"There's an old saying in politics about 'knowing where the bones are buried.' Lamar knows that in Louisiana, sometimes the bones are buried and sometimes they're above ground. We need folks like him to hold our politics and our politicians accountable."
- James Carville
Lamar has single-handedly broken major stories that have attracted statewide, national, and even international attention.
“(White) best exemplifies the power of the pen and its ability to change the mighty,” proclaimed The Advocate.
Wonkette has praised his work as “intrepid,” and The Washington Post declared him “a thorn in the side of conservatives….who can drive coverage and threaten careers.”
In addition to his work on CenLamar, White has also contributed to Salon, The Houston Chronicle, The Texas Law Journal, The Times-Picayune, The Independent of Lafayette, The Lens, and was a youth reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Town Talk.
Lamar White, Jr. was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. He attended Rice University in Houston, graduating with a 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale) with a bachelors of arts degree in English and Religious Studies. He is also a two-time graduate of the prestigious New York Writers Institute, the Southern Methodist University Business Accelerator Program, and Louisiana Real Estate School. In 2015, he earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.
Shortly after graduating from Rice, he returned to Louisiana and worked with his mother’s property management business to help dozens of families relocate into new and temporary housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
During that time, he launched CenLamar, which subsequently became Louisiana’s most popular politically progressive website, attracting an audience of more than 2 million visitors and publishing more than 2,000 articles.
In the last ten years, his research has appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and countless other publications. Lamar is also a founding advisory board member of the New Leaders Council of Louisiana, a former national board member for the Secular Student Alliance, and the Executive Vice President of Second Giant Leap, a non-profit organization that promotes science education in public school biology classrooms.
Lamar shortly resigned from his property management job, and was inspired to campaign and eventually work for one of the most impressive and intelligent and dynamic Democrats in Louisiana, Mayor Jacques Roy.
After five years in Alexandria, during which time, as an assistant to the mayor, he helped envision and plan the largest and most successful inner-city redevelopment project and crime prevention initiative in city history, Lamar moved to Dallas and attended SMU’s Dedman School of Law, where he concentrated on public policy and health care. Upon graduation from law school, he moved back to Louisiana, settling in Baton Rouge.
After a brief stint in a phD program at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communications and following the historic election of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards in Louisiana, Lamar realized it was time for action, and in April, he founded Imagine Louisiana.
While at SMU Law, Lamar campaigned on behalf of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, defending her record on disability rights at a high-profile press conference that generated headlines across Texas and the country.
Lamar, who was born with cerebral palsy, is an outspoken disability rights advocate and has worked with leaders, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and other disabled Americans on this important work. Today, he lives happy in Baton Rouge with his eight-year-old golden retriever Lucy Anna.
Cayman Clevenger- Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
Cayman Clevenger is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law cum laude and a graduate of Tulane University with honors. Cayman’s professional experience in politics began at age 17, when he ran a State Senate Campaign. Cayman managed press releases, advised the candidate on the Louisiana political climate, drafted the candidate platform, and ran the ground game with a budget of only $1,500.
Cayman later served as the Director of Media for the State of Louisiana College Republicans, where he handled all press releases, did all graphic design, ran new media, and co-managed large, successful speaking events in the Greater New Orleans area for Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. David Vitter, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Gov. Chris Christie.
Cayman first attended college at Baylor University where he was in the advanced Pre-Medical undergraduate program. Cayman was elected as senator for the Class of 2012.
Cayman transferred to Tulane University where he was awarded a full scholarship. He was elected as a senator on both the Undergraduate and Associated Student Body Student Government, and he served two terms as President of the School of Liberal Arts Student Government, where he managed a large budget, wrote the School Newsletter, and planned campus-wide events for speakers, dignitaries, and heads of state.
Cayman also founded the Phi Alpha Delta chapter at Tulane University and was elected its first President in 2011. Coursework at Tulane included persuasive writing courses, political communication and political science, and Contemporary American Politics and Election 2012 with James Carville. Cayman earned a degree in history, with a capstone and thesis on the Legal History of Louisiana, focusing on legendary Gov. Huey P. Long. Cayman graduated with the highest GPA in the History Department and was awarded lifetime membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history society.
Cayman joined Latter & Bloom in 2012 after graduating in the top five percent of his class at Tulane University.
Cayman practiced in the New Orleans Real Estate Market before accepting an Accelerated Dean’s Scholarship to SMU Law. At SMU, he completed coursework in Healthcare Law and Policy, Property Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, and received graduate level training in Alternative Dispute Resolution, including Arbitration and Mediation.
After his first year of law school, Cayman was selected for a clerkship at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office, where he clerked for more than ten attorneys, managing their legal research and writing projects, preparing trial documents, and attending court on a daily basis. Cayman also drafted two briefs that were given directly to judges: one on the spoliation of evidence after a hurricane (a case of first impression in Louisiana), and one on the effect of a nolle prosequi and subsequent reinstatement by the District Attorney’s Office on the Sixth Amendment Constitutional right to a Speedy Trial.
At SMU, Cayman served as President of Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity for the Taney chapter. His key responsibilities included the management and oversight of all chapter events including fundraising, PR, media, graphic design, and event planning.
During the 2013 school year, Cayman reviewed and drafted contracts for a small construction business as well as drafted leases and reviewed mineral rights and oil and gas leases for a property holding company.
In 2014, Cayman began volunteering for Edwin Edwards for Congress, working his way up from a volunteer to Deputy Campaign Manager under Ari Krupkin. Cayman had daily conference calls with Ari about the campaign and consulted on a number of issues, including writing the candidate platform, providing talking points for the candidate, and helping with speech writing. Cayman also redesigned all campaign images and logos to comply with copyright law. While going to law school full time and working for the Edwards campaign, Cayman worked as a commercial litigation extern for Beal Bank, where he drafted memos and briefs for key cases and prepared litigation and settlement plans.
Since graduating from law school and in less than a year, Cayman has closed more than $1 million dollars in real estate transactions and has worked as an Art Dealer (focusing on Louisiana based artists) brokering more than $200,000 in art sales. He has consulted on several statewide political campaigns, and has connected candidates, both Republican and Democrat, to vast networks of evangelical voters.
Erin Spears- Vice President of Operations and Chief Research Officer
Erin Spears is a native daughter of New Orleans, Louisiana. She began her collegiate career, however, at the University of Pittsburgh, earning both her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History. Afterward, Erin was admitted into the prestigious Washington University School of Law.
During her first two summers, Erin served as a legal intern for the Metropolitan St. Louis Housing Opportunity Council and subsequently as a legal intern for the Southern Poverty Law Center. After law school, she served in Washington D.C. as a legal intern for Congressman Cedric Richmond, where she focused largely on issues regarding compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Erin returned to Louisiana in the late summer of 2012 to serve as assistant campaign manager for New Orleans City Council candidate James Gray. Following his victory, Erin then served as Councilman Gray’s chief of staff for more than three years.
Earlier this year, she was named as Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Policy Director during the 2016 Louisiana presidential primary.
Erin is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and Louisiana.
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“There’s an old saying in politics about ‘knowing where the bones are buried.’ Lamar knows that in Louisiana, sometimes the bones are buried and sometimes they’re above ground. We need folks like him to hold our politics and our politicians accountable.”
– James Carville
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