The LSU Law Center honored Vice Chancellor Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. (’69) as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and the Honorable Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. (‘66), Richard F. “Dick” Knight (’58), Marilyn C. Maloney (’75) and Michael A. Patterson (’71) for Distinguished Achievement at an awards dinner on November 1, 2013 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Guests enjoyed video tributes of each honoree. A highlight of the event was a “roast” of Distinguished Alumnus Cheney Joseph by LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, and longtime friends and colleagues, Professor Bill Corbett and Charles McCowan. View the photo gallery.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to a graduate for rare distinction in professional achievement and loyalty to the LSU Law Center. The Distinguished Achievement awards recognize graduates for professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community.
Biographies of Honorees
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Cheney C. Joseph, Jr. serves as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He previously served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1981 to 1989.
Professor Joseph received his A.B. degree with honors in Philosophy from Princeton University and his Juris Doctor from the Law Center, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and The Order of the Coif. Before joining the LSU Law faculty in 1972, he served as administrative assistant and special counsel to the district attorney in the 19th Judicial District. In July 1976, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana appointed Professor Joseph to serve as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, where he served until August 1977. He served as First Assistant and District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District from May 1989 until January 1, 1991. The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed him to serve as Judge Tempore on the 16th and 40th Judicial District Courts in 1992 and 1993. Later, the Court appointed Professor Joseph to serve as Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College, a position he held from 1994 to 1996, and again in 2001. He continues to serve as Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College. Professor Joseph was appointed by Governor M.J. “Mike” Foster, Jr. to serve as his Executive Counsel. He served from January 1996 until January 2000, when he returned to the law school as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The Honorable Stanwood Duval, Jr. received his Juris Doctor in 1966 from LSU Law. Since October 1994, Duval has served as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He achieved Senior Status in December 2008. From 1966 until his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Duval practiced law in Houma, Louisiana, as a partner with Duval, Funderburk, Sundberry & Lovell, L.L.P. Additionally, during those years he was Assistant City Attorney from 1970 to 1972 and Parish Attorney for the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government from 1988 to 1992. Judge Duval served as a member of the Indigent Defender Board from 1976 to 1982. He was an elected delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1973 and was elected to the Committee to Write Rules of Procedure.
Judge Duval has served as a Member of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States Courts, the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute and the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council. He is a Past President/Current Member of the Tulane Inns of Court. Since 2001, Judge Duval has served on the Board of Directors of Covenant House of New Orleans, a non-profit corporation which provides aid to homeless adolescents.
A 1958 graduate of LSU Law, Richard F. “Dick” Knight is the Chairman of the Board of Resource Bank. During his time in law school, Knight served as Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Phi honor societies. Knight served as Judicial Administrator for the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1958 through 1960, one of the earliest court-appointed administrators in the United States. In 1960, Knight entered private practice as partner in the Bogalusa law firm of Talley, Anthony, Hughes & Knight. During his 42 years of active practice with the firm, his work focused on business and corporate law, estate planning, real estate and banking. In 1998, Knight was one of the organizers of and attorney for Resource Bank, and he was selected as its first Chairman. He left the practice of law in 2002 to become the CEO of Resource Bank until a permanent CEO was selected. After the selection of a new CEO, Knight remained as full time Chairman of the Bank and its one Bank Holding Company.
For his commitment to civic and charitable service, Knight received the 2004 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the 2013 Legacy of Scouting Award, and the 2011 St. Tammany Parish West Chamber of Commerce Community Leader of the Year Award. Each March 21, the Covington community celebrates Richard F. Knight Day in recognition of his lifetime of community service. Knight is the Chairman of the Civil Procedure Committee for the Louisiana State Law Institute. He also has served as CLE lecturer at the Law Center. Knight is a member of the LSU Law Hall of Fame, former member of the LSU Law Board of Trustees, and is a member of the LSU Law Center Chancellor’s Council.
Marilyn C. Maloney received her Juris Doctor from LSU Law Center in 1975 where she was Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and a member of The Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. A shareholder with Liskow & Lewis, Maloney served as the founding chair of the firm’s Houston office. She is a transaction attorney with experience in a range of commercial areas, including commercial lending, energy transactions, corporate trust, real estate, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions.
Maloney is Chair Emeritus of the Louisiana State Law Institute. She is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Maloney is an accomplished leader in many civic, legal, professional, and religious associations. In 2004, her achievements were recognized by the Louisiana Bar Foundation, which presented her with its 2004 President’s Award. The same year, she was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the Women of the Year. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Maloney is a member of the LSU Law Center Chancellor’s Council and is Past Vice President of the LSU National Law Alumni Board.
Michael A. Patterson, a 1971 graduate of the LSU Law Center, is a partner with Long Law Firm, L.L.P. in its Baton Rouge office. He received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and LLM in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. Patterson’s practice is focused in the areas of business litigation, professional liability, mediation and settlement counsel. He is also a founding and managing member of The Patterson Resolution Group, which provides mediation, arbitration and mediation counsel services throughout the State of Louisiana. Patterson has been mediating cases for over 20 years and has handled cases in virtually every area of the law. Patterson was the 2007 recipient of the California Dispute Resolution Council “Excellence in Dispute Resolution Scholarship” for his paper An Evaluation of Hurricane Katrina Mediation Program Administered by the Louisiana Department of Insurance. In 2002, he served as Judge pro tempore on the First Circuit Court of Appeal. Patterson is an Adjunct Professor of trial advocacy and evidence at the Law Center.
An active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Patterson served as President in 2010-2011. During his tenure as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, he obtained a grant to establish the first pro-bono plan in Louisiana and hired the Association’s first full-time executive director. Patterson served as the original director of Baton Rouge Lawyer Referral Service, the first referral service in the state. Patterson is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and served as its Chair from 2009-2010.