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April 21, 2010 - International food lunch and Haiti fundraiser in the West Courtyard today hosted by members of Alianza, BLSA and PILF 11am-1pm.  We will be providing delicious international cuisine at $5 minimum donation per plate. The money raised will benefit KONBIT POU EDIKASYON (KPE), a non-profit founded by law students (including a TLS Alum, Cathy LeBlanc) that helps support the educational needs of children in Haiti.  Part of the proceeds with also benefit Partners in Health, which has helped communities in Haiti combat disease and poverty for over 20 years.

April 12, 2010 - District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro met with a group of TLS students at the DA’s office on April 12 to kick off their summer pro bono work and summer internships.  Law students will assist the office this summer in the pursuit of justice through the criminal court system under the supervision of Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorneys.  They will be assigned to various divisions, including Trials, Screening, Magistrate, Juvenile and Appeals.


Each year the TLS Pro Bono Program honors students who are pro bono stars.  On April 16, 125 students were recognized for their dedication to the public interest and commitment to the goal of making access to justice within the reach of every individual.  The total of hours donated by students exceeding 50 hours (the minimum is 30) amounted to 23,101 hours for the current student body.  The average pro bono contribution of each of these students was 185 hours!  Shown in the photo is a group of students attending the 2010 Pro Bono Appreciation Lunch along with Dean Griffin, Vice Dean Hoeffel, and Dean Jackson, Assistant Dean for Public Interest Programs.



Entertainment Law Legal Assistance (ELLA) Project Wins Governor's Arts Award - Sept 25, 2008

ELLA in the New York Times - March 24, 2010

Students in the News
Tulane students contribute to the public interest on a variety of fronts, and the public takes notice.

  • Holmes E. Rackleff (L '09), "Role Model Walks the Walk", Tulane Lawyer Fall 2009.
  • Tulane 1L Founds Animal Rescue Organization, August 2009.
  • homero_smThe Pro Bono Law Student of the Year is Homero Lopez, Class of '10.  The Pro Bono Project, New Orleans, recognized him at their Annual Volunteer Appreciation Recognition Ceremony in December 2009. He is pictured with [from the left] Kim Boyle, President, Louisiana State Bar Assn., and Rachel Piercey, Executive Dir., The Pro Bono Project, New Orleans.
  • Community Service: On Saturday morning, March 20, while much of the city was still asleep, Tulane Law students were out getting their hands dirty cleaning green spaces in a community-wide public service activity. Students representing every part of the law school—from moot court teams and law societies to journals and the Student Bar Association—came together to work alongside the HandsOn New Orleans volunteer network in the Indian Association Neighborhood of Gentilly, New Orleans. They cleaned debris from public lots, tore down a dilapidated shed, conducted landscaping and stripped paint from houses. After the service was complete the students enjoyed a barbeque lunch, a visit from Saint’s defensive player Will Smith and a performance by the local Mardi Gras Indians. Crew leaders recognized five of the Tulane Law students during the award ceremony for their exceptional work in their clean-up projects. Participants included: Patricia Guzmán, Jacob Merkord, Rose Sher, Marcus Edwards, Homero López, Brandon Winchester, Justin Woodard, Chris Bernhardt, Wolf McGavran, Stella Cziment.


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