Marsiglia Institute of Justice announces fall 2022 cohort


NEW ORLEANS – United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law announced Tuesday the 22 community members selected for the fall 2022 class of the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice, a 12-week course on the U.S. Constitution. 

Participants hailing from a wide range of backgrounds will study the founding principles of U.S. government through the articles, Bill of Rights, and amendments of the Constitution and explore how interpretation of the constitution continues to shape our society.

“Our constitution is a living, breathing document that we have to commit to for our system of government to survive,” said Madeleine Landrieu, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law, as she welcomed the cohort. “Together, we will make sure this democracy doesn’t fail on our watch.”

The Marsiglia Institute was created to reclaim civil discourse in an increasingly divisive political climate and empower community members to be civically engaged. 

“My hope is that you will take everything you learn here and join advocates in your community and statewide who devote their energy to improving and ensuring the legislative process works for all of us,” said Charmaine Caccioppi, United Way of Southeast Louisiana executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Fall 2022 fellows include: 

  • Connie Bellone, Health & Education Alliance of Louisiana
  • Peter Robins-Brown, Louisiana Progress
  • Marie Cahn, Retired 
  • Sheri Combs, Covenant House New Orleans
  • Natalie Earles, Eastern District of Louisiana Clerk
  • Christine Evans
  • Madeleine Guerin, MD, Retired
  • Stephanie Guidry, Family Violence Program of St. Bernard
  • Angela Theresa Henderson, Back Room Creations LLC
  • Malcolm Lloyd, Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Tamara Griffin-Major, Algiers Charter School Association
  • Micah Nicholas, United Way of Acadiana
  • Demmi O’Donnell, Orange Theory Fitness/Sales Associate
  • Mary Pugh, The Willow School
  • Darlene Santana, Metro Centers for Community Advocacy
  • Caitlin Scanlan, Café Reconcile
  • Pamela Steeg, Retired
  • James Tate, Retired
  • Jackson Voss, Louisiana Budget Project
  • Joan Wightkin, Retired
  • Richard Windmann, MD, Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse
  • Kourtney Wynn, School Staff Partners

The Marsiglia Institute is named in honor of the late Nancy M. Marsiglia, a community activist who devoted her life to social justice. Marsiglia was an enthusiastic participant in the pilot program that led to the creation of the Institute. 

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About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For nearly 100 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA. 


About Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Founded in 1914, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is known for its commitment to building practice-ready lawyers. As the first and only Jesuit law school in the south, it offers programs and educational opportunities that emphasize service to others, critical thinking, and care for the whole person. It is one of the few law schools in the nation that offers both civil and common law curricula, allowing students to prepare for practice locally, nationally, and globally. Loyola prides itself on the diversity and collegiality of its student body, and its full-time, part-time, and evening programs make law school accessible to working professionals, parents, and others whose schedules require flexibility.