Taylor Porter Welcomes Eight Students from Five Schools for Summer Law Clerk Session


May 13, 2019


Pictured from left: Zach Lester (LSU 1L); Emilio Figueroa (Northwestern 2L); Patrick Riley (LSU 1L); Connor Rabalais (Tulane 1L); Eleanor Gilbert (William & Mary 1L); Braxton Duhon (LSU 1 L); Beverly Perkins (LSU 2L); and Darryl Cage (SULC 1L) 

Taylor Porter will host eight students from five law schools for the first session of its 2019 summer law clerk program in which under the guidance of practicing Taylor Porter attorneys and mentors, law clerks gain hands-on experience and interaction that reflect real life as a lawyer. The work ranges from case research to legal writing to shadowing attorneys at depositions, hearings, and oral arguments, and speaking with both Taylor Porter partners and associates one-on-one and learning about their personal experiences.

Representing Southern University Law Center, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Tulane University School of Law, William & Mary Law School, and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Taylor Porter law clerks include: Darryl Cage (SULC 1L); Beverly Perkins (LSU 2L); Braxton Duhon (LSU 1 L), Zach Lester (LSU 1L), and Patrick Riley (LSU 1L); Connor Rabalais (Tulane 1L); Eleanor Gilbert (William & Mary 1L); and Emilio Figueroa (Northwestern 2L).

Darryl Cage Jr. completed his 1L year at Southern University Law Center. He is from Zachary, Louisiana. Earlier this semester, Darryl completed the 2019 Fit to Practice program hosted by LSU. In the upcoming school year, Darryl hopes to be a part of Southern University Law Review. Darryl graduated from LSU having double-majored in English Literature and Philosophy, while minoring in Spanish. While at LSU, Darryl was inducted into the Alpha Lambda chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honor Society. Darryl is mentored by
Adam Thames and Katia Bowman.

Braxton Duhon completed his first year of law school at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU. He is a Paul M. Hebert scholar, and he has received the CALI Excellence Awards for Torts, Legal Research and Writing I, and Legal Traditions. Braxton graduated summa cum laude from LSU with a B.A. in political science and a minor in Sociology. Braxton grew up in Reserve, Louisiana. Braxton is mentored by attorneys
Mike Crawford and Ashley Meredith.

Emilio Figueroa completed his second year at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  He was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and graduated with a B.S. in Criminology and Sport Management in 2017 from Florida State University. He is a LexisNexis Student Representative, and an active member of the Black Law Students Association, Latino Law Students Association, and the Sports Law Society at Northwestern. Emilio is mentored by
Mike Walsh and Colin Peak.

Eleanor Gilbert completed her first year at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, VA. She is the President of the Business Law Society and is an active member of the Federalist Society. Eleanor graduated magna cum laude from LSU in 2018 with a BS in Accounting. Following her graduation from LSU and prior to law school, Eleanor worked in Ernst and Young’s audit practice in Dallas, serving financial services clients. Eleanor is mentored by
Robin Toups and Sarah White.

Zach Lester completed his first year at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he is a member of both the Tax and Maritime Law Society. As a member of the tax law society, Zach assisted foreign exchange students and professors by helping them file their 2018 federal and state tax returns through the VITA program. Zach grew up right outside of Baton Rouge in St. Francisville. Zach is mentored by
Tom Easterly and Coulter McMahen.

Beverly Perkins completed her second year at Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she is a senior editor for the Journal of Energy Law and Resources and President of the Tax Law Society. As a volunteer for the VITA program, she has obtained IRS certification and prepared federal and state income tax returns for foreign students and professors who work for LSU’s Main Campus. Beverly has also clerked for Long Law Firm and has been a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Guy Holdridge at the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the field of Accounting from Louisiana State University. Beverly is mentored by
Tim Poche and Leah Cook.

Connor Rabalais completed his first year at Tulane University Law School. He received the CALI Excellence Award for highest grade in Civil Procedure. Connor attended LSU for undergrad and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Finance. Connor is mentored by
Eddie Hughes and Trey Tumminello.

Patrick Riley just finished his first year at LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he is a Chancellor's Scholar and an officer in the Student Bar Association. He is also a member of the Maritime and Admiralty Law Society. Patrick graduated from LSU with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a concentration in molecular biology. He has worked for the Louisiana State Senate, LSU's chemical engineering department, and Precision Firearms. Patrick is mentored by
Blue Loupe and Savannah Smith.


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