Two Tulane Law School graduates were honored by the Tulane Alumni Association’s Emeritus Club during Homecoming 2013 festivities.
Sam A. LeBlanc III and Herschel L. Abbott Jr. received Outstanding Alumni Awards.
LeBlanc graduated in 1963 then returned for an LLM in energy and environmental law in 1991. During 40 years practicing in New Orleans, he was a partner at Couhig Partners and at Adams and Reese, from which he retired in 2002.
He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1972-80. After years of civic involvement, including chairing the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, LeBlanc spent the first part of his retirement as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania, along with his wife, Noelle, in 2003-2005.
He also has been active at Tulane, serving on the Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, the Tulane Health Sciences Center board of governors and the Tulane Cancer Center Advisory Board.
Abbott graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1963 and from the Law School in 1966 then served four years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
He joined the firm now known as Jones Walker in 1970, became a partner in 1973 and today is special counsel. Abbott became BellSouth general counsel for Louisiana in 1991 then president for Louisiana operations in 1996. In 2001, he went to Washington, D.C., as BellSouth vice president for governmental affairs.
Abbott’s involvement in education includes advocating for Teach for America and Louisiana LEARN, serving on the Louisiana Board of Regents, chairing the Tulane University Hospital board and The University of New Orleans Foundation. He also is a member of the Law School Dean’s Advisory Board and the Tulane President’s Council.