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Westerfield Fellows gather for conference

March 18, 2011

The Westerfield Fellows Program at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents “Emerging Legal Scholarship: The Teaching Fellows Inaugural Conference,” on Friday, March 25, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the College of Law, Room 405. It is free and open to Loyola law students and faculty, but space is limited. Lunch will be provided and a wine reception will follow.

This conference will focus on the teaching fellows programs at Loyola’s College of Law, Tulane University Law School and Louisiana State University Law Center, as well as the research contributions the fellows are making to legal academia. Throughout the day, each participating fellow will present a paper representing his or her current legal scholarship and interests. The conference will also provide information regarding the various fellowship programs and their contribution to student life and academic excellence.

Begun in 2004 by the late College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger, the Westerfield Fellows Program was created 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 conference are:

  • Jennifer Camero (LSU) – Third Party Beneficiaries of Warranties under the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Jessica Feinberg (Tulane) – The Traditional Marriage Argument within the Same-Sex Marriage Debate
  • Andrew Kim (LSU) - The Role of Culture in the Reporting of Discrimination Claims
  • Jessica Kiser (Loyola) – Registration of Disparaging Trademarks under the Lanham Act
  • Rodney Miller (Loyola) – The Erosion of the Complete Diversity Rule and a Proposed Return to Minimal Diversity
  • Michael Pappas (Tulane) – Unnatural Resource Law: Situating Desalination in Coastal Resource and Water Law Doctrines
  • JoAnne Sweeny (Loyola) – Constitutional Implications of “Sexting” Prosecutions
  • Robert Weber (Loyola) – "Soft" Regulatory Capture
  • Kellen Zale (Loyola) – God's Green Earth? Religion, Zoning and Environmental Impacts

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

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