Business Honors for Jan. 26, 2014

Louisiana Appleseed presented Good Apple Awards recognizing pro bono work to Adams and Reese LLP for its assistance as a founding law firm in launching Louisiana Appleseed and its continued pro bono support and J. Michael Breeden for his work as lead volunteer on the organization’s consumer rights project that trains attorneys representing clients affected by the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement.

It also recognized Ian M. Ellis for his work on a white paper for the Louisiana State Bar Association on custody and school enrollment issues that has been used as a resource for school districts and community members across the state and Christy Harowski for developing a diversionary program for first-time solicitation offenders, in partnership with Eden House, a residential program designed to assist women who have been commercially and sexually exploited.

And it recognized the Judicial Administrator’s Office of the Louisiana Supreme Court for implementing a court interpreter training and certification program and holding multiple training, testing and registration seminars across Louisiana.

The Weight Loss Surgery Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales has been reaccredited as a bariatric surgery center of excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery/Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Accreditation acknowledges the center’s commitment to improvement and patient safety for its bariatric surgery patients.

Louisiana Master Farmer Program certifications were presented from the local area to state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain; Anthony and Theresa Beaubouef, of Tangipahoa Parish; James Regan Knight, Dale and Joyce Profitt and Walter Scott Reedy, Washington Parish; Michael and Nicholas Talley, Jefferson Davis Parish; Shane Milazzo and Pernell Livingston, Lafayette Parish; Thomas Michael Wall and James Fontenot, Evangeline Parish; Richard Hardee, Christine and Leland Vidrine Jr., Robert Moss, Ross Morgan, Morgan Farms, Mary Marceaux and Michael Luquette, Vermilion Parish; and James Hundley and Ricky Klumpp, Acadia Parish.