Congratulations to Loyola's Trial Advocacy Teams that competed last weekend in the Dallas regional of the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy mock trial competition. The event was held at the state district courthouse in Dallas. Loyola’s teams compiled a record of 4-2 and placed 6th and 8th out of 18 teams competing. As Adjunct Professor Bill Sommmers stated, "We defeated LSU (twice), Texas Weslyan and Cumberland. Cumberland placed 2nd nationally last year and won it the year before.

Congratulations to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students Caitlin Byars (oralist), Lindsey Crow (oralist/brief writer), Steven Lord (oralist), and Kelly Stein (coach) for their recent successes at the 21st annual Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York. In a competition with over eighty other teams from across the country, Loyola's Environmental Moot Court team made its mark. Both Caitlin Byars and Lindsey Crow were named best oralists in two of the three preliminary rounds in which the team argued.

Loyola University College of Law’s Mardi Gras Moot Court Team placed First Overall in the 15th annual Mardi Gras Moot Court Competition recently hosted by Tulane Law School. The Mardi Gras Competition is an appellate advocacy tournament involving novel issues of Sports & Entertainment Law.

On February 19, 2010, Loyola College of Law's Moot Court team reached the semifinals in the 20th Annual First Amendment Moot Court Competition hosted by Vanderbilt University School of Law and the First Amendment Center. The competition hosted 36 teams representing law schools from across the nation including Georgetown, Duke, Brooklyn, and San Diego School of Law. The team, comprised of second year law students, Desmonde Bennett, Evan Bergeron, and coached by third year student, Nicole Stillwell, competed in eight rounds over two days.

Congratulations are in order for one of Loyola's trial advocacy teams that participated in the Texas Young Lawyers' Association Competition in Austin, Texas, in February 2010. Loyola's team successfully advanced to the semi-finals where they competed against University of Texas.

Advocates, Kellie Johnson and Greg Akers, coached by recent law graduate, Matt McLaren, competed against law schools, South Texas, Baylor and Tulane.

Law Professor Mitch Crusto has been selected by The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis (“Academy”) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) to collaborate on a Katrina case study. Last year, the Academy, funded by the Dart Foundation, gathered with scholars and stakeholders at Virginia Tech to address the aftermath of the Cho killings. Last Friday, February 5, 2010, the Academy and Professor Crusto met in New York to plan a conference in New Orleans this summer to address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the City and on its residents.

Lemmon is the 2010 recipient of the St. Ives Award, named for the patron saint of lawyers. The award is presented annually to a College of Law alumnus who has volunteered services to the college or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession and furthered the mission of the alumni association. Lemmon will be honored at the annual College of Law alumni luncheon on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Hotel InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Ave.

Denise Pilie was invited by the Dean of the Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques (the state law school in Haiti) to speak at the 150th anniversary celebration of the law school. The celebration was to be held in Port-au-Prince Haiti, beginning on Tuesday, January 12, the date of the earthquake. For personal and professional reasons, Prof. Pilie had cancelled her participation in the celebration in late December, and was not present for the tragedy.

Denise Pilie was named by the November issue of New Orleans Magazine as one of New Orleans’ top lawyers in 2009 in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Professor Mary Algero was elected to the position of president-elect of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and will begin a term as president in August 2010. Also, her book Louisiana Legal Research was published in July 2009.  Louisiana Legal Research assists attorneys, law students, paralegals, librarians, and others in researching legal materials effectively and efficiently. While focused on Louisiana law, the book provides the reader with information necessary to research federal law as well as the law of other jurisdictions.


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