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Sep 23, 2008
Governor Bobby Jindal Appoints Scott Schneider to the Louisiana Board of Ethics

BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Scott Schneider of Mandeville to the Louisiana Board of Ethics following Mary Dumestre’s resignation from the board yesterday. Dumestre was appointed to the ethics board by Governor Jindal last month and stepped down yesterday, stating that she wanted to avoid a potential conflict of interest with her appointment to the board and her work at her law firm.

Governor Jindal said, “It is important that ethics board members are completely free of any and all conflicts of interest. Our strict ethics laws not only help the state protect and serve the best interests of the people, but our reforms are also a strong signal to businesses around the world that Louisiana is open for business and competing to become the best place to raise a family and pursue a great career.”

The Louisiana Board of Ethics serves to administer and enforce conflicts of interest legislation, campaign finance disclosure requirements, and lobbyist registration and disclosure laws, to achieve compliance by governmental officials, public employees, candidates, and lobbyists and to provide public access to disclosed information.

According to statute, the board is comprised of 11 members, seven of whom are gubernatorial appointments and were selected from the 38 nominations submitted by the presidents of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. (LAICU). The presidents of LAICU must submit no less than three names of eligible nominees for each congressional district. The independent colleges of Louisiana include: Centenary College, Dillard University, Louisiana College, Loyola University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Our Lady of the Lake College, Saint Joseph Seminary College, Tulane University, and Xavier University. Additionally, each gubernatorial appointment must come from a separate congressional district, and three must be attorneys licensed to practice in Louisiana for at least eight years.

Scott Schneider, of Mandeville, is an attorney with Fisher & Phillips LLP.  Schneider has a degree in economics from the University of New Orleans and is a graduate of Washington and Lee Law School in Virginia.  He is a board member of Louisiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Hospice Foundation of the South.  He will represent the 1st Congressional District, as required by statute. 

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