Bill Quigley

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Bill Quigley "is a law professor as well as Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a leader in the Katrina recovery effort and a nationally recognized expert in poverty law and social justice. He received his B.A from Purdue University and his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans. He has been an active public interest lawyer for over 25 years. He has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights, and civil disobedience. He has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc and with the ACLU of Louisiana, for which he served as the General Counsel for over 15 years. Professor Quigley teaches in the clinic and teaches courses in poverty law and Catholic social teaching and law. His research and writing has focused on minimum wage, the right to a job, legal services, community organizing as part of effective lawyering, civil disobedience, high stakes testing, 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, the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, and served as the Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 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). He was named the Pope Paul VI National Teacher of Peace by Pax Christi in 2003 and is the recipient of the 2004 SALT Teaching Award presented by the Society of American Law Teachers." [1]


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  1. Board, US Human Rights Network, accessed January 21, 2011.
  2. National Council, Pax Christi USA, accessed March 17, 2009.