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 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 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 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.

Law Professor Mitch Crusto presented an analysis of the BP litigation as a source of collaborative research as a panelist on the Economics, Policy, and Decision Support Systems strand a multi-state conference in New Orleans on Monday, November 1, 2010. The Louisiana Board of Regents facilitated the conference entitled “Collaborative Scientific Research Opportunities Relative to the Gulf Oil Spill,” with support from the National Science Foundation.

The College of Law hosted the fall 2010 meeting of the Louisiana Junior Faculty Forum recently.

The recurring forum provides an opportunity for junior scholars to present and discuss their work and to network with others in the field. These meetings occur once each semester and rotate between the four law schools in New Orleans and Baton Rouge: Loyola, Tulane University, Louisiana State University and Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge.


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