Commissioners will discuss bringing law school to Shreveport

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SHREVEPORT, La (KTAL-KMSS) – The Caddo Parish Commission on Monday will discuss two pieces of legislation that could establish a Southern University Law Center campus in Caddo Parish.  Currently there is no public law school outside of Baton Rouge in the state of Louisiana.

House Concurrent Resolution 24 from state Rep. Cedric Glover (D-Shreveport) calls on the Board of Regents to study how to meet education, economic, and workforce needs of the Shreveport-Bossier region, through the establishment of a Southern University Law Center campus in Shreveport.

Caddo Parish Ordinance 5869 of 2019 will ask the Parish to appropriate $100,000 to fund the study to be conducted by the board regents. If approved, funding will come from the Parish’s General Fund Operating Reserve.

The second legislation, Resolution 26 of 2019 urges the Louisiana Legislature, currently underway to adopt the resolution filed by Representative Glover.

“I believe we have a real chance to make this reality. We know that previous efforts went unsuccessful with the Louisiana College start up law school in 2010. However Southern University is an established brand in our community and has produced many brilliant legal minds that have made contributed locally and nationally. I am honored to play my part in hopes that we can make this happen,” Commissioner Jackson said.

The Caddo Parish Commission Long Range Planning Committee gave a preliminary green light to the initiative at its meeting.

Commission President Stormy Gage-Watts stated, “A law school is something that will be a benefit to our community. We all need to speak with a united voice to support this effort.”

Monday the entire Commission will consider the matter.

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