In 1985, Congress provided Loyola University with federal funds to create an endowed Poverty Law Center in the name of Gillis W. Long. Congressman Long served the people of Louisiana in Washington DC from1973 until his death in 1985 and was known for his commitment to the working and poor people of Louisiana.
Professor William P. Quigley, Director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, states "the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center has been a great success and is a tremendous resource for Loyola. Over the past 15 years, the center has made major accomplishments in the area of poverty law, and we hope to continue to do so for many more years to come."
The Loyola University Character and Commitment Statement states that "Jesuit education must be a catalyst for needed social change, hence dedicated to fostering a just social order." The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center is a vital part of the overall commitment of Loyola University to excellence in scholarship and the pursuit of social justice.