The Presidency of Ashley Belleau

Ashley Belleau has added a new title to her name: President.

In late September, Bellleau, a business litigator at Montgomery, Barnett, Brown, Read, Hammond & Mintz in New Orleans, was installed as the new head of the Federal Bar Association (FBA).

"Over the next year and beyond," Belleau told Super Lawyers, "I look forward to working with the FBA's leadership to serve the organization's mission of strengthening the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, and the federal judiciary and the public they serve. To accomplish this mission, we are taking the lead on issues that face federal practitioners and the bench. One major issue is the high number of judicial vacancies that currently exist in certain circuit and district courts, which can delay cases being heard in a timely fashion. The FBA is also working with Judge Jay Zainey to bring the SOLACE program [in which members of the legal community help those in need] to national prominence."

The role will certainly keep her busy, not that it sounds like she minds.

"I love the practice of law, and bar associations such as the FBA keep the practice of law enjoyable and improve the legal system as a whole, and that that is very satisfying," she says.