BATON ROUGE AREA

Brandon Lithgoe, senior environmental engineer at Williams Olefins in Geismar, was awarded the Charles Coates award in a joint presentation by the Baton Rouge-area American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in recognition of his contributions to local section activities for the past 13 years. He is a member of the environmental division of AIChE and also is an active member of the Air and Waste Management Association.

NEW ORLEANS AREA

Tulane Law School inducted seven leaders of the legal profession to its Hall of Fame: U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman, who has presided on the federal bench in the Eastern District of Louisiana since 1983; Robert Force, the director emeritus of the Tulane Maritime Law Center; Margot Lampe Mazeau, a former assistant general counsel in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency who litigated maritime law cases at Phelps Dunbar until retiring in 1992; Luther J. Strange III, Alabama attorney general who was coordinating counsel for the Gulf states in litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; A.N. Yiannopoulos, the Eason-Weinmann chair emeritus and internationally renowned scholar of civil law, comparative law and maritime law; and posthumously Dermot S. McGlinchey, who co-founded McGlinchey Stafford and was an advocate for equal access to the courts, helped revitalize the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was instrumental in forming its Pro Bono Project and supported Tulane in numerous ways; and posthumously Sylvia Roberts, an advocate for the rights of women, victims of domestic violence and the mentally ill and one of the founders of the National Organization for Women and vice president for its legal defense and education fund, litigating NOW’s first victory applying Title VII to combat sex discrimination in employment.

Students from Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Mass of Communication won second place among 70 entries in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s annual Bateman Case Study Competition.

The society calls on university teams to create a public relations campaign for a nonprofit organization. This year, the competition partnered with the Student Veterans of America. The Loyola team’s campaign to raise awareness and support for student veterans was titled “Second Line of Defense,” referring to military members who back the initial combat line and also family members who support loved ones.

The team included seniors Edward Wroten, Leanne Reisz, Shea Hermann, Sophia Masone and Morgan Ballard. Public relations professional and Loyola instructor Jeffrey Ory advised the team.