Denise Pilie was invited by the Dean of the Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques (the state law school in Haiti) to speak at the 150th anniversary celebration of the law school. The celebration was to be held in Port-au-Prince Haiti, beginning on Tuesday, January 12, the date of the earthquake. For personal and professional reasons, Prof. Pilie had cancelled her participation in the celebration in late December, and was not present for the tragedy.
Professor Mary Algero was elected to the position of president-elect of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and will begin a term as president in August 2010. Also, her book Louisiana Legal Research was published in July 2009. Louisiana Legal Research assists attorneys, law students, paralegals, librarians, and others in researching legal materials effectively and efficiently. While focused on Louisiana law, the book provides the reader with information necessary to research federal law as well as the law of other jurisdictions.
Loyola Law's Trial Advocacy Team that recently placed first in the Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at Quinnipiac University in New Haven, Connecticut. As a result of this win, Loyola's team has been invited to participate in the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago in March 2010.
Professor Mitchell Crusto is honored to have the lead article published in the recently edition of the University of Miami Law Review. Crusto's article, entitled "Obama's Moral Capitalism: Resuscitating the American Dream," introduces a novel constitutional approach to redressing predatory mortgage and other unfair lending practices.
Professor Robert Verchick has been selected as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (OPEI). Located in the Office of the Administrator, OEPI is the main policy arm of the EPA. With a staff of nearly 200 experts in the fields of regulation, policy, economics, and business, OPEI manages the agency-wide rulemaking process, reviews final policy analyses, and oversees the testing of new and innovative approaches to environmental protection. Mr.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students, Megan Peterson, Tyler Rench, and Kelly Stein (coach) recently competed in the John Marshall Law School Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law in Chicago, Illinois. The team competed against 32 other teams from across the United States, as well as several International teams.
Law Professor Mitchell Crusto recently developed and proposed a panel discussion for the 2010 SEALS (Southeastern Association of Law Schools) Conference in Palm Beach, FL. The proposed discussion topic, "Obama, Empathy, and the Constitution," would be part of the Constitutional Law Workshop and would address empathy as a constitutional jurisprudential principle.
Professor Lloyd Drury's article "Private Equity and the Heightened Fiduciary Duty of Disclosure", was accepted for publication in the NYU Journal of Law & Business.
Professor Johanna Kalb's article "Dynamic Federalism in Human Rights Treaty Implementation" has been accepted for publication in Tulane Law Review.
Professor Mitchell Crusto is partnering with Xavier University (New Orleans) and Xavier Preparatory High School to develop a pipeline project to the legal profession. He has recently met with leadership from both schools to create and implement pre-law advisory and curriculum development programs. He has also committed scholarship funds for students to receive professional standardized test-taking strategies training with local test-taking expert, Alex Gershanik.