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College of Law hosts, informs Stanford Business School volunteers

Loyola press release - March 28, 2007

(New Orleans)— MBA and undergraduate students from the Stanford Business School Service Learning Program, who have been devoting their spring break to helping New Orleans this past week, will gather at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law on Friday, March 30, for a day of education about the status of post-Katrina New Orleans. Events before noon will be held in room 308 and events after 1 p.m. will be held in room 306.

Speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Gillis Long Poverty clinic staff attorneys Bradley Black and Davida Finger, who will discuss the work of the Katrina-oriented law clinic, Kathy Riedliner, CEO of Lusher Charter School, and Blaine LeCesne, associate professor of law and president for arts-based education, who will discuss New Orleans schools post-Katrina, John Lovett, associate professor of law, who will discuss Property and Real Estate issues post-Katrina, including the Road Home program, and Jay Lapeyre, President of Business Council of New Orleans.

Kathy Lorio, professor of law, who organized the event, will discuss the New Orleans Ethics Review Board, chaired by the Reverend Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., president of Loyola. Lorio will explain the board’s duty to select an inspector general for New Orleans to ensure that funds sent to the city are used correctly.

“My hope is that we will educate the students about New Orleans post-Katrina so that they may let others know what is going on here,” said Lorio about the event. “We also want to show our appreciation to these young people who are devoting time to benefit our city.”

For lunch, visitors will have the opportunity to dine at Dunbar's, which offers typical down-home New Orleans food and is known for fried chicken and seafood gumbo. Dunbar’s was located on Freret Street, but was flooded out, and is now located across the street from the Law School. The day will conclude with a reception in the 4th floor faculty library at 5 p.m.

The Service Learning Program exposes Stanford Business School students to social and environmental innovations around the world. Following the student-initiated 2006 Service Learning Trip to New Orleans, this year’s trip will expose students to concerted redevelopment and entrepreneurial efforts in the region. Students are partnering with Idea Village, a local nonprofit aiming to revitalize the business community in various New Orleans neighborhoods by working with various local business owners. The students have been working with small businesses in the Oak Street and Freret Street areas, analyzing the business practices and offering suggestions for improvement to maximize success.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.