Baton Rouge Bar Association monthly luncheon to feature law school chancellors, deans as discussion panelists Oct. 6

The Baton Rouge Bar Association will hold its October Bar Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at De La Ronde Hall from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. This luncheon is a joint venture of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys (BRAWA) and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. A discussion panel of area law school chancellors and deans will take place on the topic of The State of Legal Education.

Jim Engster, a journalist and host of The Jim Engster Show on NPR affiliate WRKF-FM 89.2, will moderate the panel discussion of Kathryn Venturatos Lorio of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Tulane University Law School Dean David D. Meyer, Southern University Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher Jr. and LSU Law School Chancellor Jack Weiss.

BRBA President Preston J. Castille Jr., BRAWA President Jan Reeves and Louis A. Martinet President Michael Tyler will jointly preside over the meeting.


During the luncheon, several scholarship recipients will be awarded.


Kourtni Mason, a senior at Southern University Law Center, will be awarded the Baton Rouge Legal Scholarship, which is jointly given by the BRBA and the Baton Rouge Bar Auxiliary. This scholarship is presented to an upperclassman who exhibits scholarship, leadership and financial need. Mason, a 2008 graduate of Grambling State University, is the editor-in-chief of the Southern University Law Review.


Brent Joseph Cobb, a senior at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, will be awarded the Baton Rouge Legal Scholarship. Cobb, a past participant in the LSU Law School Trial Advocacy program, is a copy editor of the Civilian Newspaper.


Two students received scholarships from the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys during the luncheon.


Kelly A. Foster of Branchburg, Penn., was chosen by the BRAWA as its 2011-2012 scholarship recipient. Foster will be presented with the award by BRAWA President Jan Reeves. Foster is a second-year student with an exemplary record of community service. Her many service activities include co-founding a community tutoring program at the First Baptist Church in Princeton, N.J, and serving as secretary of the church’s Homeless Outreach Ministry for three years.


Jayne Wabeke, a second-year law student attending the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was presented a scholarship by BRAWA President Jan Reeves. Wabeke is a junior associate with the LSU Law Review.


The BRAWA scholarship is awarded annually to a second- or third-year student at Southern University Law Center based on financial need and demonstrated commitment, involvement or leadership in community or civic activities that benefit or affect women.