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Brendan Brown Lecture Series Presents The Hon. Moon Landrieu

Loyola press release - April 11, 2007

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law hosts annual Brendan Brown lecture

(New Orleans)—The College of Law at Loyola University will present its 2007 Brendan Brown Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 401 of the College of Law, 526 Pine St.

The lecturer this year is the Hon. Moon Landrieu, B’52, L’54, H’79, former mayor of New Orleans, secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and judge. The title of the lecture is “The Civil Rights Struggle in New Orleans and Louisiana in the 1960s and 70s: An Oral History.”

Moon Landrieu graduated from Jesuit High School and received both is B.B.A and J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans. He is married to Verna Satterlee. They have nine children and 37 grandchildren, many of them presently serving in prominent positions of public service.

Following his graduation from Loyola College of Law, Landrieu served in the U.S. Army and practiced law with the firm Landrieu, Calogero & Kronlage until 1970 when he was elected mayor of New Orleans. From 1960 to the present, he served in positions of public service as a Louisiana state legislator; councilman at large for the city of New Orleans; mayor of the city of New Orleans; secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the cabinet of President Jimmy Carter; and finally judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal for the State of Louisiana. During this time, Landrieu was in the forefront of the battle to achieve equal rights for the African-American minority in New Orleans and the entire U.S. Particularly during the 1960s and 70s, he took many courageous positions and actions that earned him both the respect as well as, in the case of those who disagreed with his views, the enmity and even hatred of some of his fellow citizens.

Landrieu’s talk will represent his personal recollections of this period and his significant role in the struggle for equal rights. Because of his actions, the College of Law is extremely proud to claim him as a Loyola alumnus and honored to have him present the annual lecture sponsored by the Brendan Brown Natural Law Institute. He is truly a man who lived his life guided by the tenets of the Natural Law as it was conceived of by the late Professor Brendan Brown. His recollections should serve as a valuable history lesson as well as a source of inspiration.

The Brendan Brown Natural Law Institute, established through the generosity of the late Brendan Brown, a faculty member in the College of Law, sponsors a major annual lecture, colloquia, and other scholarly activities in keeping with Brown’s love of the natural law and scholarly discourse.