BY ISN STAFF | January 5, 2015
William P. Quigley, J.D., professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, is the 2015 recipient of the Father Robert Drinan Award. The annual award is presented to only one law professor a year by the American Association of Law School’s (AALS) section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities and recognizes educators working toward increasing access to justice.
Quigley, who is also director of both the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola, received the award for his extraordinary public interest work in the community. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the AALS in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.
Quigley’s history of pro bono service on a vast array of social justice projects, his mentorship and tutelage of law students and his record of advocacy to people marginalized by Hurricane Katrina were all taken into consideration by the awards committee. He has spoken at numerous Ignatian Solidarity Network teach-ins throughout ISN’s history and has been a long-time supporter of School of the Americas Watch, offering legal assistance to aid their nonviolent civil disobedience and direct action efforts to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the U.S. Army School of the Americas). Within Loyola’s Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, Quigley promotes legal research and education about the challenges facing disadvantaged individuals and assists them by providing legal services to those unable to afford representation.
The nomination for Quigley included a testimonial from one of his former students who said, “Bill leads by example in his commitment to his community, the respect he shows to everyone he works with, and his humility to know that you cannot do this work on your own.”
The honor is named after the late Rev. Robert Drinan, S.J., who was a member of the law faculty at Georgetown University, a dean of Boston College Law School and also served in the U.S. Congress as a representative from Massachusetts.
[SOURCES include Loyola University New Orleans]