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Nominees are selected for induction into the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame by an alumni committee, in consultation with the Dean, on the basis of their distinguished professional achievements and their enduring dedication to the mission and students of Tulane Law School.

New inductees are honored each year at the annual Tulane Law Alumni Luncheon. The inaugural class was honored at the March 22, 2013, luncheon at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel in downtown New Orleans. The Tulane Law School Hall of Fame is generously supported by an endowment created in late 2012 by Mike and Melinda Veron. Mr. Veron (A & S ’72, L ’74) is a nationally prominent trial lawyer and founding partner of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Hall of Fame Honouree

 

Past Hall of Fame Honorees 

2018 Inductees
Judy Y. Barrasso (L '81): Attorney

Ms. Barrasso, a founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, is a top commercial litigator, focusing on complex commercial litigation matters and class actions involving insurance coverage and bad faith, director and officer liability, securities fraud, and commercial. She is currently serving as President of the International Society of Barristers, a member of the Tulane Law School Dean's Advisory Board and is a past president of the New Orleans Bar Association. Ms. Barrasso has received the John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award and Louisiana Bar Foundation's Distinguished Attorney Award. She is also the Commissioner of the New Orleans Downtown Development District and has served on the boards of Contemporary Arts Center, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and The New Orleans Pro Bono Project.

Eldon E. Fallon (L ’62): U.S. District Court Judge

Fallon, a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was appointed in 1995 by President Bill Clinton. Prior to the bench, Judge Fallon was a partner in the New Orleans law firm of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, Fallon & David. He is a past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Foundation; and has received the LSBA Lifetime Achievement Award and National Pro Bono Public Award from the American Bar Association. In 2017, Tulane University’s Alumni Association honored Judge Fallon with the Professional Achievement Award and the Tulane Law Review named him the Alumnus of the Year at their annual banquet. 

Cynthia R. Shoss (NC '71, L '74): Attorney

Ms. Shoss is the Co-Head of the Global Insurance group of the international law firm of Eversheds Sutherland. An expert in transactional and insurance regulatory matters, she has been a frequent professor during the Tulane Law School’s Transactional Boot Camp. Ms. Shoss was editor of the Tulane Law Review and the first woman to win the Rufus T. Harris Prize for Excellence in Torts. She clerked for Louisiana Supreme Court Justices Mack Barham and Joe Sanders and was an associate at Stone Pigman before her career took her to New York and London. Currently serves on her firm’s Executive, pro bono, and Diversity & Inclusion committees and on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations.

Posthumous honorees

John Kramer: Dean of Tulane Law School

John R. Kramer served as Dean of Tulane Law School from 1986-1996. During his tenure he transformed Tulane Law from a regional law school to one of national prominence. He was a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard University and Harvard Law School as well as a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University. After law school he clerked for Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Dean Kramer oversaw the construction of John Giffen Weinmann Hall, an increase in the diversity and gender percentage of the school and, most notably led Tulane Law to become the first school to establish Pro Bono requirements for all graduating students.

Kaliste J. Saloom Jr. (L '42): Judge of Lafayette City Court

Judge Saloom served four decades as the Judge for Lafayette City Court. After graduating as valedictorian from Cathedral High, Judge Saloom earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, formerly Southwestern Louisiana Institute, before graduating Order of the Coif from Tulane Law in 1942. After law school, he joined the military in 1942 serving in North Africa, France and Germany as a special agent in the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps during WWII. In 1946 Judge Saloom opened his own legal practice before becoming a Judge in 1953. The Saloom family proudly represents 5 generations of Tulane Law graduates from Tulane and Tulane Law School.

Michael A. Starks (L '68): Attorney

Mr. Starks, a native New Orleanean and graduate of St. Aug High School, was the first African American graduate of Tulane Law School. After law school he continued to break barriers as the first African American lawyer to work in New Orleans’ City Attorney’s office, during the administration of Mayor Moon Landrieu. Mr. Starks went on to serve as the attorney for the Housing Authority. He continued to be a proud Tulanian, mentoring countless future attorneys, judges and business leaders both during their time in law school and into their professional life.

2017 Inductees
Roy C. Cheatwood (L ’74): Lawyer

Mr. Cheatwood, a founding member of the Louisiana offices Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz with a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice, was previously a Senior Partner at Jones Walker and member of the management committee at Phelps Dunbar. He is considered one of the top lawyers in the United States on complex, high-stakes commercial matters. He is a decorated military veteran, having served as a 1st Lieutenant with the U.S. Army infantry in Vietnam earning a Combat Infantry Badge; two Bronze Stars for valor and service respectively; two Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Bronze Star; and other awards. He frequently lectures on trial tactics, evidence, and discovery matters, and has assisted students in Tulane’s moot court program.

William H. Pryor, Jr. (L ’87): Judge, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Pryor, a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2004, was nominated by President George W. Bush. Pryor also is in the last year of a term on the seven-member U.S. Sentencing Commission. At Tulane Law, he was editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review and continues to serve on its advisory board. He also founded Tulane’s student chapter of the Federalist Society and returns to campus to address the group. He clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom (L ’29) on the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans and has extended opportunities for Tulane students to clerk on the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit. He was Alabama’s Attorney General from 1997-2004, at the time the youngest attorney general in the country.  A member of the American Law Institute, he is a co-author of the 2016 volume The Law of Judicial Precedent.

William K. Suter (L ’62): Retired U.S. Army Major General and former Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court

General Suter, a retired major general, led the Army’s JAG Corps and then spent 22 years as the Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court. Suter attended Tulane Law while already in the military. His posts included commandant of the Judge Advocate General’s School and chief judge of the Army’s Court of Criminal Appeals. Volunteering for service in Vietnam, he earned a Bronze Star and Distinguished Service Medal. President George H.W. Bush nominated Suter as Supreme Court Clerk, and he ran that office, helping modernize court operations, from 1991 to 2013. He has served on the Tulane Law Review advisory board, and the journal in 2014 honored him as its inaugural Alumnus of the Year. Since retiring from the Supreme Court, he is now a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux (L ’75): Chief Judge, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Thibodeaux, chief judge of Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal, has been on the court since 1992. He practiced law in New York City before moving to Lake Charles. He was a leader in changing Louisiana’s method of selecting judges, which led to more African Americans in the judiciary. He has been president of The National Council of Chief Judges, chaired the Task Force on Judicial Independence and co-chaired the Louisiana Supreme Court Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. He received the National Bar Association’s Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Award for Judicial Excellence in 2010 and its Thurgood Marshall Award in 2009 for serving as an exemplary role model.
 

Sarah S. Vance (L ’78): Judge, U.S. District Court

Judge Vance, a U.S. District Court judge and former chief of the court in New Orleans, also chairs the seven-member Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation, which oversees complex litigation from across the United States. She graduated first in her Tulane Law class and was a partner at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann when President Bill Clinton nominated her for the federal bench in 1994. A national leader in judicial education and law reform, she’s a member of American Law Institute Council. Vance also serves on the Tulane Law School Dean’s Advisory Board and the Tulane Law Review advisory board and has taught civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution as an adjunct faculty member.

Posthumous honorees  

John A. Dixon (L ’47): Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

Chief Justice Dixon served 19 years on the Louisiana Supreme Court, 10 of them as chief justice. A native Texan, he grew up in Shreveport and taught high school before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an infantry paratrooper and spent 21 months as a prisoner of war in Germany. After law school, he practiced in Shreveport and worked as an assistant District Attorney. His judicial career lasted from 1957, when he was elected to the District Court, until he retired from the Supreme Court in 1990. He also served on the Second Court of Appeal. Hailed as “a judge of supreme sympathy for the common man” and a fierce defender of civil rights and civil liberties, he received the American Civil Liberties Union’s Benjamin E. Smith award in 1991.

Rufus C. Harris: President of Tulane University and Dean of Tulane Law School

Mr. Harris was dean of Tulane Law School from 1927 to 1937 and then president of Tulane University for 23 years, guiding its emergence as a modern research university. At the law school, he taught torts, championed civil law and helped revive the Tulane Law Review after a hiatus. An Army veteran of World War I and Yale Law School graduate, he came to Tulane after serving as Mercer University’s law dean. He returned to Mercer, his alma mater, in 1960 as Chancellor and led the university to integrate the campus and student body. He’s memorialized at Tulane Law with two annual recognitions for outstanding students: the Rufus C. Harris Award in Torts, established by the Class of 1942, and the Rufus C. Harris Law Review Award in Civil Law, which goes to author of the best article on civil law.

2016 Inductees
Martin L.C. Feldman (A&S ’55 L ’57): U.S. District Court judge

Judge Feldman has presided on the federal bench in the Eastern District of Louisiana since 1983, when he was nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan. Before joining the judiciary, he had practiced law in New Orleans for 24 years, handling tax law and complex commercial litigation cases. He was the first law clerk hired by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Minor Wisdom, serving in 1957-59. Feldman chaired the Tulane Law Review Board of Advisory Editors in 2000-2013 and was honored as the law review’s Alumnus of the Year in 2015. In 2017, he’ll complete a seven-year term on the 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Robert Force: Director emeritus, Tulane Maritime Law Center

Force has taught generations of Tulane Law School students since joining the faculty in 1969. He has served as acting dean, taught criminal law, founded the Tulane Maritime Law Center in 1984 and played a visionary role in making Tulane the world leader in admiralty and maritime law. He holds the Niels F. Johnsen Chair of Maritime Law and has written numerous books and articles that shaped the field. He also was appointed special master to the U.S. District Court in litigation involving Orleans Parish Prison, prepared a monograph on admiralty and maritime law for federal judges and helped write the maritime codes for Panama and China. Friends created the Robert Force Scholarship in 2012 to honor him.

Margot Lampe Mazeau (L ’58): Pioneering international lawyer

Mazeau started her career with New Orleans law firms but moved into the field of arms control during the Cold War. As assistant general counsel in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, she helped lead United States delegations to conferences in Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria, receiving the agency’s Meritorious Honor Award for her work. In 1980, she returned to Phelps Dunbar and litigated maritime law cases until retiring in 1992. Mazeau came to the U.S. as a German exchange student at the University of Miami. She graduated first in her class from Tulane Law then clerked for Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John B. Fournet. 

Luther J. Strange III (A&S ’75, L ’79): Alabama Attorney General

Strange was elected in 2014 to his second term as Alabama’s chief law enforcement officer. In that role, he was coordinating counsel for the Gulf states in the landmark litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Before holding public office, he practiced corporate law at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings then founded his own firm, specializing in economic development. He attended Tulane University on a basketball scholarship then served in the U.S. Merchant Marine before law school. During 2016-17, he is chairman-elect of the Republican Attorneys General Association, and he is Southern Region chair of the National Association of Attorneys General.

A.N. Yiannopoulos: Civil law legend

Yiannopoulos, the Eason-Weinmann Chair Emeritus, is an internationally renowned scholar of civil law, comparative law and maritime law. He has revised major parts of Louisiana’s civil code and dominated the field for more than four decades. He has influenced every aspect of property law and done extensive international work. As a Tulane Law faculty member since 1979, he has helped shape generations of students. A native of Greece, he ran Tulane Law’s summer program there for many years. He recently created an endowed scholarship fund to assist students focusing on civil and comparative law. He is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and the American Law Institute.

Posthumous honorees  

Dermot S. McGlinchey (A&S ’54, L ’57): Lawyer & civic activist

McGlinchey co-founded McGlinchey Stafford and led it to become one of the south's largest and most-respected firms. A powerful advocate for equal access to the courts, he helped revitalize the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was instrumental in forming its Pro Bono Project. He supported Tulane in numerous ways, serving as Alumni Association president in 1992-93, as a Dean’s Council member, as chair of the Dean’s Council development committee, as vice chair of the Maritime Law Center’s endowment program and as chair of the law school’s building fund. 

Sylvia Roberts (L ’56): Lawyer & equal rights activist

A practicing lawyer for almost 60 years, Roberts was a pathbreaking advocate for the rights of women, victims of domestic violence and the mentally ill. One of the founders of the National Organization for Women, she was vice president of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. In that role, she litigated landmark cases for equal rights, including Weeks v. Southern Bell, NOW's first victory applying Title VII to combat sex discrimination in employment. She died in 2014 and left her papers to the Newcomb Archives at Tulane University.

2015 Inductees
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 sits on 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. 

Edith Brown Clement (L '73): 5th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals judge

A member of the federal judiciary for almost 24 years, Clement received nomination 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 has 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. 

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 (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.

Jerry L. Mashaw Sr. (A&S '62, L '64): Administrative Law professor

International l 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 a past president of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has serves as a consultant to numerous federal agencies and private foundations and to the governments of Peru, Argentina and the People's Republic of China. 

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. 

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. 

Posthumous honorees  

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. 

Edward White: U.S. Supreme Court chief justice 

Attorney, politician, senator, 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, 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.

2014 Inductees
Robert Acomb, Jr. (BBA '51, LLB '53): Maritime lawyer

A leading national authority on maritime law and litigation, Acomb is a retired partner of the Jones Walker firm and has taught for decades as a Tulane Law School adjunct professor. The author of two case books on admiralty law, Acomb was honored by the New Orleans Bar Association as its Distinguished Maritime Lawyer for 1996. He has chaired the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board and has served the university in many roles, including as a Board of Tulane member and Alumni Association president. His leadership in the Catholic Church includes being a board member of the Bethlehem University Foundation, and Pope John Paul II named him a Knight of St. Gregory the Great.

Cynthia Ann Samuel (L '72): Tulane Law School professor

The first woman on Tulane Law School's tenure-track faculty, Samuel also was influential in reforming Louisiana property law. She joined the law faculty in 1975, held the John E. Koerner Professorship and the W.R. Irby Chair in Law and helped to lead the school as associate dean for academic affairs in 1984-87. Her scholarship focused on civil law relating to families — community property, successions, donations and trusts — and she developed expertise in copyright law. Through her service on committees advising the state Legislature and governor, she helped improve Louisiana law and make it more equitable.

Paul Verkuil: Tulane Law School dean

A renowned scholar in administrative law, Verkuil was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 as chair of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a public-private partnership whose members devise consensus-driven recommendations to improve government operations. Verkuil also is an educational leader who, as dean from 1978 to 1985, helped raise Tulane Law School's national profile and powerfully energized its research mission. He frequently is called upon to testify before Congress, and he has been president of the College of William & Mary (his alma mater), CEO of the American Automobile Association and dean of Cardozo School of Law.

Posthumous honorees  

Charles Erasmus Fenner (L 1855): Louisiana Supreme Court justice  

Lawyer, lawmaker and judge, Fenner also helped make Tulane history. After graduating from the Department of Law at the University of Louisiana, Tulane University's predecessor, he practiced with Lewis E. Simmonds. He served in the Louisiana Legislature and later was a state Supreme Court justice. He was president of the Board of Tulane and in 1894 helped lay the cornerstone for Gibson Hall and Tulane's Uptown campus.

Mitchell Franklin: Tulane Law School professor

A Tulane Law School legend for both his scholarship and his demanding yet colorful teaching style, Franklin was instrumental in reviving interest in Louisiana civil law during his era. He was born in Montreal, educated at Harvard Law School and joined the Tulane law faculty in 1930. During 37 years at Tulane, Franklin taught contracts and Roman Law and was a leader in comparative law, helping to found the Institute of Comparative Law (now the Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law). He also was widely considered an innovative and influential scholar of U.S. constitutional law.

John M. McCollam (L '59): oil & gas lawyer 

The Tulane Law Review editor as a student, McCollam later taught oil and gas law at Tulane from 1963 to 1987, at the same time developing a practice as a preeminent lawyer in Louisiana. After a decade at the Milling law firm, he helped found Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan in New Orleans in 1970. McCollam litigated oil and gas disputes and also served as an arbitrator and mediator in cases. One of his greatest legacies was in instructing countless young attorneys in the best practices of lawyering, both as a teacher and by his example as a tenacious but gracious competitor in the courtroom.

Dorothy Dowling Wolbrette (NC  '42, LLB '45): Litigator and administrative law judge

As a student, Wolbrette served as editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review, graduated first in her class and received the law school's highest awards. The New Orleans Bar Association recently honored her as the 23rd woman lawyer licensed in the city, where she initially practiced with Duke & Porterie. She then worked as a Louisiana assistant attorney general and in 1968 argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Duncan v. Louisiana, a key case that defined when a potential criminal penalty triggers the right to a jury trial. From 1976 to 1988, Wolbrette was an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, retiring as chief judge.

2013 Inductees

Tulane Law School inducted the inaugural class of its new Tulane Law School Hall of Fame at its annual Alumni Luncheon on March 22, 2013.

Supported by a recent endowed gift, the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame recognized the extraordinarily accomplished alumni and legendary faculty members spanning the school’s 166-year history.

The inaugural class includes six living and six posthumous honorees. The honorees were feted at the luncheon at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel in downtown New Orleans.

"With a 166-year history and nearly 13,000 living alumni, we can never adequately recognize the diverse and extraordinary accomplishments of our alumni," said Dean David D. Meyer. "The Tulane Law School Hall of Fame will enable us to celebrate these rich talents by highlighting each year the exemplary achievements of a select group that reflects the whole."

Marian Mayer Berkett (L ’37)

One of the law school's earliest women students, she graduated first in her class and went on to become the first woman attorney hired by a Louisiana law firm (Deutsch Kerrigan), a leader in the New Orleans bar, and a legendary trial attorney. Ms. Berkett, who celebrates her 100th birthday later this month, will serve as Tulane Law School's graduation speaker this May.

 

 
Russ M. Herman (A & S ’63, L ’66)

Founding partner of Herman, Herman & Katz in New Orleans, Mr. Herman is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers, having served as leading counsel in many of the country’s most significant, high-profile class actions. A veteran faculty member in Tulane’s Trial Advocacy program and the author of a leading treatise in the field, Mr. Herman has also served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and been inducted into the American Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

 

Wayne J. Lee (A & S ’71, L ’74)

After graduating Order of the Coif and as an editor of Tulane Law Review, Mr. Lee is now one of New Orleans’ leading litigators, chairing the management committee of Stone, Pigman, Walther & Wittmann. A past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and numerous civic and charitable organizations, Mr. Lee has also served as a member of Tulane University’s Board of Administrators and played a leading role in efforts to diversify the legal profession.

 

Max Nathan (L ’60)

Founding partner of Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel in New Orleans, Mr. Nathan is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading lawyers in estate planning and successions, and has led law reform in the state as President and then Chair of the Louisiana Law Institute for more than 15 years. A legendary teacher to generations of Tulane students, Professor Nathan has taught as a member of Tulane’s adjunct faculty for nearly 50 years.

 

Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. (A & S ’56, L ’61) 

After graduating first in his class and Editor-in-Chief of Tulane Law Review, Judge Wiener practiced law in Shreveport with the firm now known as Wiener, Weiss & Madison. He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and took senior status in 2010. A devoted Tulanian, Judge Wiener is a former Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board and a member of the Paul Tulane Society.

 

John Giffen Weinmann (A & S ’50, L ’52) 

After graduating Order of the Coif and an editor of the Tulane Law Review, Ambassador Weinmann practiced law for 28 years with Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans and served as general counsel to the Times Picayune and president and director of the Waverly and Eason Oil Companies. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Finland from 1989 to 1991 and as Chief of Protocol in the White House from 1991 to 1993. Ambassador Weinmann is a former Chair of Tulane University’s Board of Administrators and a member of the Paul Tulane Society. Weinmann Hall, the Law School’s building, is named in his honor.

 

Posthumous honorees  

Hale Boggs (A & S ’35, L ’37)

Elected to 13 terms in Congress, beginning in 1940, Hale Boggs rose to the top leadership ranks of the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming Majority Whip in 1962 and Majority Leader in 1971. A powerful advocate and gifted orator, Boggs showed political courage by supporting landmark civil rights legislation in the Voting Rights Act and Fair Housing Act. After his death in 1972, his wife, Lindy, succeeded him in Congress and served until 1991.

 

John J. Hainkel, Jr. (A & S ’59, L ’61)

After graduating Order of the Coif as a member of both the Tulane Law Review and the moot court board, John Hainkel was an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who went on to make American political history as the first person ever to serve as both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate in a state legislature. During 37 years in office, Senator Hainkel was a revered leader and devoted Tulanian who fostered collaboration across party lines and was a powerful advocate for higher education.

 

Joseph Merrick Jones (A & S, L ’25)

During the Great Depression, Mr. Jones founded both the Canal Barge Company and the law firm now known as Jones Walker, one of the largest and most respected firms of the American South. During World War II, Mr. Jones took a hiatus from law practice to join the U.S. Department of State, serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs during the dynamic post-war period. A devoted Tulanian, Mr. Jones helped shape the University’s future as President of its Board of Administrators for more than a decade until his death in 1963. Jones Hall, the Law School’s former building, is named in his honor

 

Bessie Margolin (NC ’29, L ’30)

Raised in New Orleans’ Jewish Children’s Home after her mother’s early death, Bessie Margolin went on to graduate from Newcomb College and Tulane Law School, second in her class and an editor of the Law Review. Unable as a woman to find work in private practice, she went to work for the federal government in Washington. As Associate Solicitor for the Department of Labor, she argued 27 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and won 25 of them. At her retirement dinner in 1972, she was feted by Chief Justice Earl Warren and several other Justices for her landmark contributions to labor law.

 

Ferdinand Stone

A six-time graduate of Ohio State, Yale, and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, Ferd Stone was a member of Tulane’s law faculty for 41 years before retiring in 1978 as the W.R. Irby Chair. Director of the Tulane Institute of Comparative Law, Professor Stone was a renowned scholar in the field. He was also known as a legendary teacher of torts to generations of Tulane law students, who, in the words of colleague and former student Shael Herman, regarded him with "a respect verging on reverence."

 

John Minor Wisdom (L ’29)

A legendary judge for more than four decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge Wisdom was one of the so-called "Fifth Circuit Four" who played a pivotal role in enforcing the civil rights of racial minorities during the era of "Massive Resistance" to desegregation. A top student who won Tulane’s moot court competition, Judge Wisdom practiced law for nearly 30 years in New Orleans before his appointment to the bench. During that time, he was an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School for nearly two decades and, as a Republican Party leader in Louisiana, played a crucial role in securing the election of President Dwight Eisenhower. Judge Wisdom donated his papers and effects to Tulane Law School, now displayed in the Judge John Minor Wisdom Room of the Law Library.