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Jené Liggins

Jené Liggins

Associate Attorney

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C.

New Orleans, LA

With over eight years of combined experience in civil litigation, a judicial clerkship, case management in the federal judiciary, intergovernmental relations, legislative administration, and public policy research and development, I have utilized critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities to provide tailored and e...

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"Don't look back in anger of forward in fear, but around in awareness." James Thurber
Interests

Influencing social change through neighborhood engagement and partnership to develop and implement strategic legislation and policies that are responsive to community needs, thereby increasing opportunities for growth in the area and strengthening pride in the community

Human Relations Consultation Analysis of the natural routines and patterns of the people who occupy an area in order to anticipate and meet their needs in a holistic and socially responsible way through legislation, and public policy development
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Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C.

Associate Attorney

My work affords me the opportunity to provide cost-effective defense litigation services to clients through efficient research, tailored communications, thoughtful preparation of legal documents, and dedicated trial advocacy. I utilize all of my academic training and professional skills to identify creative and practical solutions to legal issues faced by my clients.

Career

United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Courtroom Deputy/Case Manager

My primary objective was efficient movement of the Court's docket through calendaring and monitoring of deadlines. Also, I acted as liaison between the office of the Clerk, the Bar, the public, and the District Judge. Some of my key responsibilities included:
-Coordination of conferences, hearings, trials, and other case proceedings;
-Preparation of scripts for criminal proceedings, criminal notices, minute entries, orders, and judgments;
-Docketing of Court documents in the CM/ECF system, as directed by local Court policy;
-Adherence to statistical reporting requirements of the Administrative Office
-Attendance at Court proceedings and conferences;
-Assist with the orderly flow of proceedings including, but not limited to, setting up and troubleshooting electronic evidence presentation systems, coordination of jury selection, setting up the courtroom, assuring presence of all necessary participants, and managing exhibits; and
-Review of electronically filed documents, ensuring that all orders and automated entries are accurately docketed

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Shuart & Associates Legal Staffing and Recruiting

Contract Document Review Attorney

-Review, classification, and summary of Responses to Request for Production of Documents provided by Turner Industries Group, LLC in Rain CII Carbon, LLC v. Turner Industries Group, LLC, Et Al. environmental litigation at Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.

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Law Offices of Steven B. Witman

Contract Attorney

On a contract basis:
-Legal research of case issues and preparation of pleadings with supporting memoranda
-Appearance in court for hearings on preliminary motions

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The Law Offices of Steven B. Witman

Associate Attorney

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense, Workers Compensation Defense, Successions, Products Liability, Toxic Tort, Contract Disputes, Employment Law, Chinese Drywall Multi-District Litigation (MDL), and General Civil Litigation.
-First-chair trial experience
-Depositions of parties, expert witnesses, and lay witnesses
-Preparation of client reports, pre-trial pleadings and motions, discovery requests and responses, appellate briefs, writ applications, and other court documents
-Appearance in court for pre-trial motions
-Researched case law and statutory provisions for pleadings, settlement negotiations, court hearings, and trial argument

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First City Court for Orleans Parish

Law Clerk to Judge Angelique A. Reed

-Prepared briefs to assist Judge Reed in rendering case decisions, including rule summaries, trial summaries, and status conference summaries
-Wrote orders, rules, and judgments on behalf of Judge Reed
-Researched supporting law and analyzed general and special damages for court decisions
-Offered presentations on eviction procedures for Landlord Training Classes with the Neighborhood Development Foundation

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City of New Orleans, Department of Policy

2008-2009 Mayoral Fellow

-Provision of administrative and legal support to the Department of Policy of the City of New Orleans, including research of case law and best practice policies and attendance at policy development meetings
-Created and maintained a user-friendly spreadsheet, detailing all housing programs in the City of New Orleans
-Researched the Louisiana State Emergency Response Fund (SERF) and assessed uses to benefit New Orleans during emergencies
-Researched Soft Second Program implementation throughout the United States to improve the program’s realization in New Orleans for home ownership initiatives
-Drafted the City of New Orleans City Vehicle Plan
-Monitored activity and expenditures of the City’s recovery agencies, including ORDA and NORA
-Drafted the City of New Orleans policy position paper concerning Louisiana’s hurricane evacuation and sheltering activities
-Assisted with development of the City of New Orleans Federal Agenda for 2009 Congressional session
-Formulated and maintained oversight mechanisms for City expenditures of Presidential Stimulus Bill funding

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Louisiana House of Representatives

Legislative Assistant

-Provided administrative and legal support to Louisiana State Representative Austin J. Badon, Jr. of District 100
-Wrote legislative brief for the Louisiana State House of Representatives Chairs of the Health and Welfare and Criminal Justice Committees in favor of testing prison inmates for HIV and Hepatitis C
-Assisted with drafting and presentation of the Scholarship Bill, including researching applicable case law, lobbying, community advocacy, and attending planning sessions anticipating opposition to the Bill

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Loyola University New Orleans

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Business Management

Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.), Common Law