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Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice

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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.

“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.

Course Dates

Fall 2019 Semester: September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, November 7, November 14, November 21, December 5

Spring 2020 Semester: January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 16

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.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for the Spring 2020 semester will open October 1, 2019. 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.

2020 Spring Semester

  • Application process opens October 1, 2019
  • Applications due November 4, 2019
  • Classes start January 16, 2020 and end April 16, 2020

Please refer all inquiries to: Pamela Allison (504) 827-6866 or email.

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.

Michael J. Marsiglia

Charmaine Caccioppi

Nancy M. Marsiglia Selection Committee

Patty Riddlebarger, Co-Chair

Madalyn Schenk, Co-Chair

Dean Madeleine Landrieu

Martha Lemoine Palmer

Charmaine Caccioppi

Clancy DuBos

Michael J. Marsiglia

Michael Williamson

Curriculum & Course Study Instructor

Martha Lemoine Palmer

Lead Staff

Pamela Mosley-Allison

Support the Institute

The Nancy M. Marsiglia 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.

Marsiglia Institute organizers are seeking gifts to ensure long-term sustainability of the program. Just as the Constitutional Convention delegates and signers cemented the American Experiment, so too will your gift solidify the future of this important initiative. If you have any questions regarding donating to the Institute, please contact Pamela Allison at pamelaa@unitedwaysela.org or 504.827.6866. 

FRAMERS CIRCLE (39 Available) - One-time contribution of $3,000  Sustaining support for the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute
Recognition: Name prominently displayed on a plaque in the classroom • Name displayed at alumni events and graduations • Reserved seating at special events

FOUNDERS CIRCLE - Annual contribution of $1,787  Underwriting for continuing education and speakers bureau
Recognition: Name displayed at alumni events and graduations • Reserved seating at special events

DELEGATES CIRCLE - $750 per semester  Underwriting for student scholarship
Recognition: Name displayed at alumni events and graduations • Reserved seating at special events

 

 

 

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