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Professor Blaine LeCesne has been selected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of Morris Jeff Charter School.  Morris Jeff is a diverse K-12, open enrollment school in New Orleans that offers an International Baccalaureat curriculum.

Professor Bill Quigley, Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, was quoted in the Washington Post discussing the problem of outstanding warrants in the City of New Orleans.  The article explains that there are over 56,000 outstanding warrants in New Orleans Municipal Court - and 1 in 7 adults in the city have a warrant out for their arrest.  While police have discretion whether to enforce the warrant, Professor Quigley explains that these discretionary powers are "always exercised at the expense of people of color and people without economic resources." 

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 

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

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.

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 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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