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Karelia R. Stewart, J.D. ’04, was elected in August and sworn in October 1, 2014 to the Louisiana First Judicial District Court. She is the youngest female and second African American elected to the court and the first-ever second generation to be elected to the court; her father and uncle both previously served on the court. 

Shaakirrah Sanders (J.D. '01) recently shared her legal expertise regarding marriage equality with NBC affiliate KTVB and ABC affiliate KSAW, both based in Idaho. Her comments helped to clarify the state's movement toward legalizing and recognizing same sex marriages.

Harold Flanagan (B.S. '84 and J.D. '95) has been named to the 2015 edition of "Best Lawyers," the oldest and most-respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Mr. Flanagan is being honored for his work in appellate practice, commercial litigation, insurance law, oil and gas law, and construction litigation. This is the fifth time he has been named to the prestigious listing.

Only in New Orleans will you find class being held in a cemetery. And, where else would you find a monument bearing the citation of a case?  For the past ten years, Professor Monica Hof Wallace has taken her Civil Law of Successions class to Metairie Cemetery to honor the memory of two native New Orleanians, Pauline and her daughter, Angèle Langles. A monument to Angèle Langles bears the inscription “105 La. 39” which tells the story of the demise of a mother and daughter whose eternal wishes were obscured by an unfortunate application of Louisiana law.

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Robert R. M. Verchick and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law's Center for Environmental Law recently published its first e-newsletter. The inaugural issue of the Environmental Law Program Newsletter highlights our environmental certificate program, experiential learning, a new addition to our courses and research opportunities, recent publications, post-graduate support programs, our students in the news, and happenings with our Environmental Law Society.

John D. Mason, '92 (Humanities) and '96 (J.D.) has recently been appointed as the new President of the Board of Directors of Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)

The recipient of the 2014 New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys’ Outstanding Family Law Clinic Student Award from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Family Law/Children’s Rights sections of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice is Hope Elizabeth Hughes.

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