Ten years ago, attorneys, judges and law students in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities had far more on their minds than their next meeting or hearing–many were wondering if they would even have a home or office to return to following the damage of Hurricane Katrina.
Much like how members of bar associations join together to help their colleagues in need, the national bar association community, including the Indianapolis Bar Association, pooled support and resources to assist both the Mississippi Bar Association and the New Orleans Bar Association after this historic disaster. Ten years later, Executive Directors from both organizations reminisced on the experience and expressed their gratitude to fellow bar associations.
Helena Henderson, Executive Director of the New Orleans Bar Association:
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Bar Association faced tremendous uncertainty about the future of our city. 100% of the lawyers in metropolitan New Orleans were impacted and 80% of the City was under water. You know the story – many of you have experienced your own disasters.
With the unwavering support of brave hearts across the country, we were able to accomplish our goal of demonstrating the viability of New Orleans and preserving the rule of law during this period. The fleur de lis was always the symbol of New Orleans and became a meaningful symbol of hope and recovery for all New Orleanians. For NOBA, the three plumes of the fleur de lis represent faith, honor and justice, three qualities it took to remain steadfastly beside us.
Larry Houchins, Executive Director of the Mississippi Bar Association:
On behalf of The Mississippi Bar, Bar Foundation and the lawyers of Mississippi, especially those on our gulf coast, I say thank you to all of you for your love, prayers, donations and support. The scars remain on our gulf coast, but it has been amazing to witness the resilience and fortitude of our gulf coast. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We are forever grateful.