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 learning what it means to use the law to serve others.
Top Ranked Nationally
The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice is ranked in the top 50 among more than 200 ABA-ranked law schools by U.S. News and World Report.
PreLaw Magazine ranks Loyola Law in the Top 20 Law Schools for Public Service.
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 nine different fields of practice.
Clinic Faculty Successes
Justice In The News
Professor Hector Linares appears in a recent WGNO article and broadcast regarding the proposed juvenile detention facility at Angola.
Pearl of Justice
Professor D. Majeeda Snead received the inaugural Pearl of Justice award in honor of Coretta Scott King.
NGO Lawyer of the Year
Professor Hiroko Kusuda received the NGO Lawyer of the Year award from the Federal Bar Association Immigration Section in 2022.
Youth Justice Section Success
In the Fall of 2022, the Youth Justice section filed a federal civil rights suit seeking an injunction and class-wide relief after the state announced plans to move youth in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Justice to a facility on the grounds of the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Although the preliminary injunction was not granted, clinic students remain actively involved in ongoing litigation efforts to obtain permanent relief.
Supervised by Professor Hector Linares
Family Law Section Success
Congratulations to Aspen Murphy, Jessica Barton, and Kevin Michot, student practitioners from the Family Law section. These students were granted a Protective Order for their child client in the 24th Judicial District Court, Parish of Jefferson. The case was heard by the Honorable Stephen Enright. The practitioners admitted exhibits, questioned their witness and gave a compelling closing argument. The record is under seal.
Supervised by Professor Cheryl Buchert
Children's Rights Section Success
Congratulations to Soren Lannes and Madison Tuck, Children's Rights section students for the 2022-2023 academic year, who conducted a two-day termination of parental rights trial. After successfully presenting evidence and arguments, the court rendered a judgement of adoption for the maternal grandparents of our 9-year-old client. The case was heard by the Honorable Amanda Chauvin Calogero, Juvenile Court Judge of Jefferson Parish.
Supervised by Professor Ramona Fernandez
Spring 2022 Justice Journal
Click below to see the full Spring 2022 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.