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Professor Szalai recently presented written testimony to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing regarding proposed legislation to amend the Federal Arbitration Act.  Professor Szalai’s testimony relied on the history of the Federal Arbitration Act's enactment to reveal a flaw and ambiguity in the proposed legislation, and Professor Szalai also offered suggestions to improve the bill to protect consumers and employees.

M. Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law, presented a paper on "An Analysis of Federal Court Decisions Involving Citizenship by Descent from 1990-2010 to Identify the Role of Race, Gender, Marital Status, Class and National Origin," at the Class Crits VI Workshop on Stuck in Forward? Austerity and the Possibilities of the Political, at Southwestern Law School, presented by Southwestern Law Review and Sponsored by the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at SUNY Buffalo and UC Davis School of Law, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Women of the Year recognizes individuals whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region. Nominations were accepted throughout the year and a selection committee reviewed and chose the top candidates.  Honorees were selected based on industry and community involvement, as well as their career achievements.

The full list of honorees is here.

M. Isabel Medina presented “Citizenship by Descent and the Intersection of State Family Law and Federal Citizenship Law” at the LatCrit 2013 in Chicago on October 4, 2013 in a panel on Taking Courts Seriously: Difference, Domination, and Doctrine.

Ms Medina also presented a talk on citizenship by descent and the interaction between state family law and citizenship determinations in administrative and federal court proceedings to the National Association of Women Judges at their annual conference on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

M. Isabel Medina presented a paper on Silencing Race:  State Restrictions on Ethnic Studies in Primary and Secondary Education at the Fourth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on November 2, 2013.

Professor Lecesne has recently been interviewed by several media outlets about the BP oil spill. Links can be found below.

On EBRU TV show "Fresh Outlook" (Live):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC4QotxrFh8

On WYES TV show “Louisiana: The State We’re In” (Taped):
http://www.lpb.org/swi

 M. Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law, was featured on John Redmann's Power of Attorney on WLAE PBS New Orleans speaking about immigration reform, broadcast on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1 and 9 p.m. (Cox Channel 14).  A Spanish language version of the show will be broadcast next week.  She was also interviewed for Louisiana Public Broadcasting and that interview will air Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9 p.m.

 

M. Isabel Medina presented her work in progress, Derivative Citizenship - What's marriage, sex, race and class got to do with it?, at the MidAtlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference on President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: On the Doubts, Questions, and Problems of Full Citizenship, January 24-26, 2013 at University of Pennsylvania Law School. She discussed a paper by Ezra Rosser on The Elusive Latin American Dream. Professor Rosser is one of our former Westerfield Fellows, now on the faculty at American.

Louisiana Appleseed held its Good Apple Gala at the National WWII Museum's Stage Door Canteen on Thursday January 17th. They honored the Access to Justice Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association with a Good Apple. Professor Luz Molina is the co-chair of the Access to Justice Committee. 

Professor M. Isabel Medina was mentioned and quoted in the Friday, January 18, 2013 edition of The Maroon. In the article 'Gun rights change at state level,' Medina was mentioned as having spoken out against Amendment Two before it was upheld last November. She was quoted as saying that it was "not necessary" since the U.S. Constitution already protects a citizen's right to bear arms. She also was quoted as saying that the amendment would prevent reasonable and possibly necessary regulation that could protect a community.

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