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Larry E. Mobley, J.D. ’05, New Orleans, La., became a member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. Larry practices in the fields of class actions and complex litigation, commercial litigation, contractual disputes, securities litigation and enforcement, and antitrust.
Erika McConduit, J.D. ’05, New Orleans, La., was appointed interim president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. She began working for the Urban League as well as teaching law as an adjunct professor at Dillard University in 2008. She previously worked in New York, N.Y., in communications, as the chief operating officer for the YWCA, and as a professor.
Lauren Malone Keller '05, Lauren Malone Keller ’05 (communication) just released a book through Pelican Publishing, In a While, Crocodile: New Orleans Slow Cooker Recipes. The book, which she co-wrote with her sister-in-law, Patrice Keller Kononchek, includes recipes for such New Orleans favorites as red beans, turtle soup, and stuffed artichokes.
Jaimmé Collins, J.D. ’05, New Orleans, La., Adams and Reese partner, was appointed chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, responsible for the overall diversity efforts within the firm’s offices in the southern U.S. and Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth B. Carpenter, J.D. ’05, New Orleans, La., criminal defense attorney, spoke in a session titled “Cyber Crimes: Digital Forensics and Defense” at the Annual Education Seminar in New Orleans, a continuing education seminar organized by the New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA).
Kristin L. Beckman, J.D. ’05, New Orleans, La., became a member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. She has been an attorney at Barrasso Usdin since graduating in 2005. Kristin also was named to the 2012 – 2013 Leadership Class of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Erica Beck, J.D. ’05, who has been chief deputy city attorney for in-house matters for New Orleans, La., was named Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s executive counsel. Erica joined the city attorney’s office in 2010.
Miriam Warren ’04 (communication), Washington, D.C., was selected to attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 23 – 27. Miriam is vice president at DCI Group, where she counsels corporate and nonprofit clients and manages national and global public affairs campaigns with extensive knowledge and expertise in issue advocacy and strategic communication.
Susan J. Thomas, M.S.N. ’04, R.N., Thibodaux, La., joined American Sentinel University, a leading online university accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as an assistant professor of nursing. She will be responsible for developing online nursing courses that meet the quality standards set forth by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and American Sentinel University. Thomas will also work with the dean of nursing to maintain curriculum integrity, promote learning opportunities for students, and foster a rich online environment for the students.
Dana-Megan Rossi, J.D. ’04, Washington, D.C., an accomplished legal analyst and marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience, was appointed publisher of Main Justice (www.mainjustice.com). She draws on her extensive knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and government enforcement matters gained from years managing litigation and regulatory enforcement business intelligence projects. She joined Main Justice from Arnold & Porter, L.L.P., where she led the firm-wide strategic business and client development of several practices, including the government investigations and enforcement, data breach and cyber security, and life sciences groups.
Paul C. Kitziger '93, J.D. '04, Paul C. Kitziger ’93 (management), J.D. ’04, a shareholder at Liskow & Lewis, has been selected to New Orleans CityBusiness’ Leadership in Law 2014. He advises clients on the negotiation and documentation of real estate transactions, corporate and general business matters, and secured transactions. He also counsels clients on transactions involving public offerings and private placement of securities, as well as ongoing SEC compliance and periodic reporting. His business law practice includes corporate governance advice and the creation, acquisition, and sale of small to medium sized business entities and assets in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, and oil and gas. He also has experience in the health care industry in the creation of federally qualified health care centers and in representing clients in the negotiation and documentation of physician employment agreements. Prior to joining Liskow & Lewis, he owned and operated a local real estate holding company and a local retail business.
Faith Sylve Hooks ’04 (political science), Lake Charles, La., published Conversations Between Me and I: The Forgotten Art of Self-Therapy, in which she motivates readers to find the courage to face their dark sides and appreciate life’s blessings even more (www.rosedogbookstore.com). In addition to publishing her first book, she was promoted to Director of Education at Unitech Training Academy in Lake Charles, La. Unitech has six campuses throughout Louisiana and is based in Lafayette, La.
David D. “Beau” Haynes, Jr., J.D. ’04, returned to the law firm of Kathleen L. DeBruhl & Associates, L.L.C., a healthcare law firm in New Orleans, La., that represents physicians and physicians’ practices. David previously served as legal counsel for Ochsner Health System.
Meghan Brachle ’04 (performance), lives and works full time as a musician in Miami, Fla. She founded a chamber music group based in south Florida called the Chrysalis Chamber Players (www.chrysalischamberplayers.com). They are now in their second season and have successfully programmed a wide variety of chamber music performances. They also have received grants and donations that enable the group’s educational outreach programs for young musicians.
Brian Bossetta ’04 (history), Westhampton Beach, N.Y., published The Piano Keys. After graduation, he moved to New York where he worked in theatre as both a playwright and actor. Along with The Piano Keys, Brian has written his second novel, Sanctioned, and has penned a number of stage and screenplays.
Nicholas A. Blanda, J.D. ’04, Lafayette, La., in 2012, was named a partner in the firm of Anderson & Dozier. The firm is now Anderson, Dozier & Blanda, L.L.P., and specializes in plaintiff’s representation in personal injury and death cases arising from maritime accidents, trucking/automobile accidents, onshore/industrial accidents, product liability, and premises defect. Nicholas also was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, an exclusive designation for trial lawyers who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership.