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Louisiana State Legislature honors College of Law

Loyola press release - March 24, 2014

This year, state lawmakers are marking “Loyola Law Day” at the capitol. The special day is part of a formal resolution issued by the Louisiana State Senate recognizing the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s centennial this year and its instrumental place in the state’s history. “Loyola Law Day” is set for Tuesday, March 25 in the rotunda at the Louisiana State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the day, College of Law Dean María Pabón López, J.D., Loyola law colleagues and alumni will host a display—complete with giveaways and commemorative materials—in honor of the College of Law’s centennial year. The celebration kicked off earlier this semester at a lunch honoring one of its most important and influential graduates, former New Orleans Mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu ‘52, J.D. ‘54, H‘79, H‘05. Landrieu, who was instrumental in the fight to desegregate city government and public facilities in the 1970s, received the St. Ives Award—the College of Law’s highest honor.

The Loyola College of Law was the first law school to bring clinical legal education to the state and served as a training ground for equal rights and civil rights leaders including Jack Nelson, J.D. ‘50, Lolis Elie, J.D. ‘59, and Janet Riley, J.D. ‘52, H‘05. Many graduates currently serve in the Louisiana State Senate and House of Representatives, including Dan Claitor, J.D. ‘87, Patrick Connick, ‘83, J.D. ‘93, Franklin Foil, J.D. ‘91, Ray Garofalo ‘80, J.D. ‘92, Robert Johnson ‘97, J.D. ‘00, Joe Lopinto ‘02, J.D. ‘04, Danny Martiny, J.D. ‘76, Ed Murray ‘82, J.D. ‘85 and Gary Smith, J.D. ‘98.

For more information, contact Jennifer Jumonville.