The Honorable Perry Nicosia, J.D. ’92, has been elected District Attorney of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Nicosia is the first new district attorney of the parish's 34th Judicial District in more than 30 years. Nicosia resigned as judge on the 34th Judicial District Court, Division C in August in order to qualify for the district attorney race.

The Honorable Robert A. Buckley, J.D. ’76, was re-elected to the 34th Judicial District Court, Division A, Louisiana. Judge Buckley has held this seat since 1993. Buckley told The Times-Picayune that his experience on the bench showed he would give the people of St. Bernard Parish "a good, fair, honest shake."

The Honorable Frank A. Marullo Jr., J.D. ’68, has been re-elected to Section “D” of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana. Judge Marullo has held this seat since 1974.  

A New Orleans native, Judge Marullo graduated from Fortier High School and continued on to get his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before returning home to attend law school at Loyola, he travelled the world as a Merchant Marine. 

Judge John J. Molaison, Jr., ’83 (general studies), J.D. ’86, has been named to the faculty of the National Judicial College, considered the premier training ground for judges in the United States.

Barrett R. Stephens, J.D. ’07, has joined the New Orleans firm of Lewis & Caplan as an attorney. Mr. Stephens specializes in Civil Litigation with a concentration in Catastrophic Personal Injury, 18 Wheeler Accidents, Company/Commercial and Other Motor Vehicle Accidents, Premises Liability, Property Damage, and Other Personal Injury and Death Litigation in State and Federal Courts.

Ralph J. Aucoin, Jr., J.D. ’07, has joined the firm of Perrier & Lacoste in New Orleans as an Associate. His practice has included personal injury litigation, insurance coverage, first-party property coverage, third-party disputes, bad faith/extra contractual, civil rights litigation, intellectual property, general civil litigation, contracts, premises liability, and products liability.  

Maurice C. Ruffin, J.D. ’03, has joined the firm of Johnson, Yacoubian & Paysse

Mr. Ruffin is a commercial litigator and trial attorney. He has represented clients in hundreds of civil matters, including insurance coverage and casualty disputes, surety and construction matters, complex torts, workers compensation proceedings, medical malpractice litigation, mediations, and appeals.

Rene Paysse Jr., J.D. ’91, has been promoted to partner at Johnson, Yacoubian & Paysse. Paysse specializes in Trucking and Transportation Litigation, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Defense and Coverage Litigation, General Casualty, Federal and State Workers' Compensation, and Commercial Litigation. 

The American Association of Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research has nominated Loyola professor and alumna Mary Garvey Algero as a 2015 member-at-large of its Executive Committee. The LWRR Section will move to approve Algero and other nominated officers at the Section business meeting on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

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