On December 27, 2022, MBLB attorney Edward McAuliffe taught a continuing legal education program for the New Orleans Bar Association’s end-of-year seminar. The topic was “Louisiana Crime Victims’ and Witnesses’ Rights.” The educational program stemmed from pro bono work Edward undertook earlier in 2022, representing a victim, the mother of a deceased pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run, and obtaining restitution for her through the criminal process. Edward had previously taught Victims’ Rights to young prosecutors when he was an Assistant District Attorney and was excited to bring this programming to a wider audience of attorneys.
As for the pro bono case, Edward would like to call attention to the strength and resolve of Christa Lane-Larsen, whose daughter Christina was killed on February 27, 2021, while walking her dog across St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.
“By all accounts, Christina Larsen was a wonderful young lady. New Orleans was her adopted home. She came to this city for the best it had to offer, but she received the worst. It was an honor and a pleasure to represent Christina’s mother, Christa, who steadfastly pursued justice for her daughter. Providing education on the rights of victims and witnesses of crime seemed a fitting way to honor Christina’s memory.”
About J. Edward McAuliffe
Associate Edward McAuliffe’s practice areas focus on trucking and transportation and insurance defense. Prior to joining MBLB, Edward was an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans, where he rose quickly through the ranks, eventually heading up the District Attorney’s Bond and Asset Forfeiture Division. He represented his office at the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, aided in overseeing civil litigation, and implemented new policies and procedures both in his office and throughout the New Orleans criminal justice system.
While Edward is known for working with his opponents to reach amicable resolutions whenever possible, he will draw a hard line in the sand when his clients’ interests require it. “Being tough and being professional are not mutually exclusive. I ‘grew up’ as a lawyer in the school of hard knocks at Tulane and Broad. The courtroom, trial, administrative, and legislative experiences I gained as an ADA are invaluable. The same tenacity I brought to the criminal arena I maintain in defense of my civil clients.”