Retired Orleans Civil District Court Judge Adrian G. Duplantier, 78, died Wednesday, August 15, 2007. In 1949 at the age of 20, he earned his juris doctor degree, finishing first in his class at Loyola University Law School and serving as editor of the Loyola Law Review. He taught at Loyola and became a Civil Court clerk until he turned 21, when he was of age to take the Bar Exam. He was in the private practice of law until serving as First Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish from 1954-1956. Duplantier served as state Senator from 1960-1974. He was appointed as a judge at Orleans Civil District Court in 1974 and was reelected to that position later in 1974 and again in 1976. In 1978, President Carter appointed him as U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, where he served until his death. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu National Honorary Scholastic Fraternity, Honorary Member of Order of the Coif at Louisiana State University Law School and was named outstanding alumnus of Loyola University’s Law School in 1985, where taught for 40 years, and was given an honorary doctorate. He was given the Brennan Award for his work on the bench by the University of Virginia, where he earned a master’s degree in law. The Federal Judges Association also honored his service to the law by giving Duplantier the first award of an annual tribute that will be known as the Adrian.