November 11, 2015
Tulane Law School’s Class of 2005 celebrated its 10th reunion, drawing a record crowd of more than 70 to Bellocq in New Orleans.
Photos by Tracie Morris Schaefer
Tulane’s first “Law Alumni Weekend” attracted more than 300 graduates and guests spanning 45 years for two days of celebrating, at Weinmann Hall and later at venues in the French Quarter, Warehouse District and Uptown New Orleans.
The weekend aims to bring alumni returning for reunions back into connection not only with classmates but also with faculty, staff and students at the law school.
Festivities kicked off with a Friday luncheon at the law school where returning alumni from all reunion classes had the opportunity to mingle with faculty, meet current students and learn more about recent developments.
Though enthusiasm beamed at each of the individual class parties, the Class of 2005 could be called the most boisterous group, bringing together more than 70 attendees. They demonstrated both the connectedness of Tulane Law alumni and their diverse success.
Brandon Davis and Tiffany Delery Davis, for instance, both are partners at major New Orleans law firms and are raising three children. Tiffany Davis, a former Marine Corps reservist who served on active duty during part of her law school years, handles maritime and oilfield litigation at Liskow & Lewis. Brandon Davis specializes in labor and employment and business immigration law at Phelps Dunbar.
Brandon Davis and Tiffany Delery Davis (both L ’05) met as Tulane Law students, married and are now partners at Phelps Dunbar and Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans.
Taking similar paths has benefitted them at work and at home, Tiffany Davis said, “because we’re able to talk about our experiences and learn from each other.”
Other Class of ’05 members have built careers as plaintiff and defense counsel, state representatives, law professors and restauranteurs. They work in public service as well as at big firms, at companies such as Google and StubHub as well as the New York Stock Exchange.
Christian Eriksen, who focused on intellectual property at Tulane Law, initially handled IP for a large firm and then for a boutique — until one of his clients, Hilton Worldwide, hired him as counsel overseeing the company’s global trademark portfolio and supporting its branding and marketing worldwide.
He and his wife, Beth (Nash) Eriksen, met at Tulane Law. She’s a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Enforcement Operations and is responsible for reviewing applications to use electronic surveillance in federal criminal investigations. The job is constantly evolving, she said, as courts evaluate how to handle emerging technologies.
Class of 1975 alums, including Tulane Law Professor Robert Force (far left), gathered at the Columns Hotel.
Holding the reunions together over one weekend, a new initiative this year, was designed to bring together alumni of all ages with a focus on the law school.
More than 130 alumni converged on Weinmann Hall for Friday’s luncheon, tours of the building, update from Dean David Meyer and presentation by second-years on what life is like for Tulane Law students today.
“Law Alumni Weekend was started to create a community of alumni across multiple generations that’s dedicated to enhancing the Tulane Law network and enjoying their shared experiences,” said Adam Kancher, director of alumni affairs.
Many at the ’05 reunion attributed their professional success to the education, skills and friendships they gained in law school.
“At Tulane, you get incredible faculty and staff and an amazing network of people you will know and stay connected with 10 years later,” said Ann Theriot, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore’s marketing and recruiting director, who spearheaded her class’ reunion.
Also celebrating at the Columns Hotel, Class of 1985 grads Scott Miller and Patrick Gallaugher reminisced over law school class photos.
Cashauna Hill, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, recalls how Professor Stacy Seicshnaydre’s fair-housing law class was formative: “A light came on in my head. I became determined to work with people experiencing housing discrimination,” Hill said.
She handled her first housing case as a student-attorney in Tulane’s Civil Litigation Clinic.
“What really prepares you to be a lawyer are the practical things: the relationships you make with classmates, the mentorship you get from professors, the skills you pick up by writing for a journal or representing clients through a clinic,” Hill said.
Brandon Davis, who grew up in Gonzales, Louisiana, said he chose Tulane because it’s a local school with national reach.
“The value of Tulane Law is that while you’re getting an academic education, you’re also getting a long-term professional development education,” he said.
Click here to view photos from the best of 2015 Law Alumni Reunion Weekend.
2016 Tulane Law Reunions
In 2016, the Classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 will celebrate reunions. Alumni interested in helping coordinate their reunions should contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-865-5909.