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Westerfield Fellows gather for workshops

March 19, 2010

The Westerfield Fellows Program at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents “Emerging Legal Scholarship: The Westerfield Fellows Inaugural Workshops.” The workshops take place Tuesday and Thursday, March 23 and 25, from noon – 2 p.m. They are free and open to Loyola law students and faculty, but space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

These workshops will focus on the Westerfield Fellows Program and the research contributions the fellows are making to legal academia. Over the two sessions, each participating fellow will present a paper representing his or her current legal scholarship and interests. The workshops will also provide information regarding the program and its contribution to Loyola Law’s student life and academic excellence.

Begun in 2004, the Westerfield Fellows Program was started by College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger in honor of the first African-American dean in the history of Loyola, Louis Westerfield, who served from 1990 to 1994. He died in 1996 at the age of 47.

The two-year program is designed for individuals pursuing a career in teaching law who want to gain teaching experience as well as time to devote to scholarly writing and publication. While working outside the academic arena, many lawyers are unable to devote time to legal scholarship, which is quickly becoming a prerequisite to obtaining a law teaching position.

At any given time, there are usually six to seven Westerfield Fellows at Loyola. Fellows are responsible for teaching legal reasoning, legal research, legal writing and oral advocacy skills, such as Moot Court, to first-year law students in two, two-hour classes each semester. Additionally, in the fall semester of their second year of the fellowship, fellows may opt to teach a one-hour seminar on a specialized topic of their choice.

Participating Westerfield Fellows and their areas of interest for the workshops are:

· Carter Dillard – Compelling state interests that limit the right to procreate.

· Derek Fincham – Social networking as an academic tool.

· Shontavia Johnson – The intersection of intellectual property and human rights.

· Carol Pauli – New media challenges to the law.

· JoAnne Sweeny – The creation of the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act.

· Robert Weber – Basel II, internal capital models and new governance.

Further information regarding the Westerfield Fellows can be found at http://law.loyno.edu/westerfield-fellows. For more information on the workshops, contact JoAnne Sweeny at 504-861-5461 or jsweeny@loyno.edu.

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