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April 22, 2022

April 22, 2022

Event Date


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2021 Distinguished Honorees

Distinguished Jurist
Carl J. Barbier

Carl J. Barbier currently serves as a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans. Judge Barbier took the oath of office on October 12, 1998.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Barbier was a practicing attorney in New Orleans since 1971, primarily representing plaintiffs, consumers, and small businesses in civil litigation. He earned his law degree cum laude in 1970 from Loyola School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Loyola Law Review. He served as law clerk to Judge William Redmann, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, and to Judge Fred Cassibry, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

Judge Barbier is a past president of the New Orleans Bar Association and formerly served as president of the Thomas More Inn of Court. He is currently on the Board of the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter. He is a past president of Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (now the Louisiana Association for Justice), a past member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Judge Barbier has served on the board of the Loyola Law Alumni Association for the past twenty years.  He has served as an adjunct faculty member for Loyola’s law school, teaching for several years a course in Trial Advocacy in his courtroom. More recently, he taught a course in Comparative Maritime Law for Loyola’s summer law school program. In addition, he has taught hundreds of legal educational programs, including skills courses at the law school.


Distinguished Attorney
Gordon L. James

Gordon L. James is a senior partner at the law firm of Hudson, Potts & Bernstein in Monroe. He was admitted to the bar in 1979 and has practiced at Hudson, Potts, & Bernstein since that date. His primary practice areas are medical malpractice and products liability.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana, Monroe in 1976, and then obtained his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1979. He served on the Louisiana Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. 

During his years of practice, he has served as the President of the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association, as a Director in the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and as a member of the LSBA CLE Committee. He has been selected as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He has served for many years on the Board of Directors for Ouachita Christian School and as a Deacon at the Jackson Street Church of Christ.

He has been married 46 years to his wife, Susan, and they have two daughters, Anna Zeigler and Jessica Griffin.


Distinguished Professor
Dian Tooley-Knoblett

Professor Tooley-Knoblett is the Jones-Walker Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola New Orleans College of Law. She received her J.D. from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1980, where she served as Executive Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

Before joining the Loyola faculty in 1984, she served as law clerk to Chief Justice John A. Dixon of the Louisiana Supreme Court and was an attorney in the legal department of Shell Oil Company. She has taught over 20 common and civil law courses at Loyola and has received the "Best Professor" award numerous times. Her areas of expertise are Community Property, Louisiana Sales Law, Conflict of Laws and Civil Law Property. She has published in the areas of Louisiana property, sales and leases, community property, conflict of laws, and Louisiana water law.

Since 1987 she has actively participated in law reform in Louisiana by serving as a member of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute and as a member of over 25 law reform advisory committees that have drafted legislation, principally revisions of Louisiana’s Civil Code. She is the lead editor of the tenth edition of Yiannopoulos’ Civil Law Property Coursebook, a co-author of a West treatise on Louisiana Civil Law Treatise on Sales and a coursebook on Louisiana Secured Credit. Professor Tooley-Knoblett was also one of the founding members of the Louisiana Lawyer’s Assistance Program, which works with lawyers and their family members to overcome addiction within the legal community and to restore those suffering from addiction to useful and productive lives.

Calogero Justice Award
Hillar C. Moore III

Hillar Moore is the District Attorney for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. Prior to taking office, he worked for 12 years as an investigator for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office.  After law school, he maintained a private practice, specializing in criminal defense, for 16 years. Mr. Moore realized his goal of returning to the District Attorney’s Office in 2009 when he took office.  He has served as DA for 13 years and is currently in his 3rd term.  He has brought many new and innovative ideas to the DA's office; he uses data-driven approaches to assist in prosecuting cases; and he consistently works closely with leaders in the community.


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