Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law
J.D., Tulane University, 1987; M.F.A., University of New Orleans, 1980; B.A., Monash University (Australia), 1977
M. Isabel Medina joined the law school faculty in 1991 after practicing law with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. Upon her graduation from Tulane Law School, she clerked for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She was a managing editor of the Tulane Law Review. She teaches Constitutional Law including First Amendment, Employment and Gender Discrimination Law, and Immigration Law. She has visited at the University of Athens (Fulbright Scholar 2003), Tulane Law School, Villanova University School of Law and Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
She is co-chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She is a past chair of the Immigration Law Section. She has organized a number of conferences on gender based violence, constitutional and immigration issues. She has served as Chair of the Loyola University Senate. In 2011 she received the Loyola Senate Award for Excellence in Service for her work as Faculty Advisor of the Journal of Public Interest Law and the Lambda Law Alliance. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
She writes in the area of gender, immigration and constitutional law and her articles have appeared in the Connecticut Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Louisiana Law Review and the Harvard Latino Law Journal. Her publications include MIGRATION LAW IN THE USA (Kluwer Law International, The Netherlands, 2011) and CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CASES, HISTORY, AND PRACTICE (co-author 4th edition LexisNexis 2011). Her current interest is derivative citizenship. She is writing a history of the law school for the law school's Centennial celebration in 2014.