The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice
Academics. Justice. Service. These are the core tenets on which the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is built. Nowhere are they more prevalent than in the nationally ranked Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. This legal clinic gives third-year law students the opportunity to be sworn into practice law and put their classroom knowledge to work in representing those in need under the supervision of clinic faculty. Students gain a wide range of legal skills, practical experience in a number of fields, and learn what it means to use the law to serve others.
Student practitioners in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice are supervised by nationally renowned clinicians. Through the Law Clinic, law students have the chance to represent real clients in eight different fields of practice.
Clinic Faculty News and Successes
Comments on the D.A.
Covered by Louisiana Weekly, Professor Snead commented on Jason Williams' actions as New Orleans D.A. and what they mean for criminal justice in the city…
Justice In The News
A recent NOLA.com article highlights a victory for Professor Hector Linares and the Youth Justice Clinic regarding the order to remove youth from Angola.…
The Maroon published a piece on renter's rights by clinic director, Davida Finger. In the piece, she shares helpful tips for renters in New Orleans.
Fall 2023 Justice Journal
Click below to see the full Fall 2023 Justice Journal, the newsletter for the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. The Justice Journal newsletter contains updates, new projects, and highlights of section successes in the Law Clinic. Look out for the next newsletter to stay updated on the latest clinic news. Read past newsletters here.
Clinic Receives Grant Support
The Loyola Law Clinic recently received grant funding from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, which will allow the clinic to provide civil legal services to families involved in the child welfare system or at risk of entering foster care. Emily Aucoin, J.D. ’20, joins the Law Clinic as a staff attorney under a My Community Cares grant.
The Maroon published a piece on renter's rights by clinic director, Davida Finger. Professor Finger works on housing justice and is an evictions expert. In the piece, she shares helpful tips for renters in New Orleans.
Read the piece here.
Clinic Director's Successes
The U.S. State Department named Professor Davida Finger a Fulbright Specialist for the next 3 years. The Fulbright Specialist program matches U.S. academics and professionals with significant expertise with the opportunity to complete short term project-based exchanges designed by institutions around the world. Professor Finger's focus is on collaboration with experiential curricula and law clinic programs.
Additionally, research by Professor Finger is cited in the Times-Picayune, ProPublica, Salon, MSNBC and news outlets nationwide as new data shows that the federally operated Road Home program implemented after Hurricane Katrina favored the wealthy and “shortchanged the poor.”
Workplace Justice Project
The Workplace Justice Project, supervised by Professor Luz M. Molina, continues to advocate for low-wage workers. Since 2013, the WJP has provided direct legal services (intakes, consults, limited legal representation, litigation etc.) to approximately 1,600 people and recovered approximately $626,500.