October 02, 2014
Tulane Law School Po’ Boy Appreciation Society’s current and past presidents, David Freedman (L ’15) Peter F. Black (L ’14), Greg Stein (L ’13) and Charlie Marts (L ’12), indulge in the club’s purpose: cuisine and camaraderie.
Profits from sales of Po’ Boy Society ties and scarves — motto, “We eat on Friday” — will benefit the Public Interest Law Foundation.
In the dinky, dark room that houses Killer Poboys in the rear of the Erin Rose bar, the four presidents of the Tulane Law School Po’ Boy Appreciation Society munched their way through a late-summer lunch. Grilled shrimp, pork belly, meatloaf and roasted sweet potato po’ boys all hit the spot.
Though the four collectively have consumed dozens of signature creations across New Orleans, only one of the aficionados had visited this French Quarter gem just off Bourbon Street.
“I have had sandwiches all over the country, but never have I known the delights of the true po’ boy until now,” 3L David Freedman, the current society president, declared in appreciation.
Charlie Marts (L ’12) traced the club’s founding to his first year at Tulane Law, when he read a newspaper’s rankings of best po’ boys. Marts and some friends, feeling “intimidated” that they might not get to taste them all during just three law school years, started gathering at a different restaurant each Friday.
Marts, now an attorney with Newman, Mathis, Brady & Spedale in Metairie, said the society plays a vital role in a law school setting: “It allowed me to connect with my classmates in a low-stress way.”
New Orleans native Greg Stein (L ’13), who succeeded him as president, undertook it as a responsibility to connect fellow students to his hometown. “As a local, I saw the club as an opportunity to bring students into the community to give them a literal taste of New Orleans,” said Stein, who works at the Tulane Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development.
News of each week’s location spreads largely by word of mouth, as well as through a Facebook page that has more than 300 members. Though some students aren’t yet aware of this unique culinary confab, past president Peter F. Black (L ’14) said he heard of it before arriving at Tulane as a 2L transfer from Maryland. He made sure to tuck the affiliation into his resume while job hunting.
Friends, alumni, significant others, adjunct faculty and others who appreciate good taste sometimes attend society gatherings. Black said the rules are so lax that it’s possible to be a member in spirit – which he’ll have to do, having moved to New York to work for Charles Taylor P&I Management (Americas) Inc. as a claims executive for the Standard Club.
“You don’t actually have to show up to meetings,” he said. But, Marts chimed in, “it’s more fun if you do.”
Tulane Law School Po’ Boy Appreciation Society members slip mention of their involvement into their resumes — but they can wear their membership, too, with neck ties and scarves sporting a specially designed logo: a Tulane University crest featuring scales of justice balancing law books and Louisiana seafood, flanked by gators, shrimp and oysters. The motto, “Die veneris cenamus” translates roughly to “We eat on Friday.”
To order a tie or scarf, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Po’ Boy Society plans to donate profits from tie and scarf sales to the Public Interest Law Foundation.