Tulane Law School Students Host Students from Across the Country

January 25, 2006

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5210

This weekend, 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. Students from the following schools have registered: American University, Boston College, Boston University School of Law, Capital University, Capital University Law School, Duke Law School, Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida International College of Law, Florida State University, Harvard, LSU, Northwestern University School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Stetson College of Law, The George Washington University Law School, University of Pennsylvania, University of Alabama, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, University of Texas, University of Toledo College of Law, University of Wisconsin, Villanova University School of Law, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Widener University School of Law.

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 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.

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."

Volunteers will be working at Booker T. Washington from 1pm-4 pm, 1201 South Roman Street and at O Perry Walker Senior High, 2382 General Meyer Avenue also from 1 pm-4 pm. Finally, the weekend's events will come to a close on Saturday night with "An Evening of Louisiana Revelry," featuring local food and music. For more information, please contact Kathlyn Perez at

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000