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LSU Law launches Loan Repayment Assistance Program with support from Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation

Jerome Reso Jr., president of the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation, recently visited LSU Law to mark the launch of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program made possible through generous funding by the foundation. Reso (third from left) was joined by (from left to right) LSU Law Director of Alumni Development, Communications and External Relations Karen Soniat, second-year student Zakia Nesbitt, LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge, second-year student Hailey Manint, and LSU Law Interim Director of Career Services Gwendolyn Ferrell. Nesbitt and Manint plan to pursue a career in public law following their graduation from LSU Law.

Jerome Reso Jr., president of the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation, recently visited LSU Law to mark the launch of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program made possible through generous funding by the foundation. Reso (third from left) was joined by (from left to right) LSU Law Director of Alumni Development, Communications and External Relations Karen Soniat, second-year student Zakia Nesbitt, LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge, second-year student Hailey Manint, and LSU Law Interim Director of Career Services Gwendolyn Ferrell. Nesbitt and Manint plan to pursue a career in public law following their graduation from LSU Law.

Thanks to generous support by the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has established a Loan Repayment Assistance Program to encourage its recent graduates to practice in public service positions in Louisiana.

The goal of the program is to help remove the barriers to public interest practice faced by recent graduates who have incurred significant debt to finance their legal education. LSU Law will offer up to $5,000 to at least five alumni who graduated in the past five years and who are employed in eligible public service positions in Louisiana. The deadline to apply is April 1. Get complete eligibility and application details.

“Our graduates who pursue a career in public interest law do so because they’re passionate about helping others, but public interest work typically does not pay as well, on the whole, as the private practice of law. In other words, lawyers in public service willingly trade away personal financial reward for the reward of serving others and society at large,” says LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge. “We are excited to offer to our recent graduates in public service this opportunity for assistance with repaying some student loan debt, and we are grateful to the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation for making this program possible.”

The Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation was established in 1999 with the primary goal of encouraging law graduates to seek careers in public law. Vick was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but lived in New Orleans for over 30 years prior to his death in 1997. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Vick completed his graduate studies in international law at the London School of Economics and advanced legal studies at Balliol College of Oxford University. He also served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Kendall Vick’s principal professional activity, though, was serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice from 1972 to 1988. During his tenure, he issued hundreds of Attorney General Opinions and argued nine cases on behalf of the State of Louisiana before the United States Supreme Court.

“Mr. Vick had a burning passion for public law, and he thought it was horrible that public offices like the one he worked in had to rely on outside counsel so often,” says Jerome Reso Jr., president of the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation and an attorney at Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer in New Orleans. “He felt very strongly that all state, parish and local agencies should be using in-house attorneys, and he wanted his foundation to help them build up their ranks of attorneys. I know Mr. Vick would be very proud that we are making this Loan Repayment Assistance Program available to LSU Law graduates.”

For more information about the LSU Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program, contact Gigi Gauthier at ggauthier@lsu.edu or 225/578-0733.

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