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Loyola University New Orleans School of Law to establish the Kendall Vick Endowment for Public Law

Loyola press release - June 10, 2002

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans School of Law announced the establishment of the Kendall Vick Endowment for Public Law. The endowment is made possible through a $600,000 grant from the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation. Both the foundation and the endowment bear the name of a Loyola professor who taught in the 1960s. Vick's legacy in public interest law is illustrious.

The $600,000 gift is intended to support student internships, special projects, legislative drafting instructing and administrative assistance, public information presentations, and international training. The endowment will help further Loyola's long-standing commitment to public law that is pervasive through the curriculum, programs and faculty. Likewise, the School of Law is committed to excellence in legal education in the Ignatian spiritual tradition: wisdom and social responsibility not mere technical competence. The law school has exhibited this commitment through the 1988 creation of The Public Law Center, jointly operated with Tulane Law School. As such, Loyola was named one the 20 best law schools in the country for public interest programs by the National Jurist magazine, the only law school in the Deep South to make the list.

Chair of the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation is Jerome Reso, a business and law graduate of Loyola who currently serves as vice chair of the university's Board of Trustees. He said that the foundation was impressed by Loyola's proposal and that the Endowment for Public Law was "consistent with Kendall Vick's desire to encourage students to consider careers as lawyers in the public sector. We trust that the implementation of the endowment will result in an awakening of student interest in this field."

University President, the Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., said the $600,000 "will bolster the stature of our public law programs by supporting scholarship and clinical education in public law. Endowment gifts demonstrate vision and foresight and build the future in a way few gifts can. The Kendall Vick Endowment for Public Law will be a fitting symbol of Loyola's heritage of service to others, the foundation's mission, and our partnership with the foundation to promote excellence in public law."

According to David Marcello, director of The Public Law Center, this gift "recognizes Loyola and Tulane's institutional commitment to service and value of service to the community. The funds will provide additional resources as we continue to create a learning environment for students to help people in need."

The Public Law Center is committed to community service and social change through the interaction of the legal profession and the legislative and administrative process. The center staff and law students draft proposed legislation and agency regulations as a means of providing representation for groups traditionally underrepresented in the law and in government. The center enables students to learn advocacy skills and the necessary substantive law. The law center is unique in several aspects. It is the only law program in the state to offer training in legislative and administrative advocacy in a client-oriented context and the center is the only joint program in either law school's history.