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Valiant Defenders: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Honors New Orleans Civil Rights Leaders at Public Symposium

Loyola press release - February 26, 2018

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law honors two of the city’s greatest civil rights leaders – and honored alumni – next week in an all-day symposium hosted by the law school and Journal of Public Interest Law, a scholarly journal published biannually by the student editorial board with supervision from law faculty. The upcoming symposium is designed to remember and celebrate the lives of Lolis Elie, J.D. ’59 and Sam Dalton, J.D. ’54, two noted civil rights leaders who helped to change history. Speaking at the event are Loyola Law legends and luminaries, including former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, '52, J.D. '54, H '79, H '05, and Xavier University President Emeritus Dr. Norman Francis, J.D. '55, H '82.

“Lolis Elie and Sam Dalton each in their own way exemplified Loyola’s commitment to the pursuit of truth and justice, while paying special attention to the needs of the marginalized, poor, and vulnerable,” said Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Professor of Law Madeleine Landrieu, J.D. ’87, H ‘05. “Through their wholehearted commitment to social justice, they left a legacy of success and strategy valuable to lawyers and law students today.”

The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Rooms 405 and 308 of the College of Law, located on the Broadway campus at 426 Pine St. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to please register in advance at: https://spark.loyno.edu/jpil-symposium.

The symposium will count for 4.5 CLE credits.

Below is the schedule:

9:15 | Opening Address by Dean Madeleine Landrieu, J.D. ’87, H ‘05

9:30 | Panel 1: “A March Toward Justice” honoring Lolis Elie

Moderator: Kelly Legier, '89, J.D. 93

Speakers: Retired Judge Calvin Johnson, J.D. ’78, Dean Emeritus Marcel Garsaud Jr., ‘54, J.D. '59, H '04, Judge Ed Lombard, J.D. ‘70

The panel will focus on not only the impact of Lolis Elie’s work, but also the impact the work had on him. It will examine Elie’s struggles to prove himself at a time when black attorneys weren’t seen as effective as white attorneys. This section will also examine what drove Elie to focus on civil rights — and the progress of his work. Guests and students will learn about techniques and strategies used by civil rights attorney and how many are still applicable today.

10:25 | Panel 2 “Valiant Defender” honoring Sam Dalton

Moderator: Professor Andrea Armstrong

Speakers: Mary Howell, Derwyn Bunton, Jim Boren

This panel of lawyers and advocates will focus on Dalton’s work and his impact on others. Panelists will explore Dalton’s work for indigent defense and his impact on the judiciary. Guests and students will learn more about the importance of indigent defense work and how proper representation for the indigent is at risk in the modern day.

12:45 | Keynote Speech

Rev. Bentley Anderson, S.J. will address the Jesuit identity, its connection to social justice, and when it arose in relation to the Civil Rights Movement.

1:30 | Panel 4 “Conversation between Former Mayor Moon Landrieu and Dr. Norman Francis”

Moderator: Father Anderson

Speakers: Former Mayor Moon Landrieu, '52, J.D. '54, H '79, H '05 and Dr. Norman Francis, J.D. '55, H '82

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