Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Site Navigation Skip to Main Content

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.

Loyola Law faculty members John A. Lovett and Markus G. Puder, along with Evelyn L. Wilson of the Southern University Law Center, have published a new casebook entitled Louisiana Property Law: The Civil Code, Cases, and Commentary.

Brett Horton, J.D., 2009, has joined the Office of Majority Whip Steve Scalise as Director of Floor Operations and Counsel. Mr. Horton previously served as Policy Director and Counsel with the Republican Study Committee under Chairman Scalise. Horton advises the congressman on issues including: appropriations, spending, tax, financial services, housing, small business, judiciary, social security, education, and labor. 

The Hon. Robin Pittman ’91 (sociology), J.D. ’96, was re-elected to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section F, without opposition. She will begin her second six-year term as a district court judge in January 2015.

Laura M. Mayes, J.D. ’03, has joined the firm of Perrier & Lacoste in New Orleans as an associate. 

After graduating from law school, Ms. Mayes moved to Baltimore, Maryland and worked for local defense firms handling products liability, asbestos, and toxic tort cases in Maryland and Washington D.C.  Ms. Mayes also worked for the Washington D.C. office of national insurance defense law firm litigating medical, nursing home, and professional malpractice cases.

The Hon. Robin D. Pittman ’91 (sociology), J.D. ’96, was appointed by the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court to the Louisiana Judicial College Board of Governors for a term running from December 2012 to September 2015. Judge Pittman currently serves as judge in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section F.

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.