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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...
For student-attorney Zac Creel, his Criminal Justice Clinic case became a lesson law students learn quickly – sometimes good people do bad things. Sometimes, the mistake that lands them in prison is the catalyst for change. That is the story of Creel’s client, Joshua, who while serving 20 years of... Read more
 Just months after the nation saw protests that galvanized a movement for greater equity at all levels of society, the 26th annual Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit will focus its annual conference on environmental justice. The student-run Summit, one of the largest and most respected... Read more
Adeola Ogunkeyede’s role as a public defender is less job and more “living a fulfilling life.” Growing up in a predominately Black and brown, working-class New York neighborhood, and later comparing her experiences to those she met in high school, college, and later law school, she couldn’t look... Read more
He was an academically gifted young Black man from southern Mississippi, so it went without saying that he was expected to choose a money-making career and buck the trends about poor, young Black men. “I thought I would be a businessman and wear suits every day and have nice things,” said Chris... Read more
Three distinguished Tulane Law alumni have joined the law Dean’s Advisory Board, providing vital support for the institution’s future during challenging times. Their careers span a variety of legal areas: real estate, politics and the military. Each brings a wealth of experience to the Board at a... Read more
The summer of 2020 will be remembered not just for the pandemic that swept the nation and killed hundreds of thousands, but also for our society’s grappling with hundreds of years of entrenched racism. In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, amid grief and despair, Tulane Law’s community... Read more
Earlier this month, I spoke with former Dean Robert Clayton, who with Dean John Kramer helped lead Tulane Law School’s phenomenally successful rise in the late 1980s and 1990s to become a national leader in promoting diversity in the legal profession.  Tulane then boasted the largest representation... Read more
A grueling first year at Tulane Law School did not deter Antonio Milton from a new challenge, writing his way onto its oldest and most prestigious legal journal. “So I shot for the moon,” said Milton (L’22) of Carencro, La. This week, he reached the proverbial moon by making history: He became... Read more
 Tulane Law Prof. Vernon Valentine Palmer has solved a legal “whodunit.” In his new book, The Lost Translators of 1808 and the Birth of Civil Law in Louisiana (Univ. Georgia Press 2021), Palmer (L’65) uncovers the true identity of the men  who wrote  the English translation of one of Louisiana’s... Read more
Dear Fellow Black Alumni: Wow, so much has happened since our last newsletter! I hope you have found some encouragement and peace, in what has been an exhausting past few months. We had a busy and successful summer 2020 hosting several virtual Diversity Dialogue programs that included book... Read more
Twice in as many years, Tulane’s Black Law Student Association Moot Court team has gone on to compete in the nationals. During the weekend of Jan. 22, the Thurgood Marshall Appellate Team, comprised of teammates Aicha Kyria Aime-Marcelin (L’21) and Michelle Domingue (L’22), took third place in the... Read more
Tulane Law Prof. Tonya Jupiter, for her work “above and beyond the typical pro bono commitment,” received the Louisiana Appleseed Access to Justice Pro Bono Good Apple Award Thursday evening. Jupiter (L’94) is the law school's Associate Director for Pro Bono and Advocacy Programs, coordinating... Read more
Today, 157 Law School Deans from schools across the country -- including Tulane Law Dean David Meyer --  published a statement addressing the 2020 election and the events that took place in the United States Capitol last week. The statement marks a rare occasion. It is unusual for such a diverse... Read more
To the Tulane Law Community: With most of the nation, I watched yesterday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol with revulsion.  The images of a mob storming the seat of our democracy to obstruct lawmakers’ performance of their constitutional duties were shocking.  Yet they were also sadly familiar.  For... Read more
A Tulane Law alumna has been named Global and U.S. Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright, becoming the first woman of color to hold both positions. Shauna Clark (L’94) also makes history as the only woman of color to lead a top 200 grossing law firm in the U.S., according to a story in the ABA Journal... Read more

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