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Three generations of Loyola law graduates to work together at Louisiana firm

Melissa Busch May 17, 2017, 1:48pm

When Mary Petruccelli entered Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1969, she was one of five females in a class of 80 students.

'Seems like lawyers who made stupid mistakes,' professor says of fake subpoena practice

Melissa Busch Apr. 28, 2017, 3:09pm

NEW ORLEANS – The practice of district attorney offices in Jefferson and Orleans parishes sending out fake subpoenas to reluctant witnesses to get them to talk to prosecutors has probably been done that way for a long time, according to one law professor.

Retired Supreme Court Justice presented with St. Ives Award from Loyola

Olivia Olsen Mar. 29, 2017, 10:34pm

NEW ORLEANS — Former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeannette Knoll recently was presented with the St. Ives Award by the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Alumni Association.

Sofia Vergara's frozen embryo case could make history

Melissa Busch Mar. 10, 2017, 7:31pm

NEW ORLEANS — Major legal precedent would be set if the former boyfriend of actress Sofia Vergara was granted custody of her frozen embryos.

Lawsuit against man who killed toddler in car accident dismissed

Sara McCleary Mar. 3, 2017, 9:04pm

THIBODAUX — A judge has dismissed a 2015 lawsuit over a car accident that killed a young girl in a shopping center parking lot in Thibodaux.

More than 100 people found guilty of swindling BP Deepwater Horizon Fund out of millions

Charmaine Little Feb. 3, 2017, 1:19pm

NEW ORLEANS — More than 100 people, including a former employee, are facing jail time after they were convicted of conning millions from the BP Deepwater Horizon Fund.

Former state attorney Reed suspended after fraud convictions

Sean Fowler Jul. 2, 2016, 1:56pm

NEW ORLEANS - Despite requests from his attorney to hold off on the decision, former state prosecutor Walter Reed has been suspended from law practice by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

'Disability inactive status' for former New Orleans prosecutor meant to protect clients

Mike Helenthal Jun. 24, 2016, 8:01pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court recently placed embattled former federal prosecutor Jan Mann on "disability inactive status," which prevents her from furthering practicing law.

Loyola law school graduate named to National Trial Attorneys Top 100 for third year

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 5, 2016, 8:04am

NEW ORLEANS — To Danny Luneau, a criminal defense attorney and a Louisiana native, his job is about giving people accused of a crime “a fair shot.”

Former Louisiana AG claims immunity, asks for dismissal of retaliation suit

Mike Helenthal Jun. 2, 2016, 3:10pm

BATON ROUGE–Former Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell is using an oft-cited elected official immunity defense to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him and others of retaliating against a Fourth Judicial Court judge.

Disturbing 4th District Court legal battle between judges continues

Andrew Burger May 26, 2016, 3:52pm

MONROE – A lengthening series of lawsuits that pits 4th Judicial District Court judges, attorneys and other legal professionals against one another raises serious questions regarding the credibility and legitimacy of the justice system in Ouachita and Morehouse Parish, as well as the ability of the court and legal community to fulfill its public obligations and responsibilities.

Spirit of St. Ignatius bestowed on Loyola-New Orleans’ Locascio

Mike Helenthal May 26, 2016, 3:45pm

NEW ORLEANS – Kaitlin L. Locascio didn’t seem any different than any of the other 90 students taking Isabel Medina’s constitutional law class at Loyola University's Law School in New Orleans. 

Loyola-New Orleans’ international law program ranked a ‘best value’

Mike Helenthal May 26, 2016, 12:55pm

NEW ORLEANS -- The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law was recently recognized for its international master of laws program, which was named one of the “best values” in the country in the recent edition of The International Jurist.

The Gillis Long Poverty Center has public assistance in its DNA

Darren Yuvan May 25, 2016, 1:22pm

NEW ORLEANS – Former Louisiana Congressman Gillis William Long, who served the state for 12 years starting in 1973, was always well known for his interest in helping the poor.

Legal expert thinks government overstepped its bounds in St. Tammany DA's conviction

Russell Boniface May 23, 2016, 2:30pm

NEW ORLEANS – Dane Ciolino, a professor at Loyola University New Orleans Law School, believes the conviction of St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed on state campaign finance charges is tantamount to federal overreach.

CEO survey says Louisiana's litigation laws are bad for business

Taryn Phaneuf May 18, 2016, 12:55pm

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s litigation laws continue to play a role in how the state is perceived by business leaders across the country.

As inmates languish in jail without public defenders, lawsuits start rolling in

Carrie Salls May 11, 2016, 7:19pm

NEW ORLEANS –Two New Orleans attorneys recently filed lawsuits on behalf of four inmates who have been incarcerated for months following their arrests without representation, victims of a budget crisis that has resulted in a lengthy waiting list for public defender services.

Ex-St. Charles Parish DA faces up to 3 years in prison over obstruction of justice

Jeff Wright Apr. 26, 2016, 2:45pm

NEW ORLEANS –  A former St. Charles Parish district attorney has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges related to a three-year FBI investigation into sex-related allegations, but a local legal expert says that it shouldn't affect any of his previous cases.

Louisiana whistleblower's settlement could be good for state

Sean Fowler Apr. 25, 2016, 3:25pm

BATON ROUGE - While some may think that a recent Louisiana whistleblower should have taken his case to trial, his settlement could still have a positive impact.

Complaint against private investigator in Vitter 'spying' incident not expected to get far

Dawn Brotherton Apr. 22, 2016, 12:06pm

NEW ORLEANS – An ethics complaint filed by investigative journalist and blogger Jason Berry with the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) late last year against lawyer-turned-private-investigator Wes Bearden for allegedly suborning perjury may not get very far, according to local legal expert.