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In Memoriam

Retired Louisiana  Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr.

Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr., 87, died Thursday, December 20, 2018.  He attended St. Aloysius High School and Loyola University. He earned his law degree in 1954, graduating first in his class and serving as president of the Student Editorial Board of the Loyola Law Review. Prior to his 1972 election to the bench, Calogero worked as a law clerk at Civil District Court in Orleans Parish and practiced law with the law firm of Landrieu, Calogero & Kronlage. Chief Justice Calogero was the longest-serving justice in the history of the Louisiana Supreme Court, serving for 36 years, from January 10, 1973 to December 31, 2008. He served as Chief Justice for 18 years, from April 1, 1990 until his retirement on December 31, 2008. Calogero was the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, such as the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 1991 Distinguished Jurist Award; an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Loyola University School of Law; induction as an honorary member of LSU Law Center’s Order of the Coif and Hall of Fame; the Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the distinguished Medal of Honor Award from the Mayor of New Orleans; and in 2007, the American Judicature Society, a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to the effective administration of justice, awarded Chief Justice Calogero the Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence. He continued to receive honors after his retirement in 2008, including the dedication in his honor of an issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal, and Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Counsel’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Louisiana Bar Foundation instituted the Calogero Justice Award, which is awarded annually to recognize a significant contribution to the Louisiana justice system. He also received the Integritas Vitae Award, Loyola University’s highest honor, which is given to individuals who possess a high moral character in a lifetime of service, and the ACLU’s Ben Smith Award for his commitment to the advancement of civil liberties in Louisiana.

 

 

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