Flags at Half-Staff—Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.
WHEREAS, the Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. died on December 20, 2018, at the age of 87;
WHEREAS, Chief Justice Calogero was a native New Orleanian who graduated from Loyola University and Loyola Law School in 1954;
WHEREAS, graduating first in his law school class and serving as President of the Student Editorial Board of the Loyola Law Review, Chief Justice Calogero later received a Master of Laws in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia;
WHEREAS, Chief Justice Calogero served three years in the United States Army as a military police officer and in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps before working as a law clerk at Civil District Court in Orleans Parish prior to practicing law from 1958 through 1972 in private practice;
WHEREAS, in 1972, Chief Justice Calogero was first elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court from the First Supreme Court District and authored more than 1,000 majority opinions, concurrences, and dissents and participated in more than 6,000 oral arguments and published opinions during his nearly 36 years on the Supreme Court;
WHEREAS, Chief Justice Calogero spearheaded numerous legal reform initiatives, many of which serve as national models of court improvement, but considered his Court’s most important achievements completion of the restoration of the Royal Street Courthouse and improvements in the state’s indigent defense system, as well as the attorney and judicial disciplinary systems;
WHEREAS, during his distinguished career, Chief Justice Calogero contributed to maintaining stability in the law and jurisprudence of the state, while serving the least privileged of our citizens with compassion, integrity, and fairness; and
WHEREAS, Chief Justice Calogero is survived by his loving family; his wife, Leslie M. Langhetee and ten children, and many loving grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JOHN BEL EDWARDS, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect and to honor the Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state buildings on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until sunset, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 21st day of December, 2018.
John Bel Edwards
Secretary of State