Achievements

Richard K. Leefe, a senior partner in the Metairie law firm of Leefe Gibbs Sullivan & Dupré, L.L.C., was installed June 6 as the 73rd president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla. Administering Leefe’s oath of office was Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson.

Chief Judge James F. McKay III of Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has been named Hibernian of the Year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Louisiana. McKay will receive the award at the 137th annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans.

Chief Judge James F. McKay III of Louisiana's Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has been named Hibernian of the Year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Louisiana.

Bobbi Roquemore was awarded first place in the 2012 writing competition of the College of Workers Compensation. More information and the article can be found here.

Attorney Morton Katz, Of Counsel at Herman, Herman & Katz, L.L.C., has been named President Designate of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. He will serve a two-year term as president, beginning in September.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law alumnus and retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr., J.D. ’54, H ‘91, is the recipient of the 2013 St. Ives Award, the highest honor awarded by the College of Law Alumni Association.

Full story here.

Michael Mentz on Friday recalled his days as a law student at Loyola University more than three decades ago, when he saw a notice pinned to a bulletin board advertising a clerk's job.

Full story at nola.com

The Hon. Mitchell Theriot, J.D. ’88, Lockport, La., former business administration professor at Nicholls, began his new career as judge for the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, District 1, Division B, when he was sworn in on Jan. 23. Along with teaching and practicing law at his private office for 25 years, Mitchell also served in the Louisiana House of Representatives for eight years.

News article here

 

Vanessa Guidry Whipple, who in 1990 became the first woman elected to the Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, will be sworn in Wednesday [January 9th] as the Baton Rouge appellate court’s first female chief judge.

Full Article on The Advocate.

Ashley Gonzalez, J.D.'06, is being honored at Louisiana Appleseed’s Good Apple Gala on January 17 for her volunteer work completing a white paper on in forma pauperis issues at the request of the LSBA’s Access to Justice Policy Committee. A pamphlet created as a result of her white paper will be used to educate the public, lawyers, clerks and members of the judiciary.

The first woman elected to Louisiana’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal is now the first woman to become its chief judge.

Judge Susan Chehardy is the ninth chief judge of the court, which was established in Gretna in 1982. She was elected in 1998. As chief judge, she succeeds Marion Edwards, who retired after more than 14 years on the court.

Judge Fredericka Homberg Wicker succeeds Chehardy as the court’s deputy chief judge.

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