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Law professor Medina maintains active schedule throughout the summer

August 10, 2012

M. Isabel Medina, J.D., the Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, was not only called upon this summer to speak at a conference and on television, but also provided free legal representation to an individual in an immigration case.

She was a featured speaker on street law at the Louisiana Summer Institute for the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education on July 16. The institute is designed to support, train and facilitate law related education for elementary, middle school and secondary school educators.

She appeared on Louisiana Public Broadcast’s statewide program “Louisiana: The State We're In,” on June 29. She discussed the proposed amendment granting more protection to gun rights to the Louisiana Constitution, and the program can be viewed here.

Medina represented pro bono an individual in his appellate proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals, with the assistance of College of Law students Natalia Okoniewski and Aisha A. Pujadas. The client, appearing without counsel, had prevailed before the immigration judge, but the government appealed the judge's ruling. Medina accepted representation of the client through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, an organization that provides free legal representation to immigrants in immigration proceedings who cannot afford to pay for an attorney. Medina and the students filed a brief on their client's behalf; the board affirmed the immigration judge's decision, and the client was granted relief.

Medina also co-authored with William Araiza of Brooklyn Law School, the 2012 supplement to their “Constitutional Law: Cases, History, and Practice” casebook, available electronically this month through LexisNexis.

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