Professor Verchick spoke at two book events promoting "Facing Catastrophe," one at Octavia Books in New Orleans, the other at Busboys and Poets bookstore and restaurant in Washington, D.C. He spoke about disaster law and climate change adaptation at the "Rising Tide V" conference at Howlin' Wolf on the anniversary of Katrina. He also lectured on climate change adaptation as part of a course for visiting Chinese political leaders, organized by the Yale School of Management.
Professor Bill Quigley received a civil rights award from the Louisiana Justice Institute at the Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Civil Rights Awards Banquet. He also received a commendation from the City of New Orleans for this honor. Bill has been a dedicated advocate for civil and human rights for many years. Other award recipients included: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Shirley Sherrod, Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald, Alden J. McDonald, Jr., Bishop Charles Jenkins, Rev. Tyrone Edwards, Mary Joseph, Jerome Smith, and Don C. Hubbard.
Law Professor Mitch Crusto was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), on Monday, August 16, 2010, by Linda Wertheimer, about the consolidation of more than 300 lawsuits relating to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, a Loyola Law graduate described as “an exceptional jurist,” will preside over the consolidated BP cases.
Professor Bobby Harges publishes, "Batson Challenges in Criminal Cases: After Snyder v. Louisiana, Is Substantial Deference to the Trial Judge Still Required?," which has been published at 19 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 191 (2010). He also co-authored a book entitled, Harges and Jones' Louisiana Evidence 2010 Edition which has recently been published by West Publishing Company.
During the week of July 12, several faculty members gave lectures to a group of 26 visiting students from the Moscow State University School of Law. The faculty members and their lecture topics were: Dean Lorio (Welcome message and the Louisiana Civil Law tradition), Professor Molina (clinical education), Professor Harges (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Professor Klebba (American legal education and the legal profession, civil procedure and the U.S. federal court system, evidence), Professor Medina (constitutional law) and Professor Viator (federal criminal procedure.)
Professor Robert Garda was appointed to the Louisiana State Advisory Commission (SAC) to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The SAC advises the Commission on Civil Rights on matters pertaining to discrimination or denials of equal protection of the laws. Professor Garda has published The Politics of Education Reform: Lessons from New Orleans in the Journal of Law and Education. He also has authored the report Equitable and Adequate Funding for Special Needs Children in Louisiana on behalf of the Louisiana Appleseed/Louisiana Bar Foundation.
Visiting Professor Edward Chase published two books in the spring of 2010, Volume 11 (Trusts) in the Louisiana Civil Law Treatise series, and also the second edition of his casebook Property Law: Cases, Materials, and Questions (co-authored with Professor Julia Forrester of SMU).
Interim Dean Kathryn Venturatos Lorio was a speaker at a session of Regulating the Reproductive Body and presented a paper on "The Why behind the What: A Comparison of International Assisted Reproduction Laws and the Influences behind Them" at the SEALS Conference held in Florida.
Professor Cheryl Prestenback Buchert is now serving as a member of the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson Domestic Liaison Advisory Committee, beginning June 2010, at the request of Judge John J. Molaison, Jr. The committee was formed to advise and make recommendations to the court regarding the rules and practices of the 24th JDC Domestic Early Intervention Triage Program. The committee is studying the changes suggested by Professor Bobby M.
Law Professor Mitch Crusto explored new directions for constitutional law at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2010 Annual Conference in Palm Beach, Florida, July 30, 2010. Crusto presentation, entitled “Empathetic Dialogues: Toward Value Principles in Constitutional Law,” was a part of a panel on “Obama, Empathy, and the Constitution.” Using Biblical references to Abraham’s dialogue with God on the injustice of the proposed killing of innocent people in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Crusto posited that judges have a moral obligation to seek justice in their decisions.