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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center strives to bring nationally recognized professionals working in the field of public interest and poverty law to the University to address contemporary issues concerning various aspects of poverty related and human rights issues.

Fall 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2015 Gillis Long Lecture: 

Spring 2015 Distinguished Speaker: 

  • Douglas Blackmon, Author of Slavery By Another Name: The Re- Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to WWII

Fall 2014 Gillis Long Lectures: 

Past Gillis Long Poverty Law Center's Distinguished Speakers:

  • Derrick Bell - Harvard University

  • John Charles Boger - University of North Carolina

  • Jason DeParle - New York Times Magazine

  • Rev. Robert Drinan, S.J. - Georgetown University

  • Linda Green - University of Wisconsin

  • Joel Handler - UCLA

  • Charles Lane - The Washington Post

  • Robert McDuff - Lawyer's Committee on Civil Rights

  • Charles Ogletree - Harvard University

  • Leonard Pitts, Jr. - Miami Herald Columnist

  • Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. - author Dead Man Walking 

  • Randall Robinson - President TransAfrica

  • Vincent Rougeau - Notre Dame

  • George Ryan - past governor, State of Illinois

Other Guest Lecturers:

  • Rev. William Byron, S.J. - Georgetown

  • Rev. Roy Bourgeois, S.J. - Columbus, Georgia

  • Justice Pius Langer - Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Edward Miles - Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation

  • Bud Welch - Louisiana Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

  • Panel: ABA Commission on Domestic Violence

  • Enrique Villeda - Guatemala Labor Rights

  • Joe Margulies - Guantanamo Detention

  • The Honorable Gordon Martin - Mississippi Right to Vote

  • Symposium: Challenges Facing Disabled Students Post Katrina

Gillis Long Cosponsored Lectures:

  • 12 Years of Guantanamo 

  • Voting Rights, Civil Rights

Additionally, the Poverty Law Center periodically invites law faculty members and guest speakers from the community to participate in Social Justice Tuesday. These forums encompass a wide range of issues of interest and benefit to College of Law students. Listed are past Social Justice Guest Lecturers:

  • Marisa Katz - New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation

  • Denise LeBoeuf - Louisiana Capital Appellate Project

  • Allyson Dorsey Tuttle - Catholic Charities Project Save

  • Karen O'Keefe - Marijuana Policy Project, Washington, DC

  • Mary Howell - New Orleans