Leila Abu-Orf

Associate

Leila Abu-Orf joined Burns Charest in 2020 after clerking for the Honorable Jane Triche Milazzo at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Leila graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2019. While there, she served as Articles Editor for the Loyola Law Review and was an oralist and brief writer for the First Amendment Moot Court team. She also participated in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice as a student practitioner in the criminal defense clinic, where she represented indigent individuals in Orleans Parish charged with misdemeanors and felonies. As a student practitioner, Leila conducted the opening statement and direct examination of witnesses in the bench trial of a woman charged with the second-degree murder of her abusive spouse, ultimately securing a Not Guilty verdict.

A South Jersey native, Leila moved to New Orleans in 2009 to attend Tulane University for her undergraduate studies. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies and received the Senior Award in Excellence from the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.