N.O. law firm appoints partner, changes name

The law firm of Johnson, Johnson, Barrios & Yacoubian in New Orleans has changed its name to Johnson, Yacoubian & Paysse with the appointment of René S. Paysse Jr. as a partner.

The announcement was made by Edward S. Johnson and Alan J. Yacoubian, founding partners of the 23-year-old firm.

In addition, Neal J. Favret has been appointed to the firm’s management committee and the firm has hired five attorneys in a range of practice areas and recruited two recent law school graduates.

The firm will specialize in business, insurance, commercial and maritime litigation, with attorneys licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas. Its offices remain on the 47th floor of One Shell Square.

“The combined hiring of recent law school graduates, along with seasoned maritime and commercial litigators, allows our firm to extend its competitive advantage in our growing civil practice,” Yacoubian said.

“After a lengthy period practicing under our former structure, we believe that change and growth is an inevitable direction that we strongly want to pursue.”

Event focuses on extra income for fishermen

Organizers in St. Bernard Parish are sponsoring “Working in Water,” a free event designed to inform local fishermen about opportunities to leverage their skills to earn additional income.

The event is being held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Arelene Meraux River Observation center on the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm, 5128 E. St. Bernard Highway in Violet.

Ecotourism, coastal restoration and disaster response experts from across the country will share information on how participants can take advantage of these industries to increase their incomes.

The program is designed, not to replace fishing, but to expand the opportunities available during the off-season.

For more information, go to workingonthewater.com or call (504) 345-9756.

Southern law center holding symposium

The Southern University Law Center will hold its 25th annual National Bar Association Wiley A. Branton Award and Issues Symposium Oct. 29-31, with a theme of “Education: The New Civil Right.”

American Bar Association President-Elect Paulette Brown, who will be the first woman of color to serve as ABA president, will be the featured speaker Oct. 29.

Other speakers during the three-day event include U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, of the Western District of Louisiana, and Southern Algebra Project executive director and former Freedom Rider Dave Dennis.

The Louisiana Diversity Forum, organized by SULC and Kean Miller LLP, will be part of the lineup beginning with a networking breakfast on Oct. 30.

The forum, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have speakers who provide their own insights and ideas on topics relating to diversity and inclusion.

Symposium topics will include “The Legacy of Brown”; “Quality Education as a Constitutional and Civil Right: Modern Issues That Affect Access to Quality Education”; and “The Role of Lawyers in Structuring Opportunities for Quality Education Access for Children Who Come from Low-Income to Moderate-Income Families.”

For more information and registration, go to www.sulc.edu.

PR conference includes Ebola outbreak topic

The response to an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has made its way to the U.S. will be the subject of discussion at the Public Relations Society of America’s 2014 Southwest District Conference being held Oct. 29-30 at the Hilton Downtown Baton Rouge Capitol Center.

Kate Galatas, deputy communications director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss her agency’s role in this potential public health crisis. Galatas will be the opening speaker.

Galatas is a Louisiana native, graduate of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a former communications specialist with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health.

The theme for the conference is “Don’t Rely on Gris Gris, Potions and Charms! Use Public Relations to Cure What Ails You.”

Other speakers include former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and her communication director at the time, Bob Mann; Patrick Mulhearn, founder of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association and Celtic Media Centre’s studio operations director; Devin Lemoine, president of Success Labs; libel and slander attorneys JR Whaley and Kimberly Hood; and a media panel.

To register, go to prsaswconf.org .

The cost to attend is $299, but special rates are available to students, government employees and employees of small, nonprofit agencies.

LABI panel discussing women in STEM jobs

Drawing women to occupations in STEM fields — those in science, technology, engineering and math — will be the subject of a panel discussion from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 24 at the LABI Conference Center, at 3113 Valley Creek Drive in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is hosting the free event.

STEM jobs are projected to grow by 10 percent in the next five years.

Experts estimate Louisiana alone will have 69,000 STEM job vacancies by 2018.

“Today, two-thirds of STEM degrees in Louisiana are earned by men,” said Stephen Waguespack, LABI president.

“In fact, only two women in all of Louisiana’s public higher education graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2012-2013. Addressing the issue must begin in our middle schools where we can work with our kids to keep them interested in math and science.”

Panelists will explore ideas to steer more women into STEM-related careers.

Panelists include Connie Bradford, BESE at-large member; Gloria Thomas, executive director of research, education and mentoring programs in the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives; Czarina Walker, CEO of InfiniEDGE Software; and Vidaly Williams, process engineer at ExxonMobil.

Register at www.WomenLeadersInSTEM.eventbrite.com. For additional information, call Renee Amar at (225) 928-5388 or email reneea@labi.org.

LSU AgCenter LaHouse open house scheduled

The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1.

LaHouse is off Nicholson Drive at 2858 Gourrier Ave., across from Alex Box Baseball Stadium, in Baton Rouge.

The open house will highlight indoor air quality and design features.

Healthy home aspects showcased at LaHouse include dust mite and mold control strategies, safer gas equipment, nontoxic pest controls and universal design.

Donations of $5 per adult are requested. For more information, visit www.LSUAgCenter.com/LaHouse or call Claudette Reichel at (225) 578-7913.