Calogero Justice Award

The Calogero Justice Award is named in honor of Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. who was elected to the Louisiana Supreme court in 1972. Calogero was sworn in as Chief Justice in 1990 and served on the Court for 36 years. At the Annual Fellows Gala the Louisiana Bar Foundation honors an individual or organization for a significant contribution to the Louisiana justice system.


2016 Calogero Justice Award

Joseph R. Oelkers III

Joseph R. Oelkers III

Acadiana Legal Service Corporation

Joseph R. Oelkers III is a founder of Acadiana Legal Service Corporation (ALSC), the first Legal Services Corporation funded law firm in the Acadiana area. He served as Executive Director of ALSC since its inception in 1978 and retired on September 1, 2016 after 38 years of dedicated service. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1972 and from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1976.

Oelkers served as President of the Louisiana Legal Consortium from 1983 through 1994, which was established by the Louisiana legal services programs to provide support for access to justice efforts in the state. He has been a member of the LSBA Access to Justice Committee since 1981, chairing the Committee for over 10 years, and has served as a member of the LSBA House of Delegates since 1993. He is a former President of the Lafayette Bar Association (LBA) and currently is a member of the LBA Board of Directors.

He received the Best of the Best Executive Director Award from the Louisiana Legal Consortium; Friend of the Year from the Lafayette Parish Legal Secretaries Association for 1993-94; the LSBA President’s Award in 1992 and in 1998; the Legal Services Corporation Distinguished Service Award in 2008; Safeguarding Democracy Award from the League of Women Voters of Lafayette in 2011. In 2015, he was the recipient of the LSBA Career Public Interest Award.


2015 Calogero Justice Award

The Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish

The Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish (FJC) opened in 2005. A Family Justice Center is an innovative method of co-locating a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to provide coordinated services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The FJC is one of only 15 in the nation. The FJC puts agencies that serve victims under one roof, making it easier for those who need services to get them while batterers are held accountable for their actions.The FJC is a well-respected, long standing program, and has been a resource not only in Louisiana, but the whole nation.





2014 Calogero Justice Award

Marta-Ann Schnabel

Marta-Ann Schnabel

O'Bryon & Schnabel, PLC
New Orleans

Marta-Ann Schnabel is a shareholder in the law firm of O'Bryon & Schnabel, PLC. She is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review. She served as Editor of the Louisiana Bar Journal from 2001-2003 and was the first woman to serve as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association. She remains active with LSBA and is currently the chair of the LSBA Access to Justice and ATJ Policy Committees. She was honored to receive the LSBA's President's Award on three separate Occasions.

Schnabel is a past President of the New Orleans Bar Association and has served in the ABA House of Delegates and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. She is a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and a past recipient of the LBF Hornblower Award. She is currently the President of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Chair of the Louisiana Supreme Court's Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee. She is a past recipient of the Gillis Long Poverty Center Public Service Award and the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an advocate for Access to Justice. As part of her commitment to public service, Schnabel also heads the Board of the non-profit Louisiana Civil Justice Center.


2013 Calogero Justice Award

Hon. Robert H. Morrison III

Chief Judge, 21st Judicial District Court Amit

Chief Judge Robert H. Morrison III is a 1970 graduate of LSU Law Center. He operated a private practice for 18 years before he was first elected to the 21st Judicial District in 1988. He has been Chief Judge for 22 years and Drug Court judge for 15 years. He served as past chair of the Judiciary commission; Past President Louisiana District Judges Association; and served as Legislative Liaison for that Association. He is presently co-chair Criminal Law & Procedure Committee of Law Institute; and chair of Trial Court Committee on Judgeships of Judicial Council of Supreme Court. He is a member of Judicial Budgetary Control Board.








2012 Calogero Justice Award

Hon. Jay C. Zainey

United States District Court,
Eastern District of Louisiana
Judge Jay C. Zainey is a 1975 graduate of Louisiana State University Law School. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on February 19, 2002. In 2011, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Zainey to serve on the Federal Judiciary Commission Codes of Conduct Committee.

He is a past President of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA). As State Bar Association President, he created the Community Action Committee and the Committee to Provide Legal Services for the Disabled. These two committees were purportedly the first of their kind in the nation.

Judge Zainey is co-founder of SOLACE which provides services to members of the bar association and the entire legal community and their family members who experience tragedies, and who otherwise have special needs. SOLACE Programs have now been developed in Rhode Island, Delaware, Georgia, Nevada, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, Louisville, St. Louis and El Paso and plans are underway to start programs in the District of Columbia and other cities and states throughout the country.

In May 2004, Judge Zainey organized the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.)Program. In this program, over 450 attorneys provide legal consultation services and notary services at four homeless centers in New Orleans. He has initiated similar programs in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Opelousas, Lake Charles and Shreveport, Louisiana; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Hartford, Connecticut; Bloomington, Indiana; Columbia, South Carolina; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Lubbock, Texas; Jackson, MS; New York City, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mobile, Alabama; and, Detroit, Michigan. Plans areunderway to start H.E.L.P. Programs in other major cities. Judge Zainey has also worked with the LSBA to provide legal services for the disabled by providing pro bono legal services to people with disabilities and their families. He has assisted Tulane Law School develop its Disability Law Society, one of the first of its kind in the country.

Judge Zainey and his wife Joy founded the God's Special Children Program for people with special needs, their families and friends. Judge Zainey and Joy also co-founded St. Andrew's Village, a faith-based long term living community for adults with disabilities. St. Andrew's Village recently purchased a 100 acre tract of land in Abita Springs, and will provide a loving environment for disabled adults. He proudly serves as President of the Board of St. Andrew's Village. Groundbreaking for St. Andrew's Village is scheduled to take place in the fall 2013.

Judge Zainey has been a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation since 1995.

The Louisiana Bar Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the state of Louisiana.

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