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Loyola’s Jessup Moot Court Team competed in the Rocky Mountain Super-Regional Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition held at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, February 14-16, 2014. The Jessup Competition is the most competitive and prestigious moot court competition in the world, with over 500 law schools from over 100 countries competing to reach the world championship rounds held each year in Washington, D.C.

Sara Ochs recently attended a conference entitled “Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Surveillance,” hosted by the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C. Sara contributed a memorandum on the extraterritoriality of international human rights treaties in the context of the recent revelation of the NSA's Prism Program and proposed potential avenues for redress. Her memorandum, prepared in the course of her work in the Human Rights Clinic, was posted as an online resource for the group.

Professor Szalai recently presented written testimony to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing regarding proposed legislation to amend the Federal Arbitration Act.  Professor Szalai’s testimony relied on the history of the Federal Arbitration Act's enactment to reveal a flaw and ambiguity in the proposed legislation, and Professor Szalai also offered suggestions to improve the bill to protect consumers and employees.

Sara Ochs obtained a clerkship with Judge Carl Barbier of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, beginning in 2014.
Patrick Reagin obtained a clerkship with Judge Ivan Lemelle, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, beginning in 2014.

Camille Bryant is an Associate in the general litigation section of the firm’s New Orleans office. She focuses her practice primarily on automotive and motor vehicle products liability and insurance defense. The full announcement can be found here

M. Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law, presented a paper on "An Analysis of Federal Court Decisions Involving Citizenship by Descent from 1990-2010 to Identify the Role of Race, Gender, Marital Status, Class and National Origin," at the Class Crits VI Workshop on Stuck in Forward? Austerity and the Possibilities of the Political, at Southwestern Law School, presented by Southwestern Law Review and Sponsored by the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at SUNY Buffalo and UC Davis School of Law, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

M. Isabel Medina presented a paper on Silencing Race:  State Restrictions on Ethnic Studies in Primary and Secondary Education at the Fourth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on November 2, 2013.

M. Isabel Medina presented “Citizenship by Descent and the Intersection of State Family Law and Federal Citizenship Law” at the LatCrit 2013 in Chicago on October 4, 2013 in a panel on Taking Courts Seriously: Difference, Domination, and Doctrine.

Ms Medina also presented a talk on citizenship by descent and the interaction between state family law and citizenship determinations in administrative and federal court proceedings to the National Association of Women Judges at their annual conference on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

The two are the co-founders of the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana, which helps post-conviction offenders achieve a better quality of life. They recently spearheaded an expungement event in the Treme neighborhood, which guided more than 500 people through the complex process of expunging criminal records, excluding violent felonies, sex offenses, and crimes involving minors.


Women of the Year recognizes individuals whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region. Nominations were accepted throughout the year and a selection committee reviewed and chose the top candidates.  Honorees were selected based on industry and community involvement, as well as their career achievements.

The full list of honorees is here.