Incubator Program Participants

2017-2018 Cohort | 2016-2017 Cohort | Former Incubator Cohorts

Program participants receive instruction, case referrals, mentorship, peer feedback, and access to a wide variety of resources including office space. With a requirement that at least of 1/4 of time be spent on cases that fall into the “justice gap”, participants accept pro bono referrals for individuals who are at or below 200% of the poverty line.

2017-2018 Cohort

Courtney Hollier Guillory received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in May 2016, where she was a Journal of Public Interest Law Editor, participated in the Family Law Clinic, and graduated in the top 15% of her class. In 2016, Courtney was awarded the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award, as well as the Law Association for Women Attorneys Law Student Award. Her law practice focuses on family law, wills and successions. Courtney, a native of Lafayette, currently lives in River Ridge with her husband, Jake.

504-321-1812 | |

Andrew Lifsey was born and raised in New Orleans. He worked in the private sector for over ten years prior to obtaining his juris doctor degree from Loyola New Orleans College of Law in May 2016. As a law student, Andrew graduated in the top 25% of his class, obtaining multiple honors for his grades, as well as publication in the Loyola Maritime Law Journal. Throughout his time in law school, Andrew clerked for a prominent New Orleans plaintiff’s firm, affording him the opportunity to work on many types of cases with a stellar team of attorneys. Andrew's pre-law background includes employment as a marketing and design coordinator for multiple businesses, as well as freelance work doing the same for clients throughout the city. As a founding member of Lifsey & Birch, LLC, Andrew and his partner Serena will provide the Greater New Orleans Area with quality family law and estate planning services.

504-313-3512 | |

John Love Norris, IV graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Louisiana State University. While attending LSU, he received an Academic Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship and was honored into the Rucks Fellowship by the E.J. Ourso Business College. Upon graduation, John attended and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans, School of Law.

John is licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana. In 2014, he established John Love Norris, IV LLC, a law firm helping those in need of civil and criminal litigation. He is highly-involved in the community, providing legal services for Loyola's Homeless Outreach Program. He also provides free notary services at Rosa F. Keller Library in New Orleans Louisiana.

John is an Application Developer having took part in the creation of the Multiple Bill Calculator, an application that provides sentencing calculations for those who are multiple offenders, and GoodTime Calculator, an application that determines the diminution of a sentence according to Louisiana's law.

504-355-3075 | |

Emily Faye Ratner is a civil rights and criminal defense attorney who litigates violations of civil rights by law enforcement actors, including police and sheriff's offices (jails), and practices both state and federal criminal defense. She is a member of the Louisiana chapter of the National Lawyers Guild as well as the organizing collective of Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an organizer focused on state violence in local and global contexts, including with the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, New Orleans Palestine Solidarity (NOLAPS), and Safe Streets Strong Communities, an organization focused on police accountability. She received a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2007. She graduated magna cum laude and as a William L. Crowe Scholar from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law in 2013. While a student at Loyola, she co-coordinated the Peoples Law Conference, served in the leadership of the Loyola chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, externed for the Honorable Stephen A. Higginson at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and served as a Comment Editor on the board of the Journal of Public Interest Law. She also trained and worked as a student practitioner in the Loyola Law Clinic, Criminal Section under Professor D. Majeeda Snead.

504-864-7861 | 

Mauricio Sierra was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his law degree from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2013 where he was actively involved with the Workplace Justice Project in conjunction with the Loyola Wage Claim Clinic. In 2013 he joined the boutique environmental law firm, Waltzer Wiygul & Garside, LLC, where litigated an active docket of property damage, personal injury, maritime, environmental, and public law cases. While at Waltzer Wiygul & Garside he represented many individual commercial fisherman, boat owners, property owners, and business owners to present their claims and maximize their recoveries following the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster. Mauricio founded The Sierra Law Firm, LLC, to focus on civil rights abuses by governmental actors and discrimination cases. He is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild and is an advocate for social justice issues ranging from environmental justice to worker and prisoner’s rights.

504-339-7277 |

Matt Smith practices personal injury law. Prior to practicing law in Louisiana, he worked in a wide range of professions from salmon fishing to political campaigns. Mr. Smith also volunteers with PARSE, Crescent City Café, the LSBA, and the Woodlands Conservancy.

504-517-4555 |


 2016-2017 Cohort

Angela Davis received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleanse College of Law in 2013. She works as the director of the nonprofit First Grace Community Alliance. There, she supports Hagar's House, their home for women and children, and practices law at Project Ishmael, a pro bono immigration legal program for children that she started in Fall 2014.

(504) 233-3057 | | 


Emily Posner received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2013. Her practice provides high-level criminal defense, civil rights and environmental justice services. For two years she worked as the Policy and Legislative Counsel for the Recirculating Farms Coalition, in New Orleans. At RFC, Emily coordinated various policy initiatives related to agriculture and fishery issues. While at Loyola she was awarded the 2013 Public Service Award from the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and the 2010 Roger Baldwin Award from the Maine Civil Liberties Union. 

(207) 930-5232 |

Rachel Silvers, a native New Orleanian, received her J.D from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Evening Division in 2013. Her firm's primary practice areas are real estate, business and estate planning. While in college and law school, Rachel worked full time as a legal assistant and paralegal. Understanding the benefits of hard work and perseverance, Rachel Silvers founded Silvers Law Firm to assist her clients in achieving their goals and protecting their interests.

(504) 583-4223 |

Former Incubator Attorneys 

Lori Noto Alphonso was born and raised in St. Bernard Parish. She received her J.D. from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Evening Division, in 2012. During her time in law school, she clerked full-time at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and numerous private law firms across the New Orleans metropolitan area. She was a managing editor of the 2010 – 2011 Loyola Maritime Law Journal. Her law firm focuses on family law matters, such as divorce, child custody, and child support. Her pro bono practice focuses on helping domestic violence victims. She currently practices in St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes.

(504) 512-0611 |  

Jonah Freedman received his J.D. from Loyola University College of Law in 2014, where he was a Loyola Law Review editor, participated in the Family Law Clinic, and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Prior to attending law school, he served his clients’ financial needs as a certified financial planner for more than 10 years. He is a native of New Orleans, has a wife and two children, and is thrilled to give back to his community via the Incubator Program. He focuses his practice on family law, estate planning, and property law.

(504) 475-8075 | | 

Nadia G. Madary is a native of New Orleans. She received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2013. During her third year of law school, she worked as a student practitioner in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, family law section. Her law practice focuses on family law, successions, and elder law.

(504) 408-0625 | |


Peter Russell received his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2014. While at Loyola, he participated in the criminal defense clinic and attended international law trips to Brussels and Strasbourg. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he served in the United States Army and as a police officer in a small town in Missouri. His areas of practice are criminal law, family law, personal injury, and various pro bono work providing low- to moderate- income families with legal representation.

 504-451-4070 | |