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.
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.
Professor Robert Garda has been invited to present several papers on the subject of law and education.
Professor Verchick spoke at two book events promoting "Facing Catastrophe," one at Octavia Books in New Orleans, the other at Busboys and Poets bookstore and restaurant in Washington, D.C. He spoke about disaster law and climate change adaptation at the "Rising Tide V" conference at Howlin' Wolf on the anniversary of Katrina. He also lectured on climate change adaptation as part of a course for visiting Chinese political leaders, organized by the Yale School of Management.
Professor Johanna Kalb will present her paper, The Persistence of Dualism in Human Rights Treaty Implementation, at State Constitutionalism in the 21st Century, a day-long symposium, to be held on September 22, 2010, at the Lewis Katz Building on the Penn State Law campus in University Park. The event will also be available via webcast and will be simulcast to the Penn State Law campus in Carlisle.
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.