For several years, the Incubator Program has provided recent Loyola graduates with the opportunity to build out their areas of practice under the guidance of experienced attorneys while providing legal services to underserved people and communities in New Orleans.
Christopher “Chris” Leger received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in May 2018, where he participated in the Misdemeanor Defense Clinic as well as the Law and Technology Clinic. Prior to attending law school, he served his community as a police officer for 10 years. He lives in Metairie with his wife and three children. His law practice focuses on family law, successions, and misdemeanor criminal defense.
Tobie Lynn Tranchina graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law in 2017. While at Loyola she worked in the Children's Rights and Family Law Clinics and was the recipient of the 2017 Association of Women Attorney's Law Student Award for her work with the clinics. Tobie had an article published in The Loyola University New Orleans Journal of Public Interest Law in the spring of 2017 titled "Nonparent Visitation Rights: A National Issue as Addressed in Louisiana." This article dealt with the complex laws pertaining to visitation rights of grandparents and other family members.
Tobie began her career at a general practice firm in Gretna, Louisiana. After working there for a year, she decided to begin a solo practice and return to focusing her time on family law and successions. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tobie was an elementary school teacher in Jefferson Parish for seven years.
Tobie is also a qualified domestic mediator in Louisiana for disputes involving child custody and visitation.
Carly Greenfield is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Louisiana in 2015 to attend law school at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She graduated in 2018 and joined the Louisiana Bar in 2019. While in school, Carly was active in the Environmental Law Society and the Association of Women Lawyers. Her passion for legal access for all led her to intern with the Advocacy Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. In her 3L year, she worked in the Children’s Rights clinic. Carly is dedicated to providing affordable legal services to close the legal access gap. She opened her practice in January 2020. When she isn’t working, Carly enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and spending time with her family.
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Ms. Emily Trostle has practiced immigration law since 2014. She graduated from Smith College in 2008 where she earned her B.A. in Gender Studies and Spanish. She then earned a Master of Arts from the University of Georgia in 2009. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2014.
As a student at Loyola College of Law, she served on the Public Interest Law Journal, and held leadership roles in Lambda Law Alliance and the National Lawyers Guild. While at Loyola Law, Ms. Trostle worked as a student attorney in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice, in the immigration section. After graduating, Ms. Trostle worked as Administrator of the PB&J: Pro Bono and Juveniles program, which trained and matched pro bono attorneys in the New Orleans area with Special Immigrant Juvenile cases. Subsequently, Ms. Trostle worked as the Immigrant Child Advocate Coordinator at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and later as the Lead Attorney for the Louisiana Esperanza Project there.
Ms. Trostle then served as an Asylum Officer at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the New Orleans Asylum Office. Subsequently, she joined Pelton + Balducci as an Associate attorney, where she focused on deportation defense, representation of juveniles, asylum cases, and representation of LGBTQ individuals in immigration matters. Before starting her own practice in October of 2019, Ms. Trostle served as the Lead Attorney for the Alexandria, Louisiana office of the Southeastern Immigration Freedom Initiative (SIFI) of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
She is a member of the Louisiana Bar, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Ms. Trostle was awarded the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award in the Spring of 2014. Ms. Trostle is fluent in Spanish.
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