CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| AUGUST 28, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jefferson D. Hughes III, and seven other public officials were inducted
into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in an afternoon ceremony today. The Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame is a
public service honor presented by the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation, an organization which
studies public safety and corrections. The ceremony, now in its 11th year, involves a tour of the Louisiana State
Penitentiary at Angola and a visit to its museum which is the home of the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame
“It is an honor to be recognized as a Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame inductee and to be included in this
distinguished group of public servants who, each in their unique way, have dedicated their professional lives to
improving public safety and quality of life for Louisiana citizens,” Justice Hughes said.
Justice Hughes received his undergraduate and his law degree from Louisiana State University. He
served as a law clerk for Judge Frank Polozola and began private practice in Baton Rouge with the firm Adcock,
Dupree, and Shows. He later began a solo practice and was the first attorney to practice law in Walker,
Louisiana. After 12 years of private practice Justice Hughes was elected to the 21st Judicial District Court in
1990 where he served 14 years. In 2004 he was elected to the Court of Appeal, First Circuit, where he served
eight years. He was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2012.
Other 2015 inductees to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame include: Fabian Blache, Jr., Louisiana
Association of Chiefs of Police; Warden N. Burl Cain, Louisiana State Penitentiary; Mary Claire Landry, the New
Orleans Family Justice Center; the late Charles R. Scott, II, former Caddo Parish District Attorney; Joseph L.
Waltz, Jr., Terrebonne Parish District Attorney; and Craig Webre, Lafourche Parish Sheriff.
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