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10 Volunteer Hours

by StephanieMayne on May.01, 2013, under Weekly Topics

Please provide documentation of the 10 required volunteer hours with a comprehensive 250-word description of your experience.


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“What does this class mean to me?”

by StephanieMayne on May.01, 2013, under Weekly Topics

Each student will blog about what this class means in general and to you individually.


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Final Class: James Bernazzani

by StephanieMayne on May.01, 2013, under Weekly Guests

James Bernazzani

As a graduate of Harvard University, James Bernazzani reported to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia on June 7, 1984. His career as a lawman and crimefighter has been stellar ever since.

Prior to coming to New Orleans, Bernazzani served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division where he was responsible for investigations and operations targeting international drug cartels and other organized crime groups. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks against America, Special Agent Bernazzani was promoted to Deputy Director for Law Enforcement at the Counterterrorism Center, Central Intelligence Agency. During May 2003, he was again promoted to Principal Deputy Director of the newly formed Terrorist Threat Integration Center. At the time of his appointment as Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division, Special Agent Bernazzani acted as Deputy Assistant Director for international terrorism investigations and operations handled by the FBI.

His term in New Orleans led to numerous convictions against violent criminals and corrupt government officials.  As Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division, Mr. Bernazzani led the FBI response relative to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  For his work post Katrina/Rita, Mr. Bernazzani was awarded the 2006 Presidential Award for Meritorious Service.  During May 2008, Mr. Bernazzani retired from the FBI after 24 years of distinguished service.  He then co-founded a new nonprofit organization, The Youth Rescue Initiative, which is a comprehensive endeavor designed to assist at-risk youth in the greater New Orleans area overcome challenges and achieve success.  Its mission is to create structured opportunities for positive growth in an effort to build character and discipline among today’s disenfranchised youth, thus improving the quality of life for all citizens of New Orleans.  He currently serves as President.


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May 24: LaToya Cantrell

by StephanieMayne on Apr.24, 2013, under Weekly Guests


In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell led a citizens’ effort to restore New Orleans’ historic Broadmoor neighborhood and resist efforts to turn the community into a flood zone. Seven years later, Broadmoor is one of the most recovered communities in New Orleans, featuring an education corridor anchored by a new school, library and community health center opening next year. As a community leader and elected official, Councilwoman Cantrell is committed to always lending an ear to neighborhood concerns. Councilwoman Cantrell represents District B on the New Orleans City Council and is a graduate of Xavier University.

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April 17: Lee Reid

by StephanieMayne on Apr.17, 2013, under Weekly Guests

Lee Reid joined Adams and Reese in 1999 and practices in the areas of business services, education, aerospace, governmental relations, economic development and litigation. These practice areas encompass a wide range of subject matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, lobbying, public finance, corporate law, general administrative practice, general business advice and business capture and general business disputes.

Most recently, Lee has worked to bring to fruition one of the largest economic development projects in the State of Louisiana: the Federal City Project. He has also been instrumental in the development of charter schools across Louisiana, representing a diverse array of stakeholders and dedicating numerous hours of pro bono assistance to improving the environment for charter schools in the State.His significant contributions in these areas include:

  • Serving as lead attorney on the Federal City Project, representing the New Orleans Federal Alliance, “NOFA”, and working with the State of Louisiana, City of New Orleans, the Algiers Development District, United States Department of the Navy and the United States Marine Corps to retain 1,900 Marine Force Reservists in New Orleans. The project also includes conversion of the Historic Naval Support Activity – West Bank in Algiers to a public-private development that will eventually create over 10,000 jobs.
  • Guiding many of the charter schools in Louisiana through the charter application process, assisting in all operational aspects, drafting legislation and policy, lobbying at the local and state level, representing charter schools on various study groups and assisting in the formation of charter school advocacy organizations.

Lee also served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, during the investigation into the Columbia shuttle disaster in 2003. He took a leave of absence from Adams and Reese and assessed the legal needs of the Agency, formulating timely and workable response plans and meeting with search teams and governmental representatives from the debris fields in Hemphill, Texas, to Washington, DC, Lee’s efforts led to a “by-name” appointment to the Return to Flight Implementation Team, and he was awarded the NASA Astronaut’s Personal Achievement Award, the “Silver Snoopy,” in recognition of this work.

Lee is currently the Chair of the New Orleans Public Library Board and Vice-Chair of the New Orleans Public Library Foundation, appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans. He is currently assisting in oversight of the construction of five new libraries and rehabilitation or renovation of five others as part of post-Hurricane Katrina rehabilitation efforts.

He is a Past President of the Young Leadership Council, an organization of over 1,400 members who create, run, fund, and oversee ongoing community service projects in the New Orleans metro area. Lee also serves on the Board of Directors for Infinity Science Center and Partners for Stennis, among others.

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by StephanieMayne on Nov.21, 2012, under Course Information

Today’s class is canceled. Happy Thanksgiving!

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