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R. Judson Mitchell, chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Tech Committee, presented a free “How to Code” session on March 22 for those interested in learning more about how to program websites, games, and apps. The presentation was part of 2015 Hackcess to Justice Louisiana: A Social Justice Hackathon

It is with sincere pleasure that the Moot Court Executive Board announces the newest Moot Court staff members, having exceptionally completed the Moot Court Intramural Competition this past weekend:

Robert R. M. Verchick will participate in the Cuba Hoy conference, a week-long event designed to promote cultural and business encounters betweens citizens of the United States and Cuba. He will present at the law and policy seminars on the issues of environment, energy, and disaster resilience.

Julie Deshotels Jardell (J.D. '07) was named to Acadiana Profile magazine’s Top Lawyers list in the area of energy law.

Ms. Jardell practices with the firm of Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan LLC in the Lafayette office. Her practice is concentrated on oil and gas transactions and general, commercial and oil and gas litigation. 

Bob J. Duplantis (J.D. '66) has been named to Acadiana Profile magazine’s Top Lawyers list in the areas of administrative/regulatory law, energy law, and oil and gas law. 

Bob is a partner at Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan LLC in Lafayette, practicing in the areas of Louisiana oil and gas regulation. Prior to practicing law, Bob spent 10 years working in exploration and production in various engineering and management assignments throughout Louisiana, Texas, California, and New York.  

Madelyn M. O’Brien (J.D. '13) has joined Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC as an associate. She joined Herman, Herman & Katz in August 2012, assisting clients with their claims in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill MDL-2179 settlement program. At the beginning of 2013, Ms. O’Brien became a law clerk with Herman, Herman & Katz. She will practice in the areas of Personal Injury, Industrial Accidents, Offshore Maritime, Wrongful Death, 18 Wheeler Trucking, Class Actions, Commercial Litigation, and BP Oil Spill Litigation. 

Robert J. David (J.D. '69) has been named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Louisiana by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers 2015.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Caleb R. Trotter, a current third year law student, has received a Public Interest Litigation Fellowship at Pacific Legal Foundation.

Florida Bar President-Elect Ramón Abadin (J.D. '85) has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction ceremony at which Abadin became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 585 persons during the recent 2015 Spring Annual Meeting of the College in Key Biscayne, Florida.

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