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Kathy Lorio leads College of Law as interim dean

Loyola press release - September 7, 2010

As Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students hit the ground running with the start of the fall semester, a familiar face has already taken a new role at the college.

Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, J.D. ’73, the Leon Sarpy Professor of Law, is serving as the interim dean of the College of Law. Lorio accepted an invitation from Provost Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E., to serve as interim dean when the late Brian Bromberger announced his retirement earlier this year. Bromberger, who planned to retire from Loyola this summer and rejoin his family in his native Australia, passed away May 27.

Lorio will serve as interim dean while the search for a permanent dean continues during the 2010-11 academic year.

A member of the law faculty since 1976, Lorio was appointed the Leon Sarpy Professor of Law in 1992, the first professorship at the College of Law. She has written four books and a multitude of articles and scholarly papers. Lorio has served on various legal committees and public task forces. She received her juris doctor in 1973 from Loyola and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Newcomb College in 1970 where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Lorio is excited to work with her colleagues and the students in this new capacity. “Brian hired some of the best and brightest young scholars to teach our students,” said Lorio. “I want to continue the mission of academic excellence of faculty and students as interim dean while emphasizing quality over quantity.”

Lorio’s teaching and scholarly interests are in family law, civil law of successions and donations and the legal treatment of alternative reproductive techniques. She is active in law reform on the national level as a member of the American Law Institute, and in Louisiana as a member of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute. Prior to joining Loyola, Lorio practiced with the New Orleans firm Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles.

Lorio was selected as the 2003 Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Louisiana Bar Foundation and is the recipient of the 2005 Dux Academicus Award, given to a Loyola faculty member who “is able to impart the knowledge and wisdom of the humanities, sciences, or the professions to students in a manner consistent with the unique philosophy of Loyola University New Orleans as a Jesuit institution of higher education.”

In late 2006, Lorio was appointed by then New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin to the Ethics Review Board, which oversaw the appointment of the first Inspector General of New Orleans.

For more information on the College of Law, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.