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February 19, 2010

Ellis Marsalis perfoms during "An Evening of Jazz through the Ages."

In early January, the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law opened its doors to the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, held in New Orleans.

Thousands of law professors, deans and administrators from across the U.S. and Hawaii were in attendance.

Since it is customary for a law school in the host city to have an event for fellow AALS members, College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger thought it would be fitting to hold “An Evening of Jazz through the Ages.”

The invitation-only concert in Roussel Hall consisted of four sets, featuring performances by Ellis Marsalis, Johnaye Kendrick, members of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra.

“Following Katrina, while every other college and department ceased to formally operate, nearly 700 Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students were able to continue their legal education without serious interruption,” said Bromberger.

“Because there is no tangible way Loyola can thank all of the law schools across the country for their generosity, I hope in some small way the concert expressed our gratitude.”

In addition to the concert, Isabel Medina, professor in the College of Law, hosted a group of immigration law professors in town for the AALS meeting for a day of discussion and activities.

The day began with a field trip to the Port of New Orleans with Mitch Merriam, area port director of New Orleans, where he discussed U.S. Customs and border protection issues for the port.

Later that day, Hiroko Kusuda, clinical professor of the immigration law clinic of Loyola’s Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, moderated a forum, “Federal initiatives and priorities in New Orleans, Louisiana and the South.” Panelists included Philip T. Miller, acting field office director from the New Orleans Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Detention and Removal, Carl Perry, chief counsel of ICE New Orleans, and the Hon. Wayne Stogner, a judge with the New Orleans Immigration Court.

A second panel, “Immigrants and immigrant workers in the New Orleans area,” featured the Rev. Tom Greene, S.J., Jesuit Social Research Institute fellow at Loyola, Ken Mayeaux from the LSU Immigration Law Clinic, and Luz Molina, clinical professor in charge of Loyola’s wage theft clinic and acting director of the Law Clinic. Huyen Pham, professor of law from Texas-Wesleyan School of Law, served as moderator.

For more information on the concert, contact Barbara Wilson in the College of Law at bjwilso1@loyno.edu. For more information on the immigration panels, contact Medina at medina@loyno.edu.

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