Area entrepreneur, Judge Kuhn to be honored at alumni awards event

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: October 19, 2012

1)John Lejeune, Jr.2)Judge James E. Kuhn

John Lejeune, Jr.      Judge James E. Kuhn

      HAMMOND – North Shore entrepreneur John Lejeune Jr. of Bogalusa and Louisiana appeal court Judge James E. Kuhn of Ponchatoula will receive special recognition at the Southeastern Louisiana University's Alumni Awards Evening on Friday (Oct. 26) at Twelve Oaks.

     Lejeune will be recognized as the association's Young Alumnus of the Year, while Kuhn, a member of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, will receive the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award.

     Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are available from the association at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.

     Lejeune started his own disc jockey business as a teenager, working dances at area high schools. He now owns and operates Rock-It Productions, a high-tech DJ company he founded shortly after his graduation from Southeastern in 2002.Shortly afterwards he started See Hear Productions, a company that offers lighting, sound and staging for large events such as festivals.

     Lejeune was the co-star of the VH1 reality television show "Tough Love" that was set in New Orleans, has appeared in HBO's popular "Treme" series and is in an international print media advertising campaign with Chrysler. In 2007 he opened a Snap Fitness center in Bogalusa and added a second Snap Fitness franchise in Lacombe.

     Kuhn, a 1968 Southeastern graduate, was elected to the First Circuit Court of Appeal in 1994 and was re-elected to his second term in 2005. He began his public service career in 1980 as an assistant district attorney in the 21st Judicial District. He was elected a district judge in 1990.

     Prior to his public service, Kuhn practiced law, representing clients in the insurance industry as well as agencies such as the Livingston Parish Police Jury. A member of the board of the Southeastern Foundation, he was honored with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences' Alumnus of the Year Award in 2010. He is an active member of both the Sigma Tau Gamma and Ponchatoula Alumni Chapters. He has also coordinated visits by representatives of the U.S. Army War College on Southeastern's campus.

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