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Tulane Law Hall of Fame adding nine honorees March 27

March 09, 2015

Tulane alumni and friends gather March 27 to honor nine Tulanians, including the Board of Tulane chairman, a former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice and a legendary professor of tax law, who have been selected for 2015 induction into Tulane Law School’s Hall of Fame.

Honorees Darryl Berger (L ’72), Judge Edith Brown Clement (L ’73), Judge W. Eugene Davis (L ’60), Professor Emeritus Hoffman Fuller (L ’56), Rod West (L ’93, B ’05) and Phillip Wittmann (A&S ’56, L ’61) will be special guests during the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Convention Center in New Orleans. Professor Jerry Mashaw (A&S ’62, L ’64) will be honored in absentia. And inductees Dean William Ray Forrester and Chief Justice Edward White will be recognized posthumously.

Selections for the Hall of Fame are made by an alumni committee, in consultation with the dean, based on the nominees’ distinguished professional achievements and enduring dedication to the mission and students of Tulane Law School. The Hall of Fame was created in 2012 with the support of an endowment gift by Mike Veron (A&S ’72, L ’74), founding partner of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and his wife, Melinda.

Luncheon tickets are $60 per person, $480 per table of 8. They can be purchased online or by calling Frances Roche, 504-865-5909.

These are the honorees:

 /uploadedImages/Hall_of_Fame/Content/BergerDarryl.jpg  Darryl D. Berger (L ’72): businessman and investor

 A New Orleans native who has been instrumental in the city’s commercial development as an investor, developer and financier of real estate, Berger has overseen major sophisticated transactions for four decades through The Berger Company, which he established in 1972. His projects have included the redevelopment of Jax Brewery and The Shops at Canal Place as well as some of the city’s largest hotels. He currently chairs the Board of Tulane University and is at the forefront of the New Orleans hospitality industry, serving as chairman of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and as a Convention and Visitors Bureau board member.
 Clement Edith Brown  Edith Brown Clement (L ’73): 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge

 A member of the federal judiciary for almost 24 years, Clement received nominations from both President H.W. Bush and later President George W. Bush. She joined the Jones Walker firm in 1975 and was a longtime partner when the elder President Bush chose her for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1991. She had started a term as chief judge in 2001 when the younger Bush nominated her to the appellate court. The Senate confirmed her to that seat 99-0. She is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Federalist Society and Tulane Law School’s Inn of Court.
 /uploadedImages/Hall_of_Fame/Content/DavisWEugene.jpg  W. Eugene Davis (L ’60): 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge

One of the longest-serving judges on the appeals court, Davis was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 1983. He previously had served seven years on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, nominated by President Gerald Ford. Earlier in his career, Davis practiced with Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans, then with Caffery, Duhé and Davis in New Iberia, Louisiana. In 2014, he was the Fifth Circuit’s recipient of the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award, which is given to a judge who displays sterling character, unquestioned integrity and ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession.
 Hoffman Fuller  Hoffman Fuller (L ’56): Tulane Law School professor

As head of Tulane Law School’s tax program for almost 50 years, Professor “Hoff” Fuller left an impression on generations of students and also on the legal profession. Beginning in 1961, he chaired the Tulane Tax Institute for half a century, leading it to become the nation’s foremost gathering of tax lawyers. Now professor emeritus, Fuller joined the Tulane law faculty in 1960 after serving as a judge advocate officer in the U.S. Air Force. He also served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs in 1972-77. To honor him, a former student and other donors in 2014 established the Hoffman F. Fuller Associate Professorship of Tax Law.
 /uploadedImages/Hall_of_Fame/Content/Mashaw, Jerry.jpg  Jerry L. Mashaw Sr. (A&S ’62, L ’64): Administrative Law professor

Internationally known for his expertise, Mashaw is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches administrative law, social welfare policy, regulation, legislation and the design of public institutions. Mashaw graduated first in his class from Tulane Law and taught as an assistant professor in 1966-68. He is a founding member and past president of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as a consultant to numerous federal agencies and private foundations and to the governments of Peru, Argentina and the Peoples Republic of China. 
 /uploadedImages/Hall_of_Fame/Content/WestRod.jpg  Rod K. West (L ’93, B ’05): Entergy executive vice president

A champion football player in college, West now is a corporate leader as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Entergy. He has led initiatives to redesign the company, including the launch of Entergy Shared Services Company, a revamp of all corporate center and business support functions. West previously handled commercial litigation as a senior attorney with Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, and he made the closing arguments that convinced NFL owners to hold Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in 2013. He grew up in New Orleans and played outside linebacker and tight end for the University of Notre Dame’s 1988 championship team coached by Lou Holtz.
 /uploadedImages/Hall_of_Fame/Content/Wittmann Phillip.jpg  Phillip A. Wittmann (A&S ’56, L ’61): Renowned litigator

During more than 50 years of practice, Wittmann has handled a range of complex commercial litigation, representing some of the largest global corporations operating in Louisiana. A member of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, he is an internationally recognized civil defense attorney and has defended class actions, toxic tort litigation and products liability suits. He is a past president of the New Orleans Bar Association and has served the profession in numerous other positions, including as chair of the Louisiana State Board of Legal Specialization and as a member of the House of Delegates of both the American Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association. 
 /uploadedImages/Hall_of_Fame/Content/ForresterWilliamRay.jpg  William Ray Forrester: Tulane Law School dean

A constitutional law authority and early defender of civil rights, Forrester spent two stints at Tulane Law School: as a professor in 1941-49 and as dean in 1952-63. He wrote extensively on constitutional issues and federal jurisdiction and was popular both as a professor and as dean, roles he also served at Vanderbilt Law School (1949-52) and Cornell University Law School (1963-73). Forrester also taught at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in 1976-2001. He is remembered annually with the Ray Forrester Award, which is given to the student with the highest grade in Constitutional Law I. 
  Chief Justice Edward White  Edward White: U.S. Supreme Court chief justice

Attorney, politician, senator and jurist, Edward Douglass White had a multifaceted life before spending 27 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, 11 of them as the only native Louisianan to serve as chief justice. Born in Lafourche Parish on a sugar beet plantation, White joined the Confederate Army as a young man and spent the last months of the Civil War as a prisoner of war. Later, he studied law under New Orleans attorney Edward Bermudez (L 1852), who graduated from Tulane’s precursor, the University of Louisiana. Bermudez served as Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice in 1880-92 (after White’s brief term on the court). White also took law classes at the University of Louisiana and was admitted to legal practice in 1868. White served terms as a Louisiana state senator and U.S. senator. In 1882, he also was appointed to Tulane’s first Board of Administrators, where he was instrumental in solidifying the institution as a private university. White had been in the U.S. Senate for three years when President Grover Cleveland nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1894. President William Howard Taft nominated White as the high court’s ninth chief justice in 1910, and he served until his death in 1921. 


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