Acadiana Profile - April-May 2020


Note from the editor: Some information in this issue was prepared prior to the current virus health situation. Where there are references to event dates and times, the listings will have likely changed and should be checked. As for the content we trust it remains informative and worthy of your time. We maintain our mission of chronicling local life even when we occasionally have to negotiate obstacles. We remain here for our readers.


 

 

En Français, s'il vous plaît: French Mississippi

When Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville began exploring the French colony of Louisiana in early January 1699, the exact location was not in what is now Louisiana, but in Mississippi. Fort Maurepas, in Ocean Springs near Biloxi, was the first permanent…

Les Personnes: A Collective Effort

In the spirit of complete transparency, Arnaudville artist and social sculptor George Marks feels it’s prudent to point out that this — a shining example of creative placemaking done right — wasn’t exactly what he had in mind back in…

Plus ça change: Power Couple

The story of individual contributions to the various French cultures of south Louisiana appears in numerous documentaries, articles and books, but rarely do we hear about the role of couples, which strikes me as odd given the importance of family.…

Lettres d'amour / Lost and Found

By Herbert J. Wilt I was reared by my grandparents in Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish. It was there I heard, on a daily basis, the Kréyòl language spoken by all who came to visit. Throughout my childhood, the…

My Toughest Case: Michael Lemoine

Michael Lemoine grew up in the small town of Plaucheville, Louisiana (his high school graduating class totaled 13). When he went to LSU with the hopes of becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college, he was…

My Toughest Case: Rachel Godley

Whether it’s divorce, custody, adoption, or something else, family law matters are always intensely personal cases. Lafayette attorney Rachel Godley steers her clients through these challenging, emotional times with compassion and tenacity. When Godley graduated from LSU in 2002, she…

My Toughest Case: Robert Kallam

As a partner at Kean Miller, Robert Kallam has defended clients in the offshore energy and maritime industries from lawsuits in a career spanning 30 years. When Kallam graduated from LSU Law School in 1990, he did not initially plan…

Top Lawyers

METHODOLOGY Each year, Acadiana Profile publishes its Top Lawyers list, along with the stories of compelling cases fought by three of the year’s qualifying lawyers. In determining the Top Lawyers of Acadiana we use Professional Research Services, a Detroit-based survey…

Trailblazers

Acadiana is a region steeped in history, culture and tradition and its people are known for their irrepressible and entrepreneurial spirit. It is with this idea in mind that we created the Acadiana Profile Trailblazers. Some of the honorees are…

Sur le menu: Spicy Adventure

Located 10 miles south of New Iberia, Avery Island is a 2,200-acre salt dome packed hundreds of feet thick with the mineral and mined since the 18th century. It is also home to Tabasco hot pepper sauce, founded by Edmund…

L'art: Worth a Thousand Words

Worth a Thousand Words Lake Charles photographer Tim Fontenot focuses his lens on South Louisiana’s landscape of visual poetry by john r. kemp portrait by Romero & Romero As a 19th-century English poet once said, “Art is man’s nature; nature…

La Maison: Art House

Downsizing is daunting, especially after living in the same home for 30 years. Combine that with a homeowner whose lifelong passion includes art and collectibles, and the last thing you might expect is for her to describe the entire process…

Nouvelles de Villes

Maurice Trill Chill A 1,500-square-foot frozen yogurt venue, Chill-House, opens in May (9611 Maurice Ave. in Maurice) with ample seating designed to accommodate patrons gathering for sweet treats while listening to live bands performing. Chill-House is partnering with local vendors…

Note de l'editeur

The issue you hold in your hands puts the “profile” in Acadiana Profile. In it, we have profiles of three lawyers who are so at the top of their game, they are literally part of the coveted “Top Lawyers” list.…