Law Professor Mitch Crusto facilitated a dialogue among Louisiana judges and lawyers on a citizen’s constitutional right to legal counsel and lawyers’ duty to serve the unrepresented, at the Louisiana Judicial Council’s 18th Annual “Southern CLE of Louisiana” in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on June 21, 2012. Crusto’s presentation, entitled “Do Lawyers Have a Duty to Serve the Unrepresented,” explored a citizen’s right to effective counsel in the plea bargaining process in criminal law cases in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Frye and Lafler decisions.
Environmental law Professor Rob Verchick lectured at the University of Copenhagen on the BP Oil Spill and next year's upcoming trial
Professor M. Isabel Medina testified before the Louisiana Senate Committee on the Judiciary on a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with the right to own and use weapons on behalf of Loyola University on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
Professor Verchick has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2012-13. The award, which is part of the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leader Program, will support his research in India during the fall semester of 2012. He is currently working on a book about cities around the world adapting to climate change.
A story in the Houston Chronicle quotes Professor Blaine LeCesne on the oil spill cases and also refers to his forthcoming article in Michigan State Law Review:
Law Professor Mitch Crusto analyzed the proposed multi-billion dollar, partial settlement and its relationship to Multi-District Litigation during an interview with The Associated Press (AP). He is quoted in the AP piece “BP Settlement includes New Health Claims Process, on March 4, 2012.” He noted that the proposed partial settlement including a system for monitoring health concerns and compensating people ill from the disaster was a smart move for BP.
Professor Verchick delivered a lecture titled, "Climate Change and Disaster Planning" as part of the Sustainability+Globalization Lecture Series, sponsored by the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, and the World Trade Center New Orleans.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor and education law expert Rob Garda was the featured speaker at the University of Georgia School of Law and College of Education last week.
Professor M. Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law, was elected to the Executive Committee of the AALS Constitutional Law Section.
Professor Verchick lectured at Tokyo's Waseda University, comparing the legal aspects of last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill with Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. The conference, whose audience included scholars, lawyers, and business professionals, was sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.