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2015 Law Student Awards

Published on May 18, 2015 by in Uncategorized

As one of its initiatives in the legal community, the AWA has committed to award $500 annually to an outstanding law clinic student from each of the two local law schools, whose work has focused on issues important to the AWA.

At Tulane, the $500 award is given to the most outstanding student in the Domestic Violence Law Clinic(as chosen by the Director of the Clinic).

At Loyola, the $500 award is given to the most outstanding student in the family law section of the Loyola Law Clinic (to be selected by the family law attorney/advisor at the Clinic).

Our 2015 AWA Recipient from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Family Law Section of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice is Lindsey SoboulLindsey is a 3L student, a mother of a young daughter, and from Mississippi. She plans to take the Louisiana State Bar Exam and practice law in the Greater New Orleans area. Lindsey logged over 495 hours while representing clients, including minor children, in custody, divorce, and abuse cases for two semesters during 2014 and 2015. She also partnered with Families Helping Families and represented parents with a special needs child between the ages of 15 and 17 in our first continuing tutorship case. Through her and her co-counsel's efforts, the word has spread and the Family Law Section is now representing numerous other parents with special needs children. Lindsey also represented an interdict where the State was seeking a full interdiction. The Judge, after hearing Lindsey question her witnesses and her argument, granted her request for a limited interdiction. In Lindsey's biggest case, she represented a mother in our first LBGT case in a full day custody trial. She examined and cross-examined witnesses and was successful in most of her timely objections.  

Our 2015 award recipient from the Tulane Domestic Violence Clinic is Courtney MarshallCourtney showed an unusual capacity to empathize with clients and witnesses, and to understand the complex decisions that domestic violence victims face in their daily lives. Those skills made her a brilliant advocate in the courtroom - a place where she is persuasive and confident in ways that are extremely rare for a law student. During her first semester in the Clinic, Courtney was assigned to a custody case representing a mother who was being stalked and harassed by her estranged husband, who also had a serious history of drug abuse. The Clinic's client was awarded sole custody, and the son has safe visitation with his father because of drug testing and other restrictions. The client's mother, who had been a witness in her daughter's case, later called the Clinic for help. After 46 years of abuse, she was inspired by watching her daughter stand up to her husband and prevail in court. Courtney and fellow Clinic students helped her get a protective order, and also obtained a judgment for a significant amount of spousal support allowing her to live independently from her abuser. Courtney has gone above and beyond her clinic obligations and was a role model to her fellow students, and an inspiration to her professors. 

 
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June Luncheon

Thursday June 18, 2015 - Thursday June 18, 2015

930 Tchoupitoulas Street

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Description:

The AWA June Luncheon will be held on June 18, 2015, noon, at Calcasieu (930 Tchoupitoulas).

Speaker: Panel discussion: Advice and tips for the new and the old! Please invite your Summer clerks! Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, United States District Court, E.D. La; USBC Judge Elizabeth Magner, United States Bandruptcy Judge, E.D. La.; Judge Madeleine Landrieu, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Menu:
Seasonal Green Salad with Gruyere Beignets and Red Wine Vinaigrette;
Choice of (1) Smoked Brisket with Horseradish Potato Salad or (2) Baked Gulf Fish with Lemon Beurre Blanc and Mushroom-Eggplant Rice;
Dessert: Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Bourbon Anglaise

Cost:
$47/members
$52/non-members

You can register through the link below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, June 15, 2015 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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May Luncheon

Thursday May 21, 2015 - Thursday May 21, 2015

841 Iberville Street

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Description:

The AWA May Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, noon, at Deanie's Seafood restaurant in the French Quarter (841 Iberville Street).

SpeakersKatherine Mattes JD (Director of Tulane Law School Criminal Clinic), Becki Kondkar JD (Director of Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic), and Marcus Kondkar PhD (Loyola University Sociology Department) will speak on: "Domestic Violence Victims Who Kill Their Abusers: Exploring Whether Louisiana Should Create New Legal Remedies for Victims Serving Time."

Menu:
Choice of (1) seafood gumbo or bucktown blues salad;
Choice of (1) mini fried seafood platter, (2) etouffee topped redfish, or (3) bayou seafood salad;
Dessert: Coconut Custard Bread Pudding.
Also includes iced tea, fountain soft drinks and coffee.

Cost:
$45/members
$50/non-members
$35/students

You can register through the link below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, May 18, 2015 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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Members only Happy Hour

Thursday April 23, 2015 - Thursday April 23, 2015

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Description:

In appreciation of our members, the AWA is hosting a members-only Happy Hour! Join us for drinks and refreshments while you mix and mingle with old and new friends!

W.I.N.O. (610 Tchoupitoulas Street)
4/23/15
5 pm - 7 pm

Please RSVP by email to info@awanola.org

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April Luncheon

Thursday April 16, 2015 - Thursday April 16, 2015

301 Tchoupitoulas Street

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Description:

The AWA April Luncheon will be held on April 16, 2015, noon, at Restaurant August.

Nicole Russell, Senior Energy Trading Counsel at BP (Chicago), and Dee Taylor, Of Counsel at Liskow & Lewis (New Orleans), will speak on Developing, Solidifying, and Leveraging a Professional Network.

Menu:

First course: Crawfish bisque (armagnac)

Second course: potato crusted flounder (house pickles, malt) or slow cooked guinea hen (strozzapreti, fresh cheese and lemon)

Dessert: pavlova (pineapple, grains of paradise, white chocolate, champagne)

Iced tea

Cost:
$50/members
$55/non-members
$45/students

You can register through the link below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, April 13, 2015 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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March Luncheon

Thursday March 19, 2015 - Thursday March 19, 2015

201 Royal Street

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Description:

The AWA March luncheon will be held on March 19, 2015, noon, at Mr. B’s Bistro (201 Royal Street).

Emily Maw, Director of the Innocence Project New Orleans, will speak about their recent successes and discuss opportunities for private attorneys to partner with the organization.

Menu:
Mr. B’s Luncheon Salad
Choice of (1) Rosemary Chicken, (2) Shrimp & Angel Hair Pasta, or (3) Grilled Fish of the Day.
Dessert choice of (1) Hot buttered pecan pie or (2) Bread pudding

Cost:
$46/members
$51/non-members
$35/students

You can register through the form below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, March 16, 2015 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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Annual Dinner Meeting

Thursday January 15, 2015 - Thursday January 15, 2015

1403 Washington Avenue

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Description:

The AWA Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Commander's Palace.

6:30 p.m. - cash bar

7:00 p.m. - dinner/meeting begins

Speaker: Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana

Wynne Award Recipient: Becki T. Kondkar, Professor of the Practice of and Deputy Director, Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic

We will enjoy a traditional creole tasting menu consisting of: turtle soup, crisp romaine salad, pecan crusted gulf fish, tournedos of black angus beef, and creole bread pudding.

Cost:  $85/members; $90/nonmembers; $75/students

We will also elect 2015 Officers. The slate of officers: 

President: Megan Peterson
Vice President: Ashley Liuzza
Treasurer: Sharonda Williams
Corresponding Secretary: Kelly Barbier
Recording secretary:Blair Schilling

The following members have been appointed by the Board as committee chairpersons for 2015 and will also serve as members of the board:

Programs – Avery Pardee
Membership –Lindsay Reeves
Public Relations/Historian –Machelle Hall
Community Outreach – Yasemin Gunday
Food from the Bar (co-chairs) - Rose Sher & Hillary Barnett
You can register through the link below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the dinner, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.)

You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, January 12, 2015 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the dinner, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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Time to renew your membership for 2015!

It's time to pay dues for 2015! You can renew your membership and pay dues online or download a 2015 membership application to mail in with your dues check. Click here.

 
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Wynne Professionalism Award Nominations due 12/1

Every year the AWA presents the Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award to a member of the greater New Orleans legal community who exemplifies the ideals and professionalism that Magistrate Judge Wynne so capably displayed in her too short career.

Written nominations for the award must be received by email to info@awanola.org no later than December 1, 2014. To nominate someone, you need only write a short letter stating why the nominee exemplifies the ideals and professionalism of Magistrate Judge Wynne. A tribute to Magistrate Wynn was written by Judge Adrian G. Duplantier for the Loyola Law Review (41 Loyola Law Review 399) and can be accessed here: Wynne Memoriam.

The award will be presented at our Annual Dinner at Commander's Palace on January 15, 2015.

Previous recipients include:
Hon. Robin Giarrusso
Hon. Ann Murry Keller
Janice Foster
Kathryn Venturatos Lorio
Martin Hunley
Hon. Carolyn Gill-Jefferson
Judy Perry Martinez
Hon. Madeline Landrieu
Judy Barrasso
Professor Jane Johnson
Edith Morris
Hon. Jay Zainey
Bernadette D’Souza
Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball
Hon. Fredericka Homberg Wicker
Tania Tetlow
Professor Cynthia Samuel
Carole Neff
Judge Laurie White

 
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November Luncheon

Thursday November 20, 2014 - Thursday November 20, 2014

301 Tchoupitoulas Street

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Description:

The AWA November luncheon will be held on November 20, 2014, noon, at Restaurant August (301 Tchoupitoulas Street).

Our speaker is David Marcello from the Tulane Public Law Center. David recently spent two-weeks in Hanoi, meeting with government officials and law faculty about how Vietnam could improve the drafting of its laws. Vietnam is in need of a “rule of law” system to attract foreign investment, but both “rule of law” and international integration with the world’s economy pose challenges to Vietnam’s Communist, one-party government. David will also speak about how Vietnam has changed during the four decades since U.S. withdrawal in 1975 and will share some photos he took at the Art Museum, the War Museum, the Museum of the Vietnamese Woman, and other sites in Hanoi.

Menu:

1) salad of Ponchatoula strawberries and Ryal’s chevre; arugula, pistachio butter and aged balsamic; and

2) Gulf sheepshead poêlé; parsnip custard, pearl barley, and brown butter; and

3) local blueberry pavlova; coconut, lime and blueberry sorbet

ice tea

Cost:
$50/ members
$55 /nonmembers

You can register through the form below.* With online registration, you will be given the option of paying online via Paypal, or you can print out an invoice to bring to the luncheon, along with your payment. (Please do not mail checks to our P.O. Box.) You can also register with Linda at lgraffagnini@shergarner.com or 299-2211 by Monday, November 17, 2014 at noon.*

*The AWA is required to guarantee an attendance number and pay for all guarantees. Thus, if you do not attend the luncheon, or cancel after the RSVP deadline, you are still required to pay for your reservation. The AWA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

Register

 
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