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2016 LBA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2016 LBA Hall of Fame inductees exemplify the Lafayette Parish legal community's rich tradition of producing highly skilled lawyers and community servants. Induction into the LBA Hall of Fame is in recognition of an exemplary career as an attorney, dedicated service to the community, and participation in the Bar.
Seven distinguished attorneys will be honored at the third annual Lafayette Bar Association (“LBA”) Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday, September 8th. The 2016 LBA Hall of Fame inductees exemplify the Lafayette Parish legal community's rich tradition of producing highly skilled lawyers and community servants. Induction into the LBA Hall of Fame is in recognition of an exemplary career as an attorney, dedicated service to the community, and participation in the Bar.

The members of the 2016 Class of the LBA Hall of Fame are:

Edward C. Abell, Jr. graduated from the LSU School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1963. He first practiced law with the firm of Davidson, Meaux, Onebane and Donohoe, and later became a founding member of the Onebane Law Firm. He has also served as a Board Member and as Chairman of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

David M. Chretien graduated from the LSU School of Law in 1975 and worked as an Associate Professor of Law at the Southern University Law School until 1979. He then served as a full-time professor of business law at USL (now ULL) and maintained a private practice in successions and consumer bankruptcy protection, often representing clients for little or no fee. In serving his community, he was the attorney and legal advisor for the Black Chamber of Commerce and Holy Rosary Institute Corporation, among other services.   Mr. Chretien's award will be presented posthumously.

Robert L. Cole graduated from the LSU School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1967. He has served as a member of the Lafayette Bar Association Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has also been a member of the Family Law Section in the Lafayette Bar Association since its inception, and served as Vice-President and Board Member of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association.

Richard R. Kennedy graduated from Tulane Law School in 1965 with honors. He served as an officer of the Lafayette Bar Association early in his career and is also a past member of the Lafayette Rotary Club. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was the first Louisiana attorney to be certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Law. In serving his community, Mr. Kennedy coached the Lafayette High School Moot Court team for several years, and led his team to its first state final competition.

Margaret “Mag” Maraist Ritchey has practiced law for 26 years with a focus on estate planning, real estate, corporate and commercial practice.  She was a member of Broadhurst, Brook, Mangham, Hardy and Reed, and has served also in solo practice. Ms. Ritchey is a former President of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association and was instrumental in establishing the pro bono program for the Lafayette Parish Bar Association.

Anthony D. “Tony” Moroux began practicing trial law in 1976 after having served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Eugene Davis, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Mr. Moroux engaged in private practice for 15 years as a partner in Domengeaux, Wright, Roy, Edwards & Colomb, LLC, and also served as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates.  Mr. Moroux's award will be presented posthumously.

John G. Torian, II graduated from the LSU School of Law in 1960 and was a founding partner of the Onebane Law Firm. He is remembered fondly for his extreme professionalism and kindness towards clients, co workers and his community. Outside of the legal profession, Mr. Torian also served as Chairman of the United Way's Leadership Giving Committee.  Mr. Torian's award will be presented posthumously. 

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