Louisiana Supreme Court honors long-standing judge's retirement
The justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court honored Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. today in an en banc ceremony held in the Supreme Court courtroom where he has presided since the court’s return to the 400 Royal
Street courthouse in 2004. Calogero is the longest serving Justice in the history of Louisiana, having served the court and the citizens of Louisiana for nearly 36 years; 18 of which as Chief Justice.
“I was recently asked how would I like to be remembered. I responded that I hoped history would look back on me kindly. I would like to be remembered as an energetic, hard-working, honest and able judge who contributed
during his service on the Louisiana Supreme Court to maintaining stability in the law and jurisprudence, while serving the least privileged of our citizens with compassion, integrity and fairness, “ said an overwhelmed Calogero.
Also participating in the retirement ceremony were S. Guy DeLaup, Louisiana State Bar Association Immediate-Past President; Father Kevin Wildes, S.J., President of Loyola University; Kim Boyle, Louisiana State Bar
Association President-Elect; Judge Eldon Fallon, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball; and Calogero’s former law partners former Mayor and Judge Moon Landrieu and Charles Kronlage.
Chief Justice Calogero graduated first in his class from Loyola Law School and served as President of the Student Editorial Board of the Loyola Law Review. He received a Master of Laws in Judicial Process from the
University of Virginia, was inducted into LSU Law Center’s Hall of Fame, presented a Doctor of Laws degree honoris causa from Loyola School of Law, and is an honorary member of the LSU Center’s Order of the Coif.
Calogero served as a military police officer and as Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army from 1954 to 1957. He served as a law clerk to the judges of Civil District Court in Orleans Parish prior to practicing law from 1958 to 1972. Calogero was elected to the Supreme Court in 1972, took his first oath as an Associate Justice on January 10, 1973, and was re-elected three times thereafter. He was sworn
in as Chief Justice on April 9, 1990 and is credited with major improvements to the law, the legal system and the administration of justice in Louisiana. Calogero has participated in over 6,000 oral argument and published Supreme Court decisions and has authored over 1,000 majority opinions, concurrences and dissents. Additionally, he was the driving force in restoring the 400 Royal Street building located in the historic French Quarter to its original use as a courthouse and home to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Calogero is the recipient of the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 1991 Distinguished Jurist Award, the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis’ 1995 Distinguished National Jurist Award, the American Judges Association’s 1995 Judge Bob Jones Memorial Award, the 1997Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award, Victims and Citizens Against Crime Inc.’s 1999 Outstanding Judicial Award, the American Board of Trial Advocates’ 2005 Beacon of Justice Award, and the Pro Bono Project’s 2007 Distinguished Jurist Award. Most recently, Calogero received the American Judicature Society’s highest national honor–the Fourth Annual Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence.
Calogero is married to Leslie Langhetee Calogero and is the father of ten children.