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Alumni Profiles

Since the inauguration of its environmental program after Hurricane Katrina, Loyola Law has graduated more than eighty students with certificates in Environmental Law. Many more have participated in courses, workshops, and internships supported by the Center for Environmental Law. Below are just a few of the many alums finding success in environmental law careers.

Marisa Escudero, J.D. '09

Marisa Escudero serves as the Water Resources Manager at the National Wildlife Federation. Marisa’s work focuses on managing the Water Protection Network, a coalition of over two hundred local, regional, and national members working to support member groups advocating for economically and environmentally sound water projects and policies. The Network assists organizations to become more effective by providing technical, legal and other support and creating opportunities to participate in federal policy decision-making. Prior to arriving at NWF, Marisa authored a comparative legal analysis on water management laws and regulations for states along the Mississippi corridor.

Escudero is a member of the bar in Maryland and Louisiana and earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and her LL.M. from the George Washington School of Law.

Lynsey R. Johnson, J.D. ‘14

Ms. Johnson is a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, she coordinates HUD’s Resilience Council and implementation of the department’s Climate Adaptation Action Plan in addition to working on other federal initiatives.

Ashley Luizza, J.D. ‘12

Ms. Liuzza is admitted to practice in the state of Louisiana. She currently works in the fields of Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, and Mass Torts at the SmithStag Law Firm in New Orleans. She is litigating some of the biggest environmental cases in the state. Ashley also serves as Vice President of the Association for Women Attorneys, in New Orleans.

Annelise Rickert, J.D. '15

Ms. Rickert went from Loyola Law to becoming a Legislative Associate at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, where she works on issues including the Clean Air Act, Emissions, Electricity and Grid Reliability, and Oil and Gas.