The Stuart H. Smith Center Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice
Academics. Justice. Service. These are the core tenets on which the Loyola 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 23rd among over 200 ABA-ranked law schools by U.S. News and World Report.
Through the Law Clinic, law students have the chance to represent real clients in nine different fields of practice.
United for Early Care and Education Project
United for Early Care and Education – in partnership with United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Agenda for Children – provides technical and legal support to child care centers, beginning with a focus on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) to help them access the loans, maintain proper eligibility for forgiveness and complete the loan forgiveness process.
Clinic Faculty Successes
Professor Davida Finger has compiled the first comprehensive set of data on evictions in New Orleans and co-authored a report, The New Orleans Eviction Geogra…
Building the Practice
Professor Hiroko Kusuda was selected to serve a three year term for the national Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section.
Defending the Right to Protest
Professor William Quigley has been in the news for his work defending environmental protesters from prosecution under new "critical infrastucture" laws.  …
2018-2019 Clinic Facts
Children's Rights Clinic Success
Elizabeth Fox presented oral arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Elizabeth successfully advocated on behalf of her child client on issues involving constitutionality and statutory interpretation of La. Civil Code Art. 198. The appellate brief was prepared and filed by Elizabeth Fox, Ashley Fisher & Lindsey Dean.
Prosecution Clinic Visits Crime Lab
The Prosecution Clinic learned about DNA testing, ballistics, chemical analysis, and use and presentation of expert witnesses with presentation by Deputy Sheriff Timothy Scanlan at Jefferson Parish Crime Lab.
Misdemeanor Clinic Success
Congratulations to Misdemeanor Clinic student Andrew Rayford for getting a not guilty verdict in his client's criminal case in Orleans Municipal Court in front of Judge Mark Shea.
Family Law Clinic Success
Katie Stevenson, Fatmeh Ali, and Joshua Johnson successfully represented their client in an Interdiction trial before Judge Frank Brindisi in the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson. The Student Practitioners qualified the doctor as an expert and questioned three witnesses.