Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, J.D.,’64, received the prestigious 2016 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit. It was presented May 10 at the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference in Houston by Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart & BG Malinda Dunn U.S. Army (Retired). The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character, unquestioned integrity, and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters.
Lemmon is a judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, where she has served since 1996. A native of St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, she has devoted her professional career to the community, serving in numerous roles as district judge, judge pro tempore, and judge ad hoc in many of the parish judicial district courts.
Locally, Lemmon serves on the Local Rules Committee for the Eastern District and is a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. She is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association, has served as a federal court representative on the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute and is an emeritus member of the Loyola College of Law Visiting Committee. Lemmon also participates in numerous judicial outreach programs and continuing legal education seminars.