Louisiana Hosts Law Student Dis-Orientation

Louisiana law students will gather Saturday, February 26 in New Orleans on the Loyola College of Law campus for a Dis-Orientation event. Dis-Orientation events introduce the wider student body to the NLG and “people’s lawyering” in general. Whether this event is a quick meet-up of like-minded folks or a full-day event with panel discussions and workshops, it’s a great opportunity to find allies on campus. To learn more about organizing Disorientation events, or to order free copies of the Disorientation Handbook, contact the National Office at membership@nlg.org.

Here’s a peak at Louisiana’s schedule!

9:30 am – 10:00 am Coffee and Beignets
Come by for fresh beignets and coffee before the day begins!

10:00 am – 10:30 am Presidential Introduction
NLG Louisiana Chapter President Carol Kolinchak and NLG Loyola Chapter President Sarah Omajola
Carol and Sarah will welcome attendees and provide introductions to the day.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Surviving Law School Panel and Discussion
Andrea Armstrong, Johanna Kalb, and John Adcock
Struggling with law school? Classes? Exams? Holding on to the hard-fought beliefs that brought you to law school in the first place? With some time for venting and some time for sharing practical strategies and tips for making it through school without losing yourself in the process, panelists will provide a critical review of the law school experience with room to share your perspectives in your law school school career.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)
Let’s do lunch. It’s on us.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Private Practice: Nuts and Bolts
Sara V. Pic, John Adcock, and Judson Mitchell
There is not one path to a career in public interest or social justice lawyering. Whether you start your own practice or perhaps your own organization, this panel is for you! A panel of social justice lawyers who started up their own practices will discuss the nitty gritty of the work that they do, how they got there, and how they keep themselves afloat while maintaining their drives to be public interest attorneys.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Louisiana Legal Issues
Robert Lancaster, Davida Finger, and Carol Kolinchak
This panel will introduce students to a variety of public interest jobs, projects and organizations in Louisiana. Some students may have switched interests after a year or two of law school, but don’t know what legal challenges Louisianans face. This panel paints a picture of the social justice landscape in terms of ongoing work, gaps in services, and opportunities for soon-to-be graduates.

3:00 pm & beyond Mardi Gras!
If you are an out of town guest, we can give you information on when parades roll and where!

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