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
New Youth Justice Section
The Youth Justice section of the Law Clinic is starting this fall as Loyola’s newest clinic section. Student attorneys in the clinic will be advocating for the rights of students with disabilities at IEP meetings, disciplinary hearings, and administrative proceedings. The clinic will also defend youth in delinquency proceedings and work on policy issues related to reform of the juvenile justice and special education systems. Prof. Hector Linares, who previously practiced as both a special education attorney and juvenile defender, will be teaching the Youth Justice section.
Students from the Technology and Innovation section are working with Professor Judson Mitchell to complete their work on the Incarceration Transparency website, https://incarcerationtransparency.org. The site, which was begun in the spring semester, builds on Professor Andrea Armstrong's work documenting deaths in Louisiana prisons and aims to help researchers, the media, and advocates learn more about unsafe prison conditions.
Criminal Justice Clinic
Professor Majeeda Snead and Criminal Law section student practitioner (now graduate!) Shanice Smith-Banks argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court. The case is State v. Ricard No. 2019-KH-00073. Mr. Ricard was charged in 21st JDC with 2 counts of aggravated rape of a juvenile on May 21, 2015. After a jury trial he was found not guilty on count 1 and guilty of molestation of a juvenile on count 2. His conviction was affirmed on appeal. Mr. Ricard filed a Pro Se post conviction application alleging ineffective assistance of counsel which was denied by the trial court and the First Circuit Court of Appeal denied writs. The Supreme Court granted his Pro Se writ on December 10, 2019 and appointed Loyola Law Clinic to represent Mr. Ricard. The oral argument was held on June 10, 2020, the first Supreme Court argument conducted via zoom. Shanice Smith-Banks argued on behalf of Mr. Ricard and did an excellent job. We are awaiting the court's opinion.
Notes From The Ground
The Workplace Justice Project recently hosted, Notes From The Ground, a webinar series that discussed the impact of Covid-19, recovery, and moving forward. Speakers included Suzanne-Juliette Mobley, Jan Moller, Professor Bill Quigley, and Rep. Royce Duplessis.