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.

Law Professor Mitch Crusto facilitated a discussion with Louisiana judges and lawyers on state judges’ role in developing constitutional law at the Louisiana Judicial Council’s 16th Annual Jamaican Sunset CLE in Negril, Jamaica, July 10, 2010. Crusto’s presentation, entitled “Retracing the Steps on the Bridge: the Right to Intra-State Travel,” explored the ration decindendi of the federal court decision in the Dickerson Case which stated there is no constitutional right to travel within the State of Louisiana.

Visiting Clinical Professor Denise Pilie spoke as lecturer at several mediation trainings including:

  • June 2010; Lecturer, Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, ADR Section Meeting, Mediator Ethics
  • June 2010; Lecturer, New Orleans Bar Association, Construction Mediations and Arbitration in Louisiana
  • May 2010; Lecturer, Foreign Service Institute Training Center in Washington, D.C. on Basic Negotiation Techniques
  • May 2010; Lecture at the American Arbitration Association Advanced Mediator Training, Mediator Ethics


Law Professor Mitch Crusto is joining other distinguished law professors from various law schools in the The John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop at Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas, June 24-26. The Workshop was conceived in response to the dearth of African-American males in the law academy and is named for the first African-American male law professor in the country. This workshop is one way to help bring more African-American males into the law academy and retain those already present.

On Friday, June 18, in a live interview on WVUE, Fox 8 news, Law Professor, Mitch Crusto, stated that the President Obama inspired BP Fund is a symbolic, yet illegal victory. “Under US corporate law principles, the BP Board of Directors lack the power to divert corporate funds for non-profit purposes. As a result, expect to see a shareholder group sue the BP Board to prevent the Board from using BP funds to act in a charitable manner.

Professor William Neilson's article on tax law has been accepted for publication in the Akron Tax Journal.  The article focuses on informal claims for refunds with Internal Revenue Service.  Professor Neilson is an expert on tax law, teaches several courses related to the subject and oversees the Loyola Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. 

Law Professor Mitch Crusto, Loyola Law student/Tulane University Scholar-in-Residence D’Ann Penner, and selected Loyola Law students attended a meeting held on June 9-11, 2010, with The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis (“Academy”) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) to collaborate on a BP/Katrina disaster case study. “Displacement as an Obstacle to Recovery” was the conference theme which focused on the outward migration of people away from the City of New Orleans and the Gulf Region as a major obstacle to recovery of the City.

Professor Robert R.M. Verchick published a book on disaster and environmental protection entitled: "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World" (Harvard University Press 2010). With the Atlantic hurricane season just beginning and oil still billowing from the bottom of the Gulf, this book is gaining attention.  A book signing event will be held at Octavia Books later in the summer.  

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.


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