Inaugurated on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Loyola’s Center for Environmental Law and Land Use (CELLU), seeks to become a leader in legal environmental education and service in the Gulf Region.
As part of this mission, the Center supports Loyola’s Certificate in Environmental Law Program. Under this program, law students concentrate their studies in the areas of natural resources, pollution control, and land use, and receive a certificate upon graduation along with their degree.
CELLU also organizes and hosts a variety of conferences, workshops, and lectures designed to educate the public and to spark collaborative efforts in research and service among academics and students. Much of its activity now centers on environmental and land-use issues associated with Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast.
Thus in its first year, CELLU hosted and co-sponsored (with the Center of Progressive Reform) a national academic conference, “Katrina Consequences: What Has the Government Learned One Year Later,” a project that spawned a symposium of essays by some of the country’s top legal scholars, to be published in the Loyola Law Review. CELLU is currently collaborating with two centers at Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California—Berkeley, to engage Boalt students and Loyola students in collaborative research projects important to post-Katrina New Orleans.