FACULTY AND STAFF PROFILES

Lisa Jordan

Lisa Lavie Jordan, Director

Lisa Jordan is a Professor of the Practice at Tulane Law School. A New Orleans native, Lisa originally came to the Clinic in its early years as a student attorney from 1990-1991.  She received her LL.M. in environmental law, with distinction, from Tulane in 1991.  She went on to serve as a prosecutor in the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, where she eventually became a member of the office's Violent Offender Strike Force.  In 1996, she returned to the Clinic, this time as a Supervising Attorney.  From July 1999 to May 2000 she served as Acting Director of the Clinic.  After a hiatus, she returned to the Clinic in 2006 as a Supervising Attorney and then became Deputy Director.  Lisa retains an interest in trial education, having taught in Tulane's Trial Advocacy Program, as well as the NITA program, and having served as a coach for Tulane ATLA trial teams.

Corinne Van Dalen, Clinic Instructor

Corinne Van Dalen received her JD in 1990 from the University of Florida, where she also received a B.S. in Journalism in 1986. Following law school, Ms. Van Dalen began her practice in New Orleans representing community organizations in Fair Housing Act suits. In 1992, Ms. Van Dalen moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a legislative specialist for the Coastal States Organization and later for a private law firm counseling clients on environmental matters. Returning to litigation in 1996, she worked at the Washington D.C.-based firm Arnold & Porter on product liability cases. In 2001, Ms. Van Dalen took a position with a firm that brought her back to New Orleans where she worked on insurance coverage suits involving pollution claims. She joined the Tulane Law School faculty in 2005 where she supervises and trains student attorneys at the Environmental Law Clinic. As supervising attorney, she has represented Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Sierra Club, Gulf Restoration Network, and several community organizations in citizen suits and permit challenges under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Louisiana Coastal Resources Management Act, and Louisiana Environmental Quality Act.

Elizabeth de Calderon

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderón, Clinic Instructor

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderón started her career in private practice, first with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts in New York City and then with Pepper Hamilton in Detroit, Michigan. She moved to New Orleans in 2002 to teach Legal Research & Writing at Tulane Law School, and directed Tulane Law School's international graduate legal studies program from 2004 to 2006. Ms. Calderón earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Tulane Law School, where she was a member of the Tulane Law Review. She also earned an M.A. in classical languages from Tulane University and a B.A. from Connecticut College. She joined the staff of the clinic in May 2006.

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Machelle Lee Hall, Clinic Instructor

Machelle Lee Hall received her JD from Tulane University Law School where she was the Editor in Chief of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, her MA from Central European University, and her BA from Hamline University.  Ms. Hall worked at F. Gerald Maples, PA in New Orleans for 4 years, where she represented clients in the Comer global warming, Miss. River Gulf Outlet takings, Murphy oil spill, CAPECO oil facility explosion, and various toxic tort, commercial litigation and other cases.  Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Hall was a consulting archaeologist performing cultural resource and environmental compliance for highway, pipeline, commercial construction, superfund and other development and mitigation projects in the Upper Midwest and Gulf Coast states.  Ms. Hall also volunteers for the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys, Louisiana SPCA, and Linda Bruneau Regional Breast Cancer Association.

   
May Nguyen

May T. Nguyen, Community Outreach Director

Nguyen joined TELC in 2015. She develops and disseminates public education on Louisiana environmental law and policy (for example, community trainings based on TELC’s “My Guide to Environmental Protection in Louisiana”), assists with advocacy campaigns led by TELC clients, processes intake requests, and writes grant proposals and reports. In 2013, Nguyen received the Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneur Award for successfully designing and implementing a novel “impact claims” campaign strategy to demand recognition and calculate damages for lost subsistence use due to the BP oil drilling disaster. After Hurricane Katrina, Nguyen created culturally competent small business assistance programs and organized partnerships among diverse stakeholders to invest over $4 million in grants and low-interest loans for rebuilding neighborhood businesses in New Orleans east. She earned a JD from UCLA Law School with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy, a MA from Johns Hopkins University in International Economics and Southeast Asia Studies, and a BA from Amherst College in Political Science. Vietnamese (fluent); Spanish (proficient).

Linda Swanner, Legal Assistant, Webmaster

Linda Swanner joined the Clinic in April 2006 as the Clinic's legal assistant and webmaster. Ms. Swanner previously worked in the Office of Academic Services at Tulane Law School. Her move was prompted by her interests in environmental and environmental justice issues. She provides administrative and clerical support to faculty, clinical staff, and student attorneys.

 

 

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