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School of Law endows scholars with professorships

Loyola press release - November 8, 2002

(New Orleans)—Five professors in the School of Law at Loyola University New Orleans will be invested with endowed professorships. The gift of an endowed professorship honors the donors and signifies their hopes to enhance the university’s reputation. Gifts for endowed chairs are permanently invested. Only the income is utilized each year to support the salary, research, and educational activities of the professor. Each professorship was established with a total of $100,000, $60,000 from private funds and $40,000 from the state of Louisiana.

At an afternoon ceremony on November 8 in the law school, these professors will be honored: James E. Viator as the Adams & Reese Distinguished Professor of Civil Law; Dane Ciolino as the Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor; B. Keith Vetter as the Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professor of International Law Studies; David R. Normann as the Dean Marcel Garsaud, Jr., Distinguished Professor; and William P. Quigley as the Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor.

James Etienne Viator graduated with a bachelor of arts in English and American literature from the University of New Orleans in 1971. He graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University Law School, where he was executive editor of the Louisiana Law Review. From 1985 - 1986, Viator clerked for the Hon. Henry Politz of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Viator also has taught at several different universities, including Harvey Mudd College, Centenary College, and Texas Tech Law School.

Viator teaches a variety courses at Loyola, including American Constitutional History, Louisiana Torts, and Obligations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society. In addition, he has served as a member of the University Planning Team and as adviser to the Loyola Law Review.

Viator has also won several professional awards. In 1988 he was the recipient of Texas Tech Ex-Students Association Award for Best New Faculty Member and, in 1994, he won the Best Professor Award from the Loyola Student Bar Association. The junior and senior Loyola law students selected Viator as favorite professor in 2002. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society. In addition, he has served as a member of the University Planning Team and as adviser to the Loyola Law Review.

The Adams & Reese Distinguished Professorship was made possible by Adams & Reese, LLP, and individual attorneys within the firm. Their fund-raising efforts were so successful that enough funds were collected to create two professorships. James Etienne Viator is the first professor to be invested for the Adams & Reese Professorship I.

Dane S. Ciolino graduated cum laude from Rhodes College in 1985, and magna cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1988, where he was inducted into Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review. He has worked as a law clerk for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and as an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, and Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann & Hutchinson in New Orleans. Ciolino’s current scholarly and teaching interests at Loyola include professional responsibility and copyright and contracts. His most recent articles include “Questioning Strict Liability in Copyright” (Rutgers Law Review), “Why Copyrights Are Not Community Property” (Louisiana Law Review), and “Reconsidering Restitution in Copyright” (Emory Law Review).

In addition to maintaining a full teaching load, Ciolino served as reporter to the Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics 2000 Committee, as chair of a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee, a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (“LSBA”) Professionalism Committee, a member of the LSBA Lawyer & Judicial Codes of Conduct Committee, and a member of the LSBA Ethics Advisory Service. In 2001, he received the LSBA President’s Award, in part for his work on a book on Louisiana professional responsibility law and practice.

The Alvin R. Christovich Professorship was established in 1996 through a gift from the law firm of Christovich & Kearney and outside donors, including the late Mr. Christovich’s sons, William and A.R. Christovich, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. William Kearney. The fund is named for a 1921 graduate of the law school and founding partner of Christovich & Kearney. Marcel Garsaud, a 1954 graduate of the College of Business and a 1959 graduate of the School of Law, was the first professor to be invested for the Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professorship.

B. Keith Vetter received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Louisiana State University. He also received an LLM from the George Washington University Graduate School of Public Law. In addition to teaching at Loyola and Louisiana State University law schools, Vetter has taught at Tulane University School of Law and the Law School of the Universite-Jean Moulin in Lyon, France.

Vetter has been a member to the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute since 1989 and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Louisiana State Law Institute to Revise the Civil Code, books II and III. Recently, Vetter was a member of the three-person Comité Directuer (Committee of Directors) for the Société International Pour l’Historie de Droits de l’Antiquité (the International Society for the History of the Laws of Antiquity), serving with Professor Peter Burks, Holder of the Vinerian Chair for Civil and Roman Law at Oxford, and Dean Peter Pieler, of the University of Vienna School of Law. He also founded and was director for 10 years of Loyola School of Law’s foreign summer programs, which are currently among the top five American law schools in the number of foreign summer programs. Vetter developed the concept of the civil law certificate, allowing common law students to develop an overview of the civil law system.

He has spoken on civil and comparative law topics at Oxford, and the law schools of the University of Amsterdam; the University of Ankara, Turkey; the University of Mirabor, Slovenia; the University of Costa Rica; the University of San Paulo, Brazil; Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan; and others.

The Ted and Louana Frois Distinguished Professorship of International Law Studies was established in 2001 by the Frois family. Keith Vetter is the first to be invested as the Frois distinguished professor.

David R. Normann received his undergraduate education at Washington and Lee and Tulane universities, earning his law degree from Tulane School of Law in 1950. He practiced law with the firm of Normann & Normann Law Firm from 1950 until 1981, when he joined the full-time faculty of Loyola University School of Law. He was an active trial lawyer, with areas of interest devoted to insurance-defense work, with a heavy concentration in maritime law. He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, the Federal District Courts in Louisiana, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is an academic fellow in The International Society of Barristers, and a member of The Association of Defense Counsel.

Since joining the Loyola law school faculty, he has also served as associate dean of academic affairs from 1987 to 1992, and again from 1994 to 1996. He received the Best Professor Award for the years 1982, 1987, and 1993, and the Professor of the Year Award for 1999 and 2000. His current teaching and research interests are in maritime law, federal civil procedure, trial advocacy, legal ethics, and law and religion.

The Dean Marcel Garsaud, Jr., Distinguished Professorship was established in 2002 by Louis St. Martin, L’75, in honor of his former dean. David Normann is the first to be invested as the Garsaud distinguished professor.

William P. Quigley graduated from Loyola School of Law in 1977. He received a bachelor of arts degree in American literature from Purdue University and attended Notre Dame Seminary. He has worked as a senior attorney for the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation and as the associate dean for admissions and administration. Currently, Quigley teaches law and poverty, the clinical legal education seminar, and Catholic social teaching and law. In addition, Quigley serves as the director of the Loyola Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center.

Quigley has received several honors and awards. In 1998 he received the Pro Bono Public Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has been an avid speaker and has delivered presentations to several groups, including the Loyola University Faculty Senate, the Southeast Directors Conference, Notre Dame University, and the Bureau of Governmental Research.

The Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professorship was established in 2002 when Janet Mary Riley donated proceeds from a sale of property. Law faculty members also donated funds to establish the professorship. Janet Mary Riley is a former emeritus member of the law faculty. William Quigley is the first to be invested as the Riley distinguished professor.