Achievements

Joanna M. Gonzales, 3L, accepted a position with United States Navy JAG last spring and upon graduation will be joining the JAG Corps.  Please join us in congratulating Joanna on her appointment.  Joanna was commissioned and swore into the Navy on Dec. 2, 2011 by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Laragy (CDR U.S. Navy Reserve) in front of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 
 

The Trial Advocacy program put on its annual Intramural Competition at the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on November 11-12, 2011. Please join the Trial Advocacy program and board in congratulating the champions and outstanding advocates.

2011 Loyola Law Intramural Champions:

Aaron Maples
Mervatt El Jaouhari
Brendan Connick
Salem Willis
Coach: Jeanine Young

Outstanding Advocate awards:

Best Prosecutor - Aaron Maples
Best Defense - Sarah Fontenot
Best Opening - Tu Houng
Best Closing - Salem Willis

Please join us in congratulating the Loyola National Moot Court Team members on their recent success.

The team placed in the top two at the regional competition held at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi, on November 11-12.  Oralist Jeff Briscoe was also recognized as the top oral advocate in the final round.

With this success, the team advances to the National Competition held in New York which will be sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers in January 2012.

Law students Alexander (Sascha) Bollag, Alison Burns, Lindsey Crowe, Janise Lampley, and Luko Musladin recently submitted public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the agency's proposed rules on the recycling of hazardous materials. The proposal has been watched closely by environmental justice advocates concerned about the effects of rule on low-income and minority communities. The students had reviewed EPA's environmental justice analysis for the rule as part of an environmental course.

Angela Davis, second-year law student was selected to the Gambit's "Forty Under 40" list.  Ms. Davis was nominated because of her commitment to social justice and spirituality.  She has helped the poor and oppressed people in Iraq, Palestine and Ethiopia.  In 2007, she was the co-founder of Hagar's House with three Ameri Corps co-workers.   

Lacey E. Rochester, 3L, following graduation will be working as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Wendy Hagenau in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2012-2013.

Keriann Langley, 3L, following graduation will be working as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Carl Barbier in the U.S. Eastern District of Louisiana, 2012-2013.

Meera Unnithan Sossamon, 3L, following graduation will be working as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the U.S. Eastern District of Louisiana, 2012-2013.

Third-year law student Daniel Perez co-chaired with Tulane Law School the Fifteenth Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference held Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1, 2011.  This years conference was entitled “Crossroads: Changing Faces in New Beginnings,” recognizing the moment where a new culture full of color and life enters a community in the time of growth and recovery.

The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has announced that the 2011 recipients of the Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship are law students Sharonda Childs, Jervonne Newsome and Bobbi Roquemore.

Ms. Roquemore, who is in her second year at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, will be a summer associate in the Firm's New Orleans office. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Marquette University and was a journalist for ten years at prominent publications prior to entering law school.

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