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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.

Tiffany Thomas Smith (J.D. '08) has joined Leake & Andersson LLP in New Orleans as an associate. Mrs. Smith focuses her practice primarily on commercial litigation, insurance defense, and labor and employment law. 

Allison Hymel (J.D. '02) has joined the St. Louis firm of Brown & Crouppen P.C. She will primarily handle matters related to personal injury and workers compensation.

Upon graduating from Loyola Law, she was employed of counsel to a law firm in New Orleans where she assisted in class action litigation and also handled matters relating to family law. She has practiced before both state and federal courts in both Missouri and Louisiana. 

The Loyola Trial Advocacy Program received First Place in the Louisiana State Bar Association Competition this past weekend.

Team members include: Brooke Michiels, Nina Turk, Melanie Cleveland, and Bobby Pardo.

The team is coached by Joe Damrich and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Payne. Brooke Michiels and Nina Turk advocated for the Defense with Bobby Pardo and Melanie Cleveland advocating for the Plaintiff. Each advocate also served as as a witness for the opposing side. The team won both rounds against LSU and Mississippi College.

Imre Szalai, recognized for his expertise in arbitration law, was selected to serve as a board member of the Employee Rights Advocacy Institute. Through the Institute, he will assist in public education, the development of legal strategies and policy, and grassroots advocacy against the use of forced arbitration.

Robert R. M. Verchick will present a paper at Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) in Paris on the topic, “Adapting to a Changing Climate.” The presentation, part of a symposium titled, "Exploring the Toolbox of International Law from the Perspective of the December 2015 Paris Conference on Climate,” was made possible by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy.

David Gruning, along with editors Alain Levasseur and John Randall Trahan of LSU Law Center, has recently published a primary translation and update of the French Civil Code.

John A. Lovett has been named a 2015 CityBusiness Leader in Law. John is one of 50 area professionals in the field of law recognized for their career and community accomplishments.

Davida Finger has been elected to the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) for a three year term starting in 2015. 

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