|On a crisp evening in late October, friends, family, colleagues and former classmates made the trek to the Crescent City for the incredible honor of recognizing Lafayette attorney Frank Neuner as the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus for the LSU Law School. The evening began with a reception at the beautifully restored federal courthouse in the French Quarter, and guests were escorted from the court to historic Antoine's by police and a jazz trumpeter for a delectable meal and fine wine (my table was treated to Silver Oak and Jordan, courtesy of one of Frank's former law school buds).
Soon-to-be first female chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Kitty Kimball had a few comments about her longtime friend and his selfless work in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but it was Frank's law partner, Cliffe Laborde, who delivered the most memorable remarks of the night. Cliffe starting with a light-hearted roasting, calling the Laborde & Neuner founders mismatched friends, The Odd Couple. "Felix - and I'll let you decide which one of us he represents - is neurotic, precise, fastidious and anal retentive. Oscar, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: sloppy, casual and non-conforming. They move in together and proceed to drive each other crazy," Cliffe said, going on to explain why this odd couple partnership has worked so well for the past 20 years. "In the process, they learn that love, trust and friendship are more important in the end than living in different worlds."
The audience's laughter over Cliffe's roasting continued until he took a sentimental turn, talking of Frank's devotion to his family and the lasting friendships he has forged. "He is surrounded here by dear friends who go back with him over 30 years," Cliffe said, "and Frank has stuck with me, though many in this audience could make out a clear and convincing case that he has displayed flawed judgment in that regard."
Party On! — PG
LSU Law School Chancellor Jack Weiss, Supreme Court Justice Kitty Kimball and Frank Neuner
Tracy Neuner and John Laborde
Frank Neuner and Ashley Gary
Jack Castle, Mary-Frances Neuner and Marilyn Castle
Stuart Clark, Max and Dianne Hoyt
Buzz Durio, Robert Torian and Dean Cole
The Neuner family: Gretchen, Mary-Frances, Frank, Xavier, Tracy and Hearin
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, April 21, 2014:
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
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Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
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