The Louisiana Bar Foundation honored Professor William Corbett as Distinguished Professor and Frank Neuner, Jr. (’76) as Distinguished Attorney at the 28th Annual Fellows Gala on April 11, 2014. The gala was held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
Recognition is given to those individuals who, by reason of his or her professional activities, have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession.
Professor William Corbett is the Frank L. Maraist and Wex S. Malone Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center. He has been a faculty member at LSU Law since 1991, and teaches and writes primarily in the areas of labor and employment law and torts. Professor Corbett served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Law Center from 1997 through 1999. He has served as the executive director of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel since 2001 and served as executive director of the Louisiana Judicial College from 1998 through 2000. Professor Corbett earned his B.A. from Auburn University and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Before coming to the LSU Law Center, he practiced labor and employment law in Birmingham, Alabama with Burr & Forman.
Frank Neuner, Jr. is a founder and the managing partner of NeunerPate, a corporate defense firm based in Lafayette. He received a Juris Doctor in 1976 from LSU Law and in 2008, was named the LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He has served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board and President of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation. He is a member of Louisiana, Texas and American Bar Associations, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and serves as the ABA State Delegate for Louisiana. Mr. Neuner is a long-time member of the LSU Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council and the Law Center’s Board of Trustees.