Yesterday, former Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero died. He was the chief justice when I started practicing law in 1990, and served in that post for 18 years. His entire career on the Louisiana Supreme Court spanned 36 years, from 1973 through 2008. My own impression of him from his written opinions is that he always saw the people behind the cases and the legal arguments. He was a pragmatic judge, believing that law existed to serve people, that it was more important for the court to do the right thing than technically correct thing.
To read the Louisiana Supreme Court’s announcement, follow this link.