Loyola Law Professor Named First National Public Service Award Recipient by Stanford Law School
(New Orleans)– William P. Quigley, Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Loyola Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, was honored with the first National Public Service Award from Stanford Law Schools’ new Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law. The award is designated for an attorney whose work on behalf of the public has made a national impact, and will be given annually to individuals who exemplify a commitment to public service, provide models of practice that are interesting and innovative, and who have made a specific contribution for that year to the public interest legal field. Quigley received the award for his work on behalf of more than 4,000 low-income, New Orleans tenants who were displaced after Hurricane Katrina.
Directly after Katrina devastated New Orleans, Quigley volunteered in hospitals, then relocated to Houston where he created a Katrina Relief Center. He has continued helping Katrina victims by serving as co-counsel in a case representing over 4,000 low-income tenants who were displaced and who still have not been allowed to reenter their housing by HUD and local agencies. He is also currently counsel on numerous other legal cases challenging FEMA procedures and supporting the voting rights of those displaced by hurricanes.
Quigley teaches in the Law Clinic and teaches courses in law and poverty and Catholic social teaching and law. His research and writing has focused on living wage, the right to a job, legal services, community organizing as part of effective lawyering, civil disobedience, high stakes testing, international human rights, revolutionary lawyering and a continuing history of how the laws have regulated the poor since colonial times. He has served as an advisor on human and civil rights to Human Rights Watch USA, Amnesty International USA, and served as the Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. Quigley received the 2006 Camille Gravel Civil Pro Bono Award from the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter. He has also been an active volunteer lawyer with School of the Americas Watch and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.
Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.