Professor Sommers is a 1975 graduate of Loyola Law School in New Orleans and was the case note editor of the Loyola Review and upon graduation completed a two year clerkship for United States District Court Judge, Jack M. Gordon in the Eastern District of Louisiana. He is currently AV rated with Martindale Hubbell.
He is currently licensed in Louisiana and holds an inactive license in Texas. Professor Sommers' years of practice included a diverse amount of successful litigation in both state and federal courts, including insurance defense, complex environmental tort litigation and several years of involvement in the Valdez oil spill litigation. Since 2001, he was a member of Courington, Kiefer and Sommers (and its predecessor firm Duncan, Courington & Rydberg.) His duties at the firm included handling complex multi-party environmental litigation, including direct action claims against insurance companies. As of January 1, 2016, he retired from the full time practice of law. Professor Sommers is also an approved Public Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Professor Sommers is also a member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Faculty where he taught trial advocacy and deposition practice to practicing attorneys. He continues to teach at the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Young Lawyers Boot Camp and at the Golden Gate Law School's Summer Trial and Evidence Immersion Week. He has taught at the LSU Law School Trial Advocacy Program, the NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Program, the NITA Gulf Coast Regional Deposition Skills Program, the NITA/National Public Service Corporation teaching program, and the NITA/National Disability Rights Expert Witness Program. Professor Sommers has presented continuing legal education programs for Lorman Educational,the Jefferson Parish Bar Association, the National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), the ABA/Litigation Institute for Trial Advocacy and Tulane CLE By The Hour.
In 2014, Professor Sommers was named a" Leader in Law" by New City Business Magazine and in 2009 was named a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine. In 2015 New Orleans Magazine also named him a "Super Lawyer," an honor granted to less than five percent of the legal profession.
Spring - Intersession - Civil Litigation
Fall - Deposition Practice & Procedure
Spring – Trial Advocacy