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Blogger Profile: Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley is a law professor and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. Bill has been an active public interest lawyer since 1977. Bill has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including Katrina social justice issues, public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights and civil disobedience. Bill has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Advancement Project, and with the ACLU of Louisiana, for which he served as General Counsel for over 15 years.

Bill teaches in the Law Clinic and teaches courses in Law and Poverty and Catholic Social Teaching and Law. His research and writing has focused on living wage, the right to a job, legal services, community organizing as part of effective lawyering, civil disobedience, high stakes testing, international human rights, revolutionary lawyering and a continuing history of how the laws have regulated the poor since colonial times. He has served as an advisor on human and civil rights to Human Rights Watch USA, Amnesty International USA, and served as the Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. Bill received the 2006 Camille Gravel Civil Pro Bono Award from the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter. Bill received the 2006 Stanford Law School National Public Service Award and the 2006 National Lawyers Guild Ernie Goodman award. He has also been an active volunteer lawyer with School of the Americas Watch and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

Bill is the author of Ending Poverty As We Know It: Guaranteeing A Right to A Job At A Living Wage (Temple University Press, 2003). In 2003, he was named the Pope Paul VI National Teacher of Peace by Pax Christi USA and is the recipient of the 2004 SALT Teaching Award presented by the Society of American Law Teachers.

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Bill Quigley

Law Professor

August 5th, 2013

Dream Defenders Florida Take Over Enters Week Four

Packed into the small reception area of the Florida Governor’s office in Tallahassee, a couple dozen determined Dream Defenders conducted a people’s hearing on racial profiling.  Black and brown college and high school youth took turns giving compelling testimony of being profiled at school, in public and by the police.  ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 20th, 2013

MLK Injustice Index 2013: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values…when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1967 While the US celebrates the ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

December 17th, 2012

Remember All the Children, Mr. President

Remember the 20 children who died in Newton Connecticut. Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments. Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006. Remember the 231 children killed in Afghanistan in the first 6 months ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

September 24th, 2012

Neither Candidate: Fifteen Issues this Election is Not About

Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of the death penalty for federal or state crimes. Neither candidate is interested in eliminating or reducing the 5,113 US nuclear warheads. Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison. Neither candidate has called for arresting and prosecuting high ranking people on ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

August 25th, 2012

Katrina Pain Index 2012: 7 Years After

1 Rank of New Orleans in fastest growing US cities between 2010 and 2011. Source: Census Bureau. 1 Rank of New Orleans, Louisiana in world prison rate. Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of the other 50 states. Louisiana rate is five times higher than Iran, ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

May 15th, 2012

Five Reasons Drone Assassinations Are Illegal

US civilian and military employees regularly target and fire lethal unmanned drone guided missiles at people across the world.  Thousands of people have been assassinated.   Hundreds of those killed were civilians. Some of those killed were rescuers and mourners.   These killings would be criminal acts if they occurred inside the ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

February 23rd, 2012

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Today US Army Private Bradley Manning is to be formally charged with numerous crimes at Fort Meade, Maryland.   Manning, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Icelandic Parliament, is charged with releasing hundreds of thousands of documents exposing secrets of the US government to the ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 30th, 2012

Social Justice Quiz 2012: Thirteen Questions

Written with Sam SchmittQuestion One. The combined pay of the 299 highest paid CEOs in the US is enough to support how many median salary jobs? 45,000? 83,000? 102,325? Two. The median net worth of black households in the US is $2,200. What is the median net worth of white ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 23rd, 2012

Ten Steps for Radical Revolution in the US

“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.” --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 One. Human rights must be taken absolutely seriously. Every single person is entitled to dignity and ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 20th, 2012

Working and Poor in the USA

“Our nation, so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population, should be able to devise ways and means of insuring to all our able-bodied men and women, a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937 Millions of people in the ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 3rd, 2012

Haiti: Seven Places Where the Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go

Haiti, a close neighbor of the US with over nine million people, was devastated by earthquake on January 12, 2010.  Hundreds of thousands were killed and many more wounded.  The UN estimated international donors gave Haiti over $1.6 billion in relief aid since the earthquake (about $155 per Haitian) and ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

October 24th, 2011

Challenging the Old Boys Network in the Vatican

We never thought it would end up on a hard wooden bench inside a police station in Piazza Cavour.  Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois, young Erin Saiz Hannah of Women’s Ordination Conference in the US and Miriam Duignan from Womenpriests.org from the UK were sitting there when my wife and ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

August 22nd, 2011

Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty

Written by Bill Quigley and Davida Finger Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast.  The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind.  It is impossible to understand what happened and what still remains without considering race, gender, and poverty.  ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

June 29th, 2011

Displaced Women Demand Justice in Port au Prince.

By Bill Quigley and Jocelyn Brooks.  Bill teaches at Loyola University New Orleans and is Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).  Jocelyn is an Ella Baker associate at CCR working at Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince. If you want to join the campaign ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

June 23rd, 2011

Haiti Facts Seventeen Months after Earthquake

Haiti experienced a major earthquake January 12, 2010.  Tens of thousands died, estimates range from 65,000 to 230,000 people killed.  About 2 million more people were displaced.  Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with a per capita income of about $2 a day.  Seventeen months later, ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

May 24th, 2011

Over Two Thousand Six Hundred Activists Arrested in US Protests

Since President Obama was inaugurated, there have been over two thousand six hundred arrests of activists protesting in the US.   Research shows over 670 people have been arrested in protests inside the US already in 2011, over 1290 were arrested in 2010, and 665 arrested in 2009.   These figures are ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

April 7th, 2011

Robin Hood in Reverse in US: Seven Examples

The rich have been getting richer and the poor and middle have been getting poorer in the US recently.  Here are seven examples that show how the US is going through Robin Hood in Reverse.Between 1948 and 1979, the richest 10 percent of families in the US claimed 33 percent ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

March 28th, 2011

Two Grandmothers, Two Priests and a Nun go onto a Nuclear Base: Prison for Peacemakers in Tacoma WA

Two grandmothers, two priests and a nun were sentenced in federal court in Tacoma, WA Monday March 28, 2011, for confronting hundreds of US nuclear weapons stockpiled for use by the deadly Trident submarines.   Sentenced were: Sr. Anne Montgomery, 83, a Sacred Heart sister from New York, who was ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

February 22nd, 2011

Blind Human Rights Lawyer Beaten and Isolated in Chinese Crackdown

Chen Guangcheng, a blind, 39 year old, self-taught, human rights lawyer in China who was recently released after years in prison has been put in home detention, isolated and beaten by authorities.   Winner of numerous human rights awards, Mr. Chen was imprisoned for investigating violence and forced abortions against families ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

February 7th, 2011

Swiss Miss Bush – GWB Ducks Geneva Criminal Torture Charges

Justice for George W’s torture violations jumped much closer this weekend. Ex-President George W Bush was supposed to fly to Switzerland to speak in Geneva February 15. But his speech was cancelled over the weekend because of concerns about protests and efforts by human rights organizations asking Swiss prosecutors to ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 27th, 2011

Honduras Human Rights Abuses Worse One Year After President Lobo Took Office

By Bill Quigley and Pam Spees. Bill is Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Pam is a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and is currently on a fact-finding mission in Honduras. In recent remarks on ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 9th, 2011

Guns and Terrorism: Two Unasked Question in Tucson Mass Murder

Question: How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy an assault weapon? The weapon reportedly used in the mass murders in Tucson was an assault weapon - a Glock 19, semi-automatic pistol, with an extended magazine. That weapon was ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

December 28th, 2010

Eight Homeless Youth Die in New Orleans Fire – What Does It Say About US?

Eight young people, who the Fire Department said were “trying to stay warm,” perished in a raging fire during the night in New Orleans. The young people were squatting in an abandoned wood framed tin walled warehouse in a Ninth Ward neighborhood bordering a large train yard. The young people ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

December 27th, 2010

Obama’s Liberty Problem: Why Indefinite Detention by Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People

By Bill Quigley and Vince Warren,  Executive Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). The right to liberty is one of the foundation rights of a free people. The idea that any US President can bypass Congress and bypass the Courts by issuing an Executive Order setting up a ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

December 20th, 2010

Cover-ups, Coups, and Drones – A Sampler of What Wikileaks Reveals about the US

Human rights advocates have significant new sources of information to hold the United States accountable. The transparency, which Wikileaks has brought about, unveils many cover-ups of injustices in US relations with Honduras, Spain, Thailand, UK and Yemen over issues of torture at Guantanamo, civilian casualties from drones, and the war ... continue reading

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