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Professor Finger's report, which she co-authored with Jane Place Neighborhood Substantiality Initiative, is the first comprehensive report on the escalating eviction crisis in New Orleans. The report maps evictions throughout the city based on a dataset Finger compiled through public records requests.  It shows that the most affordable neighborhoods have the highest eviction rates and makes policy recommendations to lessen displacement. The full report is available at https://jpnsi.org/evictions 

The findings of Professor Imre Szalai's empirical study on the prevalence of consumer arbitration agreements were covered by NBC News and in Time.  Szalai's study found that 81% of the top Fortune 100 companies have used consumer arbitration agreements.  He argues that the widespread use

Emily Bishop, Co-Director of the Lawyering Program and Writing Instructor, has been named a member of the Editorial Board for the Second Draft, a publication of the Legal Writing Institute.  The Second Draft is published twice yearly and features essays, book reviews, and articles on topics of interest to legal writing professionals.

Professor Johanna Kalb and co-author Didi Kuo recently published Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion, in the Michigan Law Review Online.  In their essay, Kalb and Kuo argue that the current conversation about American democratic decline fails to acknowledge that the stability of American democracy has long rested on political compromises that exclude communities of color, and they describe how this reframing should reshape current polic

In his newly published article, Good Faith in Louisiana Property Law, 78 Louisiana Law Review, 1163 (2018), Professor John Lovett explores the concept of good faith plays in four areas of Louisiana law.  Lovett argues that good faith is the crucial mediating device that allows courts to consider both the honesty and carefulness of the parties while deciding whether to reallocate property rights and obligations between the original owner and the new property player.

Professor Sokol is co-editor of a new report from the Center for Progressive Reform.  Titled "From Surviving to Thriving: Equity in Planning and Recovery," the report examines the failures of current public policy that were on display in the lead-up to and in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. It explores the ways U.S.

Professor Davida Finger's letter "Needed facts on eviction," which appeared in the New Orleans Advocate, explains the challenges faced by vulnerable tenants in eviction court and the need for statewide legislative reform.

Professor Bill Quigley was quoted in the Washington Post about his work representing Louisiana environmental activists facing charges for violating the state's new anti-protest law.

Professor Andrea Armstrong co-authored a report for the Promise of Justice Initiative titled Dying in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Professor Robert Verchick, who also serves as President of the Center for Progressive Reform, co-authored public comments to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to withdraw proposed changes to the agency's rule-making process.  The comments received support from 85 public interest, labor, and grassroots organizations.

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