Matthew B. Champagne, J.D. ’11, Esq., joined LeBlanc Law Firm as a new partner at the firm’s Covington, La., Office. Matthew joined the firm’s trial division, where his primary focus is criminal defense and custody litigation. (

Norman C. Francis, J.D. ’55, H’82, Ph.D., president of Xavier University of Louisiana and the longest-tenured university president in the U.S., was honored by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), in conjunction with AT&T, which has created a scholarship in his name. The AT&T-NAFEO Francis Fellow Awards will go to two students from Xavier University and one student each from Dillard University, Grambling State University, Southern University, and Southern University-New Orleans.

Maria B. Glorioso ’91 (psychology), J.D. ’95, New Orleans, La., managing partner of The Glorioso Law Firm, was elected as the first female president of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. (

Steven W. Hays, J.D.’95, joined Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.L.L.C. He practices out of the firm’s Royal Oak, Mich., office, concentrating his practice in all aspects of patent and trademark law including, preparation, prosecution, and litigation.

Barton Hegeler, a 1979 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.  Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.

William H. Langenstein III, J.D. ’78, joined Chaffe McCall’s New Orleans, La., office. He formerly served as managing member of Langenstein and Associates, A.P.L.L.C., which merged with Chaffe McCall. William has extensive experience in taxation, real estate, and both corporation and business law, and currently serves as an honorary consul to the Republic of Korea. He is a member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council and is a past chairman of the Louisiana Bar Association, Section of Taxation. He also sits on the boards of several companies.

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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