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About the Speakers

Dr. David Barczyk, Barczyk Chiropractic Group

Dr. David Barczyk is a New Jersey native and has a B.S. degree in liberal arts from the State University of New York. He earned his doctorate degree in chiropractic at Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta, GA in 1994. He has extensive post-graduate training in biomechanics, occupant kinematics, and accident reconstruction (over 500 hours). This includes participating in crash testing through the Center for Research in Automotive Safety and Health (CRASH) and Texas A&M University Engineering Department. He has observed and participated in over 50 crash tests with human volunteers, including his own crash seminar which was co-sponsored by Louisiana State Police. He is an ACTAR Certified Traffic Accident Reconstructionist (ACTAR#3183). Dr. Barczyk also has 135 hours of post-graduate studies in neurology at Parker Chiropractic College. Dr. Barczyk has been qualified to testify as an expert in motor vehicle crash biomechanics, and lectures regularly to legal, judicial, physician, and law enforcement groups on this subject.


The Honorable Roland Belsome, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Judge Roland L. Belsome, Jr. of the State Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit is a graduate of New Orleans Public Schools, the University of New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Law, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor. Before his election to the Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, he was a Judge in Orleans Parish Civil District Court and a well-known trial attorney with unusually broad experience and practice. He is an active lecturer in various continuing legal education programs given by organizations such as the Louisiana State Bar Association, Tulane Law School, Loyola Law School, the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, and others, on a wide variety of legal topics. Judge Belsome has been deeply involved in programs that benefit inner city youth, such as his annual Christmas Bike giveaways. He has promoted opportunities for youths to become professionals and attorneys through mentoring programs and scholarships. Judge Belsome has been recognized for attempts to create new opportunities for minorities, the young, and the disadvantaged. Judge Belsome currently serves as Judge of State Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit elected from the parishes of Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines.


The Honorable David A. Blanchet, Louisiana 15th Judicial District Court

Judge David A. Blanchet was elected District Judge of the Fifteenth Judicial District Court, Division “H”, in 2002 and took the bench on January 1, 2003; he was re-elected without opposition in 2008 and 2014. Judge Blanchet is one of two Family Court judges in the District who handles divorces involving minor children as well as paternity, child custody and child support matters. Prior to his election, he was engaged in general trial practice for 22 years focusing on family law. Judge Blanchet graduated with distinction in 1976 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, receiving a degree in Political Science, and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1980 from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Judge Blanchet is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association where he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Family Law Section, as well as a member of the Family Law Advisory Commission. Judge Blanchet is also a member of the Lafayette Bar Association, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors, President and Vice President of the Paula K. Woodruff Family Law Section and as the Chairman of the Section’s Judiciary Committee.


Alfred Boustany, Boustany Law Firm

Alfred F. Boustany, III is a lifelong resident of Lafayette Parish. He graduated from St. Thomas More in 2004, UL Lafayette in 2009, and Southern University Law Center in 2012. During law school, he completed a 2-year student-attorney internship at the 15th JDC District Attorney’s Office. After law school, he began practicing with his father Alfred F. Boustany, II. The Boustany Law Firm handles criminal defense and personal injury cases. Alfred has handled every type of criminal case from misdemeanors to capital murder. In order to better serve his clients charged with DWI, Alfred completed every level of training in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He has also completed the Field Sobriety Instructor Training Program. He regularly speaks on the topic of DWI and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing throughout Louisiana. In order to better serve his clients injured by commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers, Alfred completed truck driving school. He now carries a valid CDL license. He regularly attends trial training with the Trojan Horse Method based out of Los Angeles, CA. He is a member of the Lafayette Bar Association, The Louisiana Association for Justice, and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.


Judge Cade R. Cole, Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals

Cade R. Cole has served as one of three members of the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals since January 2013. Cade coordinated the effort to bring reforms to Louisiana’s tax procedure and system of adjudication, creating the Local Tax Division within the BTA.  In June 2014, he was unanimously selected as the first Local Tax Judge, to sit as the sole statewide trial judge of local disputes concerning sales tax, occupancy tax, and occupational license tax. He is a graduate of the Tulane School of Law; after law school, he served as a Law Clerk to Justice Jeannette Knoll of the Louisiana Supreme Court before entering private practice in Lake Charles. Cade is board certified as a specialist in Tax Law by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, and currently serves as chairman of the board’s Tax Law Specialization Commission. He is also Vice Chairman of the LSBA Tax Section. Judge Cole serves on the planning committee of the National Conference of State Tax Judges, and is active member of the state and local tax committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section. He also serves as a member of the LSBA House of Delegates. Cade also serves a member of U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy’s vetting committee for Louisiana’s federal judicial nominations.


The Honorable Keith Comeaux, Louisiana 16th Judicial District Court

Judge Keith Comeaux has served Division E since his election in 2001. Judge Comeaux has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana class of 1977 and has a Juris Doctor from the Louisiana State University Law Center class of 1980.   He has served as a public defender from 1981 – 1987 and was the Assistant District Attorney of the 16th Judicial District from 1988-2001.  He was active in the Victim Assistance Program instituted by the District Attorney’s Office in St. Martin Parish and supervised the handling of victim crimes from 1988 – 1998.  He practiced general civil law in New Iberia from 1980 – 1999 handling mainly real estate, domestic, corporate, personal injury, general civil litigation, estate and probate work. Judge Comeaux is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, U.S. Western District of Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Veteran Appeals. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association since 1980, a charter member of American Inns of Court – Inns on the Teche – Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association, National District Attorneys Association, and is a past charter member of Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.


Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., Dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., was named the Dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center July 1, 2016. He taught at the LSU Law Center from 1986-1998, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and Outstanding LSU Professor six times. From 1995-1998, he served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College. He has served as a member and chair of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee and is a frequent continuing legal education speaker on his areas of expertise. His scholarship has been cited by courts including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, various United States District Courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and various State Appellate Courts. It also has been cited, discussed and relied upon by legal scholars in treatises, law review articles, and the proposed Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm. He holds an A.B. in Political Science from Stanford University, a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude and first in his class, and an LL.M. from the Columbia University Law School.


The Honorable James T. Genovese, Louisiana Supreme Court

Justice James T. “Jimmy” Genovese is a 1971 graduate of Northwestern State University. He received his JD from Loyola University in 1974. Justice Genovese spent 21 years as a trial attorney in the general practice of law in south Louisiana. He has served as a President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Landry Parish Bar Association, is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and served as the Louisiana State District Court Judge for the 27th Judicial District from 1995-2004 and the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal Judge from 2005-2016. He has also served on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal Information Technology Committee, Costs Committee, Security Committee, Building Committee, and Continuity of Operations and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Judicial Council Appellate Court Work Point Values Working Group. He has been a panelist, speaker, and lecturer at conferences and continuing education seminars, focusing on Recent Updates, Professionalism, Ethics, Summary Judgment, Writs and Appeals, Practices and Procedures of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, and Judicial Review in the Louisiana Supreme Court.


The Honorable Richard Haik (Ret.), U.S. District Court Western District of LA

Richard T. Haik, Sr. of Counsel joined Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik as of counsel in 2016, after serving over 31 years on the state and federal bench. Judge Haik attended the Uni-versity of Louisiana at Lafayette on a football scholarship, graduating in 1972. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1975 from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. From 1971-1976, he served in the Louisiana National Guard, obtaining the rank of Captain and company com-mander of the New Iberia unit. He then joined the United States Army Reserves, retiring in 1979. He is a former judge of the Louisiana 16th Judicial District Court, 1984-1991, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 1991-2016, Former Chief Judge, 16th Judicial District Court, and Former Chief Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Justice, American Association for Justice, St. Landry Parish Bar Association, and Inclusion within Louisiana Super Lawyers® 2019.


Jeffrey M. Hoffman, Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver

Jeffrey M. Hoffman began his legal career at Lowe Stein in 2004 as an associate attorney and was named partner in 2013. Mr. Hoffman focuses his practice in the area of family law, though he has handled cases in many different civil arenas. Since 2005, Mr. Hoffman has served as the firm’s liaison to the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. Mr. Hoffman was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of family law by the Super Lawyers publication in 2013, and this year has earned the distinction of Super Lawyer. In 2013, Mr. Hoffman was appointed to the Family Law Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association and has continued in that role. Since 2015 Mr. Hoffman has been recognized by New Orleans Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in the field of Family Law, and was named by New Orleans CityBusiness as Ones to Watch: Law 2017. He was also named to Best Lawyers in America in 2017 and has maintained that distinction. Mr. Hoffman was invited to speak at the Louisiana State University’s Continuing Legal Education seminar in Baton Rouge in 2017, which is attended by family law attorneys from across the state, and has been invited back in each subsequent year. Mr. Hoffman has also lectured with Tulane Law School’s Continuing Legal Education program.


Jack Miller, Miller, Mitchell & Long

Jack has been an active practitioner, primarily performing courtroom work, since he was licensed to practice law. In the 1970s and 80s, he was an Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District Court, all the while primarily maintaining a personal injury and domestic law civil practice. Upon resigning from the District Attorney’s Office, he added criminal defense to his practice. He has practiced in the District, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of the state of Louisiana. He has also practiced in the United States District and Court of Appeal and even filed pleadings with the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association; Acadia Parish Bar Association, where he is a past president; and the Lafayette Parish Bar Association. He has given many presentations on legal issues to both attorneys and judges. Jack is also a member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocate Forum, signifying that he has handled cases resulting in a multimillion-dollar award. Crowley has been Jack’s home since birth. After 17 years of competing in rodeos in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma, he retired at the age of 64. His other activities have included baseball/softball, tennis and playing music in his classic rock group, “Get Back, the band.”


Kim Nguyen, Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver

Kim Ngan Nguyen is a Partner at Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver. She devotes and maintains an active general civil litigation practice, with a concentration in Family and Domes-tic law. Before joining the firm, she served as a judicial clerk to Hon. Kern A. Reese, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. She also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr., Magistrate, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. She is a frequent lecturer at Loyola University College of Law New Orleans, Tulane Law School (Continuing Legal Education), the American Bar Association (Family Law Section), and the Louisiana State Bar Association in the area of family law. Ms. Nguyen has received the distinct honor of being named a “Top Lawyer” by New Orleans Magazine in the area of Family Law and in 2018 she was featured by the same publication. Ms. Nguyen has also been recognized by her peers as a Rising Star since 2012 in the Super Lawyers publication and maintained that distinction until 2019 when she earned the distinction of Super Lawyer.


Scott Privat, Privat & Privat

Scott Privat has been a partner at the law firm of Privat & Privat in Crowley since 2009 and has handled a variety of civil matters including family law, oil and gas, successions, and real estate transactions to name a few.  He was a public defender from 2010-2014 where he handled misdemeanor and CINC cases.  Scott became a prosecutor with the 15th JDC District Attorney’s Office in 2015 and he has handled misdemeanor and felony cases including jury trials. He was recently named Magistrate for the Village of Morse, Louisiana.  Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The Catholic University of America in 2001 and he received his law degree from Loyola College of Law in New Orleans in 2008.  Born and raised in Crowley, he is married to Alison Clary Privat from Opelousas and they have 3 children Charlie (10), Graham (7) and Madeline (3).


The Honorable Kern A. Reese, Orleans Parish Civil District Court

Judge Kern A. Reese has earned the reputation as a fair and temperate jurist. He is recognized for his involvement in professional organizations, as a teacher/coach, a community leader and mentor to youth and aspiring lawyers.  Judge Reese is a graduate of St. Augustine High School, Pomona College in Claremont, California and Loyola University School of Law. Prior to taking the bench in spring 2001, he maintained a solo law practice for 16 years. Judge Reese has served as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Tulane University School of Law for more than three decades and at Loyola University School of Law. Judge Reese has also served as a continuing education instructor and panelist for the Louisiana Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Loyola Black Law Students Association and CLE of Louisiana, LLC. Judges Reese is known for his calm demeanor, patience and genuine concern for people, especially young people seeking his counsel or in need of a listening ear. During his twenty-five years as a lawyer, Judge Reese has personally mentored over 100 young people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.


Dona K. Renegar, Louisiana State Bar Association, Past President

Dona Kay Renegar is a member in the firm of Veazey, Felder & Renegar, L.L.C., in Lafayette. She received two BA degrees in English and French, magna cum laude, in 1988, both from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She was named the Fall 1988 Outstanding Graduate at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She received her JD degree, cum laude, in 1992 from Tulane University Law School. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 1992. Renegar is currently serving as 2018-19 Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) immediate past president. She served as 2017-18 LSBA president and 2016-17 president-elect. She served a three-year term as the Third District representative on the Board of Governors and as a member in the House of Delegates (15th Judicial District). She was a member of the LSBA’s Client Assistance Fund Committee, a member of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the Committee to Review Proposed Changes to the Louisiana Bar Exam I and II. She was a member of the Lafayette Bar Association’s board of directors and served for several years on the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Grants Committee. She is a past president of the John M. Duhe, Jr. American Inn of Court.


Lucy Sikes, Chapter 7 Panel of the Western District

Lucy G. Sikes is a recent appointee to the Chapter 7 Panel of the Western District panel, having been appointed to her current position in October 2016, but she’s not new to the community. She began her career representing creditors in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1998, and was first appointed to serve as a Chapter 7 Trustee in the Western District of Louisiana (Monroe Division) in 2000.  After 7 years as a Chapter 7 Trustee, she moved over to become the standing Chapter 13 for the Shreveport Division,  managing a case load of about 7,200 cases, a staff of 30 employees and an average of 60 million dollars of trust funds each year. She feels lucky to return to her favorite assignment as a Chapter 7 Trustee, this time in the Lafayette and Lake Charles Divisions. She’s a native of Louisiana, having graduated from Louisiana State University and Loyola Law School New Orleans. An endurance runner, she has completed two marathons, several duathalons and 20 half marathons. She enjoys keeping up with her two teenagers, a daughter in high school and a son who is a freshman at ULL. She married her husband Gerald, a photographer for the Associated Press, over the summer.    


J.E. “Buddy” Stockwell, Louisiana’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program

Buddy grew up in the small town of New Roads located on False River in in Pointe Coupee Parish. He earned a BS in Management from LSU in 1989 and a JD from LSU in 1993. Buddy was also an enlisted man in the US NAVY and served on a Guided Missile Destroyer, and he is also a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain. Post-law school, Buddy opened a solo practice in Baton Rouge after a few years at other firms. He focused heavily on domestic litigation. In 2004, Buddy sold his Baton Rouge law office, home and vehicles and he and his wife, Melissa, moved aboard a large catamaran and sailed the seas for six years. His tenure as JLAP’s Executive Director began January 1, 2011, and in 2012 he was awarded LSBA President’s Award for his exemplary service. Buddy is a Certified Clinical Interventionist through “Love First” training at the Betty Ford Center and has personally been in recovery from alcoholism for over thirty years. He is always on call and works nonstop with bar applicants, lawyers, judges, and their family members who are need of assistance. Buddy has also earned 121 hours of accredited study in substance abuse counseling.


The Honorable Robert R. Summerhays, U.S. District Court Western District of LA

Judge Robert Summerhays was appointed to the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana by President Trump in September 2018.  Prior to this appointment, Judge Summerhays served as the Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Western District of Louisiana. On the bankruptcy bench, Judge Summerhays managed an average docket of over 5,000 consumer bankruptcy cases and presided over a number of significant corporate restructurings, such as Piccadilly Cafeterias, Gulf Fleet, Saratoga/Harvest Oil, American International Petroleum, and Progressive Acute Care.  Prior to taking the bankruptcy bench, Judge Summerhays was a partner in the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where his primary practice area was federal court litigation.  Before joining the firm, Judge Summerhays served as a law clerk for Judge W. Eugene Davis (U.S. Court of Appeals) in Lafayette from 1994 to 1995.  Judge Summerhays received his law degree in 1994 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Re-view.


Cherish Van Mullen, LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors

Cherish van Mullem joined LaPorte in 2018, where she provides tax compliance and planning services to a variety of clients, with a focus on estate tax planning. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University, Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law Center and Master of Laws in Tax from New York University School of Law. Cherish began her professional career in 1999 representing the IRS before the US Tax Court on procedural and tax controversy issues and contributing to the drafting of regulations dealing with tax collection issues. She next joined Phelps Dunbar LLP, where she negotiated settlements and abatement of tax obligations at the federal, state, and local levels for taxpayers. Cherish’s legal practice also consisted of counseling and representing clients on trust and estate planning and administration; federal, state, and international taxation; and entity governance issues. Her professional and civic affiliations include Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Estate and Business Planning Council, New Orleans Estate and Business Planning Council, Arnold Air Society – Silver Wings (Angel Flight) Education Fund, Inc., Junior League of Baton Rouge, Lighthouse Louisiana, and Spay Baton Rouge.


The Honorable Jay C. Zainey, U.S. District Court Eastern District of LA

Honorable Jay C. Zainey was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on February 19, 2002. He is the past President of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Jay is co-founder of SOLACE, a Louisiana State Bar Association program, which provides services to members of the legal community and their families who experience tragedies, and who otherwise have special needs. In May 2004, Jay organized the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.) Program. In October, 2004 Jay and his wife Joy founded the God’s Special Children Program. Jay and Joy co-founded St. Andrew’s Village, a faith-based long-term living community for adults with disabilities. Besides serving as president of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Jay is also past president of the Jefferson Bar Association, Former Chair of the Pro Bono Project, Former member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Executive Board of the Federal Bar Association, and is Past-President of the Judge John C. Boutall American Inn of Court. In 2011, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Zainey to serve on the Judiciary Commission Codes of Conduct Committee.