Derek Houston (J.D., 2004) has joined Adams and Reese as Special Counsel in the Firm’s St. Petersburg office. A real estate attorney, Mr. Houston's legal practice focuses on lending, commercial real estate and real estate development transactions and construction contracting. Houston was a former shareholder from the Trenam Kemker St. Petersburg office, and he also formerly worked for Holland and Knight.

Cristin F. Bordelon (J.D., 2005) has joined the firm of Leake & Andersson, L.L.P. as an Associate. Her practice will focus primarily on products liability and insurance defense.

During her time at Loyola, Cristin participated in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and served as President of the Association of Women Law Students from 2004-2005.

Current 1L Candice M. Bennatt was named Miss Louisiana USA 2015 on October 25, 2014 in Lafayette, LA. Ms. Bennatt, who represented Ville Platte in the competition, was one of 44 contestants. She will represent Louisiana in the Miss USA Pageant in June 2015. 

Associate Professor Andrea Armstrong has been listed as one of the 40 under 40 in Gambit's 2014 list.

The online article can be found here.

Stephen D. Hébert ’98 (political science), J.D. ’02, a New Orleans-based sole practitioner, has been named by New Orleans Magazine as a top lawyer in criminal defense for 2014.

Mirais Holden (J.D. '13) joined the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis as an associate and will practice in the areas of business and energy litigation.

Prior to joining Liskow & Lewis, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Carl J. Barbier (J.D. ’70) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Kernan “Kerry” Hand, Jr. (J.D., '98) to the Board of Tax Appeals. The Board makes decisions on state and local tax liability cases involving both individuals and businesses.

On September 17, 2014, Dean María Pabón López offered the keynote address at the Loyola-hosted Constitution and Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremony. The event, organized and offered by The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana, was held for citizenship candidates to take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become U.S. citizens. Dean López, who was born in Okinawa and raised in Puerto Rico, was the first person to address the new citizens. She highlighted the U.S.

Kristy Brumfield, a 2L civil division evening student, has recently been featured in a profile by Lawdragon campus, a legal media company which provides free online news and features to prospective and current law students and lawyers and firms.