Achievements

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.

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.
 

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