Five UNO alumni gain "Leadership in Law" recognition

The "Leadership in Law" program is in its 12th year. | File photo

Five graduates of the University of New Orleans have earned spots in the 2016 class of “Leadership in Law,” recognized for their past accomplishments and continuing potential.

Alumni honored include Jim Letten (’76), Lynn Luker (’78), David Salley (’85), Scott Schneider (’94) and Christopher Couch (’97).

Letten, now senior counsel for Butler Snow LLP, was at one time the longest serving U.S. attorney nationwide. He helped to develop an experiential learning program at his law school alma mater, Tulane University.

Luker studied psychology at UNO prior to receiving her law degree, also from Tulane. With several additional advanced degrees and a partnership on her resume early on, she ran her own law firm until tapped as Judge Pro Tempore for Civil District Court by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Salley founded his firm just before Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and kept the practice afloat, with now over twice the number of staffers. He serves in a mentorship role to young attorneys, modeling professionalism.

Schneider focuses on higher education law at the law firm of Fisher and Philips, with expertise in sexual misconduct concerns. He also served as Tulane’s in-house counsel, helping both administrators and students.

Couch has grown his New Orleans-based firm of Couch Conville & Blitt into a multistate operation, specializing in creditor/consumer relations and collections compliance law. His firm performs regular fundraising and charity events, most recently assisting flood victims in several parishes. Additionally, Couch is a three-time class participant.

The "Leadership in Law" program is in its 12th year. All five alumni are regarded by the New Orleans City Business’s Leadership in Law publication as “local professionals who have distinguished themselves within the legal industry as well as the larger community.”

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