Eric Foley


New Orleans, Louisiana

(504) 620-2259

Areas of Focus

Eric A. Foley is a staff attorney in the New Orleans office. Before joining the MacArthur Justice Center in January 2015, Foley was a staff attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) in New Orleans. During his three years at SLLS, Foley represented low-income clients in administrative hearings, trial court, and appellate court. His practice areas included evictions, disputes with the public housing authority, denials of Social Security benefits, and advocacy for the homeless. Before joining SLLS, Foley was a judicial clerk at the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico from 2009-2011.


Foley is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of the student-run Guild Food Stamp Clinic and a student attorney in the Civil Practice and Criminal Defense clinics.  Foley graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history.

Featured Cases

Caliste v. Cantrell

Cash Bail

The MacArthur Justice Center is pursuing a federal class action lawsuit against Orleans Magistrate Judge Harry E. Cantrell challenging his practice of setting high bail amounts without any consideration of the person’s ability to pay or alternative no-cost conditions of release. Judge Cantrell also insists on using commercial bond companies (rather than cash), which require a non-reimbursable fee, a portion of which goes to the court’s General Fund – revenue Cantrell and other judges’ control.

Little v. Frederick

Cash Bail

Lafayette Parish, Louisiana is operating a wealth-based detention scheme by relying on pre-determined cash bail amounts without giving any consideration to what any individual can afford to pay or to alternative, non-financial conditions of release.  The MacArthur Justice Center, Civil Rights Corps, and William P. Quigley, a veteran litigator and professor at Loyola University New...

Nelson v. Constant

Unlawful Fees and Fines

The MacArthur Justice Center has filed a federal class action contending that the City of Gretna over-enforces traffic regulations and excessively charges nonviolent misdemeanor offenses to fund the Court and City’s budget and that the Mayor’s Court is fundamentally tainted by conflict of interest.

Alton Sterling Protesters

Rights of Protesters

The MacArthur Justice Center represents fourteen Baton Rouge area residents who were arrested during the protests following the murder of Alton Sterling by police. The suit alleges violations of their constitutional rights,  physical injury and denial of necessary medical treatment while in jail; all experience ongoing trauma as a result of their unlawful arrest and brutal treatment by law enforcement officer

Wearry v. Perrilloux

Abusive Policies

On behalf of Michael Wearry, we have sued Scott Perrilloux, District Attorney for Louisiana’s 21st Judicial District, and Marlon Kearney Foster, the former Chief of Detectives of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office for fabricating an eyewitness account by an adolescent, coercing the 10-year old into adopting the false story, and using his testimony to convict...