The Louisiana Bar Foundation held its 36th Annual Fellows Gala to recognize, honor, and celebrate honorees, all of whom have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession, as well as an individual or organization, to make a significant contribution to the Louisiana justice system.
The honorees, each introduced with tribute videos to receive their award, included: Calogero Justice Award-Hillar C. Moore III, East Baton Rouge District Attorney; Distinguished Professor-Dian Tooley-Knoblett, Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans; Distinguished Attorney-Gordon L. James, Hudson, Potts & Bernstein in Monroe; and Distinguished Jurist-Carl J. Barbier, U.S. District Court Eastern District in New Orleans.
Additional awards announced included the 2020 Calogero Justice Award to recipient Hillar Moore, and the 2021 LBF Distinguished Professor, Dian Tooley-Knoblett. Also introduced were 2021 Distinguished Attorney Gordon James and 2021 Distinguished Jurist Carl Barbier.
Patrick Talley served as Gala Chair. Speakers included Colleen Jarrott, Gala Board Liaison, Chris Ralston, 2021-2022 LBF President, Michael Calogero Jr, son of former Chief Justice Pascal Calogero Jr, and Alan Brackett, LBF President.
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John Weimer administered the Oath of Office to the incoming LBF 2022-2023 officers.
Harkins Florist provided spring flower arrangements, and Badass Balloon Company customized decorations for the stage and step and repeat. DJ Charles Belonge entertained the 450 attendees.
Herman Herman & Katz LLC served as Pinnacle Sponsor.