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Law Firm Endows Professorship for Charles Lugenbuhl

January 24, 2012



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Seated, left to right, are Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard attorneys Nathan P. Horner Jr. (L ’83, LLM ’84); Lisa Brener (LLM ’03); and S. Frazer Rankin (L ’72). From rear left: Rose McCabe LeBreton (L ’76); Joseph Guichet (L ’96); Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer; Stewart F. Peck (L ’77); Scott R. Wheaton Jr. (Photo/Shannon Woodward)  
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The New Orleans law firm of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard presented an endowment gift of $112,500 to Tulane University Law School to establish The Charles E. Lugenbuhl Professorship. The professorship is named in memory of the firm’s founder, the late Charles E. Lugenbuhl, who received his law degree from Tulane University in 1951 before going on to become a nationally recognized attorney and professor of maritime law.

Lugenbuhl distinguished himself throughout his career as a teacher of both law students and young lawyers with particular emphasis on honing analytical and written skills.

“Charles Lugenbuhl was a giant in maritime law, a respected leader in the New Orleans bar, and a legend who left his mark on generations of Tulane law students as a mentor and teacher,” said Dean David D. Meyer. “This generous gift from his colleagues and friends is a fitting testament and will guarantee that future generations continue to benefit from his legacy. I am deeply grateful for this leadership gift and all it means for our students and faculty, now and in the future.”

In the academic realm, Lugenbuhl’s service included more than 30 years as an adjunct law professor at Tulane, where he was a founding member of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, serving on the Permanent Advisory Board from 1977 and as vice-chair from 1992 through 2005. A veteran of both the United States Navy and Army, his legal career began at the law firm of Lemle Kelleher, where he rose to become head of the maritime section and represented Harold Halter of Halter Marine, one of the world’s largest builders of offshore supply vessels.

Attorney Scott “Rodger” Wheaton Jr. was fresh out of law school when, in 1977, he joined Lemle Kelleher as a young associate assigned to work under Lugenbuhl in his section.

“Charlie Lugenbuhl … was a tough task master and a great teacher,” Wheaton recalls. “Looking back, I owe him a tuition or two for what he taught me.”

Lugenbuhl later served as executive vice-president of Halter Marine between 1977 and 1980, before returning to practice in 1980 and founding Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard of which his former mentee, Rodger Wheaton, currently is a managing partner.

“Given Charlie’s commitment to Tulane and the Admiralty Law Institute, the scholarship honors a man who taught so many young attorneys,” says Wheaton. “He would be very touched.”

As an active member in the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Lugenbuhl served from 1985 through 1990 as chair of the Rivers & Ocean Towing Committee. A distinguished trial advocate, he was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the 1997 recipient of the New Orleans Bar Association’s “Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award.”

Charlie Lugenbuhl passed away on August 14, 2011.

Endowed professorships provide essential resources to support future research and professional leadership, raising the national profile of both the deserving recipient and the institution. Thus, The Charles E. Lugenbuhl Professorship in Law Endowed Fund serves as a reminder of the important role private support plays in enriching the intellectual life and impact of Tulane Law School.

To learn more about establishing a professorship at Tulane Law School or to discover additional ways to show your support, contact Tulane Law School’s Development Office at (504) 862-8559.


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