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Local School Board General Counsel to address 2016 SULC Hooding Ceremony

Thirty-seven graduates for the Fall Semester 2015

Domoine Rutledge

Domoine D. Rutledge, ’97, general counsel for East Baton Rouge Parish School System and chairman of the Southern University System Foundation, will be the featured speaker at the SULC Hooding Ceremony, Friday, January 8, 2016.

Fall 2015 graduates of SULC will be recognized during the ceremony slated for 6 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union, Southern University Baton Rouge campus.

Rutledge is the first African American in the history of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to serve as its general counsel.  The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is the second largest school system in the State of Louisiana.

As the system’s general counsel, Rutledge has many areas of responsibility that include directing and supervising all litigation in which the school system is involved.  He also manages the school system’s Risk Management, Fairshare, and Adjudicated Youth offices; is responsible for drafting and monitoring the enactment of legislation proposed by the school board and state legislature; and is the school board’s chief legal adviser.

His professional experiences consist of a combination of local, state, and federal government experience.   On the state level, Rutledge served as legislative assistant to former State Senator Cleo Fields. He is a former congressional aide to United States Representative Fields, serving as legislative and communications director. He also is a former assistant district attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish, prosecuting a variety of cases ranging from murder to robbery.

In July of 2006, Rutledge was elected national president of the Southern University Alumni Federation and re-elected without opposition in 2008.  He holds membership in numerous civic and professional organizations.

He is married to the former Sharmayne Raby, and they are the parents of two sons, Darren and Dillon.

This special Hooding Ceremony does not take the place of Commencement. All graduates will continue to have their degrees conferred at Spring Commencement.

The 37 candidates for the Juris Doctor Degree are: John M. Allen, Houma, Louisiana; Jacquez B. Ambers, Monroe, Louisiana; Louis J. Ancar, Harvey, Louisiana; Andrew Barr, Baton Rouge; Michael Beeler, Baton Rouge; Katie A. Bergeron, Morgan City, Louisiana; Jazzmyn M. Bigsby, Baton Rouge; Valerie A. Black, Baton Rouge;

Jean-Marc V. Bonin, New Orleans, Louisiana; Tyler M. Bosworth, Baton Rouge; Andretta C. Breaux, Plaquemine, Louisiana; Joey D. Connelly, Baton Rouge; Erica V. Cormia, New Orleans, Louisiana; Duran Davis, Memphis, Tennessee; DonnaLecia U. Fields, Monroe, Louisiana; April Ford Jackson, Ponchatoula, Louisiana; Nicholas C. Frey, Eunice, Louisiana; Lidia Gonzales, Baton Rouge; Summerian L. Green, Athens, Georgia; Will C. Griffin, Clinton, Louisiana;

Michaela A. Guillory, Baton Rouge; Caitlin Hart, Abita Springs, Louisiana; Samora L. Legros, New York, New York; Marcos Lopez, III, Mission, Texas; Michael L. Loude, Little Rock, Arkansas; Jonas K. Nash, New Orleans, Louisiana; Dustin J. Pellegrin, Houma, Louisiana; Idiongo E. Sampson, Atlanta, Georgia; Averil Sanders, New Orleans, Louisiana; Conrad Spottsville, Alexandria, Louisiana; Jennifer A. Terry, Baton Rouge; Cody J. Vidrine, Oakdale, Louisiana; Jordon J. Wascom, Albany, Louisiana;

Aaron R. Wilson, Shreveport, Louisiana; Blane A. Wilson, Baton Rouge; Jayme L. Womack, Slidell, Louisiana; and James A. Word, Ripley, Tennessee.

For more information on this ceremony, please contact D’Andrea Lee, director of enrollment and records, (225) 771-5340.