Diane Courselle Memorial Clinic Fund
Diane Courselle joined the faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Defender Aid Program in July 1998, and was then hired as a regular member of the faculty. She is currently a Professor of Law and Director of the Defender Aid Program.
After graduating from law school in 1991, Professor Courselle clerked for Judge Henry A. Mentz of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and then for Judge Henry A. Politz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then served as an attorney with the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City. She had also been a visiting assistant professor at the Loyola College of Law in New Orleans.
Courselle’s primary areas of teaching and scholarship were criminal law and procedure. She directed the College of Law’s Defender Aid Program, a clinical program in which third-year law students represent indigent defendants in criminal appeals and other post-conviction matters. She also taught Criminal Law and Federal Courts, and previously had taught Criminal Adjudication, Property, Legal Writing, and a seminar on Gender and the Law.
She had been a frequent presenter in CLE programs and national conferences on such subjects as military tribunals, effective appellate advocacy, and practice in rural communities.