Reflections magazine is published two times a year by the Southern University Law Center, Office of Communications and Development Support. It is distributed to alumni, law students, Law Center faculty and staff, and other supporters of the Law Center to promote institutional advancement. In 1999, Reflections was awarded the certificate of achievement by the Southern Public Relations Association and was recognized by the Louisiana Press Women's Association in 2001.

Comments and letters are welcome. We also are interested in publishing articles written by SULC graduates, including reports on professional activities, scholarly reviews, and editorial comments. Please send manuscripts to: Dr. Rachel L. Emanuel, Director of Communications and Development Support, Post Office Box 9294, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9294; (225) 771-5815; Fax: (225) 771-6257; E-mail: Remanuel@sulc.edu; Web address: www.sulc.edu.

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• Winter 2014

Volume 23, Number 2

ON THE COVER: On the occasion of the celebration of the Southern University Centennial, it is more than fitting to document the history of the Law School's clinical program, to describe the contributions that our clinical programs have made to innovations in legal education and to justice reform.


  • Legal Practice Allows Partners to Enjoy Other Business Goals-Clyde Simien and Ricky Miniex, both of the Class of 1986, celebrate more than a quarter of a century of service to their Lafayette, Louisiana, community. Read about the success of their law firm, their philanthropy, and their other business ventures.

  • Intergovernmental Agreement Has Potential of Saving Taxpayers Thousands-SULC students offered an opportunity to learn firsthand about heirship and adjudicated property remediation, while improving the city's quality of life saving taxpayers substantial amounts of money.

  • Leadership First for Lafayette Bar Association-- Tricia Pierre, Class of 1998, (front row, centered, fourth from right) was installed as the first African-American president of the Lafayette (Louisiana) Bar Association. Pierre shares what service in the local bar association means for practitioners.

  • U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, 2013 SULC Commencement speaker, challenges graduates: "Will you dare to lead and serve?"

  • Associate Vice Chancellor Elaine S. Simmons was honored by the Law Center family for her more than 30 years of service. Simmons was noted for professionalism, expertise, and devotion to SULC and its students.

  • The four 2013 Alumni of the Year express appreciation for SULC's "Access and Opportunity"

• Summer 2013

65th Anniversary Issue

ON THE COVER: As SULC celebrates 65 years of providing legal training, its students, faculty, staff, and most of all alumni and other supporters can reflect on our continuing gift of "Access and Opportunity." The illustration on the cover of this issue of Reflections represents not just one featured story in the magazine, but all of the articles, messages, and other information presented in the 40 pages.


  • Fast Track to Partnership—When Louisiana law firms announced new partners effective January 1, 2013, several SULC alumni were among those named. We asked these graduates about their success in making partner so soon in their careers.

  • Alum Todd Manuel Answers "10 Questions On the Minds of LawStudents About Employment.

  • Chancellor Discusses Constitution Making and Explore Exchanges/Collaborations with Law Students, Faculty, Practitioners in Turkey Jenkins, '98, and Andre Gauthier, '91--whose career achievements inspire excellence.

  • An Experience That Puts Them Steps Ahead of the Game: Students Win Before Louisiana Supreme Court.

  • Faculty Expert Helps Overturn Decision in Child-Protection Procedures

• Winter 2011

ON THE COVER: U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson, '85, of the Middle District of Louisiana is called a "Triple Threat" after inspiring the 150 graduates with his 2011 Commencement address, May 14.


  • Four alumni-- U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, Judge Toni Higginbotham, Judge Fred Tinsley, and Judge J. Robin Free--inducted into the 2011 Hall of Fame praised the Law Center's mission of access and opportunity as the key to their success.

  • Twelve alumni judges have become part of the Judicial Wall of Fame as the Law Center highlights contributions made to the judiciary. U.S. Magistrate Judge Louis Moore, Jr., of New Orleans expresses appreciation on behalf of the inaugural group.

  • The River Terrace of the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge was the backdrop for the reception honoring the 2011 Distinguished Alumni-- Todd Manuel, '98; Jody Amedee, '96; Chauntis Jenkins, '98, and Andre Gauthier, '91--whose career achievements inspire excellence.

  • U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley Asks What Are We Doing To Continue the Legacy of the Southern University Founders.

  • Louisiana Representative Richard "Rick" Gallot, '91, Meets the Challenges of Leading the Redistricting Efforts in Louisiana.

  • Experience Gives State's Only African American Practicing District Attorney The Edge Needed For Success on the Job.

• Winter 2010

ON THE COVER: The unveiling of a portrait of the late Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr., set the stage for the 2010 Symposium on Law, Politics, Civil Rights, and Justice that bears Ortique's name. This year's topic continued the discussion of what's best for Louisiana in health care reform. Pictured from left are photographer Jim Thorn; Miriam Ortique, wife of the late Justice; Rhesa O. McDonald, his daughter; and Chancellor Pitcher. The donated portrait also set in motion the latest recognition and development project for SULC--The Judicial Wall of Fame.


  • Southern University System's Seventh President-- Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr., brings almost 30 years of experience in the legal field, community development, and higher education to SU campuses when he took the helm on July 1. Mason shared a candid discussion of his views about the nation's only historically black university system in an interview for Reflections. Read about his priorities for the system and how SULC fits into these plans.

  • 50th Anniversary of Baton Rouge Sit-Ins Commemorated as SULC students showcased their writing skills and expressed their desire to promote civil rights in the inaugural SULC Civil Rights Writing Competition.

  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens North Wing--the 13,400 square feet of additional classrooms, library stacks, faculty offices, lounge, restrooms, and seminar rooms. The ceremony and new spaces are captured in photographs.

  • Employment Numbers Are Robust for Class of 2007, 2008, and 2009: Princeton Reviews 2011 ranking may provide clue to success.

  • Speakers in annual series appeal to the current generation to become legal activists for civil rights.

  • More than 300 participants attend National Conference of Law Reviews' historic meeting hosted by Southern University Law Review.

• Winter 2009

ON THE COVER: Dean A.A. Lenoir envisioned that Southern law graduates would join and be at the forefront in the battle for civil rights and equal justice. His hope was that through their legal acumen and leadership, the world would be changed for the better. The legal giants of this institution--past and present--have been and are doing just that.

Through association with civil rights organizations as cooperating counsel in landmark cases and with political and governmental affiliations helping to set new policies and services, SULC alumni have made a tremendous impact for change.

As we review the lives of recent stalwarts who pass the torch this year to a new generations of leaders, SULC—A Legacy of Legal Giants helps to affirm the mantra, "Yes, we can."


  • East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and District Attorney: How SULC Shaped Their Careers

  • The Class of 2008—A Class All Their Own
    Archer Speaks On Lawyers' Greatest Power; First Evening School Grads; Golden Alumni Remembered

  • Faculty of the Year-Day Division Believes Legal Professionals Most Valuable Contributors to Any Society Governed by Laws

  • Faculty of the Year-Evening Division: Always Demands the Best from Students

• Spring 2008

ON THE COVER: Celebrating its 60th anniversary this academic year, Southern University Law Center promoted a three-fold purpose: Paying Tribute to Our Past; Celebrating the Achievements of the Present, and Preparing to Meet The Challenges of the Future. A spectacular Anniversary Gala drew more than 400 of the 3,000-plus alumni as SULC celebrated 60 Years and Counting... Changing OUR WORLD Forever. Read about the gala and other events that were part of the 60th celebration.


  • 2007 Hall of Fame Inductees — True Commitment to Public Service

  • Professors of the Year Discuss Their Love of Teaching

  • nterview with First Grad to Head Baton Rouge Bar Association

  • Faculty Scholarship Rises to 80 Percent

• Spring 2006

ON THE COVER: 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees show "True Commitment to Public Service." State Senator Cleo Fields of Baton Rouge; State Representative Willie Hunter of Monroe, Louisiana; State Senator Robert Marionneaux of Maringouin, Louisiana; Magistrate Judge Louis Moore of New Orleans, Louisiana; Clyde Lain of Monroe, Louisiana; Jacqueline Scott of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Judge Felicia Toney Williams of Tallulah, Louisiana, were honored during the annual Hall of Fame banquet.


  • Law Center Teams Up With NAACP Legal Defense Fund to Convene Voting Rights Act Renewal Training.

  • 2005-6 Speakers Series--Antitrust, Reparations, and Voting Rights.

  • Moot Court Board Develops The Art of Advocacy and Community Service.

  • SU Sit-in Sixteen: Documentary to Highlight Garner Case.

  • • Summer/Fall 2005

    ON THE COVER: Front row from left, Tracey Lee, Shelley Martin, Chanelle Mack, and Macie Letard; second row from left, Professor Russell Jones, Jerome Hafter (ABA representative), Chancellor Freddie Pitcher, and Prof. Maurice Franks, director of summer abroad program; third row from left, Brandy Citizen, Melissa St. Mary, Wesley Bergeron, and Keenan Dunlap; fourth row from left, Frederick Jones, Chrystal Matthews, Erin Waddell, and Henry Bethard; fifth row from left, Petrina Johns, Sonia Washington, Ryan Robison, and Saul Simmons; top row from left, Richard Mansour, Albert Latham, and Gregory Burrell. Photo taken by: Maylene Cardinoza Rosario Franks.


    • 2005 Hall of Fame Inductees-Judicial, Political, and Educational Firsts Alumni Achievers-Sent Out for the Cause of Equal Justice For All

    • Alum Present for Congressional Apology to Lynching Victims

    • Drew Days Discusses Acts that Transformed America

    • Freshmen Legislators Pass Their First Legislation During Session

    • Winter/Spring 2005

    ON THE COVER: Melvin "Kip" Holden enters the River Center auditorium to a rousing round of applause during his swearing-in ceremony held in January. Holden makes history as the first African-American mayor-president of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. Photo by John H. Williams.


    • 2004 Distinguished Alum Beats the Odds

    • Impact Where It Matters: Alum Works For Child Support Enforcement

    • Tribute Turned History Lesson: An Interview with Johnnie Jones, Sr.

    • All Deliberate Speed: Civil Rights Then and Now

    • Open For Business: Another Alum Wins Legislative Seat

    • 2004 Hall of Famers Are Aggressive Defenders of Civil Rights

    • Winter/Spring 2004

    ON THE COVER: Law Center Commemorates Brown With Aspirations For the Future


    • 2003 Distinguished Alumni Dedicate Careers to Public Service

    • Bronze Medal Before Law Degree

    • Administrative Law Judges-Helping to Make the Law Work For the Benefit of All Citizens

    • Serving With Distinction-Worker's Compensation Judges

    • Alumni Join New Governor's Team to Advance the State

    • Diverse Speakers Give Identical Message-Law Degrees Useful in Variety of Career Paths

    • Sound Scholarship - Joint Teaching and Research Benefit Law Students

    • Spring/Summer 2003

    ON THE COVER: Inducted into the Southern University Law Center's 2003 Alumni Hall of Fame are, seated from left, Johnnie A. Jones, Sr., '53; of Baton Rouge; State Sen. Charles D. Jones, '75, of Monroe, Louisiana; Etta Kay Hearn, '69, Walter C. Dumas, '69, and Murphy W. Bell, '57, all of Baton Rouge, and, standing from left, Carl Franklin of Shreveport, Louisiana, representing the late Jesse N. Stone, Jr., '50; Jelynne LeBlanc Burley of San Antonio, Texas, representing the late Audrey Daste LeBlanc, '58; Eugene P. Cicardo, Jr., of Alexandria, Louisiana, representing the late Eugene P. Cicardo, Sr., '73; Clyde Tidwell, '66, of Lafayette, Louisiana; Chancellor Freddie Pitcher, Jr., '73, of Baton Rouge, and Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr., '56, of New Orleans, Louisiana.


    • 2003 Commencement: Celebrating A Changed Profession

    • 2003 Top Grad Wins Spot in New York Firm

    • Taking on Unfinished Business: Brown v. Board of Education After 50 Years Cheryl Brown Henderson Addresses 2003 Barrister's Ball

    • 2003 Teacher of the Year- Russell L. Jones - Demanding, But Accessible, Continues to Work on His Craft

    • SULC/HAITI Law Day 2003 - Dialogue For Strengthening Legal Education and Rule of Law

    • Student Featured in Documentary on Helping At-Risk Youth

    • Reflections on the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott - The Rev. T.J. Jemison Dispels the Myth of Failed Effort

    • Fall/Winter 2002

    ON THE COVER: Chancellor's Message


    • Increasing Support Is A Priority for Chancellor-Elect Freddie Pitcher, Jr.

    • Justice Department-Protecting People and Country's Values

    • Summer Law and Research Institute Opens Door to Educational Opportunities for Minority Youth

    • High Tech Adds Diversity and Dimension to Teaching

    • Experts Seek to Revamp the State's Juvenile Justice System