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Executive Director, New Orleans
504.529.1000 ext. 270
Laura Tuggle is the Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). She has served as the executive director since May 2014 and began her career at SLLS in 1993 as a staff attorney. Previously, Laura managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit, right after Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010.
Prior to joining SLLS, she served as General Counsel and Director of Client Services as part of a reform administration at the long troubled Housing Authority of New Orleans from August 2010-April 2013. After the agency transitioned back to local control, Laura returned to SLLS.
Over her 25 year career in public interest, she has excelled in many areas, including direct services, systemic work, and policy advocacy. As a result, Laura increased access to housing for special populations, including the homeless, people living with disabilities, and disaster survivors. Additionally, her efforts in impact litigation resulted in significant legal victories for low-income tenants, including millions of dollars in federal relocation assistance and establishing a private right of action for voucher assisted tenants to challenge utility allowances.
Laura is an author of the Federally Subsidized Housing Program portion of the Louisiana Legal Services Desk Manual, as well as a coauthor of the housing portion of the Brookings Institute New Orleans Index at 5.
She has received national, state, and local awards for her work in the interest of housing justice. Laura graduated from LSU in 1984, receiving her Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School in 1987. She currently serves on the Board of the New Orleans Family Justice Center, Shared Housing, and as Co-Chair of the Legal Services Corporation’s National Disaster Task Force Relationship-Building and Integration of Legal Services into the Nation’s Emergency Management Infrastructure Committee. Laura is a member of the Louisiana Access to Justice Commission’s Building Bridges Committee, currently serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association Access to Justice Committee, and serves on numerous task forces seeking to improve civil legal services and housing opportunities for vulnerable people.
Deputy Director, Hammond
985.345.2130 ext. 108
Roxanne Newman is the Deputy Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). Prior to her new role, she served as the Managing Attorney for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in Covington, from 2011-2014, and for Family Justice Project, the domestic violence unit of New Orleans Legal Assistance, prior to Hurricane Katrina.
Roxanne has worked with SLLS and New Orleans Legal Assistance since 1999 in the offices in Marrero, New Orleans, Covington and Hammond, where she practiced primarily in the areas of family law and domestic violence. Additionally, her efforts have spanned the following parishes: New Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany and Washington.
Currently, Roxanne serves on the boards of the Pro Bono Project and the Northlake Homeless Coalition. Additionally, she is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the 21st Judicial District Court Bar Association. Previously, Roxanne served as a chair member of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: Family Practice Area Management group, and the Louisiana State Bar Associations Access to Justice Committee Family Law Task Force. She has also served as a member of the Mayors Domestic Violence Advisory Committee in New Orleans, the Jefferson Parish Stalking and Harassment Advisory Committee, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council in St. Tammany Parish and the 22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association.
Roxanne received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School in 1993, and her Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in Womens Studies from the State University of New York at Albany in 1990. Additionally, she was admitted as a Bachelor and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1997.
Directing Attorney, Baton Rouge
225.448.0080 ext. 303
Talya J. Bergeron is the Directing Attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in the Baton Rouge Office. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University and received a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center. Prior to her new role, Talya served as a Staff Attorney and a Managing Attorney in the Family Law Unit at SLLS.
She is committed to serving the underrepresented members of society and survivors of domestic abuse. Talya is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, in which she serves on the Access to Justice Committee and the Children’s Law Committee. Additionally, she serves as a committee member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee, the Law Day Committee, and the Volunteer Committee.
Prior to these affiliations, Talya served as the President of the Board of Southeast Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), an organization that assists survivors of Domestic Abuse. Additionally, she has served as the First Vice-President of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of the Greater Baton Rouge community.