Laura M. Mayes, J.D. ’03, has joined the firm of Perrier & Lacoste in New Orleans as an associate.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Mayes moved to Baltimore, Maryland and worked for local defense firms handling products liability, asbestos, and toxic tort cases in Maryland and Washington D.C. Ms. Mayes also worked for the Washington D.C. office of national insurance defense law firm litigating medical, nursing home, and professional malpractice cases.
Evan J. Bergeron, J.D., 2011, joined recently joined the firm of Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles LLP. Mr. Bergeron will work as an Associate in the Civil Litigation Department, assisting clients in the areas of general civil litigation, general casualty litigation, insurance coverage, insurance fraud investigations, personal injury, and premises liability. Mr.
The Hon. Jules D. Edwards III ’81 (sociology), J.D. ’84, was elected vice chair of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. In 2007, Edwards retired as colonel of the Louisiana National Guard and was recognized as the best staff judge advocate in the U.S. He has previously served as chief judge of the 15th Judicial District Court and a drug court judge. He also has worked as an indigent defender attorney, assistant district attorney, counsel to the Louisiana Senate’s Select Committee on Crime and Drugs, and a partner at Edwards and Edwards Law Offices.
The Hon. Robin Pittman ’91 (sociology), J.D. ’96, was re-elected to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section F, without opposition. She will begin her second six-year term as a district court judge in January 2015.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law congratulates Mr. Daniel Stanton, a 2013 alumnus and former Editor in Chief of the Loyola Maritime Law Journal, for having been cited in a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit opinion. Mr. Stanton's comment, published in a 2012 edition of the LMLJ, was cited by Judge Haynes in her concurring opinion of McBride v. Estis.
The Honorable Kern A. Reese is now Chief Judge of Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Reese was elected by his peers to lead the court for the next two years.
Leadership in Law recognizes legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. The following eleven alumni were recognized this year: Elisabeth Baer, Kay Baxter, Doris Bobadilla, Samantha Griffin, Paul Kitziger, Edwin Laizer, The Honorable Ronald Sholes, Eric Simonson, William Sommers, Jr., Lynn Swanson and Dorothy Tarver.
The two are the co-founders of the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana, which helps post-conviction offenders achieve a better quality of life. They recently spearheaded an expungement event in the Treme neighborhood, which guided more than 500 people through the complex process of expunging criminal records, excluding violent felonies, sex offenses, and crimes involving minors.
The LSBA published a list of Pro Bono & Chidren's Law Award recipients. Loyola graduates include: Jenny Abshier, Ronald A. Fonseca, and Thomas H. Peyton.
The list of receipients and summaries of their Pro Bono service can be found on the LSBA's website.