•BV-Distinguished Peer Review Rated, 2004-2017
•CityBusiness Leader in Law, 2016
•National Excellence Award for Public Policy, Governmental Research Association, 2000
•Common Cause Legislative Leadership Award, 1990
•Volunteer of the Year for pro-bono services, Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter, 1996
•Senator, Mississippi State Senate, 1989-1993
•Mayor, City of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, 1985-1989
•Mississippi Advisory Commission on Public Trust Tidelands, 1988-1990
•Co-Recipient, Ted Aschman Prize, American Society of Planning Officials, 1976
In the News
•Butler Snow Ranked as a Top 10 Private Bond Counsel Firm Nationally by Thomson Reuters Top Legal Counsel Review
•Butler Snow Ranked as a Top 10 Bond Counsel Firm Nationally by Thomson Reuters Top Legal Counsel Review
•Vic Franckiewicz and Jim Letten Recognized at Reception for 2016 CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award
•Honorees chosen for 12th Leadership in Law class - New Orleans CityBusiness
Papers, Presentations, & Publications
•Speaker, “Legal and Urban Planning Aspects of Disaster Recovery,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning, November 19, 2018.
•A Sinking Coast Bubbles up Legal Challenges; presentation and paper on property law, coastal regulation, and disaster recovery issues resulting from coastal land loss and rising sea levels;. New Orleans, Louisiana, December 30, 2014.
•Overview and Status Report on the New Orleans Capital Program, Bureau of Governmental Research, October 2000; examined capital budget process of City of New Orleans.
•Privatization of Sewerage and Water Board Operations, Bureau of Governmental Research, April 2000. A report on the options and issues involved in privatizing a major urban utility system.
•Property Tax Exemption and Assessment Administration in Orleans Parish, Bureau of Governmental Research, December 1999; comprehensive examination of operations of seven Orleans Parish Tax Assessors. The report was the analytic foundation for post-Katrina reforms that abolished the archaic seven-assessor system. It won the prestigious Governmental Research Association’s National Excellence Award for Public Policy in 2000.
•The States Ante Up: An Analysis of Casino Gaming Statutes, 38 Loy. L. Rev. 1123, 1993.
•Chisom v. Roemer: The Elected Judiciary is Subject to Vote Dilution Claims Under the Voting Rights Act, 38 Loy. L. Rev. 211, 1992.
• Frequent lecturer on zoning and land use issues at professional seminars in Mississippi and Louisiana.
(Also at New Orleans, Louisiana Office)
Mississippi Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Bureau of Governmental Research
President and CEO, 1999-2000
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