Panama Program Faculty


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.


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 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.


Professor Robert Garda is the Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola Univertity New Orleans College of Law. He is a graduate of Duke Law School where he served as an articles editor on the Duke Law Journal. After law school, Professor Garda became a partner in a private law firm where he concentrated in the areas of commerical litigation, employment, and education law. He teaches Contracts, International Commercial Transactions, employment law, and education law. He has written in the areas of education law, disability law, affirmative action, and school integration.