Five members of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association were named among the Top 50 attorneys in the state of Louisiana in the inaugural issue of Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine. They include James P. Roy of Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, Frank X. Neuner Jr. of Laborde & Neuner, Richard C. Broussard of Broussard & David, Patrick A. Juneau of Juneau Law Firm, and Lawrence K. Burleigh of Lawrence K. Burleigh Ltd.. Additionally, Susan L. Theall of The Theall Firm LLC is the only woman attorney from Lafayette named a Super Lawyer and the only Lafayette attorney listed in the Family Law area of practice. The ranking in Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine is based on peer surveying of more than 16,000 lawyers across the state, who were asked to nominate the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. Also, an independent research firm, Law & Politics, was hired to review national and local periodicals as well as legal trade journals.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star accreditation for its effective organizational procedures and outstanding contribution to positive change in the community. Lafayette was one of 10 chambers nationwide to receive this award, and three chambers were accredited with the 5-Star rating, bringing the total number of chambers in the country with a 5-star rating to 27. Accreditation is one of the highest honors bestowed on local chambers fighting for pro-growth and jobs policies at the federal, state and local level. To achieve accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in its operations and programs, including governance, government affairs and technology. For local chambers, the final rating ' three stars, four stars, or five stars ' depends on the chamber's ability to successfully meet additional criteria, including accountability, financial transparency, employee involvement, political advocacy and community involvement.
The Lafayette Economic Development Authority's marketing efforts for Lafayette Parish were recognized at the Southern Economic Development Council's Annual Conference with a Merit award and an Excellent award. LEDA's Web site, www.lafayette.org, received the Excellent award in its division. LEDA uses its Web site to provide demographic and statistical data, as well as demonstrate Lafayette's unique way of life to individuals or businesses looking to relocate, expand or start up in the area. The site hosts a downloadable list of businesses located in Lafayette Parish, a library of demographic reports, newsletters published by LEDA, and a variety of information about LEDA and the area it services. The site is maintained internally by the LEDA staff. The Lafayette Works for Me campaign received the Merit award for Direct Mail Campaign. Launched in 2004, the campaign targets regional business leaders and out-of-state site selection consultants through a series of direct mail pieces. Each of the mailers in the series features a Lafayette business person and conveys the message of how Lafayette "worked" for them. Featured business leaders include Tom Cox, Nancy Van Eaton Broussard, Gail Romero, Chuck Vincent and Matt Stuller.
Love INC of Lafayette, the local chapter of a national organization that mobilizes churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ, has announced its board of directors: Michele Broussard, Ewing Brown, Dan Hughes, Gary Stahlhuth, William T. Thomas, and the Rev. Deborah Young. Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) is a nonprofit supported financially by donations from churches, businesses and individuals. Located at 1915 Dulles Drive, the organization is currently raising money to operate, recruit and train volunteers and is increasing community awareness of its mission to assist its partner churches in identifying and implementing new programs that address community needs. For more information on how to get involved or to make a donation, contact Executive Director Lisa Trahan at 981-6775.
In partnership with the Lafayette Council on Aging, Cox Communications is offering senior citizens in six Acadiana parishes a 10 percent discount on the cost of their basic cable television service. The program is available to people 60 and older with an annual household income of less than $24,000. The monthly cost of Cox basic cable television service is $12.97. The discount applies every month for qualified Cox customers and equals one free month of Cox basic cable television service per year. Seniors in the Cox service areas of Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes are encouraged to apply.