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Social Justice Events

The Program, in partnership with the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, will host monthly speakers to address local and national efforts to advance social justice. The Program also aims to increase the online visibility of Loyola’s existing social justice initiatives.

Upcoming Events

Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in Challenging Times: September 29, 2017

In cooperation with the US Human Rights Network and Project South, the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is hosting an event entitled Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in Challenging Times. 

Experts will discuss the Muslim ban, dealing with the FBI, religious discrimination, naturalization and Green Card delays, and other civil and human rights abuses against Arab and Muslim-Americans.

Speakers Include: Rachel Conner, Bruce Hamilton, Hiroko Kusuda, Laila Hlass, Azadeh N. Shahshahani, and Manzoor Cheema

Past Events

We Are All Criminals: The Consequences of a Criminal Record: April 14, 2015

Emily Baxter presented to law students on April 14, 2015, discussing her project, We Are All Criminals. Used by employers, policy makers, landlords and the general public to determine the character of an individual, criminal records can profoundly impact someone’s ability to move on and up in life. But this isn’t about those records. We Are All Criminals looks at those of us with criminal histories but no record; in other words –those of us who have had the luxury to forget our misdeeds. This project seeks to challenge society’s perception of what it means to be a criminal and how much weight a record should be given, when truly – we are all criminals.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline: What Are the Problems? What Are the Solutions?: April 14, 2015

“The School-to-Prison Pipeline" has become shorthand for the continuing failures in the education system where students of color disproportionately are over-or incorrectly categorized in special education, are disciplined more harshly, achieve at lower levels, and eventually drop or are pushed out of school, often into juvenile justice facilities and prisons. Join us along with bar leaders, leaders interested in implicit bias and its ramifications for disproportionality in education, and experts who have developed successful programs and projects across the country. The Forum brought together a national gathering of key entities and organizations to recognize ongoing research and programmatic intervention and to develop an action plan to address the components of the school-to-prison pipeline dilemma.  

Information on Dignity in Schools Campaign>>> 

SKL-SocJ-031315: Cultural Competency and Inter-personal Skills: March 13, 2015

Many current articles and studies suggest law students need training in issues regarding cultural competence, especially in this global market. Business schools have adopted measures to address issues related to client development in a global market. The course objectives include development of cross-cultural understandings including issues related to vulnerable populations, race relations and global markets. The course will also offer opportunities to develop “soft skill” training to present a polished professional image and build confidence. The course design will include both lecture and simulation based exercises.

Workplace Justice Project Annual Conference: March 6-7, 2015

The Workplace Justice Project (WJP), in cooperation with the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law (JPIL), presented a conference on Low-Wage Workers in the South on the campus of Loyola College of Law in uptown New Orleans. Attendees addressed the challenges faced by low-wage workers in the South, and those who advocate and organize with and for them. Learn More>>>

Student Week Against the Death Penalty: March 2-6, 2015

Each year, NLG students all over the country come together to celebrate Student Week Against the Death Penalty. By hosting events and planning actions, students raised awareness of the unjust capital punishment system in the United States. 

Community Lawyering Skills Course: January 30, 2015

This course will introduce students to essential principles of community lawyering (also known as movement lawyering or cause lawyering)–a type of lawyering where attorneys work in close collaboration with community groups. Using an array of advocacy tools including litigation, community lawyering aims to build strong social movements to support long-term social justice goals. In this skills course, community lawyers will introduce the importance of negotiation skills where representation of a community group is involved and a critical social justice issue is at stake. This class is highly interactive and will provide unique opportunities to learn about local work currently in our own community.

Social Justice Lunch with Alice Riener

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center hosted a Social Justice Lunch with Alice Riener, Chief Legal Officer at NO/AIDS Task Force d.b.a. CrescentCare. Ms. Riener discussed her career after law school and the mission of CrescentCare, a federally qualified health center in New Orleans.

Alice Riener attended American University Washington College of Law and moved to New Orleans shortly after graduation in 2007. She worked as a staff attorney in the housing unit at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services prior to joining the NO/AIDS Task Force in 2011 as the Director of Housing. She currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer for the NO/AIDS Task Force d.b.a. CrescentCare. CrescentCare received designation as a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and has opened up two new clinics in the New Orleans area to serve some of the unmet health needs in our community. The organization's mission is to offer comprehensive health and wellness services to the community, to advocate empowerment, to safeguard the rights and dignity of individuals, and to provide for an enlightened public. Alice currently focuses on issues of compliance, risk, human resources, legal services, housing, and advocacy efforts, in addition to being part of the team to transform the agency from an HIV/AIDS service organization to a FQHC.

Slavery: The Prison Industrial Complex

This round-table discussion examined the failed systematic machinery of mass imprisonment and the combined efforts under way to abolish it. The discussion included prominent activists, artists who have documented the Angola Prison for years, and former prisoners—who provided a first-hand viewpoint. The participants came together to both inform the public and discuss strategies for change while reminding us of the crucial, invigorating and ever-present affinity between activism and art. This discussion was made possible Prospect 3; Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans; and Xavier University of Louisiana’s Office of Academic Affairs and their Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Art, Women Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Mass Communications, and Communications Studies.

Justice Gap: Civil Legal Access in Louisiana 

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center sponsored a panel on October 21, 2014 in room 308 of the law school. Inspired by Professor Luz Molina's Justice Gap article, the event featured a distinguished panel of presenters discussing the history of access to justice issues in Louisiana and strategies to "narrow the gap."

Social Justice Lawyering

This Skills course introduced students to social justice lawyering from the movement perspective. In this interactive and participatory workshop, students strengthened their understanding of how to work as community lawyers – lawyering collaboratively with organizers to build social and political movements that have the power to win. Students explored the range of roles legal advocates play and the competing tradeoffs of varying approaches; identified the core strategies, tactics, and skills of movement legal work; shared real stories of cases/campaigns and constructively reflected on challenges and opportunities; and discussed power & privilege and the importance of anti-oppression framework to movement legal work.

Social Justice Certificate Rollout

Participating faculty, staff, and student organizations presented on social justice initiatives at the College of Law.