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Tulane Law alumna nominated as 1st Black woman to fill appeals court seat
President Biden has nominated Tulane Law alumna Nancy Gbana Abudu (L’99) to serve as a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the first African-American woman to serve on the court. Abudu, the daughter of immigrants from Ghana, is deputy legal director and interim director for...
Louisiana has been the nation’s prison capital for nearly 20 years, but recently enacted a landmark package of 10 criminal justice reform laws. As a result, in June 2018, Oklahoma instead became the U.S. state with the highest imprisonment rate, replacing Louisiana. With that backdrop, Tulane Law... Read more
Professor Vernon Palmer, who is a foremost expert on international comparative law,  has just co-edited a published volume,  Legal Traditions in Louisiana and the Floridas 1763-1848, which explores the origins and influences on early law in the  Louisiana and Florida  territories and into statehood... Read more
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton is the keynote speaker on the opening day of Tulane University Law School’s 31st annual Corporate Law Institute (CLI) March 14-15 at the Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria Hotel in downtown New Orleans. Clayton will speak at the CLI Thursday from 1:45... Read more
In the fight to desegregate public educational institutions, the landmark Brown v. Board of Education was the seminal case.  Not far behind were cases like Meredith v. Fair which pushed college campuses to admit African-American students. Tulane Law School joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the... Read more
To meet Bessie Hall is to know persistence, and perseverance. In 2012, Hall had to retire from her job at the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services after 17 years following an injury from a fall. But when she tried to apply for disability benefits some time later, the Louisiana... Read more
Professor Ann Lipton is once again gathering the top corporate and securities scholars from around the country to explore changes in the industry at the Tulane Corporate & Securities Law Roundtable on Saturday, March 16. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tulane Law School’s John... Read more
The most fabled book in Louisiana legal history – the de la Vergne volume -- has been gifted to Tulane Law School, an original founding document that details not only the laws of the 1808 Louisiana territory but also contains the hand-written notes of its principal codifier. The manuscript, a... Read more
Dear Friends, Thank you for opening the first installment of a newsletter for Tulane Law’s black alumni. This project is born out of our inaugural Black Alumni Reunion Weekend, which was held from Feb. 7-10 in New Orleans. It was an unforgettable and moving weekend that brought together more than... Read more
Rear Admiral Steven Andersen, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Coast Guard, delivered this year's William Tetley Lecture in Maritime Law at Tulane Law School. The lecture, titled  “Taking drugs off the water: Where domestic and international law converge,” was a broad summary of the Coast Guard'... Read more
Tulane Law School hosted Dorothy Roberts, a scholar, professor of law and sociology and a social justice advocate as the George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous Lecturer on Feb. 7.  Roberts spoke on issues of race, gender and health and ethics, and how all of these interect with the law.  With... Read more
In the fall of 1967, Janice Martin Foster walked into Tulane Law School as one of only four women starting courses that year. “It took me a little while, but I didn’t realize that I was the only black woman until I got to class and no one looked like me,” she recalled.  Foster became the law... Read more
Julian Murray didn’t just love the law, he loved the law. To him, it was a living thing, and more importantly, a conduit to help other human beings. Murray (L’64), a prominent attorney and the co-founder of Tulane Law’s Trial Advocacy Program, was remembered by his dearest friends and family Jan... Read more
The annual Eason Weinmann Lecture on International and Comparative Law will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Tulane Law School featuring the distinguished French comparatist Dr. Antoine Garapon.  The event will be held at 5 p.m. at the John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret Street, in Room 110,... Read more
Joseph Trytten repeatedly reminded judges that curbing the rights of one coach to offer a silent prayer mid-field after a football game could stymie the rights of other “pious teachers around the country.” Julissa Hunte, arguing on behalf of the school district, pressed the judges to consider that... Read more
Louisiana received a bit of good news this summer: After decades riding the number one spot, Oklahoma unseated it as the state with the highest rate of incarceration. To date, Louisiana has 1,052 people in prison per 100,000 population – and a difference of only 27 people separating the two states... Read more