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Prof. Verchick has completed two manuscripts, both due for publication this year: Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press 2010); Disaster Law and Policy (Aspen 2009) (with Dan Farber, Jim Chen, and Lisa Grow Sun).

Dane Ciolino's article (with Sandra Varnado) entitled "Reconsidering Lawyers’ Ethical Obligations in the Wake of a Disaster" was accepted for publication in "The Professional Lawyer" journal published by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.

Clinical Professor Davida Finger was asked to testify at the Congressional Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunities field hearing entitled “Implementation of the Road Home Program Four Years after Hurricane Katrina."

Law Professor Mitchell Crusto recently received notice of his biographical profile being added to the forthcoming 2010 edition of Who's Who in America.  Professor Crusto was selected because of the reference value of his outstanding achievements. He has been so honored every year since first listed in the 47th Edition, published in 1992.

Professor Mitch Crusto presented a talk entitled "Rising Tenure Standards," on a "Writing for Tenure" panel at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools' (SEALS) 62nd Annual Meeting, August 5, 2009. The panel included two distinguished law school deans, two recently tenured professors, one pre-tenured professor, and Crusto.

Professor Buchert presented “Voluntary Transfers of Custody in Juvenile Court” at the Louisiana Kinship Intergrated Service System 1st Annual Seminar “Balancing Legal and Health Options” sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Social Services on June 18, 2009.

Loyola Law Clinic Assistant Clinical Professor, Ramona Fernandez, recently participated in the Jamaica Sunset CLE, held July 7-16, 2009, in Negril, Jamaica. This is a continuing legal education program presented yearly by the Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. Professor Fernandez presentation focused on "Legal Rights Afforded to Immigrants under U.S. and Louisiana Laws".

Assistant Clinial Professor Ramona Fernandez was a presenter at the Alpha Phi Alpha National Convention held in New Orleans, on July 17, 2009. Professor Fernandez gave a presentation on "School to Prison Pipeline Crisis". The presentation focused on the growing number of young men with disciplinary problems in school which result in increased presence in the criminal justice system. What can a national organization do to combat the problem.

Denise Pilié, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor for the Mediation Section of the Loyola Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and Instructor of Mediation and Arbitration, presented a paper on “Alternative Dispute Resolution and Human Rights in Haiti” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American and Caribbean Law Initiative in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Pilié participated on a panel for discussion of the same issues with A.

Law Professor Mitchell Crusto has recently proposed to Congress The Anti-Racial Profiling Act of 2009, also referred to as "the Professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. Act.” Professor Crusto proposed the Act following the wrongful arrest of his former Yale classmate, Harvard Professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. Additionally, Professor Crusto plans to compose a law review article on the subject.


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