The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association recognizes the contributions of members of the legal community every year at our Annual Meeting & Luncheon. This year’s meeting was held on August 25, 2016.
We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s President’s, Professionalism, and Pro Bono Awards. The award ceremony was held at the New Orleans Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on August 25, 2016.
This award was conceived in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and its purpose is to recognize a lawyer for contributions to community leadership outside the practice of law. The award may be conferred upon an individual or upon a group led by an attorney.
2007 Walter Leger, Jr.
2008 Andy Lee
2009 Paul Pastorek
2010 Aimee Quirk
2011 Kim Boyle
2012 Thomas Fierke
2013 Marshall Hevron
2014 Kara Van de Carr
2015 Patricia A. Krebs
2016 Christopher K. Ralston
Jack Martzell Professionalism Award
This award is named in honor of the late John R. “Jack” Martzell. Mr. Martzell practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana with the firm of Martzell & Bickford. He served as law clerk to the Hon. J. Skelly Wright, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Martzell served as Director of the Louisiana Commission on Human Relations, Rights and Responsibilities for six years. He was a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute. He served as President of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association and as Chairman of the Department of Public Affairs with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. The John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award recognizes the attorney who best exemplifies outstanding professionalism in the practice of law.
2008 Julian R. Murray, Jr.
2009 Marian Mayer Berkett and Russ Herman
2010 Gerald Meunier
2011 Phillip Wittmann
2012 John Wilson Reed
2013 Harry Simms Hardin
2014 Wayne Lee
2015 Barry W. Ashe
2016 Irving J. Warshauer
Camille Gravel Public Service & Pro Bono Award
This award is named in honor of the late Camille Gravel, a veteran trial attorney and a champion in the battle for civil rights and equal justice irrespective of financial means. With the avowed intention to have the “ordinary practice of a country lawyer,” Mr. Gravel hung out his shingle in Alexandria in the 1940s. Mr. Gravel’s career paralleled the tumultuous years of the civil rights movement in the South, and his desire to help those in trouble led him to embrace fully the call for equal justice for all races. In 1980, an African American civil rights leader Alexandria, and a contemporary of Mr. Gravel, wrote the following of him: “I know of no other man in this state who has been more dedicated to the problems of the weak, the oppressed, the down-trodden, the have-nots, and those who are least able to defend themselves than Camille Gravel.” The Camille Gravel Award recognizes an attorney who has done substantial pro bono or public service legal work in keeping with the spirit and values exemplified by Camille Gravel.
2006 Paula Kluver Cobb; Nicholas Trenticosta; Prof. William Quigley
2007 Orleans Parish Indigent Defenders Board
2008 Mark Surprenant
2009 K. Eric Gisleson and Charles Marshall, III
2009 Lawrence Ernst; John Jerry Glas and Douglas R. Elliott; Richard Duplantier, Jr. and Doris Bobadilla; Avery Pardee, Andrew Lee and Richard Schroeder; Davis S. Bland; Lindsay Larson III; L. Eades Hogue; Joe Norman and Michael Rubenstein; G. William Jarman and Charles McCowan, III; Kim Boyle; Posthumously to William Porteous, III
2010 Tulane Environmental Law Clinic
2011 Christy F. Kane
2012 Judy Perry Martinez
2013 Virginia Laughlin Schlueter
2014 Posthumously to Mark Moreau
2015 Jane L. Johnson
2016 Dana M. Douglas
Nominations should be submitted to the Federal Bar Association – New Orleans Chapter at email@example.com. The nomination deadline is June 1st.