Who is Harrison Tweed?
Harrison Tweed was a New York City lawyer and former president of the American Bar Association who was known for his commitment to philanthropic endeavors. The ABA's top award for public service by attorneys carries Tweed's name, and this year local lawyers earned that honor.
The Lafayette Outreach for Civil Justice, which has so far raised $275,000 in pledges to fund court expenses for the pro bono civil work of local attorneys, was a major factor in the award. Attorneys Richard Broussard and Frank Neuner led that fundraising charge. Glenn Armentor and Jack McElligott have accepted the next phase of the drive. Acadiana Legal Services, headed by Joe Oelkers, plays a big part of administering the service to clients in need.
Lafayette is the only Louisiana bar association in the 49-year history of the award to win the honor, which usually finds its way to a major metro area.
Hands Across the Water
"Tonight, we want to pay tribute to all those who generously showed their sympathy to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and more particularly to the French companies that answered calls for help in such a spontaneous and efficient way," Ambassador Jean-David Levitte recently said during an official reception at his residence in Washington, D.C. He graciously opened his home to announce that more than $18 million in aid had already been pledged from French companies such as Air France, Air Liquide, Airbus, L'Oreal, Michelin, Pernod Ricard and 19 other firms. Additionally, the French government sent 20 tons of emergency provisions and supplied military divers to help clear the troubled waters of Louisiana. Another $2.2 million has been pledged, according to the ambassador, and many cultural exchanges are planned to benefit Louisiana musicians and artists as well as restore the National D-Day Museum.
Of Note â?¦
Although the hurricanes forced the Junior League of Lafayette to cancel its annual Tinsel & Treasures fundraiser, 98 percent of the sponsors honored their commitment to the cause. You, too, can still support the great work they do, because the annual auto raffle for a brand new Dodge Durango is still under way. Call 988-1079 for details.
You've heard of England's Aileen Bennett. She's an award-winning speaker and in-demand communication coach, and now she's a Lafayette resident. Aileen finally wrote the book about what she does, and it's great. Titled Notes on Shining-Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills, it's available at Lily's For Books or on www.amazon.com.