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New College of Law Building dedication set for Oct. 25

Loyola press release - October 24, 2011

The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, along with the Office of Career Services at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, have found a new home just a block away in the new College of Law Broadway Building, formerly known as the Dominican Conference Center.

An open house and dedication for the renovated building will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in front of the main entrance at 540 Broadway Street, and is open to the public. The Broadway Building was originally constructed in 1958 as a student residence hall for Dominican College. Loyola purchased the building in 2008 to allow for additional “elbow room” for the Law Clinic and Career Services. The Law Clinic is a fully functioning legal clinic which allows third-year law students the opportunity to represent indigent clients under the supervision of experienced attorneys. Career Services educates law students and alumni regarding their professional development in the practice of law, and the methods of achieving career ambitions and employment options that exist for those in possession of a Juris Doctor degree.

The extensive renovation of the building, led by Fernandez & Johnson Architecture, created a contemporary adaptation of the existing modern-style building and focused on creating necessary spaces for offices, conference rooms and classrooms to relieve inadequate facilities. In line with Loyola’s stewardship goals, the renovated building is striving for Silver Level LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. As a result, energy, air quality, and water efficient design were paramount in all decisions related to the renovation.

On Tuesday, in addition to the open house event, the College of Law will also dedicate the new home of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. In 2008, Smith, J.D. ’86, pledged a major gift to the College of Law, and the Law Clinic was renamed as the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. A portion of his gift was also used to endow a new professorship to honor of one of Smith’s mentors at the law school, John P. “Jack” Nelson, Jr. Nelson, who died in 2006, was also an alumnus of Loyola’s College of Law.

“Without the financial support and education I received at Loyola, I would not have achieved the success that I have,” said Smith.

By participating in the Law Clinic, the Extern Program, and the Street Law Program, student practitioners not only have the chance to experience firsthand what representing clients is like, but they also have an opportunity to further the Jesuit ideals of scholarship and service at Loyola by providing legal representation to the needy.

“Part of Loyola’s mission is to educate the whole student and to benefit the larger community. It’s very satisfying to be dean of a law school that prepares students to be leaders for the rights of the voiceless in our society,” said María Pabón López, dean of the College of Law. “The new building is a natural extension of not only the kind of services that we offer in the clinic, including the Workplace Justice Project and community legal assistance, but the experience students receive, which is priceless after graduation.”