1 The Public Defender Ground-Breaking Expert A Student - Edited Legal Publication of the Southern University Law Center February 2014 Show LOVE to All Mankind This Month! SULC Celebrates Black History Month SULC s Top 10: Black History Month Edition After being denied acceptance into Louisiana State University s law school, Mr. Charles J. Hatfield III filed a suit that made way for the Southern University Law Center. On December 16, 1946, Louisiana State Board of Education took steps to establish a law school for blacks at Southern University and in September of 1947, Southern University Law Center opened Charles J. Hatfield III its doors. After more than sixty years of operation, SULC has grown tremendously. The law center welcomes over 200 first year students each year, offering full-time, part-time day, and part-time evening curriculums. In addition, SULC s Law Clinic is celebrating 40 years of excellence this year. Moreover, SULC is proudly ranked #1 in Most Diverse Faculty and #2 for Best Environment for Minority Students according to The Best 169 Law Schools, as featured in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review. Furthermore, SULC was named a Best Bargain Law School for Black Students in the second edition of the Black Student s Guide to Law Schools We thank Mr. Hatfield for his perseverance, faith, and determination. Without him, SULC would not be what it is today. Hall of Famers Mr. Jesse N. Stone was one of the first graduates of SULC in 1950, and for a while, he was one of the only black attorneys in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1971, Mr. Stone became the dean of SULC. However, he was only able to serve as dean for a year due to his appointment as an associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. He served as an associate justice from 1972 to Mr. Stone later returned to the Southern University System and served as its fourth president from 1974 to Mr. Stone was the first inductee of the SULC Hall of Fame. Pictured above are members of SULC s first graduating class in 1950: Alex L. Pitcher, Leroy White, Ellyson F. Dyson, Jesse N. Stone, and Alvin B. Jones. A Career of Many Firsts Chancellor Freddie Pitcher, Jr., Retired Judge, became the first African-American elected to a judgeship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his election to the City Court in a city-wide election in April Pitcher currently serves as Chancellor of SULC. Chancellor Pitcher was the first African- American elected to the 19th Judicial District in a parish-wide election in In 1992, he achieved another first with his election to the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, without opposition. Chancellor Pitcher authored over 200 judicial opinions Freddie Pitcher, Jr. while serving on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal. Pitcher has also served as an associate justice ad hoc on the Louisiana Supreme Court. We truly thank Chancellor Pitcher for his dedication to SULC and the State of Louisiana. It Takes A Village To Raise A Child Edward Ted James, a 2005 graduate of SULC is the youngest African-American house representative in the State of Louisiana House of Representatives. Mr. James ran for one of the newly created districts, District 101, and won. Mr. James was a member of the SULC graduating class that earned the highest bar passage rate in SULC history thus far, and also served as Student Bar Association s President. Prior to serving in state government, Mr. James was an appointed official with the Department of Revenue along with operating a private practice. He now serves as an undergraduate and adjunct law professor at Southern Edward Ted James University. Additionally, Mr. James is the President of the SULC Alumni Association. Finally, Mr. James states that he is the beneficiary of a village that took very good care of him and he works hard everyday to do right by his village. Thank you Mr. James for all of your dedication to the SULC community and the State of Louisiana. Continued on page 2
2 Page 2 T h e Public Defender Febuary 2014 SULC s TOP TEN Continued from page 1 Going the Extra Mile A Woman of Advocacy Mr. Harry L. Daniels, III is a 2007 graduate of SULC. While at SULC, Mr. Daniels clerked for James E. Boren, where he was taught about the plight of the indigent parties. Additionally, as a law student and immediately following graduation, Mr. Daniels assisted Mr. Boren in the Jena 6 case by representing Robert Bailey. In 2010, Capital Area Legal Services awarded Mr. Daniels with the Going the Extra Mile Award after Mr. Daniels represented numerous indigent clients. Mr. Daniels is currently a partner of Daniels & Washington, L.L.C. When asked what inspired him to go to law school, Mr. Daniels response was like many of us, I have been wanting to be a lawyer since I was 5 years old. Additionally, Mr. Daniels uncle was convicted of a crime that he did not commit in 1965 by an all white jury, and from that point on, Mr. Daniels has aspired to go the extra mile. Thank you Mr. Daniels for always going the extra mile! Beauty and Brains Harry L. Daniels, III Faith Jenkins Faith Jenkins, a 2003 SULC graduate, was the first African-American woman to win the Miss Louisiana Tech title in In 2000, she was crowned Miss Louisiana, the first African-American to do so, and advanced to the 2001 Miss America competition, where she placed first runner-up. Ms. Jenkins remains the only contestant in the pageant s history to be awarded the swimsuit, talent, and Quality of Life national community service award. Ms. Jenkins is not only beautiful, but she also very intelligent, ranking first in her class at SULC. Jenkins appears regularly on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel as a legal analyst, including Fox & Friends, The O Reilly Factor, Hannity, Studio B with Shepard Smith, Happening Now, Fox Business Channel s Lou Dobbs Forum, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Willis Report, and trutv s In Session, among others. Finally, as pictured above, Ms. Jenkins also provided her expertise in the George Zimmerman trial. Thank you Ms. Jenkins for your presence and confidence. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer for Wal- Mart, grew up in an incredible home in Opelousas, LA. Mrs. Babineaux- Fontenot attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was the first person in her family to receive a college Clair Babineaux-Fontenot degree. She also received her J.D. from SULC. As a lawyer, one of her first acts was finalizing the adoption of three of her siblings. Mrs. Babineaux-Fontenot supports a variety of causes, including advocacy for African Americans and women. Recently, Diversity Edge Magazine named her a Diversity Champion. She has spoken to groups across the country, including National CASA Conference, The Links, Incorporated and the Louisiana Foster and Adoptive Parents State Conference. She has also served on the Board of Directors of many professional and civic organizations. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Mrs. Babineaux-Fontenot served as Partner-in-Charge of Adams & Reese law firm s Baton Rouge office, where she practiced in the areas of tax and general commercial litigation. She also held the post of Dispute Resolution Practice Group Leader for the Southwest Region of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PWC). Preceding PWC, she was appointed by the Governor of the State of Louisiana to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs at the Louisiana Department of Revenue. A Class Act Endya Delpit, a 1995 SULC graduate, is an experienced trial lawyer whose docket is generally composed of casualty, business and energy litigation matters. While a student at SULC, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of Endya Delpit the Southern University Law Review. During her career, Delpit has represented corporate clients in complex commercial and tort litigation matters as well as administrative proceedings. She routinely assists clients with business transactions, including commercial lending, real estate acquisitions and contract negotiations. World-Wide Leader Dinisa Hardley Folmar, a 1999 SULC graduate, is the Executive Counsel to the General WrestleMania! Counsel of Coca- Cola. Mrs. Folmar provides direct legal support to the General Counsel including special projects, such as assisting with budget management and developing business plans. Folmar began her career as a Trademark Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and later joined an Atlanta law firm and began assisting The Coca-Cola Company with various trademark matters. In 2008, Folmar relocated to Vienna, Austria to support the Eurasia/Africa team with trademark issues arising in Russia, India and the Middle East. Finally, Folmar is a member of Coca-Cola s Legal Division Diversity Committee and a Co-Coordinator of the Legal Division s Summer Intern Program. A Stellar Professor Professor Shenequa L. Grey, a 2000 SULC graduate, joined the Law Center faculty in While at SULC, she was a member of the Moot Court Board and successfully argued State v. Raymond Laguand before the Louisiana Supreme Court as a student attorney Dinisa Hardley Folmar Shenequa L. Grey in the Law Center s Criminal Law Clinic. She was also a member of the SULC Championship Mock Trial team in the LSBA Intra-State Mock Trial Competition. She received her LL.M. from Temple University- James E. Beasley School of Law with a concentration in trial advocacy, where she received the honor of being voted Most Prepared Student by her peers. She is also a graduate of the Atlanta Broadcast Institute in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied Radio and Television Broadcasting. Prior to joining the Law Center, Professor Grey worked as a Staff Attorney for the American Prosecutor s Research Institute, the research affiliate of the National District Attorney s Association in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She then served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Caddo Parish District Attorney s office in Shreveport, Louisiana where she prosecuted a number of violent crimes and sex offenses. Since joining the Law Center in 2004, she was elected 2006 Professor of the Year, and serves on various committees. Professor Grey is actively involved in several professional organizations and in July 2002 she was featured in Ebony magazine s article on Super Single s of SULC thanks Professor Grey for all of her hard work and dedication she gives to the students at SULC. Coming April 16, 2014!
3 Febuary 2014 T h e Public Defender Page 3 Chris Robles, 3L Evening Student The Public Defender would like to congratulate Ms. Deidre Deculus Robert, 00, deputy director of the Public Protection Division of the Louisiana Attorney General s Office, for being appointed to the Louisiana State Bar Association s House of Delegates, representing the 18th Judicial District Court. Robert will serve a two-year term beginning in June of Created in 1957, the LSBA House of Delegates serves as the association s policy-making body. Attorney Robert currently serves on the LSBA Consumer Law Committee. A MESSAGE FROM CHRISTIANS AT LAW: Proverbs 21:5 NLT Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. As this semester continues on, pace yourself and be encouraged to continue working hard, taking no shortcuts. Plan wisely, keep your focus, and let the strength of God carry you through this semester. Blessings! $500 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE! The Public Defender E Mail us at You can win a $500 Scholarship! * It s EASY! To be eligible, ALL you have to do is write and submit TWO Publishable articles to Article Topics MUST be pre approved by the Staff (e mail us your proposed topic along with proposed contents for approval) Names will be publicly drawn on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. in the Atrium. ALL article submissions and articles MUST be received by Monday, March 3, 2014 * one award per class (3 total awards) Chris Robles has always been known as a jack of all trades. He is always busy with various hobbies, interests, and jobs. From building custom-made websites, to designing logos and other business graphics, to his other multi-media interests; Chris has a wide variety of ways he fills his time. Born and raised in Metairie, LA, Chris is the eldest of two and the son of Sherman and Sandi. He is a 2005 graduate of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. Although Chris family had a humble beginning, his father developed and grew his own business from nothing, which, in turn, led Chris to do the same. He attended Louisiana State University for the first half of his undergraduate career, and subsequently the University of New Orleans. In Chris third year of college, he began managing all out of state convention sales for his father s business, through which he gained valuable hands-on experience. Chris quickly began to learn what the saying, blood, sweat, and tears, actually meant when owning a successful business. Graduating with a Bachelor s degree in Management, Chris was forced Chris to gain instrumental knowledge of business and ethics. Then, he decided to turn one of his hobbies, music, into a business. Along with a partner, Chris created a full-service recording studio, Reel II Real Entertainment for local musicians and artists to record their songs, demos, and full-length albums. While maintaining the recording studio, Chris decided to apply to law school, which he attributes to his father. Prior to applying, Chris gained experience in a temporary office position at a New Orleans personal injury law firm. He was able to work closely with the firm s attorneys, which further determined his decision to apply to law school. While Chris awaited his acceptance into law school, he developed and opened another business, Nola Rockster, catering to children s birthday parties. The birthday parties are currently housed in a venue that is decorated for a rock star getting ready for a photo shoot or video shoot, with dressing areas, props, and a large green screen. His party packages focus on producing music videos for the birthday child and his/her friends and families. Chris soon received word of his acceptance into Southern University Law Center s part-time program. Realizing how much he was juggling with both businesses; Chris decided to let go of the recording studio. He wanted his primary focus to be on school and his party business. Fall semester of 2013, Chris accepted a position as a student law clerk with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. During his time with DOTD, he was able to assist various attorneys in the legal department with research assignments. In addition, Chris had the opportunity to sit in on administrative disciplinary hearings of state employees. Concurrently, Chris created yet another business, Vieux Carré Events & Photography, a photography and videography company concentrating in weddings and corporate events. Chris is in his final two semesters of law school. He has been offered, and has accepted, an externship to continue with DOTD for this Spring 2014 semester. He looks forward to graduating this May and to finding out what the future may hold for his ambitious mind. Barrister s Ball 2014 It is time for every law student s favorite formal event of the year: the annual Barrister s Ball. Southern University Law Center s 2014 Barrister s Ball will be held on March 21 at the Downtown Hilton located at 201 Lafayette St. Cocktail hour will begin at 7 p.m. The actual ball starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until 12 a.m. There is no theme this year, but a portion of the proceeds from the $50 ticket fee will be donated to The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at SULC. For additional information please contact the chair of the committee, Danielle Barringer at The entire Barrister s Ball Committee hopes to see everyone there! If your organization have exciting events coming up, please us at to be published in our next edition.
4 Page 4 T h e Public Defender Febuary 2014 Editorial: A Year of Action On a cold and icy Tuesday night, I sat on my living room floor and attentively watched the 44 th President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama, deliver his first State of the Union address of There were many different programs I could have watched on television that evening but I wanted to hear what the President had to say in light of an economy bouncing back and in light of the differing opinions on the Affordable Care Act. I watched the pre-show and was very excited to see the introduction of all of the different officials of the U.S.A. The most intriguing part was the introduction of the President s cabinet composing of Kathleen Sebelius. This was important to me because later this month I will be attending a Moot Court Competition, along with Aimee Kaloyares and Carlton Miller, and arguing on the Affordable Care Act. Another special introduction included the U.S. Supreme Court Justices, although only six were in attendance. I heard the President s message loud and clear, This is A YEAR OF ACTION! I heard him speak of many topics from healthcare reform to oil and gas production to the raising of minimum wages to equality of women in the workplace to improving the Immigration System. The President made mention of executive orders if Congress cannot come to a consensus to make a change. I fully support Mr. Obama in his efforts because we cannot continue to allow politics to dictate our future. Politics are interrupting/hindering business and that cannot continue. SULC, let s make this A YEAR OF ACTION! Remember last semester when you made that study schedule but didn t keep up with it? Well, make it happen this year. Remember when you said you would be a team player but you didn t last year? Well, take action this year! You wanted Tori M. Howze to join an organization last year but didn t? Take action and join this year. You saw community service opportunities but did not participate? Take action this year and get involved by giving back to the community. Make this A YEAR OF ACTION! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! SULC S ALUMNI ROUND-UP APRIL 3-5, 2014 CONTACT SULC.EDU FOR MORE INFORMATION Why you should consider attending SULC: The Princeton Review named SULC as one of the nation s most outstanding law schools #1 in Faculty Diversity #2 Best environment for African-American students #3 Chosen by older students Tuition is a bargain Friday, February 21, A.M. - 2 P.M. 21st Annual PRE-LAW DAY OPPORTUNITY PURPOSE Learn about careers and opportunities. CHARACTER Tour the SULC facility. Meet administration, faculty, and staff. Vision Teamwork diligence attitude open mind preparation MISSION: POSSIBLE Law School Success Southern University Law Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana Speak with financial aid/admission counselors. PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Register ONLINE at TO REGISTER, call: (225) or (In LA) (Outside LA)
5 Febuary 2014 T h e Public Defender Page 5 My Journey By John Collins My law school journey has not been the traditional journey, but it is one I will never regret. In 2011, I quit my job as a high school English teacher here in Baton Rouge to embark on my dream of being a lawyer. I had enrolled at SULC as a part of the Class of 2014 in the Fall of 2011 in Section 2. I had never experienced the stress that arose because of class preparation, studying for finals, and paying bills with no job. Despite all of those stressors, I persevered and completed my first year as a full-time law student and even found a summer internship in 2012 with the TSA s Office of Civil Rights and Liberties in Arlington, VA. After that strenuous first year, I realized that I wouldn t be able to continue law school full-time because I was extremely broke so I made the decision to go back to work as a high school English teacher full-time and continue at SULC part-time. While all the friends that I made during my first year are graduating in May 2014, and I won t graduate until May 2015, I am undoubtedly excited for them and proud of their accomplishments. My personal journey has slightly deferred my dream; However, I will still achieve my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. I have learned so much about myself, about my resilience, and about time management. Everything happens for a reason, I wouldn t change one thing about my law school journey, and I can t wait to celebrate my friends accomplishments when they graduate this May. Anything is possible if you work hard enough. Does your organization have exciting events coming up that you would like published?! us at to be featured in our next issue. This Month s Brain Teasers 1. LEGAL L EGAL L E GAL L E G AL L E G A L 2. GR 12 AVE 3. u p s i d e 4. Hi Way Pass 5. issue issue issue issue issue issue issue issue issue issue This Month s The Law Is it legal for a man to marry his widow s sister? The Ultimate Preparation to Help You Become a More Competitive Law School Applicant! CLEO is designed to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program. COLLEGE STUDENTS AND POSTGRADUATES 2014 WHO: All college students and post grads WHAT: Free pre-law seminars WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014 WHERE: Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA HOW: Register for FREE on our CLEO website at: d=495&parentid=483&nodeid=2 This Month s Riddle Mr. Mind married Miss Reason fifteen years ago. They were deeply in love and often told family and friends that one could not live without the other. Two years ago, Miss Reason died in a tragic car accident. In his grief and his frenzy to let go of the past and all the tearful memories it brought back, Mr. Mind changed his name to Mr. Law. What saying is represented above? Answers to Last Month s Brain Teasers 1. I m Above 2. Fork in the Road 3. 4Give and 4Get or Forgive and Forget 4. Splitting Headache 5. Age Before Beauty Answers to Last Month s The Law A Priest Answer to Last Month s Riddle Johnny
6 Page 6 T h e Public Defender Febuary 2014 MONTH of FEBRUARY Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Groundhog Day Thank a Mailman Day Abraham Lincoln s birthday Valentine s Day 21 Singles Awareness Day 22 Presidents Day Cherry Pie Day Pre- Law Day MONTH of MARCH Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 Peanut Butter Lovers Day 2 3 Mardi Gras Break 4 Mardi Gras Break 5 6 National Frozen Food Day Popcorn Lovers Day Law Week St. Patricks Day 23 SELA Flag Football Championship & Pro Bowl 30 National Doctor s Day 18 Law Week 19 Law Week Make Up Your Own Holiday Day Law Week 7 8 Komen Race for the Cure 14 National Potato Chip Day 21 Barrister s Ball Class of 2014 Crawfish Boil
7 Febuary 2014 T h e Public Defender Page 7 Martin Luther King Day of Service
8 Page 8 T h e Public Defender Febuary 2014 Martin Luther King Day of Service The Public Defender SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER, 2 ROOSEVELT STEPTOE DRIVE, BATON ROUGE, LA Tori M. Howze, Editor-In-Chief Brittany C. Bryant, Managing Editor Lauren A. Noel, Articles Editor Alonzo P. Jackson, Sports Editor Lacie Lemoine, Staff Writer Kevin Mahdi, Staff Writer James Mattox, Staff Writer Gavin Richard, Sports Writer Vice Chancellor R. White, Faculty Advisor Did you know that in St. Louis, Missouri, it is illegal for a fireman to rescue a woman wearing only a nightgown? In order for her to be rescued, she must be fully clothed! What do you think about this? Sound off to The Public Defender is the official newspaper of the Student Bar Association of the Southern University Law Center. All opinions expressed are those of the writer. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the staff, student body, faculty or administration at the Southern University Law Center. The Editor reserves the right to edit or exclude any and all submissions for clarity, length and allotted space. If you are interested in contributing to a topic or wish to provide The Public Defender with corrections, please or speak with the Editor-in-Chief.