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Our law students have wonderful opportunities to balance classwork with rewarding and meaningful student activities. Law students gain leadership skills, learn about the application of the law, pursue areas of interest, and develop peer networks through engagement with co-curricular activities. With many active student organizations, our law students can explore a range of interest areas throughout law school.

Below is a list of law student organizations. As a law student, if you are interested in joining a student organization and learning more, please attend the student organization fair at the beginning of fall semester and look out for programming throughout the academic year on the events calendar.

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Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) was founded in 1994 to increase the recruitment of Asian-American students and professors to the law school and keep students informed about legal issues that affect their communities. APALSA maintains contact with related national organizations and law schools that support similar programming.

 
Executive Board – 2019-20

President: Justin Macadangdang
Vice President: Miranda Duchesne
Treasurer: Ty Sanderson
Secretary: Marshall Fant
SBA Representative: John Perez

Contact Information:

Faculty Advisor
Professor Chunlin Leonhard
E-mail: leonhard@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Asian Pacific American Law Student Assoc.
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail
apalsaloyno@gmail.com

Black Law Student Association (BLSA), A.P. Tureaud Chapter, established in 1969, is geared to recruiting and maintaining the enrollment of black students in the College of Law. Members of the organization recruit black students from colleges and universities throughout the region. Tutorial services are also offered to help maintain the enrollment level of black students. The society, open to all interested law students, maintains contact with related national organizations and other law schools throughout the country that support similar programs.

Executive Board – 2020-21

President: Makala Graves
Vice President: Madison Torry
Treasurer: Christian Brown
Secretary: Rebecca Desta
SBA Rep: Derrick Riggins

Contact Information

Faculty Advisors

Professor Blaine Lecesne
E-mail: blecesne@loyno.edu

Kimberly Jones
E-mail: kjones1@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Black Law Student Association
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail
blsateam@gmail.com

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BLSA GALA | February 29, 2020  | PLEASE NOTE:  VENUE CHANGE

The 2020 Gala will be held in Greenville Hall, right across the street from the main law school building.  The Pine Street lot is open for gala parking and there is street parking around the Greenville Hall area.  

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Black Law Student Association is excited to announce the 16th Annual BLSA Gala benefiting the Lola Davis Scholarship.

BLSA Gala & Silent Auction
Saturday, February 29, 2020
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Loyola University - Greenville Hall 
7214 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Cocktail Attire

Ticket Information

$40 Students

$65 Non-Students

Purchase Tickets

Sponsorship Information

PLATINUM $2,000 Includes gala table and 10 gala tickets

GOLD $1,500 Includes gala table and 5 gala tickets

SILVER package - $700

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New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are key locations for the practice of environmental law. The central mission of Loyola's Environmental Law Society (ELS) is to engage its members in local, national, and international issues within the evolving and multi-faceted field of environmental law. Activities include: educational panels featuring prominent environmental lawyers and policymakers, service outings cleaning up the natural beauty of our beloved New Orleans, and attending national conferences.

Dear ELS Community,

It has been one month since George Floyd was killed and more than three since Brionna Taylor was murdered. In that time, how many times have we said their names, and that of many other victims of police brutality? Of course, memorializing not enough. Maybe the anger of this injustice has inspired you to probe deeper into the massive inequality and injustice that our country was built upon. Truly understanding the past, even when it paints our ancestors (and our earlier selves) in an uncomfortable light, is a constant duty.

Environmental law has been rightly accused of a focus on the effects of pollution on ecosystems and wildlife, not people. It is much more comfortable to talk about parts per million of lead in soil; much less so to talk about the physical and mental symptoms of lead poisoning of children in New Orleans’ public housing. Link

As an organization and as individuals on the executive board, the Loyola New Orleans Environmental Law Society makes the following declaration:

Black lives matter.

In Louisiana, the Gulf South, the global South, and in communities of color across the globe, BIPOC are affected by pollution, climate change, and industrialization more than white communities. Link

The above disparity is a result of institutional and individual racism on the part of white city planners, industrialists, and politicians who chose to sacrifice the health and livelihood of BIPOC for profit or “progress”. While climate change and pollution affect everybody, BIPOC communities have suffered more historically and face some of the greatest changes in the near future. Link

While our society is focused on issues of environmental law, we acknowledge that environmentalism must be intersectional to achieve change and justice. We cannot engage with the legal community in a way that focuses only on the harm done to climates and ecosystems without seeking solutions and accountability for the irreparable harm done to BIPOC.

As law students less than 100 miles away from the most polluted area of the United States, we recognize that we have an opportunity and responsibility to protect fenceline communities from further harm and advocate for their reparations.

We are excited to work with our membership, our faculty advisors, the deans, and the entire Loyola community to make meaningful change and become better advocates. Thank you for joining us.

Executive Board – 2020-21

President: Caitlion O'Neill
Vice President: Matt Thompson
Treasurer: Molly Liberto
Secretary: Brittany Grimes
SBA Rep: Derek Heath

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Professor Robert Verchick
E-mail: verchick@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Environmental Law Society
7214 St. Charles Ave.,
Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA  70118

Organization E-mail
loynoels@gmail.com

Executive Board – 2020-21

President: Sree Mandava
Vice President: Ross Travis
Treasurer: 
Secretary: 
SBA Rep: 
Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Professor Nicholas Davrados, Ph.D.
E-mail: davrados@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Evening Law Student Association
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

The mission of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of law students, federal practitioners, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public.

The FBA represents the federal legal profession and includes more than 16,000 federal lawyers, law students, and 1,200 federal judges, working together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary. Getting involved with Loyola’s FBA Law Student Division gives students the opportunity to interact and network with federal judges and practitioners.

Executive Board 2020-21

President: Surekha Naidoo

Vice President: Haley Zhu-Butler

Secretary: Christian Brown

SBA Rep: Sierra Ambrose

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Diana Mercer
E-mail: dmercer@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Federal Bar Association
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail
loyolafba@gmail.com

The Federalist Society is a school chapter of the national organization (http://www.fed-soc.org) which has a background in conservative-libertarian ideas. The Federalist Society fosters debate on current issues in the law by hosting public forums at the school.

Executive Board - 2019-20

President: Joshua Johnson
Vice President: Ronnie Cantin
Treasurer: Chandler Craig
Secretary: Eric Dentler
SBA Rep: Kevin Naccari

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Professor David Gruning
E-mail: gruning@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Federalist Society
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail
loynofederalists@gmail.com

Executive Board – 2020-21

President: Brenda Solorzano

Vice President: Williams Torres

Treasurer: Laila Lopez-Martin

Secretary: Maria Frischling

SBA Rep: Bryan Rodriguez

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor

Professor Hiroko Kusuda

Organization Address

Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Hispanic Law Student Association
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

 

International Law Society, an affiliate chapter of Association of Student International Law Societies, is dedicated to the understanding of various legal systems of the world. A series of seminars featuring international authorities is designed to highlight similarities and differences between United States legal systems and those of other countries. The society is an information source for summer legal study abroad and legal internships with foreign law firms.

Executive Board Members – 2020-21

President: Debra Ngcobo

Vice President: Surekha Naidoo

Secretary: Elizabeth Paniello

SBA Rep: Deanna Burbridge

Exchequer: Olivia Holm

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Professor Jeanne Woods
E-mail: woods@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
International Law Society
7214 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA  70118

Organization E-mail
ilsloyno@gmail.com

 

The Lambda Law Alliance is a private, non-partisan student organization designed to foster a welcoming environment to all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. In accordance with Ignatian and Jesuit tradition, the Lambda Law Alliance affirms the goodness, worth and dignity of every person. Lambda Law Alliance strives to support diversity in the College of Law, to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed law students and prospective law students, to increase knowledge and awareness of legal issues that are unique to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed community, and to serve the greater community as a source of information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed legal issues. As a corollary, Lambda Law Alliance will create a community of LGBT and LGBT allies at Loyola College of Law through formal and informal social events.

Executive Board 2020-21

President: Brett Percle
Vice President: Caitlion O'Neill
Treasurer: Chelsea Roby
Secretary: Margaret Daly
SBA Rep/Events: Kimberly Fanshier  

                                                                       
Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Professor M. Isabel Medina
E-mail: medina@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Lambda Law Alliance
7214 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA  70118

Organization E-mail
loyolalambda@gmail.com

Maritime Law Society (MLS) was established in the spring of 1994 for the purpose of introducing students to the various legal and factual issues which arise in the field of maritime law. Seminars, speakers, field trips, and panel discussions give students the opportunity to interact with practitioners, judges, and businesses that are actively involved in this area of the law.

Executive Board – 2020-21

President: Dylan Hoke
Vice President: Alexander Brewster                                                                                                                 Treasurer: Allyson Colomb
Secretary: Hayley Fortezzo
SBA Rep: Caleb Bertrand

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor:
Professor Mary Algero
E-mail: algero@loyno.edu

Organization Address:
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Maritime Law Society
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail:
loyno.mls@gmail.com

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is a national organization that has been in existence since the 1930s with a membership of approximately 8,000 lawyers and students. The Loyola chapter of the guild was formed in 1982. The preamble of the NLG Constitution best summarizes the organization’s orientation: “We place human rights above property rights.”

Executive Board – 2020-21

President: Ben Landau-Beispiel

Vice President: Grace Bronson

Treasurer: Gautami Bamba

Secretary: Gabbie Evans

Student Bar Association Representative: Caitlion O'Neill

Events and Outreach Coordinator: Meredith Booker

Angola Prison Coalition Chair: Giuliani Alvarenga

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Professor Davida Finger
E-mail: dfinger@loyno.edu

Organization Address:
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
National Lawyers Guild
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail
loyno.nlg@gmail.com

Phi Delta Phi (PDP) international legal fraternity is the oldest legal fraternity in continued existence in the United States today. The fraternity established its 99th Inn, the Black Inn, named after Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1972. Members are selected from those of the student body who have completed at least one semester of study and have attained a ranking in their respective class of at least the top 50 percent. The intent of this organization is to foster an interest in scholarship and provide services to the student body and within the legal community. Additionally, the Inn fosters friendship which has long been the hallmark of the Phi Delta Phi tradition.

Executive Board – 2020-2021

Magister: Alex Baird
Vice Magister: Rachel Rowe
Clerk: Allyson Colomb
Exequecher: Deanna Burbridge
Historian: Madison Torry
Senator: John O'Banion

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Associate Dean Mary Garvey Algero
E-mail: algero@loyno.edu

Organization Address:
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Phi Delta Phi
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail:
phideltaphiloyno@gmail.com

Resources:

Online Payments
PhiDeltaPhi.org

Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) was established in 1988 to provide a forum for students interested in the legal regulation of the sports and entertainment industries. The organization sponsors seminars, workshops, and attends conferences such as the North American Sports, Entertainment & IP Law Conference, and SXSW in Austin, Texas. Most of SELS' meetings are attended by local attorneys who share their experiences and provide guidance in the areas of contract negotiation, licensing, agency, and more.

Executive Board 2020-21

President: Julia Holt

Vice President: Katherine Ranero

Treasurer: Chris Dommermuth

Secretary: Dominic Wilson

SBA Rep: Mary Claire Logue

Social Media Representative: Alexis Chapital

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor
Professor Imre Szalai
E-mail: iszalai@loyno.edu

Organization Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Organization E-mail
loynosels@gmail.com

Resources

Online Payments
Calendar of Events

The Student Bar Association (SBA) was organized in the spring of 1952 and includes all law students enrolled in the day and evening programs of the College of Law. The SBA is governed under a constitution adopted by students. The SBA's purpose is to provide a means of closer unity among all students and to foster mutual cooperation and understanding between the student body, the law faculty, and the legal profession. The SBA of Loyola is a member of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.

Membership dues in the SBA are $250 for all students payable at registration of the freshman year but covering all three (four) years of law school.

The Executive Board of the Student Board Association works diligently to represent the students of Loyola Law to the best of their ability. If any students have any suggestions, comments, or concerns about student life, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Board at loynosba@gmail.com.  

2019-2020 SBA Executive Board

President: Danielle Gonzalez, dsgonzal@my.loyno.edu

ABA/ VP of Student Orgs: Daniel Olivier, dmolivie@my.loyno.edu

VP of Cabinet: Patrick Sens, ptsens@my.loyno.edu

Secretary: Alexandra Baird, anbaird@my.loyno.edu

Academic Affairs Chair: Kayleigh Profumo

Alumni Relations Chair: Alexandra Hymel

Community Outreach: Sabrine Mohamad

Mission and Identity: Sabrine Mohamad

Wellness Chair: Nicholas Rizzo

Special Events Chairs: Shanice Smith-Banks & Christopher Pendleton

Fundraising Chair - Megan Uptegrove

2019-20 SBA Representatives

2L Day Representatives: Waite Reeves and Sucheta Roy

 

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor

Davida Finger, Clinic Professor & Associate Dean of Students

SBA Links

Student Bar Association
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
7214 St. Charles Avenue
Campus Box 901
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
loynosba@gmail.com

The Animal Legal Defense Fund - Loyola New Orleans chapter is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.

Executive Board 2020-21

President: Haley Fortezzo-Prater
Vice President: Brittany Grimes
Treasurer: Caitlion O'Neill
Secretary: Sarah Morgan
SBA Rep: 
Social Media Coordinator: Anne-Marie Fortenberry

Contact Information

Faculty Advisors
Professor Blaine LeCesne
E-mail: blecesne@loyno.edu

Professor Karen Sokol
E-mail: kcsokol@loyno.edu

Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
Animal Legal Defense Fund - Loyola New Orleans Chapter
7214 St. Charles Ave., Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118