D. Irvin Couvillion (’59) is retired after 23 years as a Special Trial Judge of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C. He resides in Baton Rouge.
Robert Day (’68) is the owner of Bella Dura Architectural Stone and may be reached at www.belladura.com.
Phil Breaux (’72) continues to teach business law at the LSU College of Business and runs a small country law office in St. Gabriel.
Michael J. Samanie (’73) has his own practice, the Law Offices of Michael J. Samanie, in Houma, Louisiana.
Jim Boren (’75) has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The ceremony took place before an audience of 597 people during the recent 2009 Spring Meeting of the College in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Charles J. Ballay (’76) is the District Attorney of Plaquemines Parish. He would also like to note that two more of his classmates currently serve as D.A.’s-Phil Haney for the Iberia, St. Mary, and St. Martin Parishes and Asa Skinner in Vernon Parish.
Alfred F. Boustany II (’77) is with the Boustany Law Firm in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Elizabeth Erny Foote (’78) was awarded a fellowship by the ABA to study at the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professonialism (NIFTEP). She attended the Institute’s program in April. She also serves as the current president of the LSBA.
Keetsie T. Gunnels (’79) is an attorney with the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals’ Medicaid Program.
William Dunckelman (’80) is an Assistant Public Defender for the 32nd J.D.C.’s Public Defender’s Office. He handles felony criminal trials in two divisions and serves as the Child Support Hearing Officer.
Guy Manning (’88), with the Law offices of Guy V. Manning, practices intellectual property law in Fort Worth, Texas.
Michael Crawford (’93), with the firm of Taylor Porter in Baton Rouge, will be inducted into the Special Olympics Louisiana Hall of Fame in June.
Neal J. Kling (’93) was named a Fellow in the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys.
Alan Dabdoub (’94) is the Chief Litigation and Labor and Employment Counsel at FedEx Office and Print Services in Dallas, Texas.
Gabrielle Rettig Kees (’96) is now Vice President in the Baton Rouge office of Cornerstone Government Affairs, which is a Washington, D.C.-based government relations, lobbying, and consulting firm.
Beth Osborne (’96) recently received a presidential appointment to work in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation as his Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.
Kyle Duncan (’97) was recently hired as the new Appellate Chief of the Louisiana Department of Justice. Prior to that, he taught constitutional law at the University of Mississippi Law School after receiving an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2004.
Linda S. Melancon (’97) is owner of the Legacy Center of Louisiana—a firm focused on estate planning, probate, and elder law issues. She is married to Michael Melancon and has one daughter, Sara, and two stepchildren, Michael Melancon, Jr. and Jennifer Melancon. She also has two grandchildren, Ashley and Benjamin.
Laura B. Picard (’98) is an Assistant District Attorney for the Louisiana Department of Justice. She also teaches University level classes for Upper Iowa University in the Criminal Justice curriculum. She has four children, Gabrielle, Candace, Bryce, and Felix.
Bartley Bourgeois (’99) is with The Cohn Law Firm in Baton Rouge.
Jamie Dodds Cangelosi (’00) recently joined the law firm of Flanagan Partners LLP in New Orleans as an associate.
Christopher J. Couch (’00), managing partner of Couch, Stillman, Blitt & Conville, was selected as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in the Metro New Orleans Area by CityBusiness.
Ronald Nunez (’03) is currently in graduate school at the University of New Orleans, pursuing his master’s degree in urban planning but keeping up his license.
Susan Nanes (’06) is a law clerk for Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
William Sentell (’08) is currently completing a one-year clerkship with Judge Kay Bates in the 19th J.D.C. In September, he will begin working as an associate in the New Orleans office of Pugh, Accardo, Haas & Radecker.
The LSU Law Center community mourns the passing of the following alumni whose deaths were reported since the date of our last newsletter publication.
George Woodard (’56)
John Wyeth “Jock” Scott (’72)
Joseph Jake Fontenot (’73)