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2000s

Amanda Wuerstlin ’06 (music education), New Orleans, La., plays violin and sings harmonies in Big History, a band that layers sultry, southern vocals on top of tinkling-pop noises and forceful backbeats. (www.facebook.com/BigHistoryMusic)

Heather McGowan, J.D. ’06, M.B.A. ’06, New Orleans, La., associate with Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, was named to the “Ones to Watch: Real Estate” list by New Orleans CityBusiness. She is the chairwoman of the Nuts and Bolts of Retail Leasing committee of the American Bar Association and vice-chairwoman of the Real Property Trust & Estate Law Emerging Issues and Specialty Leases committee. As an associate with Stone Pigman, she has represented the developer for the acquisition and financing of the Windsor Court, Royal Orleans, and Loews New Orleans hotels and the Canal Street Development Corp.

Sarah Weber Langlois, J.D. ’06, Houston, Texas, was named partner with the law firm of Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P. Sarah focuses her practice on school law, representing school districts in governance, policy, procurement, and employment matters. She was named a Rising Star in the area of schools and education on the Texas Super Lawyers list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and received the 15th Annual Jefferson Fordham Up & Comer Award in August 2012 from the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law.

Jackie Hill, J.D. ’06,, New Orleans, La., executive director of Build Now New Orleans, was named to New Orleans CityBusiness’ “Ones to Watch: Construction” list.

Ashley Gonzalez, J.D. ’06, New Orleans, La., associate with King Krebs & Jurgens, was honored at Louisiana Appleseed’s Good Apple Gala on January 17 for her volunteer work completing a white paper on in forma pauperis issues at the request of the LSBA’s Access to Justice Policy Committee. A pamphlet created as a result of her white paper will be used to educate the public, lawyers, clerks, and members of the judiciary.

Andrea Ganier ’06 (communication), and Dr. Nathan Wilson were married in a private ceremony on December 26, 2012, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Andrea is a senior account manager for iModules Software in Overland Park, Kan. Nathan is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Northwest Missouri State University.

John Creevy, J.D. ’06, John Creevy, J.D. ’06, has been named a partner at Herman, Herman & Katz LLC in New Orleans. He joined the firm as an associate in 2007 and currently handles cases for plaintiffs and defendants, including personal injury, construction litigation, property litigation, business disputes, class actions, and multidistrict litigation. He also serves on the Finance Committee of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.

Kelly Williams Brown ’06 (communication), blogger-turned-author, is having her upcoming book, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 387 Easy(ish) Steps, which is billed as a hilarious guide to all the things that young adults think they should know already—but don’t, turned into a single-camera, half-hour comedy pilot called Adulting by J.J. Abrams. Among the steps on Kelly’s companion blog (adultingblog.com) is “Facebook is Not a Good Place to Say Serious Things.”

Ian C. Barras, J.D. ’06, Metairie, La., was named partner with Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, L.L.C. He joined the firm in 2006 and practices primarily intellectual property law.

Robert P. Wynne, J.D. ’05, Houston, Texas, joined the nationally acclaimed trial firm of Rusty Hardin & Associates, L.L.P. Robert has almost a decade of experience in representing businesses and individuals in significant legal disputes, and has earned multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients in both commercial and personal injury matters.

Laura Vinson ’05 (communication), Chattanooga, Tenn., was hired as the new external affairs/major accounts specialist for Tennessee American Water. She is responsible for developing, managing, and directing the company’s strategic communications and community involvement efforts and strengthening relationships with large customer accounts.

Taryn Pusateri '05, Taryn Pusateri ’05 (communication and visual arts) has created more than 20 popular T-shirt designs for the Storyville T-shirt shop in New Orleans.

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.