Professor Mary Algero was elected to the position of president-elect of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and will begin a term as president in August 2010. Also, her book Louisiana Legal Research was published in July 2009. Louisiana Legal Research assists attorneys, law students, paralegals, librarians, and others in researching legal materials effectively and efficiently. While focused on Louisiana law, the book provides the reader with information necessary to research federal law as well as the law of other jurisdictions.
Professor Mitchell Crusto is honored to have the lead article published in the recently edition of the University of Miami Law Review. Crusto's article, entitled "Obama's Moral Capitalism: Resuscitating the American Dream," introduces a novel constitutional approach to redressing predatory mortgage and other unfair lending practices.
Professor Robert Verchick has been selected as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (OPEI). Located in the Office of the Administrator, OEPI is the main policy arm of the EPA. With a staff of nearly 200 experts in the fields of regulation, policy, economics, and business, OPEI manages the agency-wide rulemaking process, reviews final policy analyses, and oversees the testing of new and innovative approaches to environmental protection. Mr.
Law Professor Mitchell Crusto recently developed and proposed a panel discussion for the 2010 SEALS (Southeastern Association of Law Schools) Conference in Palm Beach, FL. The proposed discussion topic, "Obama, Empathy, and the Constitution," would be part of the Constitutional Law Workshop and would address empathy as a constitutional jurisprudential principle.
Professor Lloyd Drury's article "Private Equity and the Heightened Fiduciary Duty of Disclosure", was accepted for publication in the NYU Journal of Law & Business.
Professor Johanna Kalb's article "Dynamic Federalism in Human Rights Treaty Implementation" has been accepted for publication in Tulane Law Review.
Professor Mitchell Crusto is partnering with Xavier University (New Orleans) and Xavier Preparatory High School to develop a pipeline project to the legal profession. He has recently met with leadership from both schools to create and implement pre-law advisory and curriculum development programs. He has also committed scholarship funds for students to receive professional standardized test-taking strategies training with local test-taking expert, Alex Gershanik.
On September 10, 2009 in New Orleans, Bobby Harges participated in a panel discussion entitled "Mediation Workshop" where the panel members discussed preparation for and representing clients in mediations. The seminar was sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.
Professor Pilie was invited to serve as a non-governmental observer at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in December. The conference is officially titled the “15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “ Denise is active in the group Mediation Beyond Borders (MBB). The goal of the MBB participants will be to promote mediation and other forms of cooperative decision making during climate change negotiations and to add mediation to the successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
Professor Mitchell Crusto has been asked to participate in a panel discussion and book signing at the Florida A&M College of Law's 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina program on September 3rd. Professor Crusto and other contributors to the book "Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster (University of Nebraska Press, 2009)" have been asked to discuss their respective chapters of the book.