Presidents' Award

The Presidents' Award recognizes New Orleans lawyers for a lifelong commitment to community service in the highest ideals of citizenship. We are pleased to announce that the 2016 recipient of the Presidents' Award is R Patrick Vance.

R. Patrick Vance
2016 Presidents' Award Recipient 

To Submit a Nomination

Use the Online Nomination Form


  • active commitment to community
  • service high moral and spiritual standards
  • concern for the social and cultural well-being of all citizens of New Orleans


  • membership in New Orleans Bar Association
  • actively engaged in the practice of law
  • lawyers holding or seeking elective office are ineligible
  • previous recipients are ineligible

Nominations Deadline

April 30th of each year. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the following year’s award.

Award Presentation

R. Patrick Vance, partner at Jones Walker, LLP, will be recognized at the Presidents' Award ceremony in September at the Windsor Court Hotel. 

Previous Recipients

  • Phillip A. Wittmann, 2015
  • Russ M. Herman, 2014
  • Harry Rosenberg, 2013
  • Leon J. Reymond, Jr., 2012
  • Harry S. Hardin, III, 2011
  • Mark C. Surprenant, 2010
  • Walter J. Leger, Jr., 2009
  • Kim M. Boyle, 2007
  • Evangeline M. Vavrick, 2006
  • Philip deV. Claverie, Sr., 2005
  • Donna D. Fraiche, 2004
  • Wayne J. Lee, 2003
  • Robert B. Acomb, Jr., 2002
  • Gene W. Lafitte, 2001
  • Herschel L. Abbott, Jr., 2000
  • George Denegre, 1999
  • David Conroy, 1998
  • Donald W. Doyle, 1997
  • Jack C. Benjamin, Sr., 1996
  • Arthur J. Waechter, Jr., 1995
  • Moise S. Steeg, Jr., 1994
  • Harry B. Kelleher, 1993
  • Walter M. Barnett, 1992
  • Moise W. Dennery, 1991