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On Friday, June 18, in a live interview on WVUE, Fox 8 news, Law Professor, Mitch Crusto, stated that the President Obama inspired BP Fund is a symbolic, yet illegal victory. “Under US corporate law principles, the BP Board of Directors lack the power to divert corporate funds for non-profit purposes. As a result, expect to see a shareholder group sue the BP Board to prevent the Board from using BP funds to act in a charitable manner.

Professor William Neilson's article on tax law has been accepted for publication in the Akron Tax Journal.  The article focuses on informal claims for refunds with Internal Revenue Service.  Professor Neilson is an expert on tax law, teaches several courses related to the subject and oversees the Loyola Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. 

Law Professor Mitch Crusto, Loyola Law student/Tulane University Scholar-in-Residence D’Ann Penner, and selected Loyola Law students attended a meeting held on June 9-11, 2010, with The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis (“Academy”) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) to collaborate on a BP/Katrina disaster case study. “Displacement as an Obstacle to Recovery” was the conference theme which focused on the outward migration of people away from the City of New Orleans and the Gulf Region as a major obstacle to recovery of the City.

Professor Robert R.M. Verchick published a book on disaster and environmental protection entitled: "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World" (Harvard University Press 2010). With the Atlantic hurricane season just beginning and oil still billowing from the bottom of the Gulf, this book is gaining attention.  A book signing event will be held at Octavia Books later in the summer.  

Professor Mitch Crusto's University of Miami Law Review article on predatory lending was listed as SSRN's “Top Ten List” of downloaded articles. The paper, entitled "Obama's Moral Capitalism: Resuscitating the American Dream," explores the need for constitutional protection from predatory lending practices. Introducing the concept of "moral capitalism," Crusto proposes a constitutional right to protection from economic exploitation or “predatory capitalism.”

The faculty and dean of the College of Law have hired three outstanding tenure-track faculty members.  All three have accepted the offers and will join the full-time law faculty in August.  Professor John F.

After the Gillis Long Public Service Award recipients were selected and all announcements were made, Professor Bill Quigley and Barbara Wilson presented the first Social Justice award to Dean Bromberger for his unhesitating commitment to our student organizations in their public service work, and his unwavering commitment to the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center (GLPLC). The Social Justice award was the first ever given by the GLPLC. We again send our appreciation and thanks to him.


Law Professor Mitch Crusto has been selected by The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis (“Academy”) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) to collaborate on a Katrina case study. Last year, the Academy, funded by the Dart Foundation, gathered with scholars and stakeholders at Virginia Tech to address the aftermath of the Cho killings. Last Friday, February 5, 2010, the Academy and Professor Crusto met in New York to plan a conference in New Orleans this summer to address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the City and on its residents.

Denise Pilie was named by the November issue of New Orleans Magazine as one of New Orleans’ top lawyers in 2009 in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Denise Pilie was invited by the Dean of the Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques (the state law school in Haiti) to speak at the 150th anniversary celebration of the law school. The celebration was to be held in Port-au-Prince Haiti, beginning on Tuesday, January 12, the date of the earthquake. For personal and professional reasons, Prof. Pilie had cancelled her participation in the celebration in late December, and was not present for the tragedy.


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