Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Honors for June 24, 2018

Jun 24, 2018


The Louisiana State Bar Association presented its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award to Loren D. Shanklin, a partner in the Baton Rouge firm Smith Shanklin Sosa LLC; Bat P. Sullivan Jr. Chair’s Award to Kristi Wagley Richard, a member in the Baton Rouge office of McGlinchey Stafford PLLCand adjunct instructor of business law and sports law at LSU; Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award to Stuart R. Breaux, an associate in Lafayette firm Becker & Hebert LLC and the assistant city-parish attorney for the Lafayette Consolidated Government; Pro Bono Award to Jonathan T. Jarrett, founder of The Jarrett Firm in Lafayette; Service to the Public Award to the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section for its Trunk or Treat Project; and Service to the Bar Award to the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section for its 19th Judicial District Court Civil Law Day CLE.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana presented 2018 Coastal Stewardship Awards to Dr. Melissa Baustian, a coastal ecologist at The Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge and deputy director for the RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana where she helps administer a competitive coastal research grants program; Dr. Gary LaFleur, a professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux for the past 20 years and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and founder of the Center for Bayou Studies at Nicholls; Capt. Ryan Lambert, founder of Cajun Fishing Adventures Lodge near Buras, who charters free tours for journalists and state legislators to raise awareness of vanishing wetlands; Guthrie Perry, a retired biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisherieswho has been instrumental in marsh management programs and education initiatives for more than 50 years, especially in Cameron Parish; Jessica Schexnayder and Mary Manhein, founders of the Louisiana Endangered Cemeteries project, which maps cemeteries that will eventually be lost to coastal erosion, subsidence, storm surge and sea level rise; and Megan Terrell, an environmental attorney and legal adviser to Gov. John Bel Edwards who has advised in the development, review and implementation of policies for the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and was the lead in-house counsel coordinating Louisiana’s legal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Student Coastal Stewardship Award was presented to the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which has participated in several marsh and dune restoration events with CRCL and also partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to coordinate volunteer events in Cameron Parish.

Volunteers of the Year are Eli Lamb and Allison Kalnik, who from 2016-17 participated in multiple projects planting trees in Braithwaite, Jean Lafitte and Lake Maurepas, marsh grass in Bayou Sauvage and bagged oyster shell in Buras.

Honored as a Friend of CRCL: New Orleans traveling oyster bar Two Girls, One Shuck and owner Becky Wasden, an ardent supporter of CRCL's Oyster Shell Recycling Program.