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Professor of Law receives award from Pax Christi USA

Loyola press release - July 8, 2003

Loyola University New Orleans Professor of Law William P. Quigley will receive the 2003 Pax Christi USA Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award in recognition of his role “as a prophet of nonviolence.” The award will be presented at the organization’s national assembly in August at St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y.

The Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award is given annually to the person who gives outstanding witness to the theme of Pope Paul VI’s World Day of Peace message: “To reach peace, teach peace.” Quigley is known nationally for his proactive involvement in social justice issues. Specifically, Pax Christi has chosen the professor because of his work with the School of the America Watch, the NAACP, and efforts to abolish the death penalty. SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work. Quigley also is a founding member of Pax Christi New Orleans.

A graduate of Loyola University School of Law, Quigley began his career in 1977 as a staff attorney for the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation. Later, in private practice, he specialized in constitutional and civil rights litigation. In January 1990, he joined Loyola’s faculty where his desire to serve the less advantaged led him to direct the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and the Loyola Law Clinic.

Pax Christi USA strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.