Category: Firm Announcements

Amber Barlow Selected for the Leadership LSBA 2019-2020 Class

Amber Barlow was recently selected and appointed to the Leadership Louisiana State Bar Association 2019-2020 Class. This year, 15 young lawyers were selected from an esteemed group of nominees from across the state. The program provides exposure to how the LSBA functions as well as the pressing issues that face the Association and the legal profession while providing the leadership class with opportunities to develop and exercise leadership skills through a variety of different facets throughout the Association.

KPW Named as One of New Orleans’ 50 Best Employers

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For the second year in a row, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC has been recognized by NOLA.com and The Times Picayune as one of New Orleans’ 50 best employers. This award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party anonymous survey, and measures several aspects of workplace culture, including leadership, training, benefits, execution, and connection.

A group of KPW attorneys and staff attended the awards ceremony on Tuesday, August 27th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where Senior Counsel Dreda Smith accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

You can view the entire list of the 50 employers in the New Orleans area who received the Top Workplaces honor here.

Dreda Smith Recognized as Finalist for Frank L. Maraist Award

Dreda Smith was recognized as a finalist for The Frank L. Maraist Award by the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel at the organization’s annual LADC Young Lawyers Awards and Board Dinner. The Frank Maraist Award, named after former Louisiana State University Law Center Professor Frank L. Maraist, recognizes a young lawyer who demonstrates professional excellence, service and commitment to pro bono work and community service, and contributes to furthering the ideals of the legal profession. Congratulations Dreda!

Amber Barlow Recognized by Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Recently, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel recognized Amber Barlow as the “2019 Young Lawyers Committee Member of the Year”. Amber received this award at LADC’s annual Young Lawyers & LADC Board Dinner on August 1, 2019. This is quite a high honor within the organization, with stiff competition. Congratulations Amber!

Deb Kuchler Featured in ABA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Article, “Road to Rainmaking”

The American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee featured Deb Kuchler in its Spring 2019 newsletter. The article, Road to Rainmaking, focuses on women who have blazed their own path and shares how others can learn from their success. The article also discusses the role of NAMWOLF and its influence on the firm, and has been distributed nationally to the thousands of members of the ABA Section of Litigation.

Amber Barlow Represents KPW at the Women’s Energy Network National Conference

Third from left: Amber Barlow

On March 27-29, the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) held their National Conference in Denver, Colorado. The event brought together over 500+ participants from across the country, from multiple disciplines in the energy industry. Energy professionals from diverse disciplines and practices gathered to share their vast wealth of knowledge and experience. Amber B. Barlow attended on behalf of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC and participated in discussions on the top legal issues facing the industry, and brainstormed bold ways to tackle them.

KPW Sponsors Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights Benefit

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is a non-profit law office that provides juvenile defense for New Orleans area children, representation for Louisiana children facing or serving life without parole, advocates for policies that reduce the number of children in the justice system, and seeks better alternatives to arrest and incarceration. On March 28, 2019, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC sponsored Celebration for Children’s Rights, an annual event benefiting the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. This year’s program included a personal account of LCCR’s success of representing Louisiana children convicted of life without parole and highlighted other LCCR success stories. LCCR began a new tradition by presenting its first Pascal Calogero Champion of Justice Award, an annual award recognizing an individual or organization that is positively impacting the lives of children in the justice system.

KPW is honored to support and sponsor such an exceptional cause.

L-R: Kennard Davis, Sue Laporte, Skylar Rudin, Alease Scott, Lee Ziffer

KPW Associate Kennard Davis Participates in High School Law Day

Associate Kennard Davis participated in the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s High School Law Day on Friday, February 22, 2019. Kennard served as a panelist for over 60 high school students from Warren Eastern Senior High School. This event took place at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, with the focus of fostering local high school students to attend law school.

KPW Attorneys Attend 2019 NAMWOLF Driving Diversity and Leadership Conference

Dawn Tezino, Skyler Rudin, and Marcus Hunter attended the 2019 National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Driving Diversity and Leadership Conference in New Orleans. The four-day conference was filled with fantastic networking events and programs aimed at helping its members with career development. NAMWOLF supports KPW’s vision by promoting diversity in the legal profession while helping to achieve equity in legal opportunities for women-owned firms.

KPW Attorneys Participate in Martinet Society’s Pathway & Pipelines to Success Program

Darleene Peters, Kennard Davis, and Marcus Hunter served as Attorney Volunteers in the Louis A. Martinet Society’s 4th Annual Pathways & Pipelines to Success Program. The Pathways and Pipelines program is designed to promote and prepare future attorneys of color by offering them opportunities to meet, network with, and obtain one-on-one resume writing and interviewing techniques from Judges and Attorneys from the Greater New Orleans area. This year the program had over 140 law students registered, and over 70 practitioners volunteered. This annual event took place on Saturday, February 2nd at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.