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National Catholic Reporter features Bill Quigley in retrospective

August 13, 2010

William P. Quigley, J.D. ’77, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor, made two attempts at becoming a priest before realizing his true calling of doing social work in the former St. Thomas Housing projects in New Orleans. It’s there that he helped start Hope House, a nonprofit organization that supported the needs of the poor in the area with food and shelter. Quigley's life is chronicled in the article, “Closing the gap between law and justice”, published Aug. 5 in the National Catholic Reporter.

In the article, Quigley talks about meeting his wife, Debra Dupre, and how she helped put him through law school at Loyola, to which he eventually returned in the early ‘90s to teach poverty law. He also discusses counseling Loyola law students who want to follow paths similar to his that they should expect to be criticized and recommends prayer, meditation and reflection to achieve balance and sustainability.

Quigley, who is also the director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice as well as the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, is currently on temporary leave from Loyola as he works at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York until 2011.

For more information on Quigley or Loyola’s College of Law, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.

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