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The Hon. Robin D. Pittman ’91 (sociology), J.D. ’96, became a member of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Alumni Board of Directors. Judge Pittman currently serves as judge in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section F.

The Hon. Jules D. Edwards III ’81 (sociology), J.D. ’84, was elected vice chair of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. In 2007, Edwards retired as colonel of the Louisiana National Guard and was recognized as the best staff judge advocate in the U.S. He has previously served as chief judge of the 15th Judicial District Court and a drug court judge. He also has worked as an indigent defender attorney, assistant district attorney, counsel to the Louisiana Senate’s Select Committee on Crime and Drugs, and a partner at Edwards and Edwards Law Offices.

Robert S. Toale, J.D. ’82, was elected to the 2014-2017 board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at its annual meeting in Philadelphia, making him one of eight criminal defense lawyers across the country to serve on the board. Toale is currently the president of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the founder of the Law Office of Robert S. Toale in Gretna. He has practiced criminal defense law for more than 30 years and is active in the Louisiana, New Orleans, and Jefferson bar associations.

Loyola College of Law alumni Andrew Legrand ('11) and Chadwick Tobler ('11) recently formed the Spera Law Group, LLC, a firm dedicated to using the latest technology to improve efficiency, transparency, and responsiveness.

Joseph B. Landry, Jr., J.D., 2013, joined recently joined the firm of Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles LLP. Mr. Landry will work as an Associate in the Civil Litigation Department.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Landry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay C. Zainey, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. While at Loyola, Mr. Landry was a William L. Crowe Scholar and a member of the Loyola Law Review.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law congratulates Mr. Daniel Stanton, a 2013 alumnus and former Editor in Chief of the Loyola Maritime Law Journal, for having been cited in a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit opinion. Mr. Stanton's comment, published in a 2012 edition of the LMLJ, was cited by Judge Haynes in her concurring opinion of McBride v. Estis

Blaine LeCesne's expertise on the BP litigation - in particular, Halliburton's recent settlement - was feature in an article in USA Today. He was also interviewed about the settlement by WWNO during NPR's All Things Considered on September 2, 2014. 

The full USA Today article can be found here

2L Civil Law Student Patrick D. Murphree completed an externship at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the chambers of Justice Greg Guidry. In his chambers, Patrick was exposed to all areas of law and the legal profession for which the court is responsible, including civil law, criminal law, professional responsibility, and bar admissions. Patrick's primary responsibility was to write reports on applications for writs of certiorari and make recommendations as to whether or not the writs should be granted.

The Honorable Kern A. Reese is now Chief Judge of Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Reese was elected by his peers to lead the court for the next two years.

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Hiroko Kusuda was quoted in the Time article "Influx of Child Immigrants Strains Courts in Louisiana"

The article can be found at