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The Advocacy Center hosts several events throughout the year. Collaboration among numerous programs with the Advocacy Center creates many opportunities for both annual and unique events. Each fall, the Advocacy Center hosts its Golf Classic, and each spring, the Center hosts the Fedoroff Lecture and celebrates student accomplishments at its Spring Banquet.

Internally, the Center hosts Lunch and Learns throughout the academic year where alumni present a topic of their choice to students in the renovated Advocacy Center located on the first floor of the law school library. The Center also provides support to the Louisiana Supreme Court when oral arguments are held at Loyola Law.

Loyola’s Annual Advocacy Center Golf Classic brings together practitioners, community members, and students for a day of relaxation and friendly sport. Teams of four compete in scramble format with a shotgun start. Food, beverages, a raffle, and various prizes are provided throughout the day.

2023 Advocacy Center Golf Classic

2023 Golf Classic Sponsors

Welcome Cocktail Sponsors

King & Jurgens, LLC

Bronze Sponsors

Adams and Reese, LLP

Alvendia, Kelly, & Demarest

Candy Fleet Boats

EL ABOGADO – Casey Cowley Attorneys

Hahn Enterprises, Inc.

Irwin Fritchie Urquhart Moore & Daniels, LLP

The Javier Law Firm, LLC

Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP

Hole Sponsors

Alvendia, Kelly, & Demarest

Batture, LLC

Flanagan Partners, LLP

Law Offices of Scott G. Jones, LLC

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto

Judge Trudy M White, Retired

Riess LeMieux, LLC

Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard and Cangemi, APLC

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC

Winston Bergeron, LLP

Raffle Sponsors

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

InSkin 101

Italian Gold and Diamond

Kendra Scott

The National World War II Museum

New Orleans Steamboat Company

Nothing Bundt Cakes


Food and Beverage Partners and Sponsors


Faubourg Brewing Company

Favret, Demarest, Russo, Lutkewitte & Schaumburg, APLC

Natco Food Services

PJ's Coffee

Ye Olde College Inn

2023 Advocacy Center Golf Classic Save-the-Date

We hope you'll join us for the Third Annual Advocacy Center Golf Classic on Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Golf Club at Audubon Park.

Registration is now CLOSED. Thank you for your interest!

The deadline to register is Friday, September 1, 2023.


2022 Advocacy Center Golf Classic

It was a chilly morning, but that didn't stop the Advocacy Center from hosting its first Advocacy Center Golf Classic since 2019! Teams of golfers from across the region arrived bright and early to the Audubon Golf Course for a day of fun and fellowship. 

2022 Golf Classic Winning Team2022 Golf Classic Second Place Team

Special Thanks to Our 2022 Golf Classic Sponsors!

Maroon Sponsors

Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLP

Hole Sponsors

Alvendia, Kelly, & Demarest Law Firm

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC

The Chopin Law Firm, LLC

Garvey, Smith, & Nehrbass, LLC

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC

Winston Bergeron, LLP


Audubon Zoo

Club Pilates

Drago's Seafood Restaurant


Raising Cane's

The Wine Seller

Vincent's Restaurant

2023 Order of Barristers Inductees with Judge Mary Hotard Becnel
2023 Order of Barristers Inductees with Judge Mary Hotard Becnel

2023 Advocacy Center Banquet

The Advocacy Center held its 2023 Banquet on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 aboard the Creole Queen. The Advocacy Center congratulated its 2022-2023 board members, team members, and award winners. Congratulations to the following students:

2023 Order of Barristers Inductees

Gabrielle Ferrara

Paige Franckiewicz

Park Markwith Hegeler

Adrianna J. Humphrey

Mallory Elizabeth Knudsen

Matthew Alexander Martin

Kevin Michael Michot

Aspen Steib Murphy

Alexis A. Smith

Cassidy Smith

William Edwin Wildman, III

Angel Williams


Alternative Dispute Resolution Awards

Best Researchers: Darby Bullard and Brittanie McCain

Outstanding 1L: Paige Bahnsen

Outstanding 2L: Nick Danna

Outstanding 3L: Dawn Penn


Moot Court Awards

J. Skelly Wright Award for Exceptional Oral Ability: Emily McCrory

Edna S. Burkhalter Award for Outstanding Oral Ability: Margaret Ann Macloud

Third Place Oralist, Intramural Competition: Anh Do

Fourth Place Oralist, Intramural Competition: Mayowa “David” Olatunde

Outstanding 2L: Taylor Meyer

Outstanding 3L: Kevin Michot


Becnel Trial Advocacy Awards

Harry Herman Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy: Kenly Flanigan

Best Opening Statement: Enrique Contreras 

Best Direct Examination: Alex Bellow

Best Cross-Examination: Cheyenne Blackburn

Best Closing Statement: Reese Ingram

Best Witness: Cassia Rousseau

Outstanding 3L: Angel Williams

Outstanding 2L: Jessica Natal

2023 Banquet Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Casey Cowley Attorneys

Hair Shunnarah Trial Attorneys

Silver Sponsors

Law Office of Mark W. Smith & Associates PLC


Bronze Sponsors

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Frischhertz Impastato Law

Law Offices of Scott G. Jones, LLC

Liskow & Lewis

Perry Dampf & Associates

Riess LeMieux, LLC

Scott Vicknair Injury Lawyers

Winston Bergeron, LLP


2019 ac banquet becnel

Every spring, the Advocacy Center gathers with students, faculty, friends, family, and practitioners to celebrate a successful year. The Advocacy Center Banquet recognizes the hard work of our programs' competitive teams and executive boards in a fun and festive atmosphere. Special awards are also given to outstanding students in the fields of alternative dispute resolution, appellate advocacy, and trial advocacy.

The Gerald P. Fedoroff Speaker Series is made possible through a generous donation by Judge Fedoroff, who presided over Division E of Orleans Parish Civil District Court for more than 30 years, where he served as Chief Judge. A life-long resident of New Orleans and Loyola Law School graduate, Judge Fedoroff is well-known for a 1978 decision that declared Louisiana's "head and master" scheme for community property unconstitutional as violative of the Equal Protection Clause.

Each year, the Advocacy Center brings a distinguished practitioner to speak about effective advocacy and its application to the real world. Past speakers and topics have included Professor Tim Terrell of Emory Law School, discussing effective brief writing techniques, and Gregory S. Cusimano, discussing the social science of decision making and bias.

The 2023 Fedoroff Lecture will take place in the Fall semester. Be on the lookout for a save the date!

Attendees receive CLE credit and lunch at the reception following the presentation.

About the Event

Race Judicata is a charity 5K run/walk held in the spring and sponsored by the Advocacy Center and partnering student organizations. The event features a competitive 5K race and an after party with food, beverages, and entertainment. All proceeds go toward a charity selected by the Advocacy Center and partnering student organizations.

The 2023 Race Judicata is planned for March 2023. Be on the lookout for an official announcement soon!

Co-Sponsoring Student Organizations:

Advocacy Center, Student Bar Association, Loyola Law Review, Loyola Journal of Public Interest, Loyola Maritime Law Journal, Environmental Law Society, Federal Bar Association, Maritime Law Society, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Evening Law Student Association, Phi Delta Phi, Hispanic Law Student Association, International Law Society.




fall 2019 debate

As a first time event, the Advocacy Center hosted a debate for the candidates seeking to be elected in Louisiana’s 91st and 98th State Representative Districts on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Promoting legislative advocacy by hosting a debate with candidates who sought to represent our school, our students, and our neighbors proved to be very exciting! Our hope is that these debates will encourage everyone to be more engaged in the democratic process.

A very special thanks to Walter J. Leger III, the termed-out House District 91 representative, and Neil C. Abramsom, the termed-out House District 98 representative, who did an incredible job as moderators. We honor all of the candidates for their time and dedication to their constituants and our great state, and congratulate Mandie Landry and Aimee Freeman who were elected to represent House District 91 and 98 respectively.

The Advocacy Center is looking forward to continuing these debates for elections in the future.

phil lorio lunch and learn 2019

Lunch and Learn events are a way for students to meet practitioners and learn about the nuts and bolts of an advocacy practice. These events are held periodically throughout the fall and spring semesters and provide students with exposure to many different facets of practice.

In previous events, students learned from alums Philip D. Lorio, IV (2012), Roderick "Rico" Alvendia (1998), and Michael S. Brandner, Jr. (2003) who spoke respectively on "Taking a Case from Start to Finish"; "Legal Career Pathways: Defense or Plaintff?"; and "Starting Your Own Firm in a Modern Time".

We are so thankful to our practitioners for sharing their time and experience and are excited for our next round of Lunch and Learns this semester! 

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      Please contact Program Director Evan J. Bergeron at or 504-861-5580 for giving opportunities.