Davida Finger, Clinic Professor, teaches the Community Justice section of the Law Clinic and the Law & Poverty course at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She joined Loyola in 2006 to work with what was formerly the Katrina clinic. In collaboration with community organizations, she has worked extensively on disaster-related litigation and policy matters focusing on government accountability in rebuilding. Clinic subject areas include landlord-tenant, subsidized housing, post-disaster housing, housing discrimination, public benefits, access to public records, and civil rights matters. Professor Finger is the founding director of the Incubator Program, an initiative for solo practitioners working for social justice. For the 2015-16 academic year, she will serve as the Interim Associate Director of the Law Clinic and Interim Director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center. Prior to joining the clinical faculty at Loyola, she practiced law in Seattle.
During 2008-09, Professor Finger was a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School and an “Effective Leadership” fellow with Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy in its inaugural program for emerging Louisiana leaders. She was also a 2009 teaching fellow with the Neighborhood Partnership Network’s first capacity college in New Orleans designed to develop community members’ advocacy and organizing skills.
While in law school, Professor Finger was the founding Editor in Chief of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and an Associate Editor on the Seattle University Law Review. At graduation, she received the Faculty Scholar Award for excellence in high academic achievement and substantial service to the law school community. In 2007, Seattle University Law School named her an inspiring alum and she now serves on the alumni board.
Professor Finger received Loyola University College of Law’s 2010 Gillis Long service award and the 2010 Loyola University Faculty Senate service award. She is the 2011-12 chair of the Association of American Law Schools poverty law section.
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1998; J.D., Seattle University, 2002