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LBF Celebrates 2019 Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) will honor the 2019 Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph at the annual Fellows Gala in Spring of 2021.

Mary Terrell Joseph, native of Shreveport, Louisiana, graduated in 1966 from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and began practicing law in Baton Rouge with the firm Joseph & Joseph after graduation from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1970. In 1978 Mary joined the law firm Sanders, Downing, Kean & Cazedessus, where she remained until 1983 when she left to form the firm, Rubin, Curry, Colvin & Joseph. In 1993, the firm merged with McGlinchey Stafford where she currently practices in the area of Creditor’s Rights. In January 2005, Mary was appointed Judge, Pro-Tempore for the 19th Judicial District Court.

Legal honors include the Baton Rouge Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year," Louisiana Super Lawyers (Banking); the “Crystal Gavel Award,” and in Best Lawyers in America®.

Mary has been honored as a Volunteer Activist, an Olympic Torchbearer, a YWCA Woman of Achievement, and as a Leave a Legacy honoree. She has chaired the Capital Area United Way Board and Campaign, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Capital Area Network, the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, and the Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni Board. Mary also previously served on the Board of Directors for Baton Rouge Area Foundation Board, the Emerge Center, and many other boards.

As a member of a Baton Rouge Junior League study committee, she co-founded the Stop-Rape Crisis Center (now S.T.A.R.) and served on its Board of Directors in the 1970’s. She has been an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church since 1967.

She currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the LSU Museum of Art Advisory Board, and the Hollins University Board of Trustees.

Mary and her late husband Cheney C. Joseph are the parents of two sons, Terrell Joseph, M.D., and Allen Fort Colley Joseph and 3 grandchildren, Reece, Chloe, and Jackson Joseph.

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