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
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.
November 30th, 2010
Why Wikileaks Is Good for Democracy
“Information is the currency of democracy.” Thomas Jefferson. Since 9-11, the US government, through Presidents Bush and Obama, has increasingly told the US public that “state secrets” will not be shared with citizens. Candidate Obama pledged to reduce the use of state secrets, but President Obama continued the Bush tradition. ...
November 11th, 2010
Bush Pens True Crime Book, No Justice for CIA Destruction of 92 Torture Tapes: Why George W. Should Still Worry
In his memoir (which some wise people have already moved in bookstores to the CRIME section) George W. Bush admitted that he authorized that detainees be waterboarded, tortured, a crime under US and international law. Bush’s crime confession coincides with reports that no one will face criminal charges from the ...
October 25th, 2010
Socialism? The Rich Are Winning the US Class War: Facts Show Rich Getting Richer, Everyone Else Poorer
The rich and their paid false prophets are doing a bang up job deceiving the poor and middle class. They have convinced many that an evil socialism is alive in the land and it is taking their fair share. But the deception cannot last – facts say otherwise.Yes, there is ...
October 21st, 2010
Honduras: Crisis and Progress
By Bill Quigley and Laura RaymondToday, October 21, the democratic resistance in Honduras will celebrate Artists in Resistance Day. This event contrasts directly with today’s official recognition of Honduras Armed Forces day. The resistance, which is working for a truly democratic Honduras, renamed the day and created an alternative celebration ...
October 11th, 2010
Nine Months After the Quake -- A Million Haitians Slowly Dying
“If it gets any worse,” said Wilda, a homeless Haitian mother, “we’re not going to survive.” Mothers and grandmothers surrounding her nodded solemnly.We are in a broiling “tent” with a group of women trying to raise their families in a public park. Around the back of the Haitian National Palace, ...
October 6th, 2010
Attention Left, Liberal and Radical Groups -- Pennsylvania Has Been Monitoring You
Thank you, Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), for reminding us how many bad-ass, dedicated, and creative groups we count as allies in our efforts to create a more just world!Our friends at MoveOn.org, the Ruckus Society, Immokalee Workers, the new SDS, Jobs with Justice, the Brandywine Peace Community, ...
September 7th, 2010
The United States of Fear – Ten Examples
Since September 11, 2001, fear has been the main engine of change in the United States. Who would have thought that across the US, where people boast that it is the home of the free and the land of the brave, people would gladly surrender their freedom and liberty because ...
September 2nd, 2010
Another False Ending: Contracting out the Iraq Occupation
By Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond. Bill and Laura work at the Center for Constitutional Rights.Another false ending to the Iraq war is being declared. Nearly seven years after George Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Obama has just given a major address to mark ...
August 6th, 2010
Katrina Pain Index 2010 New Orleans – Five Years Later
With Davida Finger and Lance Hill. Davida is a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Lance is Executive Director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University.It will be five years since Katrina on August 29. The impact of Katrina is quite painful for regular people ...
August 3rd, 2010
Why We Sued to Represent Muslim Cleric Aulaqi
Anwar Aulaqi is a US citizen and Muslim cleric living somewhere in Yemen. The US has put him on our terrorist list and is trying to assassinate him. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU filed suit today so we can be pro bono lawyers for his father, Nasser ...
July 26th, 2010
Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people. Saying the US criminal system is racist may be politically controversial in some circles. But the facts are ...
June 28th, 2010
One Year Later: Honduras Resistance Strong Despite US-Supported Coup
By Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond. Bill and Laura work at the Center for Constitutional Rights.One year ago, on June 28, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was awakened by gunfire. A coup was carried out by US-trained military officers, including graduates of the infamous US Army School of the Americas ...
June 10th, 2010
African American Mississippi Man Starts Record Sixth Murder Trial
By Bill Quigley, Audrey Stewart and Davida Finger An African American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in U.S. history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Mr. Flowers has been in jail in Mississippi since 1996, ...
May 25th, 2010
Corporations Profit from Permanent War: Memorial Day 2010
US law officially proclaims Memorial Day “as a day of prayer for permanent peace.”However, the US is much closer to permanent war than permanent peace. Corporations are profiting from wars and lobbying politicians for more. The US, and the rest of the world, cannot afford the rising personal and financial ...
May 17th, 2010
Taking Back Homes From the Banks: Exercising the Human Right to Housing
May has seen an upsurge in local organizations exercising their human rights to housing. Most people recognize that international human rights guarantee all humans a right to housing. With millions of homeless living in our communities and millions of empty foreclosed houses all across our communities, groups have decided to ...