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Tulane Law graduates honored as Women of the Year

December 05, 2013

Four highly distinguished Tulane Law School graduates are included in the 15th class of Women of the Year selected by New Orleans CityBusiness.

Honorees are selected for their leadership in their professional fields and devotion to improving their community.

The Tulanians chosen are:

Phyllis Taylor Photo 

Phyllis Taylor (L ’66): The CEO of Taylor Energy Co., she also chairs management company Endeavor Enterprises and is chairwoman/president of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, named for her late husband. She has led fundraising for numerous entities, including the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Archdiocese of New Orleans and was a Women of the Year honoree in 2005.

Susan Talley Photo 

Susan Talley (L ’81): A member of the Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann firm, she co-chairs the real estate practice group and has worked on projects such as the Benson Tower and the New Orleans Saints’ leases for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and training facility. She chairs the community advisory board for WWNO, the public radio station, and was a Women of the Year honoree in 2011.

Martha Curtis Photo 

Martha Curtis (L ’90): A partner at Sher Garner Cahill, Richter Klein & Hilbert, she has represented clients in litigation involving post-Hurricane Katrina disputes, Chinese drywall and BP oil spill damages. She has presented for the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association and National Business Institute and is legal adviser to the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association.

Nannette Jolivette Brown Photo 

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown (L ’88, LLM ’98): A former commercial and environmental litigation lawyer, she has served as New Orleans’  deputy mayor, city attorney and sanitation director, overseeing the start of curbside recycling. Nominated to the bench by President Barack Obama in 2011, she was Louisiana’s first African-American female federal district judge.


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