Joe M. Ricks, Jr., Ph.D.
The board consists of seven volunteer members who serve staggered terms of seven years each. Six members are appointed by the mayor from lists of three nominees each submitted by the presidents or chancellors of Dillard University, Loyola University, Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO), Tulane University, University of New Orleans (UNO), and Xavier University. The seventh member is appointed by the mayor. Each appointment is subject to the approval by a majority of the members of the city council.
Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D., Chair
Professor and Special Assistant to the President, Loyola University New Orleans
Dr. Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. On the faculty of Loyola University since 1990, he also serves as special assistant to the university president. He was co-founder of the Jeremiah Group, an interracial and interfaith community organization, and Shades of Praise, the New Orleans interracial gospel choir. After Hurricane Katrina, he served as chief of staff of the Government Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee of the bring New Orleans Back Commission, and subsequently founded Common Good, a network of civil society organizations to build multiracial consensus on the rebuilding of New Orleans. He served on the Human Relations Commission of the City of New Orleans from 2001-2008, and chaired the commission from 2002-2008. He is a nominee of Loyola University; his term will expire June 30, 2015.
James A. Brown, J.D., Vice Chair
Shareholder, New Orleans
Liskow & Lewis
James A. Brown is a shareholder with the New Orleans law firm of Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., and heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation Section as well as its Professional Liability Practice Group. He also serves as the firm’s Loss Prevention Partner and formerly served on the Board of Directors. His practice focuses on complex commercial and professional liability litigation, including commercial disputes, class action litigation, director and officer liability litigation, legal and accountant malpractice defense, trustee liability, and similar matters. Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is ranked among America’s leading commercial litigators by Chambers and Partners USA Client Guide. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Defense, and Professional Malpractice Law. He also is included in New Orleans Magazine’s listing of Top Lawyers. He has been designated one of New Orleans’ “Leaders in Law - 2005” by New Orleans City Business Magazine. He is listed in Louisiana “Super Lawyers” and in Benchmark Litigation. He is the current Chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, and the former co-chair of the American Bar Association Professional Liability Litigation Committee. Mr. Brown is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy and torts at the Louisiana State University Law Center and is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana, and American Bar Associations. He speaks and publishes regularly on issues of professional liability, ethics and fiduciary responsibility. He also is active in various professional, community and philanthropic affairs. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the LSU Honors College. Brown received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude and valedictorian, from Louisiana State University in 1981. He received his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1984. He is a member of various honorary societies, including Order of the Coif and Who’s Who in American Law. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 44 of the Louisiana Law Review and as law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-1985. He and his wife of 32 years, Kelly, have three sons and one daughter-in-law. Nominated by the University of New Orleans, Mr. Brown's term will expire June 30, 2019.
Allen C. Miller, J.D., Secretary
Partner, New Orleans Office
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Allen Miller practices in the area of commercial litigation. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general business torts; products liability; casualty litigation, banking and lender liability; class-action litigation; bankruptcy litigation; construction litigation and contracts; civil RICO; trade secrets litigation; professional malpractice; and a wide variety of other corporate litigation matters. He has extensive experience in complex commercial matters. Mr. Miller has handled a substantial number of cases from inception through resolution at trial, appeal and alternative dispute resolution where appropriate. His experience includes, without limitation, first chair litigation counsel in numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal court. He is solely responsible for the litigation strategy and handling of cases for several institutional firm clients, and regularly supervises commercial litigation associates and paralegals. His memberships and affiliations include: Louisiana State Bar Association, Minority Involvement Section,New Orleans Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Federal Bar Association (Board of Directors, Eastern District of Louisiana), International Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2006 - Present), and National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2004 - Present). He is a “40 Under 40” Award Recipient (National Bar Association) as well as "40 Under 40” Award Recipient by Gambit Weekly. Additional board service includes Odyssey House of Louisiana, Inc., as Vice-President and Executive Committee Board Member, and member of the board of directors for WRBH Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped. Mr. Miller is a graduate of Southern University Law Center and Xavier University. Mr. Miller's term will expire June 30, 2018. He is a nominee of Xavier University.
Elizabeth S. Nalty
Ms. Elizabeth Nalty is an extremely active member of the New Orleans community. She is a member of many local boards such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Nalty is a life member of the Louise S. McGehee School Board. Additional service includes membership on the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation Board and the Louisiana State University’s Health Science Department of Psychiatry Advisory Board. She is also a member of the board of administrators of Tulane University, serving on its Executive Committee, as well as the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic Board. Ms. Nalty also serves her community as president of the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation, Vice Regent Emerita for the State of Louisiana, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and on the Executive Committee of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans. Ms. Nalty is serving a second term to the board; she is a nominee of Tulane University, and her term will expire June 30, 2016.
Chair, Division of Business
J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing
Xavier University of Louisiana