LSU Law School Class of 2020 graduate Chaz Cannova was named the recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award for his work in the Civil Mediation Clinic (CMC) during the Fall of 2019.
Chaz mediated 3 cases at Baton Rouge City Court with two resolutions, one involving reimbursement for stolen guns and the other a “family” dispute regarding personal loans. He did a fantastic job in his role as Mediator with diverse issues and parties. Before Law School, Chaz spent 7 years with the Office of Special Investigations for the US Air Force, holding positions as a General Crimes Special Agent, Economic Crimes Special Agent, and finally a Regional Officer where he managed operations for 95 agents and over 200 active investigations. This past experience was evident in the professionalism he exhibited in his interactions with disputing parties as well as his use of mediation techniques to develop information and explore options for resolution.
Chaz was eager to learn and improve his dispute resolution techniques throughout the semester. He continued to assist the CMC for the Spring 2020 semester by volunteering to fill in for simulations and representing the CMC at the Clinic Info meeting. In addition to his work with the CMC and volunteering for Prof. Lancaster’s Family Mediation Simulation Course, Chaz was involved with PILS, the Internal Oral Advocacy Competition (Quarterfinalist), the Transactional Litigation Competition, and was a Student Ambassador.
Chaz embodies the dedication and work ethic that a Clinical education student should exhibit and this recognition for his efforts is well deserved.