Professor Grammaticaki-Alexiou is professor of private international law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She graduated from the Law School of the Aristotle University and holds a Ph.D. from the same University. She has done graduate work at The Hague Academy of International Law and in England (King's College). As a visiting professor she has taught in several American law schools, including Loyola College of Law and Tulane Law School in New Orleans and has also taught in the inter-university Master on Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice, Italy and has taught international commercial law at the MA Program in International and EU Business Law at Neapolis University in Paphos, Cyprus, and cultural property protection at the MA in Art, Law and Economy of the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki. She is the president of the Committee of Private International Law of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She has participated in legislative work both in Greece and in the EU and has been a judge in the Special Supreme Court of Greece. She is member of the Advisory Committee of the Cyprus University Law School in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has published widely (several books and numerous articles), both in Greece and abroad. Her interests also include cultural property protection, human rights, cyberspace law, and biotechnology as regards private international law.
Judge 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.
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 http://www.journallegalwritinginstitute.org. 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. Dean Algero received her J.D. from Loyola New Orleans in 1989 after obtaining a B.A. from the University of New Orleans in 1986.
Professor Leonhard teaches Common Law Contract Law, UCC Article 2 (Sales), UCC Article 9 (Secured Transactions) and Pretrial Litigation. Prior to joining the Loyola faculty, she taught commercial law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as well as Chinese law and legal system seminars for the summer program in Beijing. She also taught commercial law at Peking University as a visiting professor from 2008 to 2009. Her scholarship focuses on examining contract law issues in cross cultural context as well as the impact of behavioral economics research on common law contract law. Professor Leonhard began her legal career with the law firm of Latham & Watkins, LLP, in its Chicago office in 1996 after having clerked for one year for the Honorable Christopher J. Armstrong of the Massachusetts Appeals Court in Boston. She joined the Chicago office of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, in 1999 and was promoted to partner in 2006. Professor Leonhard grew up in central China and graduated from Shanghai International Studies University before moving to the United States in 1987. She received her juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University after obtaining an M.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Prior to joining the Loyola law faculty, Professor Lorio practiced law with the firm of Deutsch, Kerrigan and Stiles in New Orleans. Her teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of family law and the civil law of successions and donations. She has lectured and published extensively on the legal treatment of alternative reproductive techniques. She has served as Chair of the Section on Women and the Law of the Association of American Law Schools. She is active in law reform on the national level as a member of the American Law Institute, and in Louisiana as a member of the Louisiana State Law Institute. Professor Lorio has taught with the Tulane Summer Abroad Program in Greece and the Loyola Summer Legal Studies Program in Austria, and has lectured in Paris and at the International Bar Association Conference in Berlin. During the 1996-1997 academic year, Professor Lorio served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor Lorio also served as the Interim Dean for Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for the 2010-2011 academic year. She has served as the Program Director for Loyola's Spetses, Greece Summer Abroad for the past few years, and has made it the amazing program that it is. We are thankful for everything that she has done.