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2015 Champions of Justice

The Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation (LPBF) hosted its Champions of Justice Awards Ceremony Thursday, October 22nd at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro. This Ceremony, attended annually by Lafayette's attorneys; judges; and elected officials serves to honor those members of the legal community who have given their time and energy to provide legal assistance and counsel to victims of domestic violence, the homeless, and the disadvantaged through the programs run by the Foundation.

Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation2015 Champions of Justice Awards Ceremony

Held in Honor of Attorneys Who Give Back
Lafayette, LA —The Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation (LPBF) hosted its Champions of Justice Awards Ceremony Thursday, October 22nd at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro. This Ceremony, attended annually by Lafayette's attorneys; judges; and elected officials serves to honor those members of the legal community who have given their time and energy to provide legal assistance and counsel to victims of domestic violence, the homeless, and the disadvantaged through the programs run by the Foundation.
LPBF Chair Miles Matt (The Law Offices of Matt and Allen) served as host of the event. The Honorable Marilyn Castle (15th Judicial District) presented the Outstanding Attorney Awards to the following attorneys: Mandi Borne, Carolyn Cole, Hallie Coriel, Jeffrey Coreil, Karnina Dargin, Valerie Garrett, Valerie Guidry, Trey Hightower, Johnathan Jarrett, Cliff LaCour, Craig Little, Seth Mansfield, Bethlyn Mayers, Ross Roubion, Dyan Schaars, Dwazendra Smith, Grady Spears, and K. Wade Trahan.
The Louisiana State Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award was presented to Honorable Douglas J. Saloom by Blake David (Broussard & David).
The foundation operates four distinct programs that offer legal assistance to different types of clients: Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, the Protective Order Panel, Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.), and Counsel on Call.
 
The Top Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer award was presented to Lafayette Young Lawyers Association President Dwazendra Smith (Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon and Edwards) for the hours she logged taking difficult cases such as divorce and custody for clients of the LVL program.
 
The Protective Order Panel program helps victims of domestic violence to find relief through Title 46 protective orders. Johnathan Jarret (The Jarrett Firm, LLC) was recognized with the Top Protective Order Award for his exemplary service throughout the year.
 
The H.E.L.P program helps homeless individuals obtain certified copies of birth certificates as substantiating documents to prove their identity in the process of replacing a lost or stolen ID. The Top H.E.L.P Award was presented to Valerie Guidry (Ottinger Hebert).
 
The Counsel on Call program offers free legal advice by experienced attorneys to members of the public who cannot afford an attorney. The Top Counsel on Call Award was presented to Brandon Bradley (Bradley, Moreau, Howay & Stagg) for his selfless commitment to the program.
 
Firm Award Winners, which are awarded to the firms that have provided the highest volume of volunteer service, were:
  • Small Firm Award: Galloway & Jefcoat
  • Medium Firm Award: Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon & Edwards
  • Large Firm Award: Neuner Pate
 
Tammy DeRouen (Doran & Cawthorne, PLLC) earned the Outstanding Service to the Bar Award. 
 
The Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation is a 501 c(3) charitable organization connected with the Lafayette Bar Association whose mission it is to serve the community of Lafayette through programs that offer legal assistance to those who are most in need, through education outreach programs such as Law Week and the housing of Lafayette's Law Library, and also through periodical legal clinics. The Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers program is funded by grants from Acadiana Legal Service Corporation (ALSC), the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General Mortgage Servicing Settlement.
 

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