31st Annual Fellows Gala

The Louisiana Bar Foundation will celebrate the 31st Annual Fellows Gala Friday, April 21, 2017. The gala and live auction will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans located at 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113. This year the LBF will honor the 2016 Distinguished Jurist Jeannette Theriot Knoll, Distinguished Attorney Donna D. Fraiche, Distinguished Attorney Thomas M. Hayes III, Distinguished Professor Howard W. L'Enfant, Jr., and Calogero Justice Award recipient Joseph R. Oelkers III.

Other highlights of the evening included live music from Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs and Gumbo Trio, a Kendra Scott Mystery jewelry pull, dinner, and live auction.

Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs

Listen to Shamarr Allen on the LBF Spotify Playlist.

Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs are a New Orleans based ensemble who blend hip-hop, jazz, funk, Latin and rock into a energetic yet soulful original sound called Hip-Rock. Music has been a part of Shamarr Allen's life for as long as he can recall. A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talents as a musician. Shamarr's countless career accomplishments are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M. His personal compositions include music for the New Orleans Saints, "Bring Em To The Dome," the ecologically conscious oil spill record, "Sorry Ain't Enough No More."

For more information go to Shamarr Allen.

Kendra Scott Mystery Jewelry Pull

If you love surprises and beautiful jewelry, the Kendra Gives Back Mystery Jewelry Pull is your kind of fun!! Your purchase is guaranteed to have a retail value of at least $75. Many will be worth much more!

View the Kendra Scott collection.

Hotel Room Block
Discounted rooms are available Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, 2017 at $239 a night. To make a reservation, call the Hyatt at 1 (888) 421-1442 and reference the Louisiana Bar Foundation or go to LBF Room Block. Reservations must be made before Thursday, March 30.

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

Distinguished Honorees

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.

2016 Distinguished Jurist
Jeannette Theriot Knoll
Louisiana Supreme Court

Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll served as a member of the Louisiana judiciary for 34 years. In 1983, she became the first woman to be elected to a reviewing court in state history when she won a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. In 1996, she was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court after defeating an incumbent. Since January 1, 1997, Justice Knoll has devoted herself to serving the Court, the judiciary, and the people of Louisiana. Over her impressive 20 year career as a Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, Justice Knoll has read and voted on over 58,000 writ applications and authored 185 full Supreme Court opinions.

In 1969, Justice Knoll graduated from Loyola College of Law. From 1969 to 1972, she served as an indigent defender in Avoyelles Parish. From 1972 to 1982, she served as the first Assistant District Attorney for the 12th Judicial District. In 1996, she earned a Master of Laws degree in the judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2000, she was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. In 2007, she was inducted, along with her whole family, into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame. In 2017, she received the St. Ives Award from the Loyola College of Law.

Although Justice Knoll's accomplishments are many, she ranks her family as her greatest blessing and her roles as wife, as mother, and as grandmother to be her most important vocations. She anxiously looks forward to a retirement focused solely on her loving and large family with whom she joyfully resides in Marksville, Louisiana.

2016 Distinguished Attorney
Donna D. Fraiche
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Donna D. Fraiche practices as a shareholder with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz where she chairs its Nominating Committee and formerly chaired its Women's Initiative. Fraiche chaired the Louisiana Health Care Commission from 1998 to 2015, and served on the Louisiana Legislature's Task Force on the Working Uninsured. She served as the first woman president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and was chosen for their first class of Fellows.

She is currently a Board member of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, The Center for Planning Excellence, Woman's Hospital and serves on three publically traded corporate boards. Fraiche is the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority; chaired its Long Term Community Planning effort, and served on its Health Care Committee and the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative.

Fraiche served as Chair of the Board of Loyola University, received the Integritas Vitae award, Loyola's highest honor, and has delivered the commencement address at the Law School. Fraiche has received the LSU Esprit de Femme award, and has been recognized by City Business in their Women's Hall of Fame. She is currently on the Board of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and a number of other Boards and civic associations.

She has served as President of the World Trade Center, Chair of the Board of the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, and on the adjunct faculty of Tulane University's School of Public Health and Administration as a preceptor for the residency program in health systems management.

2016 Distinguished Attorney
Thomas M. Hayes III
Hayes, Harkey, Smith and Cascio, L.L.P.

Thomas M. Hayes III has practiced for forty years in Monroe, Louisiana. He obtained a B.A. with honors from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1974 and a J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1977. He then began practicing with his father, Tom Jr., at Hayes, Harkey, Smith & Cascio L.L.P and where he now practices with his son, Tommy. His practice has focused on civil litigation in state and federal court across north and central Louisiana, where he has represented parties in disputes involving a broad range of subjects including professional responsibility of lawyers, architects, engineers and other professionals, product liability, property, successions, contracts, intellectual property, tort, insurance, civil rights, and employment.

He is a Senior Council Member of the Louisiana State Law Institute, and serves on its Executive Committee and its Committee on Louisiana Civil Procedure. He served five years as Bar Examiner on Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure for the Louisiana Supreme Court's Committee on Bar Admissions. He has twice served on the LSBA Board of Governors, and on its nominating committee. He was trained as a mediator at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law, and serves as a mediator with the Patterson Resolution Group. He is a past president of the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association and the Fred Fudickar Inn of Court. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and serves as its Regent for Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. He also holds membership in several specialty bar associations.

He is married to Federal Magistrate Judge Karen Luikart Hayes of the Western District of Louisiana. They have four children and four grandchildren.

2016 Distinguished Professor
Howard W. L'Enfant, Jr.
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Howard L'Enfant, the Henry Plauche' Dart Professor of Law, retired from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2011 following a 40-year career as one of the school's most distinguished and respected teachers. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1963, and completed his L.L.B. at LSU in 1966. He was the Editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review and a member of The Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity.

Following graduation, L'Enfant entered the private practice of law in New Orleans, but soon found his calling as he experienced teaching for the first time at Loyola University Law School. In 1969, he began what would become a lifetime career in teaching at LSU - a career that would influence four generations of students and future lawyers. During his time at LSU, L'Enfant also served as Acting Associate Dean, Vice Chancellor, and Interim Chancellor for the Law Center. He served on a variety of legal committees, having served as Reporter for the Continuing Revision of the Code of Civil Procedure for the Louisiana Law Institute, among other scholarly pursuits. He taught Evidence, Civil Procedure and Federal Courts throughout his teaching career. L'Enfant was known for his fairness, warm personality, and love of the law. He made learning the law fun, according to his students.

L'Enfant is a native of New Orleans, and he is married to his wife, Jean Ann. They now reside part time in North Carolina. In 2002, he was ordained as an Episcopalian priest. He served as an Associate Pastor of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge.

Calogero Justice Award

The Calogero Justice Award is named in honor of Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. who was elected to the Louisiana Supreme court in 1972. Calogero was sworn in as Chief Justice in 1990 and served on the Court for 36 years. The LBF honors an individual or organization for a significant contribution to the Louisiana justice system.

2016 Calogero Justice Award
Joseph R. Oelkers III
Acadiana Legal Services

Joseph R. Oelkers III is a founder of Acadiana Legal Service Corporation (ALSC), the first Legal Services Corporation funded law firm in the Acadiana area. He served as Executive Director of ALSC since its inception in 1978 and retired on September 1, 2016 after 38 years of dedicated service. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1972 and from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1976.

Oelkers served as President of the Louisiana Legal Consortium from 1983 through 1994, which was established by the Louisiana legal services programs to provide support for access to justice efforts in the state. He has been a member of the LSBA Access to Justice Committee since 1981, chairing the Committee for over 10 years, and has served as a member of the LSBA House of Delegates since 1993. He is a former President of the Lafayette Bar Association (LBA) and currently is a member of the LBA Board of Directors.

He received the Best of the Best Executive Director Award from the Louisiana Legal Consortium; Friend of the Year from the Lafayette Parish Legal Secretaries Association for 1993-94; the LSBA President's Award in 1992 and in 1998; the Legal Services Corporation Distinguished Service Award in 2008; Safeguarding Democracy Award from the League of Women Voters of Lafayette in 2011. In 2015, he was the recipient of the LSBA Career Public Interest Award.

2017 Sponsors

The Knoll Law Firm
Louisiana State Bar Association
Baker Donelson
Hayes, Harkey, Smith & Cascio, L.L.P.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
Adams & Reese LLP
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC
Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC
Hon. Sylvia R. Cooks, Lafayette Bar Association & Foundation
Dr. John F. Fraiche
Fran and Leroy Harvey
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
Jones Walker LLP
Kean Miller LLP
Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas, Reed & Helm, LLC
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Liskow & Lewis
Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik
Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett, LLC
Nelson, Zentner, Sartor & Snellings, LLC
Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, LLC
Dr. Stephen L. & E. Jane Sherman
Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
St. Martin & Bourque
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP
Association of Corporate Counsel - LA Chapter
Bourgeois Bennett, LLC CPAs |Consultants
Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP
Fishman Haygood, LLP
Herman Herman & Katz
MLaw - Monique Lafontaine, APLC
Pandit Law
Red River Bank
22nd JDC Bar Association
Abrams & Lafargue, LLC
Angel Wings Foundation
Paula A. Ates & Associates, LLC
L. Kent Breard, Jr.
R. Michael Caldwell
Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC
Florence Mauboules Trust
Professor Robert Force
Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC
Gouaux Law Firm
Trenton A. Grand
Marvin Gros Attorney
Camille Jackson
JECohen & Co., LLC
Dr. Carl & Diana Luikart
Judge & Mrs. Wendell Manning
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Ann and Rudy McIntyre/McIntyre Law Office
Michael J. Mestayer, APLC
E. Lyle Miller, Jr.
Judge and Mrs. D. Milton Moore III
Suzanne & Robert Myers
Kevin & Jeanne Poorman
Myles and Lucia Ranier
Saunders & Chabert
S. Christie Smith IV
Staines & Eppling
Hon. Raymond S. Steib, Jr.
Carroll W. Suggs
Thornhill Law Firm, APLC
Hon. Plauche F. Villere, Jr.
Judge & Mrs. Glynn F. Voisin
Watson, McMillin & Street, LLP
Carey & Ricky Wicker
Special Recognition
Kendra Scott
Republic National Distributing Company

Gala Committee

Harry J. "Skip" Philips, Jr.
Christopher K. Ralston
Committee Members
Kristin L. Beckman
Alexander Breckinridge V
Matthew Coman
Francisca M. M. Comeaux
Hon. Sylvia Cooks
Tiffany Delery Davis
Charles Gay, Jr.
Steven F. Griffith, Jr.
Marvin C. Gros
Colleen Jarrott
Brooke Tigchelaar
Laranda Moffett Walker
Sharonda R. Williams
Class of 2016
Hon. Glenn B. Ansardi
M. Thomas Arceneaux
Kelly Edward Balfour
Hon. Candice Bates Anderson
Hon. William Gregory Beard
Roya Boustany
Sean P. Brady
Alaina E. Brandhurst
Alexander Breckinridge V
Michelle D. Brooks
Douglas Daniel Brown
Hon. Barron C. Burmaster
Hon. Aisha S. Clark
Matthew M. Coman
Hon. Jeffery S. Cox
Hon. Michael O. Craig
Hon. Lilynn A. Cutrer
Tiffany Delery Davis
Mary H. Drabnis
George D. Ernest III
Hon. Richard T. Haik, Sr.
Hon. Theodore M. Haik III
Hon. F. Stanton Hardee III
S. Mark Harris
Jasmine J. Henderson
Waldon M. Hingle
Christy Howley Connois
Hon. E. Charles Jacobs
Gordon L. James
Hon. Madeline Jasmine
Hon. Jefferson Joyce
Hon. William J. Knight
Hon. Pammela S. Lattier
John L. Luffey, Jr.
Bernard N. Marcantel
David E. Marcantel
Hon. Timothy S. Marcel
Hon. Sharon Ingram Marchman
Hon. George C. Metoyer, Jr.
Eric R. Miller
Hon. Michael Nerren
Hon. Frances J. Pitman
Hon. Michael Pitman
Hon. Monique F. Rauls
Deidre Deculus Robert
Larry M. Roedel
Hon. Edward O. Rubin
Michael W. Rutledge
Dominick J. Scandurro, Jr.
Keely V. Scott
Hon. Parker Self
Hon. Sherb Sentell
Hon. James B. Supple
Hon. Lala Sylvester
Bradley Joseph Tate
Jessica Welch Williams
Hon. Kirk A. Williams
Hon. Thomas M. Yeager
Hon. Paul Young
Ta-Tanisha T. Youngblood
20 Year Fellows
Donald R. Abaunza, New Orleans
Mathile W. Abramson, Gonzales
Hon. Marc T. Amy, Abbeville
Gerald T. Arbour, Baton Rouge
Ronnie J. Berthelot, Baton Rouge
James E. Bolin, Jr., Shreveport
Catherine G. Brame, Alexandria
Hon. Marilyn C. Castle, Lafayette
Hon. Robert A. Chaisson, Gretna
Lauren Gay Coleman, Alexandria
Robert S. Dampf, Lake Charles
C. Dean Domingue, Lafayette
Brett M. Dupuy, New Orleans
John P. Everett, Jr., Lake Charles
Hon. Michelle Finnegan, Baton Rouge
James L. Fortson, Jr., Shreveport
Karen Crosby Fulda, Ponchatoula
Leu Anne Lester Greco, Baton Rouge
Steven F. Griffith, Sr., Destrehan
George Ann Hayne-Graugnard, Edgard
Larry C. Hebert, Lafayette
John Wayne Jewell, New Roads
Steven C. Lanza, Lafayette
David W. Leefe, New Orleans
Henry R. Liles, Lake Charles
Christine Lipsey, Baton Rouge
Hon. Susie Morgan, New Orleans
Warren E. Mouledoux, Jr., Gretna
Hon. Patricia R. Murray (Ret.), New Orleans
Elmer G. Noah II, Monroe
W. James Ortego, Lake Charles
Harry "Skip" J. Philips, Jr., Baton Rouge
Mary Olive Pierson, Baton Rouge
David J. Shea, Houma
E. Wade Shows, Baton Rouge
H. Bruce Shreves, New Orleans
Ann S. Siddall, Vidalia
David L. Sigler, Lake Charles
Kermit M. Simmon, Winnfield
Frank P. Simoneaux, Baton Rouge
Michael D. Skinner, Lafayette
William W. Stagg, Lafayette
Anthony J. Staines, Metairie
Lisa Trammel Sullivan, Monroe
Hon. Zorraine M. Waguespack, Amite
Conrad S. P. Williams III, Houma
Lisa C. Winter, Metairie