Loyola at a Glance
Two Loyola law deans receive President's Medal
June 24, 2011
Loyola University New Orleans President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., recognized two members of the College of Law community for their dedication and service to the university by presenting them with the President’s Medal, one of the university’s highest honors.
Professor Emeritus and former College of Law Dean, Marcel Garsaud, B’54, L'59, H’04, was venerated during law commencement on May 14 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Rev. Lawrence W. Moore, S.J., associate dean for academic affairs and Philip and Eugenie Brooks Distinguished Professor of Law, received his award at the May 19 board of trustees dinner.
Garsaud has worn many hats since first stepping onto campus in 1950. As a student, professor and dean, he has seen the campus from many perspectives and says much has changed. “I remember priests on campus wearing cassocks. You don’t see that around here too much anymore. Loyola was also more of a local commuter school when I began. Later it would become more regionally and nationally focused.”
After earning both an undergraduate degree and law degree from Loyola, Garsaud practiced law in the private sector with Standard Oil Company. In 1967, he completed his education with a graduate degree in law from Yale University. His distinguished teaching and administrative career at Loyola began in 1963. As dean from 1970-82, he led Loyola's ascent in the ranks of national law schools. Under his leadership, Miller Hall was constructed in 1972 to house the law program on the main campus. In 1993, he again returned to Loyola to serve as interim dean and remained on the faculty full time teaching courses in Constitutional law, First Amendment, torts, and the legal profession. Though he retired from teaching full-time, he still serves as an adjunct professor during the spring semester, teaching a First Amendment course to upper-class law students.
In addition to the President’s Medal, Garsaud was also honored by Loyola with the St. Ives Award in 1999, bestowed annually to an alumnus who has volunteered services to the College of Law or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession, and furthered the mission of the alumni association. In 2004, he was the honorary degree recipient and speaker at the College of Law commencement ceremony.
Moore, who has been associate dean of the law school for 11 years, received the President's Medal for his work and service to Loyola and its board of trustees, of which he has been a member since 1985 and has served as its secretary/treasurer since 1990. Moore will step down from the board on July 31. He is an expert in litigation and civil rights, specifically federal civil procedure, federal courts, and Section 1983 actions. He served as managing editor of the Law Review at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law where he received a juris doctor and was a member and captain of the moot court team. His undergraduate majors at Saint Louis University were philosophy and classics where he also received a Master of Arts in urban affairs in 1972. In 1977, Moore received a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, the same year he was ordained a priest. He received his Master of Laws in 1982 from New York University.
Stephanie Jumonville, associate dean of students at the College of Law, says, “I have had the pleasure of working with Fr. Moore in the dean’s office since 2000. He does a great job as academic dean. He is always available to students for academic counseling, and he seems to really enjoy working with them. He remains a positive force in the dean’s office.”
In his position as associate dean, Moore works with at least 10 students every day during the school year. “Although primarily I assist them with academic issues, students’ dilemmas are rarely that easy. Personal issues play a large role in the assistance I provide for the students. Over the years, I hope that I’ve been able to help.”
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