LPDB Board Members
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Zita Andrus received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Xavier University of Louisiana in May of 2004. She obtained her Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Law from Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2008 where she was the recipient of the CALI Award in Insurance, the Best Oral Advocate Award in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, and was a Southern Regional Quarter finalist in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. She was also a member of the Wex Malone American Inn of Court, LSU Moot Court Board, LSU Trial Advocacy Team and served as Treasurer of the Black Law Students Association.
Ms. Andrus has been employed with the law firm of Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson and Gaughan, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana since March of 2013. Prior that that time she worked as a CJA panel attorney with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles from October 2010 to March of 2013. She has also worked with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, various private law firms and in 2007 clerked for Justice John L. Weimer.
Ms. Andrus is admitted to practice in Louisiana, United States District Court for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a skilled writer, proficient in trial preparation, and experienced in trial preparation as first chair to commercial litigation and personal injury trials as well as second chair to medical malpractice and criminal trials.
A biography for this Board member will be posted soon.
Juvenile Justice Advocate
Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO and President of Foundation for Louisiana (formerly Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation), is a public policy and community engagement strategist with expertise in community and leadership development, resilience building and legislative strategy. With a focus on building coalitions that increase success in expanding economic opportunity for all, Mr. Daniels is accomplished in expanding capacity and outcomes in areas that include community development finance, criminal justice reform, coastal/environmental policy, transit equity and asset development. Mr. Daniels has led more than $50 million award-winning community investment strategies while at the Foundation.
Prior to his appointment at the Foundation, Mr. Daniels served for nine years as Tulane University’s Assistant Vice-President and Executive Director of State and Local Affairs. Before that, he cuts his public policy and community engagement teeth as an Urban Policy Specialist and Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Mayor, Division of Federal and State Programs for the City of New Orleans.
In his civic capacity, Mr. Daniels currently serves as Ex-officio and Policy Committee Chair of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Board of Directors where he was honored with the first-ever Distinguished Service Award for Board leadership after serving five years as the post-Katrina Chair leading critical recovery efforts. Mr. Daniels is also: a founding member and Board Chairman of the Orleans Public Education Network; a Mayoral-appointed Commissioner for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority; a founding member of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network; steering committee member of the first-of-its-kind New Orleans White House Local Resource Network; an advisory member of the ResilienceNOLA/100 Resilience Cities Initiative; and, has served as a commissioner of the Mayor’s Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform in New Orleans that lead to historic reductions in jail capacities. Mr. Daniels serves as the juvenile justice advocate appointee to the LPDB, appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Chief Justice.
Mr. Daniels is a 2013 graduate of the University of Oxford Said Business School’s Impact Investing Programme, 2011 Fellow of the Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute, a life Fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, an alumnus of Leadership Louisiana and a graduate of the Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Mr. Daniels has an MBA from the A. B. Freeman School of Tulane University, a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans, and spent six years doing materials research for the USDA.
Admitted to the Bar in 1979, Ross Foote retired from the Ninth Judicial District Court in 2004 after 13 years on the bench and joined Smith Foote LLP in Alexandria, LA, as a partner dealing exclusively with national class action antitrust cases. He left Smith Foote LLP to join The Patterson Resolution Group, and his primary focus is commercial arbitration and mediation. Today he practices in Shreveport, LA, with W. Ross Foote, LLC.
Mr. Foote also served on the Board of Directors for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, conducted ADR training programs, including presentations in Canada and England, and participated in several class action antitrust medications. He also currently sits ad hoc for the Shreveport City Court and District Courts of Northwest Louisiana.
In addition to being an AAA Certified Neutral, he has taught courses at the National Judicial College and assisted in the formation of ADR groups in Louisiana. He also served on the Executive Committee for the Louisiana District Judges Association and the Advisory Committee on Technology for the National Center for State Courts.
Mr. Foote received his B.A. degree from Duke University and his J. D. degree from Louisiana State University. He served with the Louisiana Ninth Judicial District Court from 1991-2004.
Mr. Foote currently hosts a radio show on the local NPR affiliate called the Better Picture; it is a call-in talk show about photography.
Frank Holthaus is a partner of the firm deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Fruge. Mr. Holthaus received his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University in 1975. His practice focuses on federal criminal matters, including Title 18, environmental, anti-trust and corrupt foreign practice act violations, as well as personal injury cases in all courts.
Mr. Holthaus belongs to the following professional associations: Baton Rouge Bar Association (President, 1996-1997; Secretary, 1994; Treasurer, 1993; Member, Board of Directors, 1987-1996; Chairman: Local Criminal Court Rules, Middle District of Louisiana; Court Liaison Committee, 2000); Louisiana State Bar Association (President, Criminal Law Section, 1982; Member, House of Delegates, 1990-1994; 1996-2000; 2002-present) Judicial Liaison Committee 2007-present); American Bar Association (Member: Standing Committee on Grand Juries, 1985-1992; White Collar Crime Committee, 1992-1996; Federal Court Bench Bar Liaison Committee, 1999); Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Charter Member, 1985; Legislative Liaison, 1986-1990; Member, Board of Directors, 1986-1987); Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (Chair, Criminal Law Section, 2007); Baton Rouge Lawyers for Criminal Justice (President, 1983); Supreme Court of Louisiana Committee on Standards on Juror Use and Management; CJA Panel Selection Committee for Middle District of Louisiana.
Moses Williams was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps from March of 1975 to March of 1978. Upon his return to Louisiana, he attended Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge where he was Senior Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. He graduated cum laude in 1981. Mr. Williams clerked in East Baton Rouge District Court from August 1980 until his graduation in 1981. In July of 1981, he accepted a law clerk position with Louisiana Chief Justice John A. Dixon, Jr. In July of 1982, Mr. Williams returned to North Louisiana as an assistant district attorney in the 4th Judicial District providing child support representation for Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes. Then, in October of 1982, Mr. Williams became an assistant district attorney and for nine years prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases in the 6th Judicial Parishes of Madison, East Carroll and Tensas. He opened his law practice in Tallulah in January of 1991.
Mr. Williams served as President and CEO of the Northeast Louisiana Delta Community Development Corporation which was dedicated to alleviating poverty and distress in Northeast Louisiana delta communities. He has also served as President/Chair on the Delta Compact; The Southern Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Communities Forum; and the Louisiana Association for Community and Economic Development Corporation and as a former committee member or commissioner on the Community Resource Group, Rural Development and Finance Corporation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Delta Leadership Council; Ford Foundation’s Commission to Build Philanthropy, National Congress for Community and Economic Development and Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Federal Credit Union (Loan Committee).
Mr. Williams is married to Judge Felicia Toney Williams and they have three children.
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