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Michael Bagneris,
a retired Civil District Court judge, received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association at a ceremony in California July 22. Bagneris served as a judge for 20 years. He also is a graduate of St. Augustine High School and Tulane University's law school, a bar examiner for the Louisiana State Bar Association and a member of several legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, Louisiana Judicial College, the Supreme Court Ethics Committee and the Pro Bono Project.


The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO)
awarded four grants totaling more than $15,000 to New Orleans-area organizations, including the New Orleans Ballet Association, New Orleans Family Justice Center, Dancing Grounds and Grace House. JLNO's grant program funds groups that provide economic opportunities, health and family support for women. Since 2007, JLNO has awarded more than $27,000 to New Orleans-area organizations.


The 2015 Parade of Homes
donated $1,500 to Camp Challenge, a Louisiana organization that offers a free, one-week summer camp to children with cancer and chronic hematological disorders. Funds were raised during the 2015 Parade of Homes' "Builders Challenge" online contest, which asked Facebook users to vote for their favorite home. Creative Builders of Louisiana won for its Lakeview home.


State Rep. Mike Johnson,
R-Bossier City, wrote in a July 28 memo that he is offering legal assistance (via his organization Freedom Guard) to government officials who oppose same-sex marriage but are responsible for issuing marriage licenses. The Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics said public officials should do their jobs, but Johnson — who authored the failed Louisiana Marriage & Conscience bill earlier this year — said the organization will offer pro-bono legal aid.

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