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College of Law dean, alumnae recognized as women of the year

November 22, 2013

College of Law Dean Maria Pabon Lopez, J.D., at left, and Donna Fraiche, J.D. '75 at the 2013 Women of the Year ceremony.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Dean María Pabón López, J.D., joined several Loyola alumnae in being honored at the 2013 Women of the Year ceremony, held Nov. 14 at the Hyatt Regency. Given by New Orleans CityBusiness, the Women of the Year honor recognizes 50 successful individuals whose community contributions make them movers and shakers in the region, according to the newspaper. Profiles on all recipients are featured in the latest issue of CityBusiness.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious recognition. Looking back at previous honorees, I’m humbled to be included with such a strong group of local community leaders who are not only making a difference in this city, but who also serve as strong role models for generations to come,” López said.

Loyola College of Law alumnae receiving the honor included:

Donna Fraiche, J.D. ’75, is a shareholder in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. A former chair of Loyola’s board of trustees, Fraiche is the 2006 recipient of the Integritas Vitae Award, Loyola’s highest honor. She also received the Gillis Long Public Service Award in 2003. She also delivered the commencement address to law students at Loyola in 2001 and served as alumni president from 1991 to 1992.

Kerri Kane, J.D. ’04, is an attorney at Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore in New Orleans, where she practices in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, products liability and casualty. Kane is active with several organizations, including the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Young Leadership Council. She is a founding member of Desire NOLA, a nonprofit providing grant and business development assistance to locally owned businesses. She also represents District C on the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

Leslie Lanusse, J.D. ’84, is a partner at Adams & Reese in New Orleans, which she joined in 1985. She serves on the Labor and Employment team and has more than two decades of experience in the representation of management in all phases of employee relations. In her CityBusiness profile, Lanusse is credited with being part of the legal team that successfully defended Robert Fresh Market in 2005 against its insurance company following Hurricane Katrina.

Elizabeth Meneray, J.D. ’10, opened Meneray Family Law in New Orleans following graduation, where divorce and custody cases make up the bulk of her practice, along with adoption. A paralegal for 12 years prior to going to law school at age 35, Meneray discovered her passion for family law while working in Loyola’s Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. “That’s where I got my hands dirty and discovered I had a knack for this type of practice,” Meneray said in her profile with CityBusiness.

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