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Statement from Donna C. Cuneo, Executive Director, Louisiana Bar Foundation On COVID-19 and the Impact on Civil Legal Aid in Louisiana

 

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – The following statement was issued today by Donna C. Cuneo, Executive Director of the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF):

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on our state, more Louisianans are facing life-changing challenges and need support from our civil legal aid network. Civil legal aid is a vital component of the public response to and recovery from the current public health crisis. Civil legal aid is free legal advice, representation or other legal assistance provided to low-income and vulnerable people who cannot otherwise afford legal help.

The economic hardship caused by business closures and illness will create conflicts only the civil justice system can resolve, like:

o          Missed rent payments leading to eviction notices

o          Disputes over medical and consumer debt

o          People being wrongly denied public benefits that can keep their families afloat

o        Increased incidents of domestic violence due to quarantines

The major funding source to support families through this crisis and in the aftermath is at risk.  The LBF Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program is a significant funding source for the Louisiana civil legal aid network. The attempt to help the U.S. economy by lowering the Federal Funds Target Rate to zero will dramatically impact the revenue generated by the LBF IOLTA Program. Civil legal problems will spike in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, especially for those already struggling to make ends meet. As the number of Louisiana citizens eligible for civil legal aid increases, this funding will diminish.

LBF has a robust network of well-established partnerships with more than 70 legal aid providers across the state’s 64 parishes who are working hard to meet emergency civil legal needs. The inability to resolve these problems can tear families apart or drive people and an entire community further into poverty.  LBF stands with our community partners who are working even harder as more families need the help of Louisiana’s civil legal aid safety net to recover from the impact of this pandemic.

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) will honor the 2019 Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph at the annual Fellows Gala in Spring of 2021.

Mary Terrell Joseph, native of Shreveport, Louisiana, graduated in 1966 from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and began practicing law in Baton Rouge with the firm Joseph & Joseph after graduation from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1970. In 1978 Mary joined the law firm Sanders, Downing, Kean & Cazedessus, where she remained until 1983 when she left to form the firm, Rubin, Curry, Colvin & Joseph. In 1993, the firm merged with McGlinchey Stafford where she currently practices in the area of Creditor’s Rights. In January 2005, Mary was appointed Judge, Pro-Tempore for the 19th Judicial District Court.

Legal honors include the Baton Rouge Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year," Louisiana Super Lawyers (Banking); the “Crystal Gavel Award,” and in Best Lawyers in America®.

Mary has been honored as a Volunteer Activist, an Olympic Torchbearer, a YWCA Woman of Achievement, and as a Leave a Legacy honoree. She has chaired the Capital Area United Way Board and Campaign, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Capital Area Network, the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, and the Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni Board. Mary also previously served on the Board of Directors for Baton Rouge Area Foundation Board, the Emerge Center, and many other boards.

As a member of a Baton Rouge Junior League study committee, she co-founded the Stop-Rape Crisis Center (now S.T.A.R.) and served on its Board of Directors in the 1970’s. She has been an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church since 1967.

She currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the LSU Museum of Art Advisory Board, and the Hollins University Board of Trustees.

Mary and her late husband Cheney C. Joseph are the parents of two sons, Terrell Joseph, M.D., and Allen Fort Colley Joseph and 3 grandchildren, Reece, Chloe, and Jackson Joseph.

LBF Annual Assembly Events Rescheduled for May 14-15

At the risk of burdening you with ‘yet another’ Coronavirus update, there are aspects of the LBF business that are impacted and we wanted you to be aware of them. Given the dynamic Coronavirus (Covid 19) situation, all events during the LBF Annual Assembly - includes the Board Meeting, Kids Chance, Grants Committee, Fellows Meeting and Gala - have been rescheduled from April 2-3 to May 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.  Safety and well being is our priority. Please bear with us as we all work through this challenging time. We will continue to share our progress.

Thank you for your understanding and support of the LBF.  

Sincerely,

Amanda W. Barnett

President 

 

34th Annual Fellows Gala is Rescheduled for May 15

This year the LBF will honor the 2019 Distinguished Jurist Robert H. Morrison III; Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown; Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph; Distinguished Professor John M. Church; and Calogero Justice Award recipient

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. Sponsor or purchase tickets.

 

Annual Fellows Membership Meeting is Rescheduled for May 15

This luncheon meeting is an opportunity for Fellows to be updated on LBF activities and elect new board members. The President’s Award will be presented and recognition will be given to the 2019 Distinguished Honorees and the Calogero Justice Award recipient.

RSVP to Jacie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 504-561-1046.

 

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For more information, contact Danielle J. Marshall at (504) 561-1046.

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Professor John M. Church

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Professor John M. Church

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) will honor the 2019 Distinguished Professor John M. Church at the annual Fellows Gala in Spring of 2021. 

Professor John M. Church is an associate professor of law at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge. He currently teaches courses in Torts, Products Liability, Antitrust Law, Wine Law, Toxic Torts, and Advanced Healthcare Law. Since 2014, Professor Church has directed LSU Law Center’s Apprenticeship Week, a unique program designed to expose 2L and 3L law students to specialized areas of practice in a concentrated one-week courses. Professor Church also serves as a mentor for the Legal Methods program that is put together in order to help guide some 1L students.

In addition to his teaching at the Law Center, Professor Church travels statewide to teach Continuing Legal Education courses on Torts and Antitrust. He has traveled to Lyon, France on eleven different summers to teach law at the Universite’ Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en Provence, France, and Universite’ Jean Moulin, Lyon, France. He is also co-author of two books “Tort Law: The American and Louisiana Perspectives” and “Louisiana Tort Law.” He is a current member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Strategic Planning Committee.

Professor Church received his J.D. from the University of Colorado and his M.S. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and his B.S. in Economics from Central Michigan University. Prior to teaching at Louisiana State University Law Center, Professor Church was an associate at the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham, & Stubbs and also clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert H. McWilliams of the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court.

Professor Church is an active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. He has been married for seven years to his wife Karen and is the father of four children (Miranda, John Michael, Audrey, and Alex).

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Jurist Robert H. (Bob) Morrison III

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Jurist Robert H. (Bob) Morrison III

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) will honor the 2019 Distinguished Jurist Robert H. (Bob) Morrison III at the annual Fellows Gala in Spring of 2021.                    

Raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, Judge Robert H. Morrison III attended Rhodes College, and graduated from the LSU Law Center in 1970. He spent 17 years in a general practice of law, was past president of the local bar associations, and served on the House of Delegates of the Louisiana Bar Association.

He was first elected to the bench in the 21st Judicial District, and has served 32 years as a district judge, 29 of which as chief judge of the court. He began the first drug court program in the district and continues to preside over that program. He played a key role in working toward the construction of the new courthouse in Livingston Parish.

He was the recipient of the Bar Foundation’s 2013 Calogero Justice Award and is a fellow of the LBF. He is a past president of the Louisiana District Judges Association and has served for more than 20 years as its legislative chair and liaison. He has also served as chair of the Louisiana Law Institute’s Criminal Justice and Procedure Committee. HE presently sits as a member on the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative Oversight Council.

He was a member and past chair of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, past chair of the Judicial Council’s Committee to Evaluate Judgeship requests, serves on the Supreme Court’s budgetary control board, and has served on the board of the Louisiana Judicial College and the Judge’s Supplemental Compensation Committee.

Judge Morrison has been married to the former Linda Eisworth for over 43 years, has two sons, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a member of the Live Oak United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and teaches Sunday School classes.

 

LBF Celebrates Calogero Justice Award Recipient, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson

LBF Celebrates Calogero Justice Award Recipient, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) will honor the Calogero Justice Award recipient, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson at the annual Fellows Gala in Spring of 2021.

Honorable Bernette Joshua Johnson is the Louisiana Supreme Court’s 25th Chief Justice, its second female Chief Justice, and its first African American Chief Justice.

She is also one of the first two African American women to graduate from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Early in her career, while working as managing attorney at the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (NOLAC), currently Southeastern Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), she became a change agent, social justice advocate, and civil rights promoter. She represented the socio-economically deprived; advanced the rights of children; and gave voice to the poor, elderly, and disenfranchised citizens of New Orleans.

Prior to that while in law school, Chief Justice Johnson worked with the United States Department of Justice assisting with cases pertaining to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1984 Chief Justice Johnson became the first woman elected to serve as a judge on the Civil District Court of Orleans Parish; in 1994, she was elected Chief Judge. Later that year she was elected to serve as an Associate Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court, and was re-elected without opposition in 2000 and 2010. In 2013, with seniority in years of service, she became the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

She served on the National Campaign on Best Practices in the area of Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. She has championed many successful initiatives including the training and certification of the Limited English Proficiency Interpreters in the courts and the implementation of the electronic filing system for the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Johnson is most proud of her family, which includes her son David Johnson, an accountant; her daughter, Judge Rachael Johnson, Civil District Court of Orleans Parish; her son-in-law, Telley Madina; and grandchildren, Neyah, Noah, Lacey, Byron, and Telley Jr.

 

 

 

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown

LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) will honor the 2019 Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown at the annual Fellows Gala in Spring of 2021.

Marcus V. Brown is Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Entergy Corporation.  In this capacity he provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors, Chairman and CEO and the executive team. He also leads the corporation’s Legal; Ethics and Compliance; Corporate Communications; Federal Policy, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs; Corporate Social Responsibility; Sustainability and Environmental Policy; and Corporate Security and Governance groups.

Marcus is also a member of the Energy Insurance Mutual Board of Directors, the Tulane University Center for Energy Law Advisory Board, and the Louisiana State University John P. Laborde Energy Law Center Advisory Council. Prior to joining Entergy in 1995, he practiced with the New Orleans-based Stone Pigman law firm.

He received his B.A. from Southern University A&M College in 1985 and a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center (SULC) in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review. He received his MBA from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2002.

Under his leadership, and in honor of the company’s effective diversity and inclusion efforts, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association selected the Entergy legal department as its 2013 Employer of Choice-South Region.

This year he was honored with National Legal Aid and Defender Association Exemplar Award. He also received the New Orleans Bar Association President’s Award in 2018. He was named to the SULC Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017.

Marcus is married to the Hon. Nannette Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. They have two adult children, Christopher and Rachel Brown.

 

Attention LBF Fellows

Attention LBF Fellows – Save the Date for the Annual Fellows Membership Meeting Friday, May 15 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

The Louisiana Bar Foundation Annual Fellows Membership Meeting will be held at noon on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. This luncheon meeting is an opportunity for Fellows to be updated on LBF activities and elect new board members. The President’s Award will be presented and recognition will be given to the 2019 Distinguished Honorees and the Calogero Justice Award recipient.

All LBF Fellows in good standing will receive an official meeting notice with the Board slate and a committee selection form in early March. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Sewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 504-561-1046. RSVP to Jacie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 504-561-1046.

President's Message February/March 2020

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF). For 30 years this organization has been a reliable source of funding for civil legal aid helping the most vulnerable Louisiana citizens acquire housing, gain healthcare, find employment, win protective orders against domestic abusers, and keep families together. As the poverty levels rise and the funding for civil legal aid decreases, the LBF is dedicated to finding new sources of funding for civil legal aid. This year, the LBF leadership has focused on raising civil legal aid awareness and education benefiting Louisiana's legal aid network.

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LBF Acknowledges Sponsors of 34th Annual Fellows Gala

LBF acknowledges sponsors of 34th Annual Fellows Gala

The 34th Annual Fellows Gala is Friday, May 15, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.  This year the LBF will honor the 2019 Distinguished Jurist Robert H. Morrison III; Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown; Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph; Distinguished Professor John M. Church; and Calogero Justice Award recipient Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. The gala begins at 7 p.m. and includes DJ Charles Belonge, and a silent auction. Celebrate a special event or a loved one by dedicating a day in their honor with our, interactive fundraiser "365 Days of Justice.” A patron party will be held prior to the gala.

 

Thank you to the Gala Sponsors (as of Feb. 10)

 

Pinnacle

Entergy Corporation

 

Benefactor

Louisiana State Bar Association

Red River Bank 

 

Cornerstone

McGlinchey Stafford

Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett, LLC

     

Capital

Baker Donelson

Blue Williams, L.L.P.

Calvin C. Fayard Jr., APC

Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.

Galloway

Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson

Jones Walker LLP   

LSU Law Center

Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik

Phelps Dunbar, LLP

Pipes Miles Beckman LLC

Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC

Taylor Porter

The Evangeline Bank & Trust Co.

 

Pillar

Hon. Mary Hotard Becnel

Bourgeois Bennett, LLC

Law Offices of Tim L. Fields

Fishman Haygood, LLP

FRILOT L.L.C.

Gouaux Law Firm

Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas, Reed & Helm, LLC

Liskow & Lewis

Southern University Law Center

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

 

Foundation

22nd JDC Bar Association

Paula A. Ates & Associates, L.L.C.

Patricia R. Bonneau

Hon. Paula Brown

Linda Law Clark

Shannon Seiler Dartez LLC

Deutsch Kerrigan

Hurlburt, Monrose & Ernest

Patricia Krebs

Lafayette Bar Association & Foundation

Lasky Murphy LLC

Suzanne & Bob Myers

New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation

Ranier Law Firm

O’Bryon & Schnabel

Porteous Hainkel and Johnson  L.L.P.

Deidre Deculus Robert

Kara Hadican Samuels & Associates, LLC

Keely Y. Scott

STAG LIUZZA, LLC

St. Martin and Bourque

Strauss Massey Dinneen LLC

Hon. Raymond S. Steib, Jr.

David E. Verlander III

Watson, McMillin & Street

In Memory of Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.

Ta-Tanisha T. Youngblood

 

Gala Supporter

Prof. Robert Force

Pernod Ricard

 

Go to raisingthebar.org/gala to become a sponsor or to purchase individual tickets. Individual tickets to the gala are $200.  Young lawyer individual gala tickets are $150.

 

Hotel Room Block

Discounted rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 at $259 a night. To make a reservation, call the Hyatt at 1(800) 233-1234 and reference the Louisiana Bar Foundation or go to  www.raisingthebar.org/gala. Reservations must be made before Friday, April 24.

For more Gala information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (504) 561-1046. 

 

The Louisiana Bar Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the state of Louisiana.



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