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Law professor recognized for Fourth Amendment scholarship

February 1, 2013

New Orleans CityBusiness recognized Leslie Shoebotham, J.D., associate professor of law at Loyola University College of Law, for her Fourth Amendment scholarship regarding canine drug detection. Each year, New Orleans CityBusiness honors 50 exceptional attorneys from the area in its Leadership in Law Class list. Shoebotham was among those honored this year for achieving success in their law practice, making contributions to the community and making an impact on the local legal industry.

According to Shoebotham, the warrantless use of canine drug detection has received substantial attention over the past year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear two cases involving canine sniffs. Shoebotham filed Fourth Amendment Scholars Amici Curiae Briefs, or “friend of the court” briefs, in both of the pending cases, Florida v. Jardines and Florida v. Harris, in which constitutional criminal procedure professors from around the country joined. These briefs build on Shoebotham’s detailed treatment of canine sniff doctrine in her article, “Has the Fourth Amendment Gone to the Dogs?: Unreasonable Expansion of Canine Sniff Doctrine to Include Sniffs of the Home, 88 Or. L. Rev. 829 (2009).”

A cocktail reception for the honorees will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. March 18 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Reservations can be made online or by contacting Events Coordinator Tom Misener.

A special Leadership in Law insert profiling all honorees will run in the March 22 issue of CityBusiness.

For more information, contact Shoebotham at 504-861-5683.

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