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Federal judge to address social justice

Loyola press release - October 21, 2003

Loyola University New Orleans School of Law has invited the Hon. Helen “Ginger” Berrigan to deliver a lecture, “The Heart of the Law: Social Justice,” on Thursday, October 30 at noon in the Frederick Gisevius Moot Court Room 308. Berrigan, who is the 2003 Bernard J. Ward Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the School of Law, serves on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the bench in March 1994.

Prior to her appointment, Berrigan served multiple positions such as: criminal defense attorney; president of the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union; member of the Forum of Equality; staff attorney to the governor’s Pardon, Parole and Rehabilitation Commission; press secretary to civil rights leader, Charles Evers; legislative aid to Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware); and free-lance and staff-reporter to several regional publications. Berrigan serves on the board of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association.

She has authored multiple pieces, including: Louisiana Criminal Trial Practice, “Speaking Out About Hate Speech,” “Transsexual Marriage: A Trans-Atlantic Judicial Dialogue,” and “Legal Ethics and Religion: An Oxymoron?”

Berrigan received her juris doctor in 1977 from Louisiana State University School of Law, a master’s degree in communication from American University in Washington, D.C., and bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

On Monday, October 27, Judge Berrigan will give a presentation in Professor Isabel Medina’s “Sex Discrimination Seminar” and Professor Klebba’s “Evidence” class.

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