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They get what they deserve


Monica Sanchez,

managing partner of The Sanchez Firm, Cochran Latino LLC, has received a 2010 Top Lawyers Under Forty Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association. The association, which has more than 100,000 members, bestows this national honor on only five lawyers a year. The award is given for the attorneys' professional excellence, integrity and leadership in the Hispanic community. Sanchez, a native of Panama, graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1998 and practices personal injury law.


Melinda Shelton,

a mass communications professor at Xavier University and faculty advisor for the school's newspaper, has been named Journalism Educator of the Year by the Southeast Journalism Conference, which includes 32 member schools in eight states. In 2009, Shelton helped the Xavier Herald launch the paper's online edition by establishing an advertising agreement with the network MTV, which manages the Herald's Web site. The conference ranked the site in its top 10 for online newspapers, and Xavier student Maya Jones was selected as a top 10 sportswriter.


Tonia Simmons-Doakes and Erica Bilbo,

senior students at Southern University at New Orleans, won the $10,000 first prize in the Morehouse College 2010 Business Plan Competition. Under the guidance of Southern University marketing professor Louis Mancuso, Simmons-Doakes and Bilbo developed a business plan for providing more federal Section 8 housing in the city by purchasing and renovating two four-plex apartments in eastern New Orleans. Both students are majoring in business entrepreneurship, a four-year undergraduate program.


Stephanie Langlois,

a Metairie businesswoman, pleaded guilty in federal court to forging the federal Office of Management and Budget's seal. Langlois admitted to forging and counterfeiting the seal, then putting the forged approval stamp on phony grant award letters. Langlois sent the letters to potential clients to dupe them into believing the federal government would assist them in rebuilding their businesses, which had been damaged in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Langlois faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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