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The recipient of the 2014 New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys’ Outstanding Family Law Clinic Student Award from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Family Law/Children’s Rights sections of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice is Hope Elizabeth Hughes.

2L Civil Law Student Patrick D. Murphree completed an externship at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the chambers of Justice Greg Guidry. In his chambers, Patrick was exposed to all areas of law and the legal profession for which the court is responsible, including civil law, criminal law, professional responsibility, and bar admissions. Patrick's primary responsibility was to write reports on applications for writs of certiorari and make recommendations as to whether or not the writs should be granted.

Congratulations to Sara Ochs, Kristen Lewis, Patrick Reagin and Collin Melancon of the Vis Moot Team for winning the Willem C. Vis Pre-Moot Competition held in Miami. 

At the international competition in Vienna, their Respondent Brief was given honorable mention. The only schools from the United States to have honorable mention briefs were Harvard, NYU, Northwestern, Yale and Loyola.

Loyola’s Jessup Moot Court Team competed in the Rocky Mountain Super-Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition held at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, February 14-16, 2014. The Jessup Competition is the most competitive and prestigious moot court competition in the world, with over 500 law schools from over 100 countries competing to reach the world championship rounds held each year in Washington, D.C.

Sara Ochs recently attended a conference entitled “Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Surveillance,” hosted by the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C. Sara contributed a memorandum on the extraterritoriality of international human rights treaties in the context of the recent revelation of the NSA's Prism Program and proposed potential avenues for redress. Her memorandum, prepared in the course of her work in the Human Rights Clinic, was posted as an online resource for the group.

Sara Ochs obtained a clerkship with Judge Carl Barbier of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, beginning in 2014.
Patrick Reagin obtained a clerkship with Judge Ivan Lemelle, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, beginning in 2014.

Lynsey Rae Johnson won the 22nd LSBA Environmental Law essay contest awarded by the Environmental Law section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.  In her casenote, “Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States: Dam If You Do, Dam If You Don’t,” Lynsey discusses the U.S.

Philip De Paula, J.D. '13, will have his paper "Decentralizing Environment Administration: A Common Law Approach" published in the Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Economics Volume IV, Summer 2013, Issue 1(7). 

He completed the paper in Professor Woods' course "Human Rights in the Global Marketplace" as part of the Environmental Law Certificate writing requirement.

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