Panama Program Faculty

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.

The Honorable Carl J. Barbier

The Honorable Carl J. Barbier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is a New Orleans native. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1966 before receiving his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1970. Judge Barbier was nominated on May 19, 1998, by then President William J. Clinton, to the vacant seat in the Eastern District of Louisiana. His appointment was confirmed by the Senate on September 28, 1998, and he received his commission on October 1, 1998.

Throughout his distinguished career, Judge Barbier has heard many cases in the Eastern District. He is most notably known for presiding over litigation involving the catastrophic BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Judge Barbier issued a 153-page opinion in the case where he found BP had a “conscious disregard for the known risks.” Sitting for the Eastern District, Judge Barbier has the opportunity to decide a plethora of maritime related issues, for both domestic and international litigants.

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.

Associate Dean Mary Garvey Algero

Professor Algero is the Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Academic Affairs and Warren E. Mouledoux Distinguished Professor of Law. She directs the Legal Research and Writing Program and co-directs the Westerfield Fellows Program. She is the author of Louisiana Legal Research and co-author of Federal Legal Research, both books published by Carolina Academic Press. She has published articles on issues of federal civil procedure and jurisdiction, the Louisiana civil law system, and the contracts clause and frequently presents on her scholarship and on teaching at professional conferences. She is a former president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and has served on the editorial board of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. She teaches courses primarily focused on civil procedure, federal courts, legal research and writing, and ethics. She has also taught comparative judicial process at the University of Vienna as part of the Loyola study abroad program. Prior to joining the faculty of the Loyola New Orleans College of Law, she practiced law with the New Orleans law firms of McGlinchey, Stafford, Mintz, Cellini & Lang and Pulaski, Gieger & Laborde, primarily in the areas of aviation, admiralty, and products liability. In law school she served as the editor in chief of the Loyola Law Review.

The Honorable John J. Molaison, Jr.

Judge John J. Molaison, Jr. was elected in 2007. He is the presiding judge of Division “E” and Chief Judge of the 24th Judicial District Court. He received his Juris Doctors’ degree from Loyola University -School of Law in 1986.

Prior to his election he was the managing partner of Molaison and LeBlanc. He was an Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish from 1986 to 2007. During his tenure he served as a felony trial attorney, Supervisor of Parish Courts, and as Executive Assistant District Attorney. Additionally, Judge Molaison was the Prosecutor and City Attorney for the City of Westwego and Town Attorney and Prosecutor for the Town of Grand Isle for approximately 20 years.