Professor Mitchell Crusto is partnering with Xavier University (New Orleans) and Xavier Preparatory High School to develop a pipeline project to the legal profession. He has recently met with leadership from both schools to create and implement pre-law advisory and curriculum development programs.  He has also committed scholarship funds for students to receive professional standardized test-taking strategies training with local test-taking expert, Alex Gershanik.

On September 10, 2009 in New Orleans, Bobby Harges participated in a panel discussion entitled "Mediation Workshop" where the panel members discussed preparation for and representing clients in mediations. The seminar was sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Professor Pilie was invited to serve as a non-governmental observer at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in December. The conference is officially titled the “15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “ Denise is active in the group Mediation Beyond Borders (MBB). The goal of the MBB participants will be to promote mediation and other forms of cooperative decision making during climate change negotiations and to add mediation to the successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.

Professor Mitchell Crusto has been asked to participate in a panel discussion and book signing at the Florida A&M College of Law's 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina program on September 3rd. Professor Crusto and other contributors to the book "Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster (University of Nebraska Press, 2009)" have been asked to discuss their respective chapters of the book.

Professor Bobby Harges, with co-author Russell Jones, recently published "Harges and Jones' Louisiana Evidence 2009 Edition by Bobby Harges and Russell Jones, West Publishing Company. 

On August 20, 2009 in Metairie, Louisiana, Bobby Harges gave a talk on "Jury Selection in Civil Cases in Louisiana, When a Gut Feeling is Not Enough" at the Mediation Arbitration Professional Systems, Inc. monthly breakfast continuing legal education seminar.

Professor James Klebba presented a talk on the topic "The Role and Status of Judges: Another Example of American Exceptionalism: Any Moves Toward Convergence?" as part of a symposium entitled "Global Civil Procedure Trends and the Promises and Perils of Harmonization" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools' (SEALS) 62nd Annual Meeting, August 2, 2009.

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."


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