Law Professor Mitch Crusto facilitated a discussion among Louisiana judges and lawyers on the U.S. Constitution’s threats to state judicial independence, at the Louisiana Judicial Council’s 17th Annual “CLE of Louisiana” in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 11, 2011. Crusto’s presentation, entitled “Constitutional Intrusion into State Judicial Independence,” explored judges’ ethical duty to self-recuse when hearing matters involving campaign contributors, in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Caperton and Citizens United decisions.
Law Professor Mitch Crusto joined other distinguished law professors from various law schools in the Second Annual John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, June 23-25. The Workshop was conceived in response to the dearth of males of African descent in the law academy and is named for the first male of African descent law professor in the country. This workshop is one way to help bring more diversity into the law academy and retain diverse professors already present.
Professor Johanna Kalb received the favorite professor of the year award at law commencement, which was held on May 13 at the Morial Convention Center. She was selected by the graduating senior class from the thirty-eight ordinary faculty as the most outstanding professor of the year. Please congratulate Professor Kalb on recieving this honor.
Father Lawrence W. Moore, S.J, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor Emeritus Marcel Garsaud received the president's medal one of the highest honors given by the University President.
Father Moore was presented his president's medal for his service to the Board of Trustees and his work at the College of Law. He served 25 years on the Board of Trustees and has been appointed to the associate dean position for approximately eleven years.
Robert Verchick, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor, joined President Barack Obama on Wednesday to celebrate the launching of his conservation initiative, “America’s Great Outdoors,” in a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House. Verchick served on an inter-agency AGO workgroup and was a contributing author of the report submitted to the President.
For more on this story, http://www.loyno.edu/news/laag/20110218/2708.
The Harry Tompson Center this year is awarding its most prestigious award, Legatus Christi (translated as Ambassador of Christ), on Judson Mitchell, assistant clinical professor in the Loyola Law Clinic, for the services he has provided to about 1500 homeless guests of the center.
Below is an excerpt from the email I received from Don Thompson, Executive Director of the Harry Tompson Center. http://www.harrytompsoncenter.org/
The Law Clinic's Workplace Justice Project, under the supervision of Professor Luz Molina has been awarded two grants in excess of $85,000 by the Baptist Community Ministries and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The grants will be used to continue the work of student practitioners in the Workplace Justice Project in promoting just working conditions for all workers, including litigating unpaid wage and discrimination claims of low wage and immigrant workers, advocating for policy which upholds the human rights of all workers, and educating our communities about workplace laws.
Professor M. Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law, has written the competition problem for the 16th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. The problem involves a complex legal issue, drawing students from the Nation's top law schools enabling them to hone their brief-writing and oral advocacy skills, and facilitating relationships with judges and practitioners.
Professor Johanna Kalb and co-author Professor Martha F. Davis of Northeastern University Law School have published an Issue Brief with the American Constitution Society critiquing state initiatives to bar judges from citing foreign and international law. To read the Issue Brief, please click here: http://www.acslaw.org/node/18021
Clinical Professor Denise Pilie co-chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with the Masters Seminar held by the Louisiana State Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution on October 22, 2010. Professor Pilie also work an article, “Satisfying Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Claims: Will Ken Feinberg’s Process Work?”, which was published in the October/November issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal.