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Local environmental attorney Stuart Smith pledges $1.25 million gift to Loyola’s College of Law

Loyola press release - July 21, 2008

Stuart H. Smith, a 1986 Loyola University New Orleans College of Law graduate, has recently pledged a $1.25 million gift to the College of Law. The Law Clinic at the college is being renamed as the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice as a result of Smith’s generous gift.

Brian Bromberger, dean of Loyola’s College of Law, said, “It is generosity like Stuart’s that will help take Loyola College of Law to the next level. It also sets a wonderful example for other philanthropically inclined alumni.”

A portion of his gift will also be used to endow a new professorship to honor of one of Smith’s mentors at the law school, John P. “Jack” Nelson Jr. Professor Nelson, who died in 2006, was also an alumnus of Loyola’s College of Law. He not only served on the faculty for decades, beginning in 1955, but he was also responsible for the development of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and served as its director for many years.

Smith says, “Armed with a solid education in law, I have been able to achieve much success for my clients and my law firm. I am now in a position to give back to the university that has given me so much. Without the financial aid I received from Loyola, it would not have been possible for me to go to law school. I also feel it is high time that Jack Nelson be honored for his very important role in the civil rights movement as well as his incredible mentorship of me and all the law students with whom he came in contact.”

Stuart Smith has built a career seeking justice for his clients and shining a light on environmental issues. His firm, Smith Stag, LLC, which he started with Loyola alumnus Michael Stag, B’90, G’94, L’94, is a plaintiff-oriented, environmental and toxic tort law firm based in New Orleans. The two attorneys pioneered the field of Technologically Enhanced Radioactive Material (TERM) oilfield waste litigation, sometimes also referred to as NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials), or TENORM. Smith explains that his career has been focused on bringing companies that have poisoned people or the environment to justice.

Since its establishment, Smith Stag has successfully settled or tried dozens of property damage and personal injury cases, including high-profile cases against two major oil companies. Smith Stag has also represented thousands of clients injured by toxic chemical or defective products over the years and has also represented individuals hurt on commercial vessels, cruise ships and offshore accidents.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact James Shields at jshields@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5888.

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