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« on: October 19, 2005, 11:53:50 AM »
Hello Louisiana-based law school students,
This message is intended for anyone willing to consider volunteering for the relief effort, even if
you are currently in school or working an internship. Being occupied with other activities does not disqualify you from helping out, and at risk of sounding like a salesman, I have the *perfect
* way for you to contribute.
Governor Blanco recently issued a Governor's Order temporarily halting evictions in hurricane-damaged areas until October 25, 2005. In one week, landlords throughout the New Orleans area will be able to file evictions in Louisiana courts to oust tenants from their rented property. The lawyers here at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (an organization dedicated to providing free legal services to the poor - www.slls.org
) anticipate a deluge of eviction notices being served, which will likely lead to an overwhelming amount of people seeking legal defense against the eviction actions. Those affected arenít limited to poor areas of Nola, but will include tenants from all over the Southeast Louisiana and quite likely some of our own students.
In anticipation of this large amount of evictions, SLLS is putting together a workshop for public interest lawyers and law students determined to ensure that all tenants facing eviction are able to receive legal defense against these actions. This workshop is ideal for any law student interested in public interest law for many reasons. Firstly, it is free. Second, participation in this training session will enable a law student to legally represent tenants facing eviction in a justice of the peace court (thatís right, it is not necessary to be a card-carrying lawyer to represent someone facing eviction. Even law students like us 1Ls can stand in front of a justice of the peace and defend those whose homes are in jeopardy). Third, it represents a way for you to contribute to the relief effort while also building real-world legal experience. Fourth, it does not require much time and would complement your current academic/internship position. Fifth, representation can take place throughout Southeast Louisiana, including (but not limited to) New Orleans. If thatís not reason enough, consider most importantly that you may be able to help a family preserve its home.
If youíd like to learn more, please feel free to write to Laura Tuggle of Southeast La. Legal Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
(318) 222-7186, ext. 250.
If youíre ready to sign up, you should RSVP for the free training session in Lafayette (which may also be made available remotely via WebEx or conference call in case you are unable to go to Lafayette for the session). Details are as follows:
Tues, Oct 25th - Landlord-Tenant and Housing Issues
By: Southeast La. Legal Services, Acadiana Legal Services Corporation
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Acadiana Legal Services Corporation
City: Lafayette, LA
Contact: Laura Tuggle of Southeast La. Legal Services at email@example.com
(318) 222-7186, ext. 250
« on: September 01, 2005, 12:08:54 PM »
There is a place for Tulane Law School students to visit for more information: www.law.emory.edu/tulane
Also, there is a google group being formed called Tulane Law School Evacuees.
« on: September 01, 2005, 12:05:46 PM »
NEW TULANE LAW SCHOOL WEB SITE:
OK, everyone knows that the official emergency.tulane.edu web site is worthless for getting decent information about what's going on. I just spoke with U Texas, and they told me that yeah, the dean had been in contact with them, and that they've been getting info from a web site Tulane set up on the Emory web servers. Well that's nice to know. You can add yourself to an official email distribution service and read a message from our dean at:http://www.law.emory.edu/tulane
There is also a google group that was formed called Tulane Law School Evacuees.
« on: August 14, 2006, 07:06:25 PM »
Hi Cheesesteak, Bonkers, Jr. and NolaLove,
The upcoming 2L class tends to hang out a lot at the Balcony Bar down on Magazine st. Many of the 2Ls aren't back in town yet. There will be an information presentation on Thursday for all the law societies, and then everyone is going to Phillip's Bar (nearby) after that.
« on: July 24, 2006, 12:39:26 AM »
Hey Bonkers, Jr.,
I saw on your LSN profile that you are interested in animal law activism. In case you don't already know, Tulane has an animal law society. I *think* they were involved with the post-Katrina issues of displaced animals. I'm unsure how active they've been overall, but they were recruiting back in January when we restarted. The student organizations down here are great, so I encourage everyone to roll up their sleeves and join a few, particularly in the capacity of an officer, if possible.
-Andy (TLS '08)
« on: July 14, 2006, 07:49:23 PM »
I think if you take the LSAT more than twice, it begins to look a bit bad. I think all your stats are good to apply for Tulane. The 155 on the LSAT is probably a bit below the average, but the rest can make up for it. I think it's important to convey to admissions that you really want Tulane and New Orleans to be your law school experience, rather than just playing the field to see who accepts you.
BTW, I'm a UT grad, currently at Tulane Law School.
« on: July 13, 2006, 06:08:56 PM »
Hello future Tulanians,
I'm a current TLS student (will be a 2L this fall) peeking in on LSD in order to see what sorts of conversations are floating around about the city and the school. I was pleased to read so many enthusiastic posts, and I'm looking forward to having all the new folks on campus in a few weeks.
These sorts of long threads always degenerate into some negative arguments, and I don't want to continue this. I respect the negative posters out there too. BBT is entitled to his/her opinion, and I have my own harsh things to say about this place. If BBT is a TLS student with 3.74 or so GPA, then I'm sorry we're losing him. I'm worried about losing a lot of students via transfer, as some seem to be manuevering to transfer without telling anyone else. BUT, I am staying, and want to say that there are a LOT of good reasons for you to be here this fall. Post-Katrina New Orleans offers many opportunities for volunteer work that are helpful even if you don't go into public interest. Our criminal law clinic rocks (Pam Metzger and Katherine Mattes run the program, and are all over the national news these days), our environmental law program is still extremely strong (and arguably more important than ever due to its location on the front lines of legal environmental policy), and our attrition of professors has not been as terrible as was feared previously. And the leadership around here. Well, I wouldn't trust them farther than I could throw them. But they probably won't ruin your law career - there are some great people working here, too. I'll admit also that I'm still worried about some good profs bolting for other schools. The Concurring Opinions blog has more information in case you want to dig into this more. I'm also worried about hurricanes. It doesn't take a big one to close the school down and interrupt the academic year. Before Katrina, just recently a much smaller hurricane resulted in a missed week of class that had to be made up on the weekends.
And although TLS is no "party school" in the Animal House sense of the phrase, we definitely have great bar reviews. There is also a strong spirit of collaboration amongst the students, not competitive attitudes, which makes for a more serious but also amicable learning environment. Many of those that visited at other schools after katrina report that TLS has a much better learning environment where everyone seems to get along.
And what is that famous saying "may you live in interesting times"? New Orleans may be hurt badly by the storm, but this sort of volatile environment makes for an extremely interesting backdrop. Much more so than other schools.
Anyway, if anyone has any questions or is seeking advice, post up, and I'll check back in a few days and try to help out.
« on: December 10, 2005, 11:21:12 AM »
I'll try to give you the brief lowdown on New Orleans, though others (Tulane33 or other TLS students currently on LSD) may want to add their input.
Rent prices are definitely skyrocketing, as are home prices. However, it remains to be seen whether this trend will continue over the next 8 months. I just signed a lease yesterday (my house lost its roof, so I've had to make alternative arrangements), but what you get for the price is nothing like pre-Katrina. Before the storm I was in a big two story carriage house with a beautiful balcony close to campus, and rent was only $650. I'm now in a studio apartment at $800. However, I would qualify the rent/home price increases by saying that Nola was relatively inexpensive before the storm. I came down from Chicago, where rent can be astronomical. So even a drammatic increase in prices (which hopefully is temporary) doesn't make Nola super-expensive relative to most American cities. Also, the current situation is aggravated by having so much housing destroyed, yet a need to house tens of thousands of FEMA and contractors. All this volatility won't last (homes will be repaired to living conditions and eventually the contractors will make their way to other regions). My suggestion for you is to not dive into a home investment, until we determine whether the long-term viability of the city is robust. Plus it's always good to rent in a city to get a good feel of the neighborhoods before you buy, but i guess the rent/buy decision is best left to you and your family. My point is just that things are tough now, and uncertain for the long-term. Anyone who tells you that Nola will "definitely" bounce back or "definitely" collapse don't really know what they are talking about. There are plenty of theories floating around down here, and noone really knows the impact when considering the environment (loss of wetlands as protection from hurricanes), levees (whether the fighting over the levees will produce a strong enough levee system to protect the city or whether we'll just have them rebuilt to the strength they were before the storm, economy (whether the critical tourism industry will bounce back or whether conventions and confereneces will continue to be cancelled), etc.
Even prices for normal stuff from groceries to restaurants and gas has gone way up, by the way. You used to be able to chase alcoholism on the cheap down here, but drink prices are up. Restaurants are few and far between, and they tend to be more expensive now.
With regards to family matters, I can only add a little bit of info. First, if you are seriously considering coming here, I suggest contacting a professor and asking questions about Nola schools and child care. Our profs are kind and eager to see the school replenished with bright 1Ls, so they'll surely give you advice (you may even want to reach some on the phone). Second, most folks have their kids in private schools down here. There is little open in terms of public schools, though some should be reopening in January. I don't know how costly it is to send your kids to private school down here, but I know that these schools are all over. I defer to someone with kids though. If you have pets, there are plenty of beautiful parks.
Also, you should check Craig's List to view more rent prices and home prices. Home prices can also be found via Latter Blum's web site and the Prudential web site. A word of caution is that these prices represent the volatility of the market.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to post more. I'm slightly biased in favor of the school and the city, though I have some serious issues with TLS's disastrous leadership in response to the storm.
« on: December 10, 2005, 10:51:09 AM »
According to a post on the Tulane Law School discussion board, the TLS dean is stating that the drastic measures are largely confined to the undergraduate and medical programs. This is big news for Tulane, but will likely impact the law school minimally (depending on whether you feel like taking the comment from the dean at his word).