Editors, Staff, and Members


Editors, Staff, and Members


BOARD OF EDITORS, 2018-2019, Volume 46


Monette M. Davis, Editor-in-Chief

Monette M. Davis is a New Orleans native who attended Dillard University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/ Criminal Justice. During Monette’s time at SULC, she served as a member of the Board of Student Advisors, the Executive Secretary of BLSA, and a fellow for the Marshall Brennan Project. Monette has also received the Cali Excellence for the Future Award in Torts, the Becnel Scholarship, the 2017 Best Case Note Award from the SULC Law Review for the Write-On Competition, and published an article,The Repugnant Effect of Reckless Conduct and Domestic Violence: Voisine v. United States and the Restriction of Firearms in Southern University Law Review, Volume 45.2. While attending SULC, Monette has had the opportunity to be an Access to Justice Developing Leadership Intern with the LSBA, Judicial Extern at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal with the Honorable Fredericka Wicker, Law Clerk at Simon, Peragine, Smith, & Redfearn LLP, and Judicial Extern at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana with the Honorable Ivan Lemelle.


Marissa Batiste, Executive Editor
Marissa Batiste is a native of Plaquemine, Louisiana and the daughter of the late Yolanda Batiste and Judge Alvin Batiste. She graduated from Southern University, where she received a Bachelor of Art, cum laude, in Political Science. Marissa is now a 3L at the Southern University Law Center. Marissa served as the 2L representative of the Grade Appeals Committee. She is now the 3L representative of the Grade Appeals Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Student Advisors and the Southern University Law Review. As a member of the Board of Student Advisors, Marissa served as the teaching assistant for Vice Chancellor Alfreda Diamond’s Basic Civil Procedure class and Professor Russell Jones Criminal Law class. Marissa has received CALI Excellence Awards in Criminal Law, Louisiana Civil Procedure I, Evidence, and Criminal Procedure.


Tanika L. Starks, Managing Editor
Tanika L. Starks resides in her hometown of White Castle, Louisiana, which is about twenty miles outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Starks attended the Math, Science, and Arts Academy West in Plaquemine, Louisiana where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012. After high school, she attended Louisiana State University, graduating with a B.A. in English in the Fall of 2015. Starks began her legal studies at Southern University Law Center in the Fall of 2016 where she is currently a third-year student. Her achievements include a Cali Award in Legal Writing, a top 10 student in the 2019 class, and the 2018-2019 Managing Editor of the Southern University Law Review. During her matriculation through law school, Starks has had the opportunity to clerk for Judge Wilson Fields of 19th J.D.C, Chief Judge Shelley Dick of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, and Duetsch Kerrigan LLC in New Orleans, La. Upon obtaining her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center, Starks plans to secure an associate position at a firm and seek a career in civil litigation.


Andre Cousin II, Articles Editor
André Cousin II is a native of St. Tammany Parish. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in History. As a student, at Southeastern Louisiana University, he assisted in the Foundation of Southeastern Integrated Science organization, Pre-Law Association, and Relay For Life teams. Since 2006, he has served as an organizer and volunteer for the American Cancer society, hosting events for Relay for Life. As a law student, Andre has remained committed to serving his community accumulating over 300 pro-bono hours. Andre works as a student law clerk at the 19th Louisiana Judicial District Court and plans to begin working at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana in the spring of 2019. Andre has a love for public interest law, as well as tax and corporate law. As he is a J.D. candidate for May 2019, Andre has acquired a mediation certification and plans to graduate with a tax competency certification.



Farren Davis
Morgan Ducote
Jimmie Herring
Mary Catherine Joiner
Brooke Roach
Dylan Yesso


Madeline Bailey
Hayden Carlos 
Eric Citizen
Alexis Davis
Angela Decoteau
Kyllie Mae Guidry
Katherine Read
Michael Scallan
Gina Signorelli 
Josef Ventulan


Professor Gail S. Stephenson


Carol A. Sept