Marsiglia Institute Graduates 30 Distinguished Fellows


The Institute’s first all-virtual class included participants from across Louisiana 


NEW ORLEANS – The Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice, a 12-week U.S. Constitution course presented by United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, inducted 30 new Distinguished Fellows during a virtual graduation ceremony on April 29. 

The Marsiglia Institute brings together a diverse group of community members to study the founding principles of U.S. government through the Constitution and explore the document’s relevance in modern-day America. 

This semester’s class was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As part of the graduation proceedings, teams of students presented oral arguments to state and federal judges on hot Constitutional topics, including civil rights, elections, due process, capitalism and civic engagement. 

Distinguished Fellows of the Institute’s spring 2021 class include: 

•    Patricia Barnett, Barnett Fine Art
•    Ashley Brennan, Bernhard 
•    Elizabeth Bridges, Benjamin and Yancy Foundation
•    Alison Cohen, Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman, Louisiana Legislature
•    Jillian Delos Reyes, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
•    Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, Young Leadership Council
•    Klassi Duncan, Urban League of Louisiana
•    Michelle Dunnick, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
•    Sylvia Finger, Self-Employed
•    Melissa Flournoy, Social Entrepreneur
•    Caitrin Gladow, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
•    Danielle Gray, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School
•    David Hoover, University of New Orleans
•    Maria Huete, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
•    Lorenzo Johnson, Jr., KNOS
•    Nygia Lambert, Self-Employed
•    Tiffany Lewis, Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
•    Ann Maier, Community Organizer
•    Alli Maney, New Orleans Public Schools
•    Meaghan McCormack, St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation
•    Jesse Miller, Ochsner Health
•    KD Minor, Community Organizer
•    Lucas Mixon, Delta Airlines
•    Paulina Murphy, Choices Coordinated Care Solutions
•    Scott Peyton, Right on Crime
•    Lavaughn Riley, Premium Parking at Children’s Hospital
•    Seleigh Taylor, KIPP New Orleans
•    Rashidah Williams, Tulane University
•    Felicia Young, Higher Minds of Education, LLC
•    Tania Zachari, Techniques International Corp.

The Institute, named in honor of the late Nancy M. Marsiglia, was founded in 2018 with a mission to reclaim civil discourse. 

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