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President's Message October/November 2019

Technology is fundamentally changing the way the world operates, and the legal system has not escaped this fate. Across the United States and the world, legal service innovators are experimenting with new service delivery models and technologies that aim to narrow the ever-growing justice gap; Louisiana is no exception.

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President's Message June/July 2019

If you attended the Louisiana Bar Foundation's (LBF) 33rd annual Fellows Gala, you know what I am talking about. "365 Days of Justice" is an interactive fundraiser that we launched at the Gala on April 5. Donations range from $25 to $365 depending on which days of the year you select. Donors can celebrate a special event or a loved one by dedicating a day of recognition. The donor's name and the tribute will be displayed on our website. 

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President's Message August/September 2019

Discover the Many Ways LBF Fellows Get Involved

My first duty as Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) president was a tour around the state meeting many of our wonderful Fellows in person. I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most inspiring, giving and hardworking individuals from across the state. Our Fellows demonstrate their commitment to legal representation for the poor and improving our system of justice on a regular basis. These dedicated volunteers truly exemplify the highest ideals of our profession.

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Lagniappe Law Lab

Lagniappe Law Lab

Lagniappe Law Lab is a new technology-focused resource serving Louisiana’s civil justice system.  The Lab will provide in-house service delivery consulting to civil legal aid organizations, and will facilitate the design, development, and implementation of new legal aid technology projects. It will also provide a home for and maintain existing technology programs, such as the Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator.

Experimenting with new technology, design, and operations principles, Lagniappe Law Lab aims to help service providers increase their impact on our community, increasing Access to Justice for all.

The LBF Summer Newsletter is Here!

Read the latest LBF news now!

  • Meet your 2019-20 Officers
  • Nominate Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award by September 19
  • $7.8 million for Social Justice
  • Learn more about 365 Days of Justice
  • LBF Committee and Community Partnership Panel Chairs
  • And more.....

pdf Click here to read the Summer 2019 Newsletter (1.57 MB)


Nominations for 2019 Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award

Nominations for 2019 Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award must be submitted electronically by Friday, September 13, 2019.

2019 Distinguished Honorees    pdf Download the form (34 KB)

Each year at the Gala, the LBF honors a Louisiana distinguished jurist, attorney and professor who, by reason of his or her professional activities have distinguished themselves in their chosen career and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession.


2019 Calogero Justice Award  pdf Download the form (32 KB)

 The Calogero Justice Award honors an individual or organization for a significant contribution to the Louisiana justice system.

Please take the time to submit the name(s) of nominees from your area. Be sure to include a brief statement on nominees. All nominations must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, September 13, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Danielle J. Marshall at (504) 561-1046.

Save the Date! Friday, April 3, 2020

Louisiana Bar Foundation 34th Annual Fellows Gala
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Discounted rooms are available Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3, 2020 at $259 a night. To make a reservation, call the Hyatt at 1.800.233.1234. and reference Louisiana Bar Foundation or go to  Reservations must be made before Friday, March 13.


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

Barnett to Lead LBF's 2019-20 Board

Barnett to Lead LBF's 2019-20 Board


Amanda W. Barnett of Alexandria, was installed as the 2019-20 president of the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) at the 33rd Annual Gala. Other officers are Vice President Christopher K. Ralston of New Orleans; Treasurer Harry J. “Skip” Philips of Baton Rouge; and Secretary Alan G. Brackett of New Orleans.


President Amanda W. Barnett

Barnett is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Red River Bank and Red River Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Alexandria. Prior to joining the bank, Ms. Barnett was with Gold, Weems, Sues, Bruser & Rundell where her practice focused on general corporate law and commercial litigation. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Newcomb College of Tulane University, and a J.D. from Louisiana State University.


Vice President Christopher K. Ralston

Ralston is a litigation partner and litigation group coordinator at Phelps Dunbar LLP.  His practice is focused on business disputes, including litigation of real estate, intellectual property, tax and licensing disputes.  He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from Tulane University Law School.


Treasurer Harry J. “Skip” Philips

Philips is the Managing Partner of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P. in Baton Rouge. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation and insurance law. He received his BS and JD degrees from Louisiana State University.


Secretary Alan G. Brackett

Brackett is a member of Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett in New Orleans, where his practice is focused on representing maritime clients in transactions and defense of personal injury claims. He also manages the firm’s workers’ compensation defense group, which includes federal longshore and Defense Base Act claims as well as claims under the War Hazards Compensation Act. He obtained both his B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University.


New board members are Paula Adams Ates, St. Rose; Patricia R. Bonneau, Mandeville; Charles “Chuck” Bourque, Jr., Houma; Hon. Guy E. Bradberry, Lake Charles; Edmund J. Giering IV, Baton Rouge; Julie M. Lafargue, New Orleans; Alaina R. Mire, Alexandria, and John C. Nickelson, Shreveport.

Other members of the 2019-20 board of directors include:

Hon. John C. Davidson, Alexandria; George D. “Dave” Ernest III, Lafayette; H. Dunbar Healy, Covington; Eugene G. “Bubba” Gouaux, Jr., Lockport; Karleen J. Green, Baton Rouge; Camille Jackson, Alexandria; Robert A. Kutcher, Metairie; Kerry A. Murphy, New Orleans; W. Michael Street, Monroe; David E. Verlander III, Monroe; Sharonda R. Williams, New Orleans; and Zebulon M. Winstead, Alexandria.  

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Boyle Receives 2019 Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award

Boyle Receives 2019 Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award

Kim M. Boyle, a partner in Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans is the recipient of the 2019 Louisiana Bar Foundation’s (LBF) Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award. The award was presented at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Annual Meeting in June in Destin, Florida.

Ms. Boyle is receiving this award in recognition of her long-standing devotion to and excellence in trial practice and for upholding the standards of ethics and consideration for the court, litigants, and all counsel. 

The award was established through an endowment to the LBF in memory of Mr. Boisfontaine, who served as president of the LSBA and of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. Donations from Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, L.L.P., the Boisfontaine family and friends established the fund.

Ms. Boyle received a plaque and a stipend will be donated in her name to CASA New Orleans, The Innocence Project New Orleans, and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

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