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Panama alumni celebrate “life-changing” Tulane scholarship

February 22, 2016


Recent Tulane Law LLM graduates Hugo Wood Núñez (L ’14), Cristina de Roux (L ’15), Claudia Juárez Barahona (L ’15), Alan Hevia (L ’12), Joaquin de Obarrio Sosa (L ’15), Mario Zeledon (L ’12) and Diego Abadia (L ’14) joined Dean David Meyer (fourth from left) at a Feb. 16 alumni reception in Panama City.

More than 50 Tulane University graduates and friends, including a large contingent of law graduates, gathered Feb. 16 in Panama to celebrate the success of efforts to build a thriving alumni network that provides continuing scholarship support for promising students to study in New Orleans.

The Panama City event was hosted by Stanley Motta, a 1967 business graduate of Tulane and board chairman of Copa Holdings, which owns Latin America’s leading airline.


Payson Graduate Program students interning in Panama met with Dean David Meyer at the Feb. 16 alumni gathering: Nathalie Jeudy, Adelia DeMarsico, Susan Schempf, Michyla Lindberg, Meyer, Janet Lopez, Moussa Traore and Adjunct Professor Nanette Svenson (L ’09).

Some of Panama’s most influential attorneys turned out, along with young alumni who already are launching successful careers after completing Tulane LLM degrees. The first three recipients of the Tulane Alumni Association of Panama Scholarship Award each spoke about their gratitude and the life-changing impact of their time at Tulane Law.

Shortly after graduating in 2014, Hugo Wood Núñez, went to work as executive assistant to Panama’s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, who at the time had just been elected to office.

The 2015 recipients both are working as associates for major law firms, Cristina de Roux at Morgan & Morgan and Claudia Juárez Barahona at Galindo, Arias & López.

The 2015-16 scholarship winner is Virginia Laniado Beitia, a graduate of Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua who has worked as a lawyer at adidas Latin American. The award covers all Tulane Law School costs and provides a stipend for living expenses.

The reception also was attended by six students in the Panama Fieldwork Experience through Tulane Law’s Payson Graduate Program in Global Development. The master’s degree candidates have internships with United Nations agencies in the UN hub for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama. 


With Dean David Meyer and host Stanley Motta listening, Hugo Wood Núñez (L ’14) describes the impact of receiving the first Tulane Alumni Association of Panama scholarship.

In March, Tulane is recognizing the leadership of law graduate Juan David Morgan (L ’89) in rallying support for the Panamanian scholarship fund. He’s receiving the university’s International Alumni Achievement Award, which honors alumni in the international community who exemplify the highest standards of excellence and have distinguished themselves over their career. 

The presentation is scheduled for the Alumni Awards Gala  March 18 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Morgan, a partner at Morgan & Morgan, heads the firm’s maritime litigation practice group. He has studied in Germany, France and Israel as well as the United States. He has been an officer and leader in a variety of professional organizations, including the National Bar Association of Panama and the Maritime Law Association.


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