M. Isabel Medina

Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law

M. Isabel Medina
M. Isabel Medina

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 served as co-chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools in 2014 and 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 Advising 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 United States (Kluwer 2016) and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law:  A History (LSU Press 2016).  She contributed a feminist rewriting of the US Supreme Court case Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales in Linda Berger, Bridget Crawford, and Kathy Stanchi, editors, U.S. Feminist Judgments (Cambridge University Press 2016).

She delivered the Fourth Annual Judge Harry J. Wilters Jr. Lecture on Constitutional Law and Professional Ethics at the University of South Alabama on September 20, 2016, on “In Search of the Nation of Immigrants:  Balancing the Federal-State Divide.”  Currently, she is working on a biography of Loyola New Orleans Law alumni James Skelly Wright.

She is the 2018 Dux Academicus Award recipient, awarded by Loyola University New Orleans for excellence in teaching, superiority in scholarship and outstanding general contribution to the University and community at large.

List of Publications


J.D., Tulane University, 1987; M.A., 1979, M.F.A., University of New Orleans, 1980; B.A., Monash University (Australia), 1977

Classes Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Employment and Gender Discrimination Law
  • Immigration Law