2015 New Orleans Bar Association President Announced

NEW ORLEANS – Local attorney Walter Leger, Jr., has been named the 2015 New Orleans Bar Association president.

         According to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune’s Jennifer Larino, Leger said providing guidance and training opportunities for young attorneys will be one of his focuses.

         As a partner at Leger & Shaw in New Orleans, Leger replaces outgoing president Mark C. Surprenant.

         Leger told Larino, “Lawyers fulfill many vital roles on the world's stage, but none more important than preserving, protecting and perpetuating the rights of citizens. During my presidency, I intend to advocate for attorneys, reminding people of the good work that we do and the important part our profession plays in the pursuit of justice.”

         Larino reports Leger, Jr., grew up in St. Bernard Parish, is the son of a Mississippi River bar pilot, and built his 40-year career in admiralty and maritime law. He worked on litigation over the July 2008 oil spill and was appointed to the Louisiana Recovery Authority by Gov. Kathleen Blanco after Hurricane Katrina.

         Larino reports Leger is also chairman of the St. Bernard Economic Development Commission and a member of the board for the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce and Nunez Community College.

         One of Leger’s 3 children is State Rep. Walter Leger, III, who represents the 91st District in New Orleans.

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