Giving Back

The attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens have established themselves as leaders in the Louisiana legal community. In addition to their impressive record of success, they have received numerous awards and recognition and have dedicated themselves to giving back to the community. To that end they are active in local, state and national professional associations, help educate future lawyers, and are dedicated to numerous charitable organizations.

Educating Others

The attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens have strong roots in the Baton Rouge community and are dedicated to giving back to their community. One of the ways in which they do this is through education.

Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens yearly endows a scholarship to the Louisiana State University Law Center to benefit law students in need.

Ed Walters currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center. He has taught a trial skills course entitled "Advanced Trial and Evidence" for at least 15 years. It is a "hands on" course designed to teach trial skills to our future lawyers. As you can see from his resume, he is a leader in the bar and frequent writer and lecturer. He has been the editor of the Baton Rouge Bar Association's monthly magazine, Around the Bar, since its first issue 25 years ago. He is active in the Baton Rouge Bar Association where he was President in 1993. He is a frequent Continuing Legal Education lecturer for both the Louisiana State Bar Association and the LSU Law Center.

Darrel Papillion, a former law clerk at the Louisiana Supreme Court, and an experienced appellate lawyer, also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center where he has taught courses in Appellate Advocacy for nearly 10 years. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge where he has taught Pretrial Procedure and Trial Practice. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at legal education seminars for other lawyers. To frequent presentations in Louisiana, he has also delivered lectures in New York and Florida.

J.E. Cullens is a frequent guest lecturer at the LSU Law Center and volunteers his time at local public schools to help educate youth regarding our system of justice, the practice of law, and the history of the legal profession. J.Cullens was recently invited by the American Bar Association to give a continuing legal education presentation in Delaware to attorneys from around the country regarding effective trial strategies and evidence issues. He has given numerous presentations and written articles regarding the effective use of expert witnesses following the Supreme Court's importantDaubert decision.

David Abboud Thomas is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a select group of attorneys who strive to educate the public about the vital importance of the right to a jury trial and is a frequent lecturer on legal topics in the Baton Rouge area.

Michelle Sorrells teaches continuing education courses to new attorneys, helping them learn how to represent injured workers. She has also been instrumental in educating judges, mediators, and attorneys statewide on Medicare Set-Asides issues.

Each of the attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars and each have authored numerous professional legal articles.

Volunteer Efforts

Thank you note from
Rotary Club & LPB

In addition to their professional involvement, the attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens have been involved in many volunteer activities. J. Cullens is an alumnus of the Leadership Council of Greater Baton Rouge and has served the Capital Area United Way as one of the Fifty for the Future, and recently chaired the Education Division on the Campaign Cabinet of the Capital Area United Way. He is currently a member of the Council for a Better Louisiana, class of 2010.

The firm is also very active in the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. In 2007, Darrel Papillion was named one of Baton Rouge's "Top 40 Under 40" by the Baton Rouge business Report. Darrel Papillion is a member of the Board of Directors of Teach for America of South Louisiana, Literacy Works, and Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens co-sponsors CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Baton Rouge Unit

In conjunction with East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, Civil District Court Judge Trudy White and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, the firm sponsored a three-day crime scene investigation camp for East Baton Rouge Parish students at McKinley Middle Magnet School. The classes covered topics such as chain of custody, documentation, DNA evidence, fingerprinting, firearms and victim identification. The Baton Rouge City Police and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office staged the crime scene. In addition to learning how to process crime scene evidence, the students also witnessed a mock murder trial. The camp is designed to show students the reality behind the forensic science depicted in television crime shows and to improve attitudes toward law enforcement and encourage an interest in science, problem solving and critical thinking. Partner David Abboud Thomas was quoted in The Advocate, Baton Rouge's Daily Newspaper, as follows, "We hope it gives young people the opportunity to learn what really happens in the judicial system from the crime scene to the courtroom. We also hope it gets some of the kids interested in these professions."

J.Cullens (pictured lower right) recently served as a Celebrity Waiter at the Youth Oasis fourth annual Round Up dinner event to raise funds for troubled teens and runaways from the greater Baton Rouge area.

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