Loyola University College of Law’s Mardi Gras Moot Court Team placed First Overall in the 15th annual Mardi Gras Moot Court Competition recently hosted by Tulane Law School. The Mardi Gras Competition is an appellate advocacy tournament involving novel issues of Sports & Entertainment Law.

On February 19, 2010, Loyola College of Law's Moot Court team reached the semifinals in the 20th Annual First Amendment Moot Court Competition hosted by Vanderbilt University School of Law and the First Amendment Center. The competition hosted 36 teams representing law schools from across the nation including Georgetown, Duke, Brooklyn, and San Diego School of Law. The team, comprised of second year law students, Desmonde Bennett, Evan Bergeron, and coached by third year student, Nicole Stillwell, competed in eight rounds over two days.

Congratulations are in order for one of Loyola's trial advocacy teams that participated in the Texas Young Lawyers' Association Competition in Austin, Texas, in February 2010. Loyola's team successfully advanced to the semi-finals where they competed against University of Texas.

Advocates, Kellie Johnson and Greg Akers, coached by recent law graduate, Matt McLaren, competed against law schools, South Texas, Baylor and Tulane.

Law Professor Mitch Crusto has been selected by The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis (“Academy”) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) to collaborate on a Katrina case study. Last year, the Academy, funded by the Dart Foundation, gathered with scholars and stakeholders at Virginia Tech to address the aftermath of the Cho killings. Last Friday, February 5, 2010, the Academy and Professor Crusto met in New York to plan a conference in New Orleans this summer to address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the City and on its residents.

Lemmon is the 2010 recipient of the St. Ives Award, named for the patron saint of lawyers. The award is presented annually to a College of Law alumnus who has volunteered services to the college or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession and furthered the mission of the alumni association. Lemmon will be honored at the annual College of Law alumni luncheon on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Hotel InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Ave.

Denise Pilie was named by the November issue of New Orleans Magazine as one of New Orleans’ top lawyers in 2009 in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Denise Pilie was invited by the Dean of the Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques (the state law school in Haiti) to speak at the 150th anniversary celebration of the law school. The celebration was to be held in Port-au-Prince Haiti, beginning on Tuesday, January 12, the date of the earthquake. For personal and professional reasons, Prof. Pilie had cancelled her participation in the celebration in late December, and was not present for the tragedy.

Professor Mary Algero was elected to the position of president-elect of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and will begin a term as president in August 2010. Also, her book Louisiana Legal Research was published in July 2009.  Louisiana Legal Research assists attorneys, law students, paralegals, librarians, and others in researching legal materials effectively and efficiently. While focused on Louisiana law, the book provides the reader with information necessary to research federal law as well as the law of other jurisdictions.

Loyola Law's Trial Advocacy Team that recently placed first in the Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at Quinnipiac University in New Haven, Connecticut. As a result of this win, Loyola's team has been invited to participate in the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago in March 2010.  

Professor Mitchell Crusto is honored to have the lead article published in the recently edition of the University of Miami Law Review. Crusto's article, entitled "Obama's Moral Capitalism: Resuscitating the American Dream," introduces a novel constitutional approach to redressing predatory mortgage and other unfair lending practices.


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