Law Review Editorial Board

Managing Editors

Editor in Chief: EVAN C. CUCCIA

Evan C. Cuccia is a third-year law student and currently serves as the Editor in Chief of the Loyola Law Review. Ms. Cuccia is also a member of Moot Court and St. Thomas More Inn of Court. In the 2017-2018 academic year, she was a member of Loyola’s International Commercial Arbitration Vis Moot Team that competes every spring in Vienna, Austria. In addition, she served as a research assistant for Professor David Gruning and a teaching assistant for Professor Karen Sokol for her Legal Research & Writing course.

Ms. Cuccia received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in History. Following her graduation in May 2019, Ms. Cuccia will sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam. She looks forward to joining Phelps Dunbar LLP in the Fall of 2019.

Managing Editor, Print: MIRANDA R. LEWIS

Miranda L. Lewis is a third-year law student at Loyola. She currently serves as the Managing Editor of Print of the Loyola Law Review, which selected her Casenote for publication in the Summer 2018 issue.

Ms. Lewis graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to law school, she worked full-time as a legal assistant for Rafferty Law Group, PLLC, where she has continued to work part-time throughout law school. Following her graduation, Ms. Lewis intends to sit for both the Louisiana and the Mississippi Bar Exams. 

 

Managing Editor, Substance and Citation: DAIJA R. SMITH

Daija R. Smith is a third-year evening student at Loyola Law. She currently serves as one of the Managing Editors of Substance and Citation for the Loyola Law Review. Ms. Smith received the Editorial Board Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Law Review Candidate or Member.

After her first year of law school, Ms. Smith worked for The Stuart H. Smith Center Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice through the Gillis Long internship program. During the 2017-2018 academic term, Ms. Smith served as a research assistant for Dean Landrieu. This past summer, she worked for a small criminal defense law firm in Gretna, Louisiana. Currently, Ms. Smith is a federal judicial extern in the chambers of the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the Eastern District of Louisiana and a research assistant for Professor Medina. 

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Smith graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University New Orleans and the University Honors Program. After her graduation in 2020, Ms. Smith will sit for the Louisiana Bar Examination.

Managing Editor, Substance and Citation: ALEC N. ANDRADE

Alec N. Andrade is a third-year law student and currently serves as Managing Editor of Substance and Citation of the Loyola Law Review Editorial Board. Mr. Andrade served as a teaching assistant for Professor Regina Lennox in the Fall 2017 semester.  Mr. Andrade has been an active member of Loyola’s Honor Board and has served as the Board's 1L representative, Co-Chair, and 3L representative, respectively. Mr. Andrade is a student practitioner in Loyola’s Prosecution Law Clinic for the Orleans District Attorney’s Office, and he is a member in the St. Thomas More Inn of Court. Mr. Andrade has also received the Editorial Board Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Law Review Candidate or Member

Mr. Andrade’s legal experience includes clerkships with Courington, Kiefer & Sommers L.L.C., and Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann, & Papale LLP, during the Summer of 2017. He also clerked with Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP, and Liskow & Lewis during the Summer of 2018.

Following his graduation in May of 2019, Mr. Andrade intends to sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam. He will then serve as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the Eastern District of Louisiana before joining the firm of Liskow & Lewis in the Fall of 2020.

 

Articles Editors

JAMIE A. MILLER

Jamie A. Miller is a third-year law student and currently serves as Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review. In addition to her involvement in Law Review, Ms. Miller is a member of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Further, Ms. Miller is a student practitioner with the Family Law Section of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the secretary for the Student Bar Association.

During her time at Loyola, Ms. Miller was an extern for the Honorable Laurie A. White in Orleans Criminal Court. She also studied abroad in Spetses, Greece and Vienna, Austria.

Prior to law school, Ms. Miller earned a B.S. in Business Management from Louisiana State University. During her time there, she periodically interned at Tulane Avenue Law Center.

Following graduation in 2019, Ms. Miller will sit for the Louisiana bar exam.

LEILA M. ABU-ORF

Leila M. Abu-Orf is a third-year law student and currently serves as one of the Articles Editors for the Loyola Law Review. Her casenote was published in the Spring 2018 issue of the Law Review. In addition to serving on the Law Review Editorial Board, Leila is a member of Moot Court and the St. Thomas More Inn of Court. For the 2017-2018 academic year, she was a brief writer and oralist for the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court team, and her brief placed third out of twenty-eight teams. Leila served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Research & Writing and Moot Court classes, and is a research assistant for Professor Johanna Kalb. Leila is also a student practitioner with the Criminal Defense Section of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice.

Ms. Abu-Orf received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She was the recipient of the Senior Award in Excellence for Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Following graduation in May 2019, Leila will sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam. She will serve as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jane Triche Milazzo in the Eastern District of Louisiana beginning in August 2019.

 

Casenote & Comment Editors

MELISSA J. SILVERMAN

Melissa J. Silverman is a third-year law student and serves as the Casenote & Comment Editor of the Loyola Law Review. In addition to her contributions to the Law Review, Ms. Silverman is also working as student practitioner in the Community Justice Section of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice.     

During her time at Loyola, Ms. Silverman has interned with a Texas-based law firm focusing on Education law, Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP, and Louisiana Department of Education. Additionally, Ms. Silverman has been an extern at The Advocacy Center and has clerked for Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights.

Prior to attending Loyola Law School New Orleans, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and then spent a year as a college advisor at a high-school in Houston, Texas. Following her graduation in May 2019, Ms. Silverman intends to sit for the Texas Bar Exam.

JEFFREY M. SURPRENANT

Jeffrey M. Surprenant is a third-year law student and currently serves as the Casenote & Comment Editor on the Law Review Editorial Board. He had the honor of having his Casenote and Comment selected for publication.

Mr. Surprenant attended Fordham University and earned a B.S. in Accounting and a Concentration in American Catholic Studies. After graduating college, he worked as an auditor at Postlethwaite & Netterville and became a Certified Public Accountant.

In 2017, Mr. Surprenant worked as a summer law clerk at The Womac Law Firm and at Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer. In 2018, he then worked as a summer law clerk at Adams and Reese and at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann. He is currently in the Prosecution Clinic at Loyola and serves as a Research and Teaching Assistant for Professor David Gruning.

After graduation, Mr. Surprenant will sit for the 2019 Louisiana Bar Exam. He looks forward to serving as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jay C. Zainey in the Eastern District of Louisiana beginning in August 2019. He will then begin working at Adams and Reese in the Fall of 2020.

 

Candidate Development and Symposium Editor

EMILY M. PADGETT

Emily M. Padgett is a third-year law student and serves as the Candidate Development and Symposium Director of the Loyola Law Review. Emily’s Comment will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of the Loyola Law Review.

Ms. Padgett graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. In addition to her involvement in Law Review, Ms. Padgett also serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Monica Hof Wallace. She is also a member of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court.

Following graduation in May 2019, Ms. Padgett will sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam.

 

Online Editor

APRIL A. TRAHAN

April Trahan is a third-year law student and currently serves as Online Editor of the Loyola Law Review. In addition to her involvement with the Law Review, Ms. Trahan is a member of the Maritime Law Society.

Prior to law school, Ms. Trahan graduated from Nicholls State University where she received a B.A. in Political Science. After graduating, Ms. Trahan worked for ten years as an office manager for two co-owned business in the oil and gas industry. It was during her time as an office manager that her interest in employment and business law developed.

Ms. Trahan’s legal experience includes a judicial clerkship with Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer, as well as an externship with Judge Elizabeth Lanier at District 9 in Workers Compensation. In addition, she has clerked for the Duval Firm in Houma. 

Following graduation in May 2019, Ms. Trahan will sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam.