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.

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:


Professor Imre Szalai, working together with four of his students, recently prepared and filed an amicus brief, pro bono, in a case pending in federal court for the Western District of Louisiana. The case, Corvel Corp. v. Southwest Louisiana Hospital Ass’n, involves issues of civil procedure and federal arbitration law, particularly, whether a class action can be administered in an arbitration proceeding.

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.

Professor Monica Hof Wallace moderated a panel on "Things Judges Look For When Selecting a Law Clerk" on November 19, 2010 with panel members Carl J. Barbier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and June Darensburg of the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson.

Professor Bobby Harges gave a talk on "Mediation - Professional and Ethical Conduct?" on November 18, 2010, at the Fifth Circuit Judges Association Fall CLE Program in Gretna, Louisiana.

Professor James Klebba was interviewed by New Orleans City Business, in the October 29 – November 4, 2010 edition about the 30 year old U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Trammel which changed the spousal privilege rule such that the defendant spouse in a criminal case could no longer prevent the other one from testifying if that spouse was willing to do so.”

Professor M. Isabel Medina's monograph on the United States part of "Migration Law" in the International Encyclopedia of Laws series edited by Dirk Vanheule and published by Kluwer Law International 2010 was recently published.  Professor Medina also presented a paper on "Derivative Citizenship and Race-Revisiting Nguyen v. Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Shadow of Flores-Villa v.


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