January 23, 2006
Students Express Gratitude by Hosting Students and Administrators from Across the Country
New Orleans, La., January 19, 2006 - On the weekend of January 27-29, 2006, the Tulane Law School student body will be hosting law students and administrators from across the country who welcomed them into their host institutions in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The event, entitled "Pro Bono Publico: An Expression of Gratitude and Renewal" was inspired by students' desires to thank these institutions and give them an insider's experience of the city. Tulane Law School students attended over one hundred law schools in approximately 40 states across the country in the fall of 2005. These schools accepted students within a week of the hurricane, allowing students into their classrooms without transcripts or even formal applications. There are over one hundred and twenty-five registered out-of-town guests, including students and administrators from law schools as well as alumni and sponsoring firm and corporation representatives. Tulane Law School students, administration, faculty, as well as New Orleans area alumni will also be in attendance.
The event will kick-off on Friday evening at 6:30pm with “A Night of Katrina Reflection.” Professional leadership speaker, author and business consultant John Di Frances (
) will be flying in for the event and will offer attendees his insight into how the Katrina tragedy can lead to a better and stronger Tulane Law School and New Orleans community. A panel discussion will immediately follow, featuring local and state civic leaders instrumental in the Katrina response. Panelists will include State Senator Walter Boasso, State Representative Emile "Peppi" Bruneau, Jefferson Parish Councilman Thomas Capella, State Representative Karen Carter, Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the Federal Eastern District, and City Council President Oliver M. Thomas, Jr. Each of the speakers was hand-selected to discuss both their personal experiences with the hurricane as well as the various legal, political and social issues facing the city at this time. Topics will include coastal restoration, levees, housing, public education, the effect of the hurricane on the legal system and the city’s long-term revitalization plan. This program will bring legal minds from across the country together and provide them with an opportunity to discuss these important issues and highlight ways in which the national legal community can contribute to the rebuilding process.
On Saturday morning, the participants will take a bus tour of the New Orleans area and have an opportunity to experience first-hand what many individuals have only been able to witness through national media coverage. The tour will cover many of the areas most devastated by the hurricane as well as those areas that are already being revived and repopulated. The tour buses will be guided by local area professionals who can provide insight into New Orleans area history, politics, historic preservation and environmental issues. On Saturday afternoon, after witnessing the devastation as well as the progress that is being made, participants will be able to work together on a community service project coordinated by the Tulane University Office of Community Service called the “Paint Rally for New Orleans Schools.” This program is an initiative to help improve the facilities of the New Orlean’s schools by coordinating and soliciting volunteers and resources. Finally, the weekend’s events will come to a close on Saturday night with “An Evening of Louisiana Revelry,” featuring local food and music.
Schedule of Events
Friday January 27th: Tulane Law School
6:30PM – 9:00PM
"An Evening of Katrina Reflection" Room 110
Reception to follow
6:30 – 7:00 – Welcome
7:00 – 7:30 – John Di Frances "Leadership in a Time of Crisis"
7:30 – 9:00 – Panel Discussion and Q&A
State Senator Walter Boasso (St. Bernard and Plaquemines)
State Representative "Peppi" Bruneau (Lakeview)
State Representative Karen Carter (New Orleans)
Jefferson Parish Councilman Thomas Capella
Judge Martin L.C. Feldman (Federal Eastern District)
New Orleans City Council President Oliver M. Thomas, Jr.
Saturday January 28th:
9:00AM King Cake and Coffee Breakfast
Tulane Law School, Multi-Purpose Room
9:15AM – 9:45AM
"A Solvable Problem: The Geographical History and Future
of New Orleans."
Richard Campanella, Assistant Director of Tulane’s Center of Bioenvironmental Research
Tulane Law School, Multi-Purpose Room
10:00AM - 1:00PM Bus Tour and Lunch
departing from Tulane Law School
guided by local experts in New Orleans area history, politics and Post-Katrina issues.
A Sample of our Bus Tour Leaders:
Former President LA Senate Samuel B. "Sammy" Nunez
Professor Tania Tetlow, Associate Professor, Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, Tulane Law School
Professor Richard Capanella
Plaquemines Parish Attorney Lynn Perkins Perez
1:00PM - 4:00PM
"Paint Rally for New Orleans Schools"
Buses will transfer participants from the tour to the
community service event or back to the hotel or law school.
8:00 PM - 11:00PM
"An Evening of Louisiana Revelry"
Bourbon Vieux, 501 Bourbon Street
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