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Adams and Reese Partner Roland Vandenweghe has been accepted into the Class of 2016 of The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute as the organization announced a selection of 41 business, civic and community leaders throughout the 10-parish region.

NORLI provides a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders. The program enhances the participants’ knowledge base and creates meaningful dialog on the key elements of building and maintaining thriving and healthy communities. Alumni enjoy the benefits of a network of individuals with the common goal of regional community building.

The NORLI curriculum examines public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life. Starting in September and continuing through May, the NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions.

At Adams and Reese, Vandenweghe has supported a broad spectrum of litigation matters and clients — bringing in new business from his network outside the firm footprint and providing an international link as Honorary Consul of Belgium for Louisiana and Arkansas. He is also involved in firm recruitment. Vandenweghe is ranked among Best Lawyers® (by BL Rankings, LLC) in Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions - Defendants.

His clients range from individuals to Fortune 100 companies in matters including commercial disputes, professional and executive officer liability, labor and employment, oil and gas, toxic tort and environmental, admiralty/maritime, class action and complex litigation, intellectual property, products liability, construction and asbestos litigation.

Co-author of Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law ABA Tort and Insurance Law Journal, Vandenweghe also is a frequent presenter on related legal issues. He serves as Treasurer of the New Orleans Consular Corps and is a former middle school mentor and high school mock trial coach. He regularly screens cases for the elderly and destitute as part of a project administered by the New Orleans Pro Bono Project.