Current Editorial Board
Editor in Chief: T. Hart Benton
Hart Benton is a third-year law student and currently serves as the Editor in Chief of the Loyola Law Review. Mr. Benton had the honor of having his casenote and comment selected for publication, and was awarded the Editorial Board Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Law Review Candidate or Member. In addition, Mr. Benton is a research assistant for Professor Cynthia Lepow and remains actively involved in Moot Court as a staff member.
Mr. Benton’s legal experience includes clerkships during the summers of 2015 and 2016 with McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC in Mobile, Alabama.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Benton graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. Mr. Benton will sit for the Alabama Bar Examination following his graduation in May 2017. He will join the firm of McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC in the Fall of 2017.
Managing Editor, Print: Randall John Bunnell
Randall Bunnell is a third-year law student at Loyola and serves as the Managing Print Editor of the Law Review Editorial Board. Mr. Bunnell had the honor of having his comment selected for publication in the Loyola Law Review. Before attending law school, Mr. Bunnell received a bachelors degree in Voice Performance from Loyola as well as a masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
After his first year of law school, Mr. Bunnell worked for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center through the Gillis Long internship program. This past summer, he clerked for Proskauer Rose LLP. Mr. Bunnell has also worked as a research assistant for Professors David Gruning and Cynthia Lepow and has externed for the Honorable Paul Bonin of Louisiana Court of Appeal, Forth Circuit.
Mr. Bunnell has remained active in the community as a musician, singing with the New Orleans Opera Chorus as well as numerous places of worship. An avid golfer, he has been active as a volunteer with the First Tee of Greater New Orleans. He also volunteers for Loyola’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Following his graduation in May 2017, Mr. Bunnell intends to sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam.
Managing Editor, Substance and Citation: Guy J. Bercegeay
Guy J. Bercegeay, Jr. is a third-year law student at Loyola. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of Substance and Citation for the Loyola Law Review.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Bercegeay received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology – with a double major in Philosophy – from Louisiana State University.
In addition to his contributions to the Law Review, Mr. Bercegeay has served as the Writing Lab Coordinator and as a Moot Court Teaching Assistant for Professor Craig Senn. During the 2016-17 academic term, Mr. Bercegeay serves as the Coach of the Moot Court Program’s National Criminal Procedure Team, as well as the President of Loyola’s chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Mr. Bercegeay’s practical legal experience includes a summer internship with Judge Fredericka H. Wicker of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Additionally, Mr. Bercegeay has worked as a summer associate for the New Orleans firms Chaffe McCall LLP, Kean Miller LLP, and Johnson Gray McNamara LLC. In 2015, Mr. Bercegeay served as a Student Ambassador, and he currently also volunteers as a Tax Preparer/Reviewer for Loyola’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Following his graduation in May 2017, Mr. Bercegeay intends to sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam.
Candidate Development and Symposium Editor: Melanie N. Derefinko
Melanie Derefinko is a third-year law student and currently serves as the Candidate Development & Symposium Editor of the Loyola Law Review. Although from Katy, Texas, she now considers New Orleans her true home. Prior to law school, Ms. Derefinko graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Psychology.
In addition to her involvement with the Law Review, Ms. Derefinko was a Legal Research and Writing Teacher’s Assistant during the 2015-2016 school year for Professor Sokol. This year, in addition to Law review, Ms. Derefinko is involved in the Moot Court program and is the 2016-2017 ABA Coach. Ms. Derefinko is also a research assistant for Professor Sandi Varnado.
Ms. Derefinko’s legal experience includes a judicial clerkship with Judge Fredericka Wicker of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. While clerking for Judge Wicker she attended the LSBA Annual Meeting in Destin, Florida. She was also a law clerk for the Law Office of J. Patrick Connick during the 2015-2016 school year. During the 2015 summer, Ms. Derefinko was a Summer Associate at the New Orleans offices of Gieger, Laborde, and Laperouse, LLC, and Johnson, Gray, McNamara, LLC. Following her graduation in May 2017, Ms. Derefinko intends to sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam.
Jordan A. Shannon
Jordan Shannon is a fourth-year evening student at Loyola Law. She currently serves as Articles Editor for the Loyola Law Review, which selected her casenote for publication.
Ms. Shannon joined NFC Law in February of 2016 as a criminal defense paralegal after two years of police oversight at the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor. In her 3L year, Ms. Shannon was selected as an Ella Baker Intern by the Center for Constitutional Rights for a summer fellowship at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. She has also clerked for Judge Fredericka Wicker at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, for the MacArthur Justice Center, and for the Vera Institute of Justice. Ms. Shannon’s passions are criminal justice policy reform, racial justice, and migration. Prior to law school, Ms. Shannon served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for Puentes New Orleans, a Latino community development organization.
Ms. Shannon holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and minors in French and International Relations. In her former lives, Ms. Shannon worked as an immigration paralegal and Spanish medical interpreter in her native Seattle, as well as teaching English while living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Ms. Shannon intends to remain in New Orleans and sit for the Louisiana Bar after her projected graduation in May of 2017.
Emma J. Short
Emma Short is a third-year law student at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she serves as Articles Editor on the 2016-2017 Law Review Editorial Board.
After her first year of law school, Ms. Short was an extern in the chambers of the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Since 2015, Ms. Short has also worked as a research assistant for Professor Blaine LeCesne. In the spring of 2016, Ms. Short interned at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal in Judge Lobrano’s chambers. This past summer, Ms. Short worked as a summer associate at the New Orleans offices of Fishman Haygood, LLP and Smith and Fawer, LLC.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Short graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. After her graduation in 2017, Ms. Short will sit for the Louisiana Bar Examination.
Casenote & Comment Editors
Zachary J. Ardoin
Zachary Ardoin is a third-year law student at Loyola College of Law and serves as a Casenote & Comment Editor on the 2016-2017 Law Review Editorial Board. In addition to his involvement with the Law Review, Mr. Ardoin is a Moot Court Member, and was an oralist for the American Bar Association National Team. He also served as a Legal Research and Writing teaching assistant for Professor Leslie A. Shoebotham, and is currently in his second year as a research assistant for Professor Shoebotham.
In 2015, Mr. Ardoin worked as a summer law clerk for the Eastern District of Louisiana under Judge Ivan Lemelle. In 2016, he worked for the ACLU of Louisiana and clerked for Taylor, Wellons, Politz, & Duhe, APLC. Following his graduation in 2017, Mr. Ardoin will sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam.
Prior to law school Mr. Ardoin attended Louisiana State University where he received a B.A. in Political Science and History.
Gary M. Langlois, Jr.
Gary Langlois, Jr., is a third-year law student at Loyola, where he holds the position of Casenote & Comment Editor on the Law Review Editorial Board. He had the honor of having his casenote and comment selected for publication.
Mr. Langlois earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Louisiana State University, before earning a Master of Business Administration from The University of New Orleans.
In 2015, Mr. Langlois worked as a summer associate for the New Orleans firms Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP, and Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC. During his second year of law school, Mr. Langlois served as an extern for Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This past summer, Mr. Langlois worked as a summer associate for the New Orleans firms Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. and Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC.
Following his graduation in 2017, Mr. Langlois plans to sit for the Louisiana bar exam. He will join the Litigation Section of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. in the Fall of 2017.
Erik S. Wahl
Erik S. Wahl is a fourth year evening student at Loyola, and the Online Editor for the Law Review Editorial board. In addition to law school, he is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at The University of New Orleans. He also has a B.A. from The University of New Orleans in Film Production.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Wahl worked in sales and marketing, graphic design, and product development in a number of industries ranging from non-profits to tech start-ups to wholesale and distributing companies. His legal experience includes working as a paralegal for Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith, as well as an internship in the Contracts Division of the New Orleans City Attorney’s office and an externship with the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.
Following graduation in 2017, Mr. Wahl plans to sit for both the Louisiana Bar Examination and the Patent Bar Examination.