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Law Clinic director to be keynote speaker at pro bono law conference

Loyola press release - September 29, 2007

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinic and Gillis Long Poverty Law Center William P. Quigley, will be the keynote lunch speaker at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law national conference, titled “The Role of Law Schools in Fostering Commitment to Pro Bono Publico.”

Quigley will be speaking on social justice lawyering. The talk will focus on the absolute requirement to reinforce the justice dimension of the teaching and practice of law. Quigley was asked to speak at this major national conference for pro bono work because of the great pro bono work that Loyola Law faculty, staff, students, and alumni have done in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The two-day conference, scheduled for October 5 and 6, will include a survey of the ways in which law schools currently are meeting their American Bar Association (ABA) obligation to provide substantial opportunities for student participation in pro bono activities. Pro bono affiliates from law schools across the country will attend this major national conference.

The conference will also provide a forum to investigate effective and innovative ways in which law schools can expand pro bono opportunities for students. It will examine the creation of partnerships with alumni and other legal professionals to make free and low-cost legal services more available to those who cannot afford them. For more information, please visit http://law.cua.edu/Conference/fosteringacommitment_probonopublico/