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Law professor honored for activism

March 11, 2011

William P. Quigley, J.D. ’77, the Janet Mary Riley Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans, was one of three professors in New Orleans given the 2011 Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Lecturer Award, the first ever given by the Urban Affairs Association. The UAA includes almost 600 institutional, individual and student members from colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The UAA will present the award on Friday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Sheraton during their 41st annual meeting, titled "The Intersection of Scholarship, Practice and Advocacy."

The Marilyn Gittell Lecture honors the legacy of Gittell, highlights the importance of field-based urban scholarship, and promotes the dissemination of work by preeminent urban scholars. Gittell, an outspoken activist who died in February 2010, was well-known for her work in decentralizing public schools in New York City in the 1960s.

Quigley has been an active social justice lawyer since 1977 and has been teaching law at Loyola since 1991. He has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including Katrina social justice issues, public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights and civil disobedience. He has litigated numerous cases with the Center for Constitutional Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Advancement Project, and with the ACLU of Louisiana, for which he served as General Counsel for more than 15 years.

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