed and much appreciated charitable efforts, but in addition to those, Haiti needs justice," Quigley said.
Similar to Loyola and its Jesuit identity, UNIFA aims to serve in education to all without discriminating. Quigley hopes to carry this mission on as co-dean so that justice can be served. Uniting under this mission will be a learning experience on both sides.
"Like Catholic liberation theology, UNIFA has a preferential option for the poor and a commitment to social justice,” Quigley added
“As co-dean of UNIFA School of Law, I am hoping to help get more U.S. law professors to volunteer to go to Port-au-Prince to give lectures and teach and connect with our sisters and brothers in Haiti. We have both a lot to teach and a lot to learn from these kinds of connections."
Quigley currently serves as Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. Bill teaches in the Law Clinic and teaches courses in Law and Poverty, Social Justice Lawyering, and Catholic Social Teaching and Law.