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 Flashback Katrina: 10 Years After is McGuire's third book.

Johnson serves as assistant people’s counsel for D.C.'s Office of the People's Counsel, an independent consumer advocacy agency.

The firm has newly opened offices in New Orleans and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Frohn currently serves at their Lake Charles office.

Jill Gautreaux, J.D. '95, has joined Kean Miller's New Orleans office as Special Counsel. 

Ramón Abadin, J.D. ’85, was formally sworn in as the president of the Florida Bar, one of the largest bar associations in the nation. A fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Abadin has also served as the president of the Cuban American Bar Association.

Monica A. Joiner, J.D. '05, was recently featured in a Clarion-Ledger article profiling her work as City Attorney of Jackson, MS. 

Ms. Joiner is the youngest seated in-house city attorney in the state of Mississippi, as well as the youngest to serve as the city attorney for the city of Jackson. 

Photo: Rick Guy/The Clarion-Ledger

Rachael Ferrante, J.D. ’14, has joined Phelps Dunbar’s New Orleans office as an associate. She will practice in the area of admiralty law.

While at Loyola, Ms. Ferrante served as Casenote/Comment Editor for the Journal of Public Interest Law. 

Van S. Wiltz, J.D. ’12, has been hired as an associate at Dallas-based firm Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP. He is a member of the firm’s corporate and securities and mergers and acquisitions practice area and serves as counsel to public and start-up companies in various industries, including oil field services, oil and gas exploration and production, insurance and financial services. Prior to joining Bell Nunnally, Wiltz worked in the corporate and securities practice group for Thompson & Knight LLP.

Ricardo H. "Rick" Puente, J.D. '96, has been named a partner in the Miami office of Jones Day. A Latin America cross-border litigation and arbitration specialist, Puente represents individuals, financial institutions, and corporate entities in litigation, arbitrations, and trials involving complex business, torts, and investment disputes. He has served as lead counsel in matters involving fraud, deceptive trade practices, and investment and cross-border disputes for plaintiffs and defendants.

Puente previously practiced with the firm of Concepción Martinez & Puente. 

Erin Smith Aebel ’93 (history), J.D. ’96, has been appointed to the board of directors at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. A partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP in Tampa, Aebel is also co-chairwoman of the Tampa health law department and is certified as a health law specialist by the Florida Bar. She was named Tampa Bay Business Journal 2014 Businesswoman of the Year – Legal Services.

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