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Thomas E. Ganucheau, J.D. ’91, Bellaire, Texas, partner with Beck, Redden & Secrest, L.L.P., was elected to the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) as the 2011 – 2012 president, effective November 1, 2011. TADC is a statewide professional association of approximately 2,000 private practice attorneys specializing in civil defense trial law.

Samuel Dalton, J.D. ’54, H’94, Harahan, La., the founding chairman the Jefferson Parish Indigent Defender Board in Louisiana, who has represented poor defendants for nearly six decades, is the Kutak-Dodds Prize awardee for public defense.

Matthew A. Menendez, J.D. ’10 joined the Law Offices of Kantaras & Andreopoulos in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Michael A. McGlone ’72, J.D. ’75, partner in the New Orleans, La., office of Kean Miller, was named Alumnus of the Year by Jesuit High School.

Steven W. Hays, J.D. ’95 was elected partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, L.L.P. Steven is a registered patent attorney in the Intellectual Property group of the firm and is based in the Pittsburgh, Pa., office. He focuses his practice on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation, assisting clients in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights, providing non-infringement/freedom to operate and invalidity opinions, and preparing and reviewing licensing agreements.

Tyler J. Rench, J.D. ’11 joined Jones Walker an associate in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and practices from the firm’s New Orleans office. Tyler previously worked for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as an extern to the Hon. Sarah S. Vance and as a law clerk. Additionally, he collaborated with Loyola College of Law professor Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, J.D. ’73 on updating her Louisiana Civil Law Treatise on Successions and Donations.

Eric Hudson '07, a graduate of your law school, was recently appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Gina Mushmeche, J.D. ’98, Henderson, Nev., was selected to be one of the State Chairs for Nevada by the Council on Litigation Management (CLM). In addition, Gina is the State Lead Chair.

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Richard Cortizas, J.D. ’02, New Orleans, La., Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s executive counsel, was appointed acting city attorney and head of the law department.

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Charles “Chuck” Bourque, Jr., J.D. ’90, Houma, La., retired from the Louisiana National Guard after nearly 30 years of service. During Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Gustav, Chuck flew rescue and assist missions in south Louisiana and was one of the guardsmen who helped rescue survivors in the waterlogged areas of New Orleans after Katrina. As an attorney, Chuck specializes, in part, in maritime and aviation cases.


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