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.

   
Kimberly Terrell

Kimberly Terrell, Community Outreach Director

Kimberly Kimberly Terrell earned a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology (a field of biology focused on protecting nature) from the University of New Orleans in 2011 and dual bachelorís degrees in Biology and Political Science from Tulane University in 2005. As a Tulane student, she was awarded the Universityís Environmental Stewardship Award for her work in developing Campus Cats, a program to humanely reduce local stray cat populations. Dr. Terrellís graduate research was conducted at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Washington, DC) and focused on endangered cat species. She was subsequently awarded a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Conservation Research Fellowship to study the biological effects of climate change and help local communities protect native wildlife. 


Throughout her experience as a scientist, Dr. Terrell has always felt strongly connected to the culture and environment of the Gulf Coast. Inspired by this connection, Dr. Terrell joined the Environmental Law Clinic in 2018 as the Director of Community Outreach. With her knowledge of environmental issues and experience working with diverse communities, Dr. Terrell helps concerned citizens engage in environmental decision-making and access the legal resources of the Environmental Law Clinic. Dr. Terrell considers herself a native of the Mississippi River Basin, having lived most of her life in New Orleans, Chicago, and Memphis .

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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