Law Professor Mitch Crusto, Loyola Law student/Tulane University Scholar-in-Residence D’Ann Penner, and selected Loyola Law students attended a meeting held on June 9-11, 2010, with The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis (“Academy”) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) to collaborate on a BP/Katrina disaster case study. “Displacement as an Obstacle to Recovery” was the conference theme which focused on the outward migration of people away from the City of New Orleans and the Gulf Region as a major obstacle to recovery of the City.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law graduate, Charles Rice, J.D. ’95, has been named president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., the electric and gas utility that serves the City of New Orleans. He will begin his new role at Entergy New Orleans June 14.
Professor Robert R.M. Verchick published a book on disaster and environmental protection entitled: "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World" (Harvard University Press 2010). With the Atlantic hurricane season just beginning and oil still billowing from the bottom of the Gulf, this book is gaining attention. A book signing event will be held at Octavia Books later in the summer.
Professor Mitch Crusto's University of Miami Law Review article on predatory lending was listed as SSRN's “Top Ten List” of downloaded articles. The paper, entitled "Obama's Moral Capitalism: Resuscitating the American Dream," explores the need for constitutional protection from predatory lending practices. Introducing the concept of "moral capitalism," Crusto proposes a constitutional right to protection from economic exploitation or “predatory capitalism.”
The faculty and dean of the College of Law have hired three outstanding tenure-track faculty members. All three have accepted the offers and will join the full-time law faculty in August. Professor John F.
Third-year Loyola University New Orleans College of Law student Alison McCrary has been selected as a 2010 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow. The fellowship funds lawyers, advocates and organizers who initiate litigation, public education, grassroots organizing and advocacy projects that will have a measurable impact on a host of criminal justice issues. McCrary is one of 18 fellows to be selected nationwide this year.
After the Gillis Long Public Service Award recipients were selected and all announcements were made, Professor Bill Quigley and Barbara Wilson presented the first Social Justice award to Dean Bromberger for his unhesitating commitment to our student organizations in their public service work, and his unwavering commitment to the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center (GLPLC). The Social Justice award was the first ever given by the GLPLC. We again send our appreciation and thanks to him.
Loyola Law has scored another victory! The team comprised of Krystle Ferbos and Brandon Harig has won the Regional round of the ABA Representation in Mediation Competion and will proceed to the National competition in San Francisco in April. Krystle and Brandon were ably coached by Paulina Davis and Yasmin Aklilu. The team of Laura Smith and Evelyn Bryant, coached by David Fink, performed admirably by winning their first round. The students' hard work was evident in their fine performances. I appreciate and thank them for their dedication and professionalism.
Loyola's Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Team became the champions of the inaugural DePaul University College of Law National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition! Loyola's team argued five rounds over two days and dominated a strong field, earning high praise from the distinguished judges in the final round: Judges William Bauer and Richard Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and Warren Wolfson, former Illinois appellate court judge and Dean of the DePaul College of Law.
Congratulations to Loyola's Trial Advocacy Teams that competed last weekend in the Dallas regional of the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy mock trial competition. The event was held at the state district courthouse in Dallas. Loyola’s teams compiled a record of 4-2 and placed 6th and 8th out of 18 teams competing. As Adjunct Professor Bill Sommmers stated, "We defeated LSU (twice), Texas Weslyan and Cumberland. Cumberland placed 2nd nationally last year and won it the year before.