Achievements

3L Caroline Strohe received first place in the Louisiana Bar Association Family Law Section’s student writing contest for her article entitled Embryotic Custody: A Proposed Synthesized Approach to Properly Balance Procreative Freedom. The contest was open to all Louisiana law students who wished to submit a scholarly writing piece on any family law topic. Look for Caroline’s winning article which will be published in the upcoming edition of the Louisiana Bar Journal!

 

Professor Blaine LeCesne has been selected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of Morris Jeff Charter School.  Morris Jeff is a diverse K-12, open enrollment school in New Orleans that offers an International Baccalaureat curriculum.

The findings of Professor Imre Szalai's empirical study on the prevalence of consumer arbitration agreements were covered by NBC News and in Time. Szalai's study found that 81% of the top Fortune 100 companies have used consumer arbitration agreements.

The Loyola team received 3rd place in the annual National Criminal Procedure competition held at University of San Diego School of Law.  42 schools competed in the competition and teammates Rachel Breaux and Bayle Jenkins, coached by Monica Mendoza, placed among the final eight teams overall.  Congratulations!

Emily Bishop, Co-Director of the Lawyering Program and Writing Instructor, has been named a member of the Editorial Board for the Second Draft, a publication of the Legal Writing Institute.  The Second Draft is published twice yearly and features essays, book reviews, and articles on topics of interest to legal writing professionals.

Emily Bishop, Director of the Loyola Lawyering Program and writing instructor, published an article entitled Avoiding 'Ally Theater' in Legal Writing Assignments in the journal Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing.  In it, she proposes strategies for successfully incorporating issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation into the legal writing curriculum.

Incubator Program lawyer Matt Smith has been awarded a full scholarship to the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) program “Mastering the Art, Science & Craft of Advocacy”. The seven day training program combines the simulation of trial skills with lectures and demonstrations. Participants simulate trial skills and receive critiques on their videotaped performances. The week culminates with two days of jury trial.

The National Team comprised of Courtney Harper, Trent Wallis, and Michael Catalano competed at the Region VII competition at Vanderbilt.  They handily defeated Vanderbilt and Cumberland in the preliminary rounds to make it to the quarterfinals.  In a tough match against Alabama, they prevailed to advance to the semi-finals.  They met Ole Miss in the semis where they won oral argument but were defeated by a small margin because Ole Miss had a higher brief score.  They landed in third place overall and Courtney Harper was voted the best oralist of that semi-final round.  We are SO proud of th

The Louisiana Youth Seminar is a summer leadership camp for high school students.

A special Leadership in Law insert profiling all honorees will run in the May 26 issue of CityBusiness.

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