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President's Award

The President selects the recipient based upon their dedication and commitment to the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF), volunteer service above and beyond, leadership role in major LBF accomplishments, willingness to volunteer for new projects and assists the President in addressing concerns facing the LBF.

2019 President's Award

Alan G. Brackett

Mike Street, 2018-19 LBF President,  presented thePresident' Award to Alan G. Brackett at the Annual Fellows Membership Meeting at the Annual Assembly on April 5, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The President's Award was given to Brackett in recognition of his outstanding support, dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Brackett has been a LBF Fellow since 2001, has served on several LBF committees over the years including Grants, Development and the Gala as well as a chair of a community partnership panel.  He is a current member of the LBF Board of Directors and was recently inducted as the 2019-20 secretary. He is dedicated to advancing the LBF goals of funding civil legal aid and promoting access to justice. 

2018 President's Award

Dona K. Renegar

Valerie Briggs Bargas, 2017-18 LBF President, presented the prestigious President's Award to Dona K. Renegar at the LBF Annual Fellows Membership Meeting during the Annual Assembly April 20, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The President's Award was given to Renegar in recognition of her outstanding support, dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. She is currently the President of the Louisiana State Bar Association and has been a LBF fellow since 2000, served on several LBF committees, chaired a Grants subcommittee for many years and has served on the LBF Board of Directors.  The recipient is dedicated to advancing the LBF goals of funding civil legal aid and promoting access to justice.  She does this every day through her leadership on the LSBA Board of Governors, with the Louisiana Access to Justice Commission and the Louisiana Bar Foundation Board.

2017 President's Award

Donna C. Cuneo and Chuck Davoli

Donna C. Cuneo and Chuck Davoli each received the prestigious Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) President's Award from 2016-17 LBF President E. Jane Sherman. Cuneo was presented with the award at the LBF Annual Fellows Membership Meeting during the Annual Assembly April 21, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Davoli was presented with the award at the Baton Rouge Bar Workers’ Comp Section Annual Kids’ Chance Fundraiser in Baton Rouge on May 12.

The President's Award was given to Cuneo in recognition of her outstanding support, dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Cuneo has served the LBF for 22 years, the last 15 as it's Executive Director.

The President's Award was given to Davoli in recognition of his outstanding support, volunteer service and dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Davoli was instrumental in bringing the Kids' Chance Scholarship Program to Louisiana in 2004 and served on the LBF Kids' Chance committee for 12 years. This year, Davoli led a special effort to have Governor John Bel Edwards officially proclaim Louisiana Kids' Chance Awareness week.

2016 President's Award

Christopher K. Ralston

H. Minor Pipes III, 2015-16 LBF President, presented the prestigious President's Award to Christopher K. Ralston at the LBF Annual Fellows Membership Meeting during the Annual Assembly April 8, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

The President's Award is given in recognition of outstanding support, volunteer service and dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Ralston serves on the LBF Board of Directors in addition to several LBF committees. He dedicates countless hours and is always willing to assist with new initiatives. He recently served as co-chair of the 30th Anniversary Gala, his fourth year doing so. He is also on the Development committee, and has accepted appointments to many other ad hoc committees the past year. Ralston is a partner in Phelps Dunbar LLP’s New Orleans office.

2015 President's Award

Harry J. “Skip” Philips

Hon. C. Wendell Manning, 2014-15 LBF President, presented the prestigious President's Award to Harry J. “Skip” Philips at the LBF Annual Fellows Membership Meeting during the Annual Assembly May 1, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The President's Award is given in recognition of outstanding support, volunteer service and dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Philips is a longtime Fellow, serves on several LBF committees and dedicates countless volunteer hours. He is currently a member of the Campaign committee and has been a Grants committee member since 2008, chairing the LSC subcommittee. This year, he was instrumental in planning and facilitating our grantee board trainings that were designed to strengthen grantee leadership and improve our legal aid network. Philips is the managing partner at Taylor Porter Law Firm in Baton Rouge.

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



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