The Ignatian Law Scholars Program recognizes particularly promising members of the entering law school class, whose applications reflect the Jesuit values of commitment to academic excellence and service to others. The Ignatian Law Scholars receive a renewable Dean’s Scholarship and assigned faculty and alumni mentors to help with the transition to law school and practice. In addition, Ignatian Scholars gather for special events each semester to get to know each other and other members of the law school community.
We are excited to welcome the 2018-2019 class of Ignatian Law Scholars, who reflect the diversity of our incoming class. The Law Scholars hail from fourteen different undergraduate institutions in nine states. Their undergraduate majors range from biology to finance to philosophy. Three come to us with graduate degrees. Approximately one-third are people of color. Two of the Law Scholars will study in the evening division.
Christopher P. Banks is a graduate of Xavier University and St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. He has served in the United States Navy and in the New Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Christopher now works as Federal Officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs and aspires to return to the military after law school.
Gabrielle C. Broders graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Health Care Ethics. As a volunteer with the Junior League of St. Louis, she worked to reduce infant mortality rates in the city. Gabrielle also served as an intern with Special Olympics Missouri.
Melia R. Cerrato has a B.A. in Psychology from Bethel University in Minnesota and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She most recently served as a Youth and Family Development Specialist for the Peace Corps in Machala, Ecuador.
Claire N. David graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a B.S. in Accounting. Claire was awarded the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key for earning the highest GPA at ULL College of Business in her graduating class. She’s an experienced practitioner of Brazilian Jujitsu.
Emily Degan graduated from University of Notre Dame with her Bachelor of Business Administration. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Emily is the founder and CEO of Saint Hugh, a women’s outdoor apparel company, and has been featured in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week and New Orleans Fashion Week.
Kimberly M. Fanshier received her B.A. in English from Lewis & Clark College and her M.A. in English from Portland State University, where her research focused on the literary image of domestic violence in the literature of the American West. Kimberly has previously worked in compliance and capacity building for food pantries and as a skills trainer for people in recovery from mental illness and addiction. She is a regular contributor to Everyday Feminism.
Kevin B. Fitzgerald has a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Teaching from Fordham University. Prior to coming to law school, he helped to design the civic curriculum for the Travis Hill School at the Orleans Justice Center. Kevin currently volunteers at the Justice and Accountability Center in New Orleans.
Jenna R. Grant graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. While in college, she spent a semester studying at Charles University in Prague. Jenna is interested in criminal justice reform and has volunteered for the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition and the NAACP.
Dylan Hoke is a graduate of Baylor University where he received a B.A. in Medical Humanities. While at Baylor, Dylan served as both Intramural Chair and Transportation Chair for the university’s nationally ranked Wakeboarding team. He also volunteered through the Baylor Stepping Out Program, cleaning up the banks of the Brazos River and helping to build a nature area at a local elementary school.
Corina Lopez received her B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University New Orleans, where she received the Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award for Social Justice. Corina was an active member of the Loyola community, serving as the Student Government Association Chief Justice, the Co-President of Phi Sigma Tau, and as a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Gabriella C. Mouriz is a graduate of Tulane University where she majored in Political Economy and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Gabriella has served as an intern for the then-Judge Madeleine Landrieu on the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and for Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr. and Judge Jane Triche Milazzo on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Kevin J. Naccari, Jr, received his degree in accounting from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Since graduating from LSU, Kevin has been working at the intersection of law and accounting for two large corporate employers. He plans to pursue a specialization in tax law.
Hannah Quicksell is a graduate of Grinnell College where she majored in Philosophy. Following college, Hannah was accepted into the teachNOLA Fellows program. Since 2015, she has been an English teacher at L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero where, in addition to her classroom duties, she launched a college visit series.
Patrick T. Smith graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in Finance. Patrick completed his college education while working in the hospitality industry and now serves as a front officer supervisor at the Sheraton New Orleans.
Victoria E. Terranova graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and minors in Spanish and History. While at ULL, she conducted a research project into student view of the death penalty. Prior to attending law school, Victoria interned with the 15th Judicial District Office of the District Attorney.
Monica T. Tran is a graduate of Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge where she received a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Mass Communication. Monica served as Public Relations Officer for the honors business fraternity Beta Alpha Phi and was active in the Vietnamese Student Association on campus. Monica is also a committed volunteer, and has worked on several local beautification projects, painting public murals and repainting old school buildings.
Sarah R. Wallace received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. After college, Sarah spent about seven years working as an administrator for Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado. In 2016, she returned to Louisiana to become an investigative associate for the 36th District Office of the Public Defender, where she has worked to implement a new program to offer rehabilitation services for incarcerated clients with addiction.