What is the Ignatian Scholars Program?
The Ignatian Law Scholars (ILS) Program recognizes particularly promising members of the entering law school class whose applications reflect the Jesuit values of commitment to academic excellence and service to others. ILS receive a renewable Dean’s Scholarship and are assigned faculty and alumni mentors to help with the transition to law school and practice. In addition, Scholars gather for special events each semester to get to know each other and other members of the law school community.
Fall 2020 Ignatian Law Scholars
Loyola University New Orleans is proud to welcome 19 new members to the Program.
Our newest members hail from 8 states and 14 different undergraduate institutions, including two Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This cohort of Scholars reflects the diversity of the Fall 2020 class: 8 of 19 identify as a person of color and 11 of 19 are women. Our scholars are more than academic overchievers. They’ve served in the military, clerked at law firms, and lead prestigious organizations. This group includes parents to humans and to those with fur. We have Mardi Gras krewe members, artists, and athletes. We are proud to have a talented and diverse 1L class.
For more information about Loyola Law’s Ignatian Law Scholar Program, please contact the Law Admissions Office at (504) 861-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Ignatian Law Scholars
Meet the Newest Ignatian Law Scholars
Maya Archaya is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Film Production. Ms. Archaya fell in love with New Orleans after moving to the city for her undergraduate education. She has experience in multiple disciplines, having worked as a graphic designer and photographer, and in sports broadcasting and filmmaking. Maya is also the proud owner of a pitbull.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
O’Brien Alley is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.S. in Psychology and Classical Studies. Ms. Alley has a proven track record as a volunteer and leader. She has devoted numerous hours to non-profit organizations such as Magnolia Community Services, Children’s Hospital, Sanctuary at Passages Hospice, Roots of Music, and Trinity Community Center. O’Brien played the cello in Tulane’s Orchestra and the saxophone in Tulane’s Marching Band.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Kent Coupe is a graduate of Reed College with a B.A. in History and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a master’s degree in education. Mr. Coupe began his career as an AmeriCorps member in Austin, TX, before becoming a public school teacher. He has worked with many notable organizations such as Education Austin, the Workers Defense Project, and Proyecto Santiago in various capacities. Mr. Coupe ran various voter registration events for students and community members as a volunteer deputy registrar in Texas. Outside of his work and community activism, Kent enjoys camping and calligraphy.
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Clifford Fields is a graduate of Oakwood University with a B.A. Mr. Fields was involved in several organizations on campus. In particular, he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta (a Pre-Law Society) and the former president of “The Dialogue,” a club devoted to the discussion of difficult topics in a safe environment. Mr. Fields’s political experience includes serving as a precinct captain for an Alabama State House campaign. Clifford enjoys cooking and singing in his free time.
Hometown: Laurel, MD
Peter Finney is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Seminary College with a B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies, Pontificia Universita San Tommaso D’Aquino with a Bachelor of Sacred Theology, and l’Accademia Alfonsiana with a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in Moral Theology. Prior to arriving at Loyola Law, Fr. Finney served locally as the pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church, Chaplain of Ursuline Academy, and as the assistant pastoral formation director of Notre Dame Seminary. Peter is a former member of the Krewe of Thoth, and a Saints season ticket owner. He has two dogs, Luna and Krewe, and is the owner of a gold electric tuk-tuk.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Paige Franckiewicz is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in Accounting. Ms. Franckiewicz was a starting member of the Loyola Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Team. She served as team captain during her senior year and is a two-time Southern States Athletic Conference honoree. In addition, she was the Vice President of the Delta Gamma Fraternity and an Executive Officer on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Ms. Franckiewicz has legal experience through her internship with The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center.
Hometown: Slidell, LA
Jordan Giles is a graduate of Rhodes College with a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in Russian Studies. Prior to enrolling at Loyola Law, Ms. Giles served as a President’s Office Assistant at Rhodes College. While at Rhodes, Ms. Giles served as the Editor-in-Chief for Modus Vivendi, an international studies journal; served as president for the Russian club; and, named Mertie Buckman International Internship Scholar. Her experience also includes internships with a number of impressive organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Carnegie Moscow Center, and VNM International.
Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Cameron Haddad is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Film Production, and a graduate of John Paul The Great Catholic University with an M.B.A. in Film Production. While at university, he was involved in various roles with Sigma Nu Fraternity, the Association of Future Alumni, and the University Program Council amongst other organizations. Mr. Haddad interned at Walden Media and produced two films: “Unspoken” and “Rewind.” Cameron enjoys photography, cooking, and outdoor activities.
Hometown: Mandeville, LA
Scott Havener is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a B.M. in Music Composition, where he earned an Outstanding Composition Student Award, an Outstanding Music Theory Student Award, and academic honors. Prior to enrolling at Loyola Law, Mr. Havener worked as a legal assistant and media manager for a local firm owned by a Loyola alumnus. Scott enjoys cooking, aviation, and traveling. He is currently working on earning his pilot’s license.
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Alexander Hood is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in Political Science. At UNO, he earned the prestigious Latin American Studies Grant from the Doris Zemurray-Stone Endowment Chair to study the experiences and treatment of illness among Shipibo communities in Peru. Mr. Hood is a yoga teacher and has worked with formerly incarcerated citizens through the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections in Orleans Parish to offer practical approaches in mindfulness. Alex is an avid gardener and proud parent.
Hometown: Miami, FL
Daisy Huck is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in Performing Arts - Dance, and a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. Huck has been a dancer for 19 years and has participated in a number of productions. She has volunteered with a number of environmental nonprofits including Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Rural Dog Rescue, and Potomac River Cleanup.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Kayla Koonz is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Social Justice, where she served in various leadership roles, including President of Pi Sigma Alpha from 2018 to 2019. Kayla is a talented singer and has sung for the WWII Museum, the Zephyrs Baseball Team, and for a film production.
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Soren Lannes is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in English, with a minor in French Language. While at USM, Mr. Lannes studied abroad in France for two semesters to increase his competency in French and studied abroad in London to study William Shakespeare. For three years, Mr. Lannes taught English as a second language in South Korea to both children and young adults.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Charelle Lett is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A. in African American Studies. Ms. Lett is a first-generation college student. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Global Impact Chairman. She has worked as a file clerk and legal assistant at an Alabama law firm. In addition, she has been involved with various organizations such as the UAB NAACP, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Pre-Law Society.
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Aspen S. Murphy received her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington, DC. She was a Magna Cum Laude graduate with Annenberg honors. Aspen has worked for major news networks and Fortune 500 companies. She is also a graduate of the Nancy Marsiglia Institute for Justice, Leadership River Region, and the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute where she was honored with their Emerging Leader Award. Aspen is the current Board Chair of the River Region Chamber of Commerce and a board member for the Krewe of Harmonia.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Mindy Parker is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.S. in Business Management and Legal Studies of Business. Ms. Parker has served as a leader in the student ministry of Celebration Church for six years. She spent a summer working in Yellowstone National Park. Mindy enjoys coffee shops, traveling, and serving her community.
Hometown: Marrero, LA
Dawn Penn is a graduate of Dillard University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Prior to law school, she worked as the Pretrial Release Bond Advocate for Orleans Public Defenders. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Criminal Justice Club, and a Dillard University Community Service Ambassador. Her legal interests include social justice, entertainment, and sports law. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys horseback riding and playing tennis.
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Patricio Ramos is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science. Mr. Ramos served five years of active duty in the U.S. Navy that included two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf. During his deployment, he performed crash rescue, firefighting, and damage control duties on the flight deck. Patricio enjoys Cross-Fit, Olympic weightlifting, e-sports, and baking.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Madison Tuck is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in English. She served as the president of Wolf Pack for Life at Loyola and planned the 2019 Rehumanize Conference, a national whole life conference for peace and justice. In addition, she was the vice president of the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. She served as a student mentor for the Ignatian Colloquium, a Loyola New Orleans Honors College program. Madison is an avid reader, and her favorite author is Jane Austen.
Hometown: Charleston, WV