Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice

MISSION  |  VISION  |  COURSE OF STUDY  |  APPLICATION  |  STEERING COMMITTEE

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and United Way present the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice - a 12-week course on the U.S. Constitution named in honor of the late Nancy Meyers Marsiglia.

“We are excited to partner with Loyola in this opportunity to engage and empower the people of Southeast Louisiana in memory of Nancy,” said Michael Williamson, UWSELA President and CEO. “Nancy valued equity in all facets of life, and we look forward to advancing her belief for a better, brighter future for all among the next generation of advocates.”

The Institute consists of 12 two-hour sessions at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Each session explores the U.S. Constitution through its articles, Bill of Rights and amendments.

The next semester-long course will be offered in the spring of 2019.

“Nancy Marsiglia understood that the current political climate was making it difficult for people of good will to engage in civil but passionate debate necessary to a democracy,” said Madeleine Landrieu, Dean of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. “She also had a great admiration for our constitution and our nation’s founding principles. Loyola is proud to partner with United Way to launch this Institute in her name.”

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Marsiglia came to New Orleans to attend Newcomb College in 1971. Born to parents who gave household items to people struggling to make ends meet, she learned from an early age the importance of volunteerism and giving back.

Marsiglia devoted her entire life to social and political justice. Whether advocating for better educational opportunities for children or equal rights for women, she passionately threw herself behind every effort to make equality under the law a reality.

Marsiglia was a founding member of United Way’s Women United, formerly the Women’s Leadership Initiative. She was an enthusiastic participant in the pilot program that led to the Institute at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Her countless civic endeavors included leadership roles at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, Agenda for Children, the Audubon Nature Institute, Metairie Country Day School, Jewish Children’s Regional Service, the drive to build the Aquarium of the Americas and Women of the Storm.

Marsiglia’s son, Michael J. Marsiglia, a 2005 Loyola University New Orleans College of Law graduate, remembered his mother as a tireless community activist. “To her, uplifting the entire community was more than a vague societal goal it was a personal calling, a moral imperative incumbent on every individual.”

The Institute’s principal mission is to educate members of our community about the founding principles of our government and foster civil discourse regarding the American Experiment – the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

“Nancy’s friends and family can think of no better way to honor her legacy of service than for Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and United Way of Southeast Louisiana to promote a more respectful civil discourse, engage a more informed public in our community, and attempt to inspire civic engagement in the future,” said Madalyn Schenk, Marsiglia’s friend.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Institute’s principal mission is to educate members of our community about the founding principles of our government and foster civil discourse regarding the American Experiment – the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

VISION STATEMENT

The Institute is designed to give our fellow citizens an understanding of the background, creation and subsequent history of the unique system of government brought into being by our Constitution and it perpetual interpretation.

COURSE OF STUDY

Twelve two-hour sessions to be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Room 344, 526 Pine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.

2019 Spring Semester Course Dates

January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 25

The course curriculum was designed and prepared by Martha Lemoine Palmer, Mentor Teacher and National Judge for the Center for Civic Education’s “We The People” program. Expert guest lecturers will be invited to weigh in on important topics.

Each participant will receive a copy of the text “We The People, The Citizen & The Constitution.” Students will also have access to the Interactive Constitution App provided by the National Constitution Center.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be recognized as a “Distinguished Fellow of the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice.”

COST

Tuition for each student accepted will be assessed at $750. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

We are accepting applications up to November 21, 2018, for the spring semester. Independent representatives of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and United Way of Southeast Louisiana will review applications. The process will guarantee full diversity and participation from the seven-parish region. Up to 24 participants will be selected per semester.

2019 Spring Semester

• Application process opens October 17, 2018

• Applications due November 21, 2018

• Letters of Acceptance mailed December 4, 2018

• Classes Start January 17 and End April 25, 2019

Please refer all inquiries to:

Sheneta Johnson (504) 861-5847

johnson@loyno.edu

Steering Committee
Patty Riddlebarger, Co-Chair
Madalyn Schenk, Co-Chair

Nancy M. Marsiglia Advisory Board
Dean Madeleine Landrieu
Michael Williamson
Clancy Dubos
Raphael Cassimere, Jr. 
Mikey Marsiglia
Charmaine Caccioppi

Nancy M. Marsiglia Selection Committee
Patty Riddlebarger, Co-Chair
Madalyn Schenk, Co-Chair
Dean Madeleine Landrieu
Martha Lemoine Palmer
Charmaine Caccioppi

Curriculum & Course Study Instructor

Martha Lemoine Palmer

Lead Staff
Pamela Mosley Allison