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New Orleans City Council Transition Project 2018

The Public Law Center (TPLC) is coordinating a Council Transition Project that is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Orleans, the Norman Francis Leadership Institute at Xavier University, and the Institute of Politics at Loyola University.

 With five newly-elected members and a one-time-only transition period of five months leading to their May 7 inauguration, this year’s unique circumstances provided a powerful opportunity to implement an unprecedented program of transition support.

 We began with informational briefings for Council members and their staff, who received presentations on the following dates and topics:

January 11:
“Open Meetings Law”—Sharonda Williams and David Marcello
“Public Records Act”—Sharonda Williams and David Marcello
“Homeless Service Delivery Network”—Martha Kegel

 February 6:
“City Ethics Code”—David Marcello
“Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics”—Kathleen Allen

The work will continue through Inauguration Day on May 7, 2018 and may be extended to offer training for new Council staff, after their arrival in City Hall.

The Council Transition Project is supported in part by a $10,000 lead grant from the Helis Foundation, but we need additional funds to conduct sessions requested by Council members.

Want to help? Here's how: 


  • At the Tulane University giving page, click on the “Public Law Center Gift Fund.”
  • Insert the amount of your contribution (no $ sign or decimal point for cents needed).
  • Then complete the requested credit card information.

All funds contributed to The Public Law Center Gift Fund through May will be used exclusively for the Council Transition Project. Thanks for your support!


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