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Land Ownership, Property Reform, and Twenty Million Acres of Scotland — Malcolm Combe Visits Loyola

Malcolm Combe is a senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, School of Law in Scotland. His interests are mainly property law (particularly land reform), commercial law and clinical legal education. Malcom visited Loyola Law at the end of October, and spoke to faculty and students about land reform in Scotland – specifically on the movement to bring one million of Scotland’s 20,000,000 acres into community ownership by 2020. Among his other credits, Malcom is the Faculty Director of the Aberdeen Law Project. In 2016, he became Chair of the Scottish University Law Clinic Network, a body that coordinates pro bono student legal activity across Scotland. He is a Council member of The Stair Society (a Scottish legal history society) and a member of the editorial board of The Juridical Review, the law journal of the Scottish universities. 

In 2016, the Loyola Environmental Law Society hosted a week of environmental justice-related events in October. This year ELS kicked it up a notch and promoted the entire month of October as "Environmental Justice Month," with activities including community outreach, service projects, a movie and discussions about current EJ happenings locally and nationally. Highlights included a shrimp boil at the riverfront park "the Fly" (right) for new and old ELS members to mingle and reach out to community members, and a farm day in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, lending a hand to Capstone Community Gardens collecting honey and harvesting crops for the neighborhood.

ELS Adopts Wilson Square Courtyard For Annual Service Project

Each year, following in Loyola's tradition of service, soon-to-be graduates in the Environmental Law Society choose a project to sponsor as a gift to the law school. This year, graduating ELS members are adopting Wilson Square at the Loyola Law campus. Plans to enhance the area include cleaning, planting, and painting a Louisiana-themed mural on the surrounding walls. Additionally, a solar energy umbrella, that can charge cell phones, tablets and laptops, and accompanying picnic table (from ELS grads 2017) will be placed in the courtyard, creating a welcoming and useful outdoor space for all to enjoy.

Summer Summary & Recent Activities

In July, CEL Director Rob Verchick was invited to participate in the exclusive Hollyhock Summer Gathering, an invitation-only conference on the island of Cortes (an hour north of Vancouver, BC by seaplane). It is an event that encourages collaboration and discussion for entrepreneurs, philanthropists, researchers, activists, and artists committed to social transformation. There, he presented plenary lecture Reaching Higher Ground: Communities Displaced by Climate Change. Also this summer, Prof Verchick gave a public lecture — Is the Coast Climate-Ready?— at Vashon Island Land Trust in Washington state.

Marianne Cufone speaks at Food and Farming Conference


Each year, the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders host a conference to review and discuss current food and farming issues. This summer, Marianne Cufone was invited to present on how innovative farming methods, like aquaponics, can compliment smart fisheries management, to provide more sustainable seafood to consumers. She partnered with Niaz Dory from Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance for the presentation.

Loyola Law and CEL Professors Present at SEALS Conference

Professor Crusto (left) and other panelists at the SEALS Conference.

John Lovett, Mitch Crusto and Marianne Cufone represented Loyola Law School and the CEL at the annual Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. SEALS brings together law school faculty, staff, students and others to discuss current and future important legal topics that affect our region and beyond. Cufone spoke on the Future of Food panel; Crusto moderated a panel on cannabis law; and Lovett participated in a panel that reviewed recent U.S. Supreme Court property cases.

John Lovett: Presentations and Scotland Visit

Professor Lovett presented A Deep Dive into Easements to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, at the Fall Meeting, in Los Angeles, CA, on Oct. 20, 2017 (with Diane Davies and James C. Smith) and also Good Faith In Louisiana Property Law, at the Property Works in Progress Workshop, at Northeastern University Law School, in Boston, MA, on Sept. 16, 2017. He is also off to Scotland at the end of November and will do a faculty talk on Nov 30 at the University of Aberdeen Law School on “Property Theory Perspectives on the Community Right to Buy.” On December 1, he will present a talk at the Edinburgh Center for Private Law, Conference in Honor of Professor George Gretton, based on a book chapter he wrote: Tacking in a Mixed Jurisdiction, in Essays in Honor of George Gretton, Andrew Steven Ed. 162-76 (Avizandum Pub. Ltd. 2017).

New Food Studies Program Coming Soon

Loyola University is developing a new undergraduate major in Food Studies, for the 2018 calendar year. The program brings together experts from various disciplines – English, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Environment, Law and more. CEL’s Marianne Cufone, who has long time experience in law and policy involving food, fisheries and farming, has been tapped as a liaison. Her Environmental Policy Lab course will be open to students from the Food Studies program. The hope is that law students will be able to participate in new food law and policy classes as the curriculum develops.

ELS Babies!


Three former Environmental Law Society presidents and Environmental Law Certificate grads have new additions to their families – Nick Russell (2015) and Sarah Thompson (2016) welcomed baby boy Thomas, and Olivia Burchett Porter (2017) and Dr. Chris Porter welcomed baby girl Willa June. Congrats to our alums and their families!
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