Program Faculty

Professor Arthur A. Crais, Jr. 

Professor Arthur A. Crais, Jr. studied history and Political Science at the Universitat Hamburg prior to receiving his B.A. in Political Science with Honors from Tulane University. He served as law clerk to the Honorable William Redman of the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, prior to beginning the practice of maritime law. Professor Crais has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Loyola College of Law since 2009 where he has taught Marine Insurance and Rights, Remedies and Damages in a Marine Disaster.

Professor Crais currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Loyola Maritime Law Journal. After being in private practice, he became the Senior Counsel to Shell Oil Company in New Orleans where he was responsible for maritime and offshore litigation and arbitration. He currently serves as Legal Consultant to Shell Oil Company for maritime matters and issues including but not limited to marine accidents, maritime contracts, marine insurance, maritime arbitration, investigation of accidents, training personnel about reporting requirements under OCSLA and U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. 

Professor Crais served as an instructor on the 2013 Spetses Summer Legal Studies Program and the 2014 Panama Summer Legal Studies Program. 

Professor Ramona Fernandez

Professor Fernandez joined the Loyola Law Clinic as part of its support staff in 1981. After obtaining her law degree she became the Associate Director of the Law Clinic. As the Associate Director, she oversees the administrative functions of the law clinic. More recently, Professor Fernandez has joined the clinic faculty as one of its members. Since graduating from law school, Professor Fernandez spent a large part of her career representing individuals in the areas of family law, succession, immigration, criminal and juvenile law.

Professor Fernandez is very involved in the community by serving on various organizational boards. She is the past President of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Bureau, President for the Alliance for Good Government, Jefferson Chapter, Member of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, legal advisor to the Club Dominicano in Louisiana, Board of Directors of the “Friends of Israel M. Augustine Criminal Justice Center”, member of Our House of Peace, Inc, Judge - volunteer to judge High School Moot Court Competition - Second Parish Court, member of the Loyola University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Member of the Recreational Sport & Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council and Member of the Campus Ministry Policy Advisory Committee.

María Pabón López

María Pabón López brings a diverse range of academic and professional legal experience to her role as Dean of the Loyola New Orleans College of Law. Prior to joining the college in 2011, Lopez spent ten years at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law as an assistant, associate and full professor of law and three years as a lecturer at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. That follows a distinguished decade-long professional career working in federal courts, private practices and non-profit organizations in her home of Puerto Rico and throughout the United States.

Dean Lopez has dedicated much of her career to researching, teaching and practicing Immigration Law and issues related to diversity and gender, becoming a renowned expert in those fields. She has co-written a book titled Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in the Education of Undocumented Latino/a Children, published journal articles in respected publications like the Harvard Latino Law Review and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and is regularly asked to present at academic and professional conferences. Always working to add to the research in these areas, Dean Lopez is currently examining U.S. and European immigration laws, the status of women lawyers in Louisiana, and diversity in the legal profession during the economic downturn.

For her tireless academic work and service, Dean Lopez has been recognized by organizations around the country, most recently being named Louisiana’s Most Powerful and Influential Woman by the National Diversity Council, Woman of the Year by New Orleans City Business and receiving the National Latino Law Students Excellence in Leadership Award. She continues to serve the law community as a member of a number of boards and committees including the American Association of Law Schools Committee of Libraries and Technology, the Latino Affairs Subcommittee for the Law School Admissions Council, the Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee and the National Conference of Bar Examiners editorial board. Her love for music has also led her to serve as a board member for the New Orleans Opera Association.

Luz M. Molina

Professor Molina first joined the clinical faculty in December 1981 for one year, permanently returning in 1990. She has spent a large part of her practicing years serving the needs of poverty-stricken individuals in the areas of domestic law, children in need of care proceedings, civil rights under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and immigration law. Prior to teaching, she practiced law with a non-profit legal services organization in the areas of public benefits and immigration law, with an emphasis on the right of refugees to asylum and withholding of deportation. She currently works with student practitioners in a labor and employment law practice as part of her Workplace Justice Project. These efforts are assisted by the generous support of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She also directs the Extern Program, and serves as the faculty responsible for their placement, supervision and instruction.

She is involved in various efforts to bring systemic changes to the legal profession, such as the creation of a mandatory statewide child advocacy program. Her areas of interest include justice and law, social justice, ethics and the practical application of clinical education pedagogy.

John H. Rooney, Jr., P.A.

John Rooney is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the University of Miami Law School (where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Business Transactions). He practices in Miami, where he works exclusively on international legal matters. He has served as arbitrator on international tribunals, and as advocate in international arbitrations. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.