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Kathleen O’Leary, J.D. ’78, was named president of NIPSCO and is responsible for all regulatory and economic development effort at the utility. She previously was with NIPSCO’s parent company, NiSource, and another subsidiary, Columbia Energy.
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Bryan Jeansonne, J.D. ’06, Baton Rouge, La., was elected to serve on the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee, the governing body of the Republican Party of Louisiana. Bryan is a partner in Christensen Dore Jeansonne & Shahla law firm, which was formed in 2010 by former Congressman Jon Christensen, Jason Dore, Bryan Jeansonne, and Tarek Shahla.

Billy Perez, J.D. ’94, M.B.A. ’94, who serves as Special Counsel in Adams and Reese’s New Orleans, La., office, was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO), an organization that connects entrepreneurs and innovators with the resources necessary to start and build their businesses primarily through accelerator and professional mentor programs.


Heather Ladner, J.D. ’11 joined the Gulfport, Miss., office of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, P.L.L.C. She is a member of the firm’s government, environmental, and energy group, and serves in the areas of school law, government relations, governmental regulations, and administrative law.

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Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, J.D. ’92 has been named the new dean of Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Fla. Christopher joins Stetson from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he serves as vice chancellor for business and financial affairs and as the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law. He will start at Stetson this summer.

Michelle L. Corrigan, J.D. ’97, St. Louis, Mo., a member of Stinson Morrison Hecker, L.L.P., was elected partner. She focuses her practice on product liability litigation.

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Robert Zarbin, J.D. ’86, Annapolis, Md., was honored by the Daily Record as one of 25 attorneys recognized for Leadership in Law. In addition, Robert was appointed by the Maryland Court of Appeals to serve on its Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Jaimmé Collins, J.D. ’05 was elected to partnership with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and general business.

Shelly Spansel, J.D. ’05 was elected to partnership with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese. She practices in various areas of litigation, including labor and employment litigation and healthcare litigation.

Larry Curtis, J.D. ’77, Lafayette, La., was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as one of Louisiana’s top 50 lawyers. He has been listed in the practice areas of maritime/transportation law every year since its inaugural publication in 2007. Larry was also listed in the 2012 edition of Woodward & White’s publication and The Best Lawyers in America. He currently serves as president of the Lafayette Bar Association.

Brendan Doherty ’00, J.D. ’03 was appointed litigation manager in the Houston, Texas, office of Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, L.L.C.

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