WASHINGTON – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) attorney Hattie Broussard today was named Transportation Security Lawyer of the Year by the Federal Bar Association. This award recognizes attorneys, in either government service or private practice, who have made significant contributions to the field in the previous year or who have distinguished themselves through consistent professional activity during their career.
Broussard, a New Orleans resident, was personally affected by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and yet throughout the tragedy she maintained a remarkable focus and dedication to the TSA mission. After Katrina caused severe damage to her home and neighborhood she moved in with a relative and worked at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Over the next several months, she provided legal advice to the agency and its employees as they dealt with unprecedented challenges in the wake of this disaster.
"We are proud that a deserving member of the TSA family has been bestowed this honor," said TSA Administrator Kip Hawley. "Hattie's resilience and professionalism during the tragic events of 2005, and throughout her career, are a testament to her commitment to this agency and her fellow employees."
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit southern Louisiana, Broussard and the agency faced a number of unique challenges. The region's screening workforce was scattered throughout the United States; the Lake Charles Regional Airport was completely destroyed and hundreds of employees had lost their homes and needed assistance. Reconstituting the TSA New Orleans screening workforce was a major priority, along with ensuring that all employees were sheltered and safe. Broussard worked tirelessly, even though she was unable to visit her own home or neighborhood for more than six weeks after Katrina.
Broussard has served in the federal government for more than 30 years as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Attorney's Office and TSA. In June 2002, Broussard joined TSA and established the New Orleans Field Counsel Office, with responsibility for airports in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. Broussard was also honored with a Gold Award by the TSA Office of Chief Counsel in May 2006 for her exemplary efforts in providing legal services during Hurricane Katrina.