Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice announces spring class

12-week course honoring the late Nancy Meyers Marsiglia engages participants through an exploration of the U.S. Constitution

NEW ORLEANS - Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and United Way of Southeast Louisiana announced today the first spring class of the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice - a U.S. Constitution course named in honor of the late Nancy Meyers Marsiglia.

The 25 participants will take part in the semester-long course conducted at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. The course's 12 sessions will explore the U.S. Constitution through its articles, Bill of Rights and amendments. 

Members of the 2019 spring class include: 

  • Marguerite Adams

  • Todd Battiste

  • Kelly Brown

  • Rod Caccioppi

  • Joseph Chango

  • Lisa Ray Diggs

  • Carling Dinkler

  • Dani DiPetro

  • Kisha Laurent Gaudin

  • Dr. Eric Griggs

  • Glenn Gruber

  • Michael Hoarty

  • Mithun Kamath

  • Dana Keren

  • Frederick Kushner

  • Marva Lewis

  • Gail Hester Louapre

  • Erica Martinez

  • Ricardo Mesa

  • Nancy Olinde

  • Sandy Rosenthal

  • Tam Savoie

  • Eliana Soto

  • LaVerne Saulny Toombs

  • Shirley Young

The Institute's principal mission is to educate participants about the founding principles of our government and foster civil discourse regarding the American Experiment - the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In addition to traditional study and coursework, sessions feature expert guest lecturers covering wide-ranging constitutional issues. 

Spring 2019 guest lecturers include:

  • The Honorable Mary L. Landrieu - former U.S. Senator from the state of Louisiana

  • The Honorable Steven A. Higginson - United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • Dr. Raphael Cassimere - Jr., Professor Emeritus, University of New Orleans

  • Mr. Clancy DuBos - Political Editor, Gambit

  • Professor Walter Isaacson - Writer; Journalist; University Professor, Tulane University

  • Professor Bill Quigley - Professor of Law and Director, Loyola Law Clinic & the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center

  • Professor Leslie Shoebatham - Associate Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans

  • Mr. Scott Sternberg - Attorney, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC

Marsiglia, a founding member of United Way's Women United, 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. 

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

The application process for the Institute's fall course opens May 30, 2019.

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