Adams and Reese Partner Mark Surprenant (Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1977) has been appointed the 2010-2011 Chair of the Louisiana State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Surprenant's one-year tenure commences with the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of ACTL in Washington, DC, on September 26th, and continues through the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, on October 23, 2011.
David Chatelain, J.D., ’75, M.P.S., ’96, of Moreauville, La., was appointed by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.
Professor Monica Hof Wallace took her evening Civil Law of Successions class to visit a famous Louisiana monument, the Langles obelisk, in Lakelawn Metairie Cemetery. The Langles monument arose after a contentious legal debate after the death of a mother and a daughter, and the monument bears the inscription of the legal case citation. Afterward, the students enjoyed a short tour of the cemetery by New Orleans’ own, Buddy Stall. He led an historic and lively presentation about other famous tombs, pictured here is the sarcophagus of the Locosst family.
Professor Dane S. Ciolino recently testified in front of the 12-member Senate Impeachment Trial Committee in the trial of New Orleans federal Judge Thomas Porteous.
Westerfield Fellow Adam Lamparello drafted an Article in the Maine Law Review which argued for new standards governing the representation of attorneys at the sentencing phases of capital trials.
D'Ann R. Penner, Ph.D., a second-year Loyola University New Orleans College of Law student, recently had a trilogy of articles published by the Dart Society, an affiliation of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.
The first article, “Post-Katrina Trauma and Journalists,” is available here. The Dart Society is a nonprofit organization of journalists who advance the compassionate and ethical coverage of trauma, conflict and social injustice.
Law Professor Mitch Crusto analyzed the $20 billion BP Fund and its relationship to Multi-District Litigation at the Loyola symposium, “The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill—A Billion Pound Dossier” held on Friday, September 17, 2010. Crusto’s presentation, entitled “The BP Fund: Justice Facilitated or Justice Denied?” was a part of a panel on environmental litigation offering legal perspectives of different stakeholders including private and public claimants, groups of claims, causes of action, and litigation strategies. The Symposium was initiated by Stuart H. Smith, J.D.
Clinical Professor Davida Finger is a speaker at the upcoming Northwest Clinical Conference in Oregon. Her talk falls under the session titled "Expanding Our Thinking About the Range of Structures for Experiential Learning"
Professor Moncia Wallace’s article co-author with Professor Dane Ciolino entitled Recodifying Emancipation: A Precis on the 2009 Revision of the Louisiana Emancipation Law was published in Loyola's Law Review.
As of August 1, Professor Mary Garvey Algero began her term as president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She also was invited to present a paper in Jerusalem in June 2011 a the Conference of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. Professors Lovett and Puder have also been invited to present papers at the conference.