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State treasurer to present annual Livingston Lecture March 21

Contact: Christina Chapple


Treasurer John Kennedy

HAMMOND – State Treasurer John Kennedy will present Southeastern Louisiana University's annual James and Evelyn Livingston Memorial Lecture on Business Ethics at 7 p.m., March 21, at the Student Union Theatre.

       The lecture, co-sponsored by the College of Business and the Arts and Lectures Committee, is free to the public. The lecture series was founded in 1984 by Hammond businessman John O. Batson in memory of his long‑time friend and associate James Livingston. The series now also honors Livingston’s wife Evelyn, an active community volunteer who died last year.

       Kennedy was elected state treasurer in1999, and reelected without opposition in 2003. He also served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue from 1996 to 1999 and special counsel to Gov. Buddy Roemer from 1988 to 1992. Kennedy also was secretary of Roemer’s cabinet from 1990 to 1992, a member of the Governor’s Commission on Medical Malpractice, and secretary of state’s Commission on Corporations.

       Kennedy is an attorney and partner in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans law firm of Chaffe, McCall, Phillips, Toler and Sarpy, L.L.P. He has published articles in the “Louisiana Law Review,” “Louisiana Bar Journal,” and “Akron Law Review.” He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Louisiana State University Law School and as a substitute teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

       A native of Zachary, Kennedy earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University where he was elected president of his senior class and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia while serving as executive editor of the “Virginia Law Review.” He is a member of the Order of the Coif and a First Class Honors graduate of Oxford University in Oxford, England.

       For additional information on the James and Evelyn Livingston Memorial Lecture on Business Ethics, contact the College of Business, (985) 549-2258.

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