BATON ROUGE – Eight
alumni of Southern University Law Center (SULC) were recently recognized by the
Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA).
SULC is a public law school founded in Baton Rouge in
alumni, Hillar Moore, district attorney for the 19th Judicial
District, and Dwazendra Smith, associate of Doran & Cawthorne, received
awards for their service to the LSBA. Moore received the 2016 President’s Award
for his work in building the association between the Louisiana District
Attorneys Association and LSBA. Smith received the 2016 Pro Bono Award from the
Young Lawyers Division for her volunteer service.
John Hoffoss, C. Kevin Hayes and Donald North
were placed on the 2016-17 LSBA board of governors. Hoffoss, partner with
Hoffoss and Devall, is representing the 4th District and Hayes, of Hayes
Strategic Solutions, the 5th District. Donald North, an SULC professor of
law, is representing SULC as an at-large member.
Deculus Robert, deputy director of litigation with the Louisiana Department of
Justice, was elected as an ex-officio member on the LSBA board of directors.
She is an “ex-officio” member as her current position with the DOJ qualifies
her for representation. Robert will represent the 19th District for
a three-year term.
alumni have taken leadership positions in the Young Lawyers Division. Adam
Johnson, assistant district attorney and partner of Johnson & Vercher, was
established as a 2016-17 Young Lawyers Division Council member. Scotty Chabert
Jr., of Saunders and Chabert, was established as the 2016-17 chair of the Young
Reed, director of Alumni Affairs and Continuing Legal Education at SULC, told
the Louisiana Record via email that
SULC promotes a strong
relationship with the LSBA “because this professional organization shapes the
development of the law, regulates the professional conduct of the state's
lawyers, and provides greater access to legal services.”
the alumni remain engaged or affiliated with SULC. Scotty Chabert has taught as an adjunct professor, Reed said. Chabert, Robert Hillar Moore, Dwazendra Smith and Kevin Hayes
have served as guest panelists at career services events and continuing legal education
seminars held on campus.
“Each of these ‘lawyer-leaders’ believes in giving
back to SULC” Reed said.
The Law Center engages alumni by encouraging
involvement through networking with current students, as well as mentoring
students as they matriculate from Southern University, study for the bar exam and
proceed to practice law, Reed added.
The Law Center places an emphasis on promoting civic
engagement, such as service with the LSBA. Quoting SULC Chancellor John Pierre,
“We produce lawyer-leaders who are instilled with ‘seriousness of purpose’ and
encouraged to always give back” Reed said. “SULC plants the public servant seed
in our students the moment they enter the door”.
SULC contributes to developing civically engaged
lawyers through five areas of educational engagement including service learning
internships, class discussion and debate, role playing and simulation,
extracurricular activities and engagement with the neighborhoods surrounding
the Law Center, Reed added.
“SULC strives to protect the public by developing,
supporting, and enforcing rigorous standards of competence, ethical behavior,
and commitment to public service in the legal profession," she said.”