Recognition is given to those individuals who, by reason of his or her professional activities, have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession.

2013 Distinguished Jurist
Carl E. Stewart

United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart received his B.A. degree from Dillard University in 1971 and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1974. Immediately following admission to the Louisiana Bar Association in October 1974, he entered the United States Army and served as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps until October 1977. Following his service as a military lawyer, he served as a Staff Attorney with the Louisiana Attorney Generalís Office, Assistant United States Attorney, Special Assistant City and District Attorney, and private practitioner. In 1985, he was elected as a District Judge for the First Judicial District Court of Caddo Parish and was reelected without opposition six years later. In 1991, again without opposition, he was elected to the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal. In 1994, he was appointed to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. On October 1, 2012, Chief Judge Stewart became the first African-American Chief Judge on the Fifth Circuit.

2013 Distinguished Attorney
Francis X. Neuner, Jr.


Francis X. "Frank" Neuner, Jr. is a founder and the managing partner of NeunerPate, a corporate defense firm based in Lafayette. He received a Juris Doctor in 1976 from Louisiana State University and in 2008, was named the LSU Law Schoolís Distinguished Alumnus. He has served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board and President of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation. He is a member of Louisiana, Texas and American Bar Associations, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and serves as the ABA State Delegate for Louisiana. He has been married to Tracy Owens Neuner for forty two years. They have four children and four grandchildren.

2013 Distinguished Professor
William R. Corbett

LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Baton Rouge

William R. Corbett is the Frank L. Maraist and Wex S. Malone Professor of Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University. He has been a faculty member at LSU since 1991. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of labor and employment law and torts. He served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Law Center from 1997 through 1999. He has served as the executive director of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel since 2001 and served as executive director of the Louisiana Judicial College from 1998 through 2000. Corbett earned his B.A. from Auburn University and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Before coming to the LSU Law Center, he practiced labor and employment law in Birmingham, Alabama with Burr & Forman.

2013 Distinguished Professor
Robert Force

Tulane University Law School
New Orleans

Robert Force is the Niels F. Johnsen Professor of Maritime Law and Director Emeritus of the Tulane Maritime Law Center, of which he was the founding director. He has taught at Tulane Law School for 45 years. Before coming to Tulane, he clerked for state and federal judges in Pennsylvania, practiced law in Philadelphia, and taught law at Indiana University. Although he currently teaches courses in admiralty and civil procedure, he has over his career taught a wide range of subjects, including criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, transnational litigation, international commercial arbitration and international sale of goods. He was a co-reporter for the Louisiana Evidence Code and was a consultant on the project to study the Louisiana judicial system.