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"The Adrian" award named after Loyola alum

Loyola press release - June 27, 2007

(New Orleans)— Judge Adrian Duplantier, L’49, H’93, has been honored as the first recipient of an award by the Federal Judges Association during their recent convention in Washington, D.C. The association has named the award for Judge Duplantier, to be hereafter known as “The Adrian”, and will be given in alternate years at the discretion of the FJA president. The award was created specifically to honor Judge Duplantier and to recognize the lasting and beneficial impact on the federal judiciary that has resulted from his untiring efforts on behalf of the FJA to protect judicial independence and particularly to support senior judges.

Past president Irene Keeley and incoming president Sarah Barker bestowed the award with these comments: “Judge Duplantier is our stalwart colleague. His generosity of spirit and moral and just character epitomize all that is admirable in a judge. With unselfish devotion, he has championed the cause of judicial independence; with unfailing courtesy, gentle humor, but steely, focused determination, he has guided the FJA through the years of successes and yes, also disappointments, as we have pursued our goal of adequate compensation and benefits for judges. No one is more deserving of this award.”

Judge Duplantier was presented with a framed resolution and a rocking chair bearing the FJA logo. He has been seen reading the Internal Revenue Code while rocking away in his chair.

Judge Duplantier has a long and distinguished career as a public servant in the state legislature and as a federal judge in the Eastern District of New Orleans. As one of the school’s most faithful and generous alumni supporters, Judge Duplantier taught as an adjunct professor and has served on the school’s visiting committee for a number of years.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.

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