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April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

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2019 and 2020 Distinguished Honorees


Recognition is given to those individuals who, by reason of his or her professional activities, have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession.

2020 Distinguished Honorees

Distinguished Jurist Guy P. Holdridge

Judge Guy P. Holdridge serves on the First Circuit Court of Appeal. Judge Holdridge previously served as a District Judge of the 23rd Judicial District Court. He served as a district court judge since 1991 and chief judge numerous times. Judge Holdridge earned a B.A. Degree from Louisiana State University in 1974 and a J.D. in 1978 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Louisiana Law Review. While in law school, he had two of his articles published in the Law Review.    He is a member of the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame.

Judge Holdridge serves on the adjunct faculty of LSU Law Center where he teaches LA Civil Procedure.  He is on the committee for the LSU Trial Advocacy Program. Judge Holdridge is the 2021 editor of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure published by Thomson Reuters. He is a long-time member of the council of the Louisiana Law Institute and is now serving as the Director of the Institute. He is also a member of the Children’s Code, Child Custody, Expropriation, Prescription, Bail Bonds, Summary Judgment, Civil Procedure, Recusal, and Adult Guardianship Committees of the Law Institute. He is the past reporter of the Expedited Jury Trial Committee, Summary Judgment, and Bail Bonds Committees. He is also currently serving as the acting reporter for the Criminal Law and Procedure. He is a past president of the Louisiana District Judges’ Association, a member of the Executive Committee and a past Chairman of the District Judges “Best Practices Committee” and led the effort to have Judges Bench Books developed for trial judges of the state.

He was also part of the mentoring program of the District Judges Association. He is the past President of the First Circuit Judges Association. He is a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Judicial College. Along with Professor Corbett, he is the co-chair of the Judicial College/LADC Torts conference. He is a frequent speaker at Judicial College programs at the Summer school, Evidence and Procedure and the spring and fall conferences. He is a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Strategic Planning committee and Jury Instructions Committee. He is a frequent speaker at the Attorney General’s Program for Justice of the Peace and Constables. Judge Holdridge has spoken at various LSBA programs. He is also a yearly speaker for the Young Lawyers of the Baton Rouge summer CLE program. In June of 2018, Judge Holdridge was awarded the Catherine D. Kimball Award for the Advancement of the Administration of Justice presented by the Louisiana Bar Association. He was also awarded the President’s Award by the Baton Rouge Bar Association. In 2020, Judge Holdridge was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the LSU Law Center.

Distinguished Attorney Linda Law Clark

Linda Law Clark is a partner in the firm of DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP. She and her family moved to Baton Rouge, LA in 1977. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1972 from Wells College in Aurora, New York. She attended the Paul Hebert Law School at LSU, served on the LSU Law Review and graduated in 1993, Order the Coif. She worked as a solo practitioner until joining Winston G. DeCuir, Sr. in 1995 where they formed DeCuir and Clark, L.L.P. As an experienced Trial attorney in State and Federal Courts, her principal areas of practice are general civil litigation, administrative hearings for quasi-governmental and governmental bodies, education, employment law and public finance.

Prior to law school, she served in a variety of paid and voluntary non-profit organizations, focusing on health, education, children and women’s issues. She served in multiple capacities on executive committees of different non-profit organizations in the State over the last forty years, including Louisiana PTA, Louisiana League of Women Voters, the YWCA, Presbytery of Louisiana and Louisiana Girl Scouts.       She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts Louisiana East in 2013.

As an attorney, she has served on executive committees in various capacities with Inns of Court, the Baton Rouge Bar, the Louisiana State Bar and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. She was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Louisiana State Bar David Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. She has actively volunteered as a pro bono attorney over the years, proudly accepting recognition of one of the first attorneys in the Baton Rouge Bar to receive the 1000 Hour Award. In 2018 she had the honor of serving as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association.

She has been married for over forty-nine years to her husband Christopher Clark, is the proud mother of two children, Andrew and Samantha, and grandmother to grandson Luke and granddaughters Anson, Lacie and Ella.

Distinguished Professor Donald W. North

Vice Chancellor Donald W. North, “Colonel North,” the Johnny Cochran Endowed Law Professor at Southern University Law Center (SULC) received his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Grambling State University. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Southern University Law Center in 1983.   

Vice Chancellor North accepted a commission in the Army ROTC Program where he was first branched as a military police officer before being selected as an officer to join the Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He is currently retired from the United States Army, where he received numerous acknowledgments and awards. He is one of the first African American Louisiana Army Judge Advocate General Reservists to be promoted to the rank of Full Colonel.

After serving active on duty during Desert Storm One, Professor North returned to Louisiana to serve as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice, handling cases in all 64 Louisiana parishes.

In 1998 he was offered a position as a Clinical Professor at SULC, before becoming Director of Clinical Education. Professor North left the Law Clinic in 2013 to become the Director of the Pro Bono Project.  In 2015 he began serving as the Director of Experiential Learning and in 2019 Professor North was promoted to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

Professor North is a member of the American Legion, a three-time member of the Board of Governors, the Law Institute and the Public Defender Board.  He serves the Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church as Servant Treasurer and Deacon. He works as a volunteer with the Zachary Food Bank; and has served as an Ad Hoc Judge on many occasions in Baton Rouge City Court and operates a client community service program.

He has been married for over thirty-four years to the love of his life, Dr. Jyotibala “Joy” North, and has two children, Kimberly and Donald. 


2019 Distinguished Honorees 

Distinguished Jurist Robert H. (Bob) Morrison III

Raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, Judge Robert H. Morrison III attended Rhodes College, and graduated from the LSU Law Center in 1970. He spent 17 years in a general practice of law, was past president of the local bar associations, and served on the House of Delegates of the Louisiana Bar Association.

He was first elected to the bench in the 21st Judicial District, and has served 32 years as a district judge, 29 of which as chief judge of the court. He began the first drug court program in the district and continues to preside over that program. He played a key role in working toward the construction of the new courthouse in Livingston Parish.

He was the recipient of the Bar Foundation’s 2013 Calogero Justice Award and is a fellow of the LBF. He is a past president of the Louisiana District Judges Association and has served for more than 20 years as its legislative chair and liaison. He has also served as chair of the Louisiana Law Institute’s Criminal Justice and Procedure Committee. HE presently sits as a member on the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative Oversight Council.

He was a member and past chair of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, past chair of the Judicial Council’s Committee to Evaluate Judgeship requests, serves on the Supreme Court’s budgetary control board, and has served on the board of the Louisiana Judicial College and the Judge’s Supplemental Compensation Committee.

Judge Morrison has been married to the former Linda Eisworth for over 43 years, has two sons, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a member of the Live Oak United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and teaches Sunday School classes.

Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown

Marcus V. Brown is Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Entergy Corporation.  In this capacity he provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors, Chairman and CEO and the executive team. He also leads the corporation’s Legal; Ethics and Compliance; Corporate Communications; Federal Policy, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs; Corporate Social Responsibility; Sustainability and Environmental Policy; and Corporate Security and Governance groups.

Marcus is also a member of the Energy Insurance Mutual Board of Directors, the Tulane University Center for Energy Law Advisory Board, and the Louisiana State University John P. Laborde Energy Law Center Advisory Council. Prior to joining Entergy in 1995, he practiced with the New Orleans-based Stone Pigman law firm.

He received his B.A. from Southern University A&M College in 1985 and a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center (SULC) in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review. He received his MBA from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2002.

Under his leadership, and in honor of the company’s effective diversity and inclusion efforts, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association selected the Entergy legal department as its 2013 Employer of Choice-South Region.

This year he was honored with National Legal Aid and Defender Association Exemplar Award. He also received the New Orleans Bar Association President’s Award in 2018. He was named to the SULC Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017.

Marcus is married to the Hon. Nannette Brown, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. They have two adult children, Christopher and Rachel Brown.

Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph

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.

Distinguished Professor John M. Church

Professor John M. Church is an associate professor of law at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge. He currently teaches courses in Torts, Products Liability, Antitrust Law, Wine Law, Toxic Torts, and Advanced Healthcare Law. Since 2014, Professor Church has directed LSU Law Center’s Apprenticeship Week, a unique program designed to expose 2L and 3L law students to specialized areas of practice in a concentrated one-week courses. Professor Church also serves as a mentor for the Legal Methods program that is put together in order to help guide some 1L students.

In addition to his teaching at the Law Center, Professor Church travels statewide to teach Continuing Legal Education courses on Torts and Antitrust. He has traveled to Lyon, France on eleven different summers to teach law at the Universite’ Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en Provence, France, and Universite’ Jean Moulin, Lyon, France. He is also co-author of two books “Tort Law: The American and Louisiana Perspectives” and “Louisiana Tort Law.” He is a current member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Strategic Planning Committee.

Professor Church received his J.D. from the University of Colorado and his M.S. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and his B.S. in Economics from Central Michigan University. Prior to teaching at Louisiana State University Law Center, Professor Church was an associate at the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham, & Stubbs and also clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert H. McWilliams of the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court.

Professor Church is an active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. He has been married for seven years to his wife Karen and is the father of four children (Miranda, John Michael, Audrey, and Alex).


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