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Legal Ethics in the World of Law

Loyola press release - December 13, 2004

Calling him “the stuff of which legends are made,” The American Bar Association bestowed upon the Rev. Robert F. Drinan, S.J., a professor at Georgetown University Law Center since 1981, the 2004 ABA Medal last August. The medal, which has been given to some of the most important legal figures in American history since 1929, recognizes exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence. Drinan will deliver a lecture titled “Challenges in Legal Ethics for Tomorrow’s Attorneys,” at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law on Friday, January 21, 2005. The lecture will be held at 3 p.m., in Room 308 of the law school building, located at 526 Pine Street.

Drinan teaches classes on international human rights, constitutional law, civil liberties, legislation, and advanced legal ethics. He has been the recipient of 21 honorary degrees and has been a visiting professor at four American universities. He also served as the dean of Boston College Law School. Drinan was a U.S. representative from Massachusetts for five terms, serving on several committees, including chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Criminal Justice Subcommittees.

The Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Alumni Public Service Award was established in 1996 by the Georgetown Law Center to honor outstanding graduates whose careers have been marked by exemplary public service. Drinan has sponsored human rights missions in Chile, the Philippines, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Argentina, France, and Vietnam.

At the ABA, Drinan is among a very few people to ever serve as chair of two distinct substantive legal sections: family law and individual human rights and responsibilities. He also sits on the board of directors of the International League for Human Rights, the Lawyer’s Committee for International Human Rights, the Council for

a Livable World Educational Fund, Americans for Democratic Action, People for the

American Way and the NAAPC Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He is one of the founders of the Lawyer’s Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control and the National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry.

Academic Excellence, Ideal Size, Rich Jesuit Tradition…It’s this unique combination that distinguishes Loyola University New Orleans from other institutions. The Loyola School of Law operates both a day program for full-time students and an evening program for part-time students with a total enrollment of approximately 800 students and 37 full-time faculty members. The law school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association. Visit Loyola University New Orleans on the World Wide Web at www.loyno.edu.