Achievements

Professor Blaine LeCesne has been selected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of Morris Jeff Charter School.  Morris Jeff is a diverse K-12, open enrollment school in New Orleans that offers an International Baccalaureat curriculum.

Caitlin Newswanger '19 has been selected by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to become their first Veterans Justice Fellow.  Funded by the New Orleans Bar Association and New Orleans Bar Foundation, Caitlin will help low-income veterans access discharge upgrades and other programs they need to secure housing, income, and medical care. Caitlin received her Masters in Social Work before graduating, magna cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 

Loyola graduate Andre Robinson has been named a Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow by the ABA Section on Taxation.  As a fellow, Andre will spent two years working with the Low-Income Tax Clinic at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to provide education and tax services to taxpayers returning to society after being incarcerated and micro and small business owners.  

Misha Logan, Class of 2015, was named Member of the Month by the Greater New Orleans Martinet Legal Society.  Misha is an active member of the Young Lawyers Committee as well as the Community Service Committee.  She also served as one of the co-chairs for the Society's Mock Trial Camp.  While at Loyola, Misha served as Vice President of BLSA and was a member of the Journal of Public Interest Law and the Sports Law Moot Court team. Misha currently serves an associate with Leake & Andersson in New Orleans.

Alexis Stanley, Class of 2020, is spending her summer as an intern for the Women's National Basketball Players Association in New York City, where she will work on issues related to collective bargaining and player and brand licensing.  After graduation, Alexis plans to specialize in labor law.

Professor Finger's report, which she co-authored with Jane Place Neighborhood Substantiality Initiative, is the first comprehensive report on the escalating eviction crisis in New Orleans. The report maps evictions throughout the city based on a dataset Finger compiled through public records requests.  It shows that the most affordable neighborhoods have the highest eviction rates and makes policy recommendations to lessen displacement. The full report is available at https://jpnsi.org/evictions 

Professor Johanna Kalb and co-author Didi Kuo recently published Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion, in the Michigan Law Review Online.  In their essay, Kalb and Kuo argue that the current conversation about American democratic decline fails to acknowledge that the stability of American democracy has long rested on political compromises that exclude communities of color, and they describe how this reframing should reshape current polic

Shaakirrah R. Sanders (JD '01) became the first African-American and second person of color to achieve the rank of full professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. Professor Sanders teaches courses related to U.S. constitutional law and criminal procedure. Professor Sanders has published scholarship on felony sentencing reform; civil and criminal jury trial rights; religious freedom; and agriculture security or “ag-gag” legislation.

3L Leila Abu Orf has been selected to receive the Association of Corporate Counsel Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.  The annual award was created to promote excellence in the field of Corporate Law by offering incentives to talented students.  Leila was nominated for the award by Professor Ray Rabalais.

In his newly published article, Good Faith in Louisiana Property Law, 78 Louisiana Law Review, 1163 (2018), Professor John Lovett explores the concept of good faith plays in four areas of Louisiana law.  Lovett argues that good faith is the crucial mediating device that allows courts to consider both the honesty and carefulness of the parties while deciding whether to reallocate property rights and obligations between the original owner and the new property player.

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