The Leadership Livingston program has graduated 26 participants in its 2015 class.

The program is for leaders who reside or work in Livingston Parish and is designed to make them aware of community and social topics. Topics include government, culture and tourism, community health care, leadership competencies, judicial system, diversity, education, social concerns and economic development.

The 2015 graduates are Michael Larisey and Andre’ Sylvester, Denham Springs Marshal’s Office; James P. Brown, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office; Scott Dufrene, Primtek LLC; Mike Cotton, Office Depot; Eddie Bertoniere, First Guaranty Bank; Kresten Brown, of Forte and Tablada Inc.; Rick Ramsey, mayor of Walker; Jamie Seal, Quality Engineering & Surveying LLC; Giovanni Tairov, Livingston Parish Library; Jodi Carter, of Donnie Jarreau Residential LLC; Jackie Dykes, GMFS LLC.

Nicole Elmore, Regions Bank; Hannah Kimbrough, Associated Builders and Contractors; Karla Needham, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce; Tracy Pettigrew, North Oaks Health System; Marsha Bond, Our Lady of the Lake Livingston; Kayla Johnson, Covington & Associates; Delaine Hood, Carnahan Andrews CPA; Susan Abels, Boyer Hebert Abels & Angelle LLC; Debbie Williams, Ochsner Health System; Ben Morse, Skid Marks Tire Pros; Rhonda Walker, Livingston Parish Government; Karen Demaree, Bizworks LLC; Dale Erdey, Erdey Insurance Agency Inc.; and Bradley Holleman, SJB Group LLC.


The Louisiana Tumor Registry, a program of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health in New Orleans, has been recognized as a Registry of Excellence in the National Program of Cancer Registries.

It is one of 19 registries nationally to achieve the honor awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which supports 48 cancer registries.

The award recognizes high-quality data available for cancer prevention and control activities. Cancer registries record the occurrence of cancer in a population and collect information to help identify risk factors and clues to be pursued in special scientific research studies.

The registry includes the central office with two in-house regions at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health and regional offices at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, Acadiana Medical Research Foundation in Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office has been reaccredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners.

The office was originally accredited in 2009. Accreditation is based a survey of the office in which medical examiner inspectors found zero deficiencies among its checklist of more than 350 items. The accreditation will continue until October 2019.


The Louisiana State Bar Association presented President’s Awards to Craig L. Caesar, a shareholder in the New Orleans office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Luis A. Leitzelar, a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Jones Walker LLP; C. Wendell Manning, a judge for the 4th Judicial District Court, Division F, in Monroe; Marta-Ann Schnabel, managing director of the New Orleans law firm of O’Bryon & Schnabel PLC; and Jack K. Whitehead Jr., founder and shareholder of the Whitehead Law Firm in Baton Rouge.

The Catherine D. Kimball Award for Advancement of the Administration of Justice went posthumously to James R. McClelland, of Franklin; the Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award recognizing outstanding contributions to the Louisiana Bar Journal to Scott L. Sternberg, an associate in the New Orleans law firm of Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer LLC; the Human Rights Award for her diversity efforts to Elia Diaz-Yaeger, a shareholder in the New Orleans office of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard; the Trailblazer Award for promoting diversity to J. Dalton Courson, a member of the firm of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC in New Orleans; the Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism to Dee D. Drell of Alexandria, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, for service as volunteer counsel for AIDSLaw of Louisiana and Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services; the John Ashby Hernandez III Memorial Award for Francophone Leadership to Metairie attorney Edwin R. Fleischmann Jr. as an active member of the LSBA’s Francophone Section promoting French and civilian traditions in Canada, France and Louisiana; the Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award from the Louisiana Bar Foundation to Eugene J. Sues, a shareholder in the Alexandria law firm of Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell.

Young Lawyers Division awards were presented to Cliff A. LaCour, a partner at NeunerPate in Lafayette, the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award community service and activism in legal organizations; Bradley J. Tate, tax manager for the firm of Prejean Romero McGee in Lafayette, the Bat P. Sullivan Jr. Chair’s Award for his dedication to the division’s service projects; Laranda Moffett Walker, of Susman Godfrey LLP in Houston and formerly of the Baton Rouge office of Phelps Dunbar LLP, the Honorable Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award; Rolando R. Urbina, an assistant public defender in Section 5 of the 19th Judicial District Court and member-manager of the Law Offices of Rolando R. Urbina & Associates LLC in Baton Rouge, the Pro Bono Award for his leadership and participation in legal society services; and the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, the Service to the Public Award for its Self-Help Resource Center, which is at the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court and received 1,645 requests for assistance in 2014, and also the Service to the Bar Award for its Health and Wellness Fair in January 2015.