The Advocacy Center hosts several events throughout the year. Collaboration among numerous programs with the Advocacy Center creates many opportunities for both annual and unique events. Each fall, the Advocacy Center hosts its Golf Classic, and each spring, the Center hosts the Fedoroff Lecture and celebrates student accomplishments at its Spring Banquet. During the fall of 2019, the Center hosted an election debate prior to the Louisiana House of Representative election. Newly introduced this year are Lunch and Learns, to continue throughout the academic year, where alumni present a topic of their choice to students in the renovated Advocacy Center located on the first floor of the law school library. We were honored to provide support to the Louisiana Supreme Court when oral arguments were held here and to host Professor Michael Broyde who spoke about Religious Arbitration. We are excited to sponsor Race Judicata, along with Team Gleason, at Audubon Park on March 7, 2020, and toast our program members at Il Mercato on April 16, 2020.
"The show must go on" ... or in this case ... the Inaugural Advocacy Center Golf Classic!!! Despite Tropical Storm Olga's uninvited presence, bringing torrential rain and gusting winds, the students, practitioners, and judges who braved the elements had a tremendously good time. Pierre Mouledoux made a delicious batch of jambalaya that everyone enjoyed while dancing, playing cornhole, and winning raffle items.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to our sponsors: Alliance Insurance; AKD LAW: Alvendia, Kelly, and Demarest; Bloody Buddy; Boland Marine & Industrial LLC; Bruno's Tavern; DJD Realty; Dudley, Debosier; Duplass Zwain Bourgeois Pfister Weinstock & Bogart; Dylan Corsentino; Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett; Harold Jackson; Impastato Law Firm; Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC; Kean Miller LLP; Kolache Kitchen; Mark Shea; Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Bracket; The Mouledoux Family; Pandit Law Firm; Paul Sens; Roger Javier; Southland Plumbing; Womac Law Firm; Yeager LaNasa Tauzier.
We are honored to introduce our second Fedoroff Speaker: Gregory S. Cusimano. Mr. Cusimano, born in Gadsden, Alabama and receiving both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama, is a highly respected and influential trial lawyer. Of note, Mr. Cusimano represented a wife and mother in a Title VII and invasion of privacy case that involved numerous first impression issues in both the State of Alabama and the Eleventh Circuit which affirmed the trial court award and recognized (1) that sexual harassment should be a protected right under Title VII, and (2) the complained of conduct as an actionable invasion of privacy. Mr. Cusimano is an exceedingly sought after lecturer and speaker. He served in numerous leadership positions on several prestigious boards and associations and has published a plethora of legal articles, was a contributing editor for several tort law and trial lawyer publications, and created comprehensive presentation videos designed for all levels of trial experience. Click here for his impressive biography.
The Gerald P. Fedoroff Speaker Series is made possible through a generous donation by Judge Fedoroff, who presided over Division E of Orleans Parish Civil District Court for more than 30 years, where he served as Chief Judge. A life-long resident of New Orleans and Loyola Law School graduate, Judge Fedoroff is well-known for a 1978 decision that declared Louisiana's "head and master" scheme for community property unconstitutional as violative of the Equal Protection Clause.
Mark your calendars today: Friday, March 13, 2020. Mr. Cusimano's presentation will begin at 9 a.m. in Law School Room 405.
Attendees receive 3 hours of CLE credit and lunch at the reception following the presentation. Register for the CLE here.
As a first time event, we hosted a debate for the candidates seeking to be elected in Louisiana’s 91st and 98th House Districts on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
Promoting legislative advocacy by hosting a debate with candidates who sought to represent our school, our students, and our neighbors proved to be very exciting! Our hope is that these debates will encourage everyone to be more engaged in the democratic process.
A very special thanks to Walter J. Leger III, the termed-out House District 91 representative, and Neil C. Abramsom, the termed-out House District 98 representative, who did an incredible job as moderators. We honor all of the candidates for their time and dedication to their constituants and our great state, and congratulate Mandie Landry and Aimee Freeman who were elected to represent House District 91 and 98 respectively.
Students learned from alums Philip D. Lorio, IV (2012), Roderick "Rico" Alvendia (1998), and Michael S. Brandner, Jr. (2003) who spoke respectively on "Taking a Case from Start to Finish"; "Legal Career Pathways: Defense or Plaintff?"; and "Starting Your Own Firm in a Modern Time".
We are so thankful to each of you for sharing your time and experience and excited for our next round of Lunch and Learns this semester!