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The 2009 ABA Representation in Mediation Regional Competition was hosted by Loyola College of Law March 6 &. 7. The First two rounds of the competition were held at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana thanks to the support and generosity of Chief Judge Sarah Vance and Judges Carl Barbier and Ivan Lemelle. The team composed of Anne Marie Muller and Jennifer Kensill placed 3rd and the team composed of Rick Brown and Danny Milian placed 6th in the Region. The teams were coached by Kandace Hamilton and Prof. Nannette Brown.

The Bankruptcy Moot Court Team competed at the 17th Annual Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Memorial Moot Court Competition at St. Johns Law School in New York were they finished in the Top 16 out of 48 national moot court programs. Their brief was also recognized at the Awards Banquet in New York as one of the Top 5 in the competition, and the only Petitioner brief among those top 5. The team is composed of Patrick Cole (coach), Anthony Bayers (Brief Writer) and Lindsey Surrat and Josh Phanco (oralists).
 

Mardi Gras Sports and Entertainment Law Moot Court Team, comprised of Patrick Cole (Coach), Byron Arthur and Arielle McConduit (Oralist), and Meg Alsfeld (Brief Writer), competed in the Tulane Mardi Gras Moot Court Competition, and finished in the Top 8 out of 45 Teams competition. Meg Alsfeld’s Brief was recognized as one of the Top 5 in the competition, and won the award for Best Respondent Brief. Please join with me in congratulating the team for a job well done.

Robin D. Pittman was elected to Section F, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on November 4, 2008. She earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 1991 and her J.D. from Loyola School of Law in 1996.

Hiroko Kusuda, clinical professor of the immigration law section of the Loyola Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, presented “Recent Developments on the Law of Asylum, Withholding of Removal and U.N. Convention Against Torture,” at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network annual convention in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May.

Information, Technology and Privacy Law Moot Court Team, comprised of Sarah Broussard (Coach), Kelly Stein (Oralist), Adam Bosso (Oralist), and Jordan Jeansonne (Brief Writer), competed in the John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, hosted in Chicago, Illinois, and finished in the Top 12 out of 27 Teams competing from around the world.
 

Great News!! The National Moot Court Team advanced to the FINAL FOUR out of 189 teams participating. Unfortunately, they did not advance against Chicago Kent to the final round. Thank you to all of you for your help in mooting them and giving them the confidence to reach their potential! We should be very proud of Chris Otten, Rick Brown, Katie May, and Leigh Anne Gilchrist. As you can see, while we did not advance further, we did a MAGNIFICENT job.

The Trial Advocacy Program is excited and honored to announce their team's recent success at the American Association of Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Loyola's team placed second in the Regional Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. I am told our team missed first place by one point, so apparently it was a close competition.

Loyola College of Law Professor Mitchell Crusto recently published a scholarly article in the University of Pennsylvania's Journal of Constitutional Law (Vol. 11, No. 2 , January 2009). The journal “provides a forum for the interdisciplinary study of and rigorous analysis of constitutional law.” Crusto’s article, “Unconscious Classism: Entity Equality for Sole Proprietors,” explores the constitutionality of failing to treat sole proprietors as legal entities for titling purposes and provides insight into how the law legally disadvantages small and minority businesses.

Professor of Law Mitchell Crusto will be publishing two articles this semester. The first, titled “Enslaved Constitution: Obstructing the Freedom to Travel,” will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. The second, titled “Unconscious Classism: Entity Equality for Sole Proprietors,” will be published by The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

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