The legal community has said its last goodbyes to the retired Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court Pascal F. Calogero, who died on December 20 aged 87. Calogero’s 36-year long tenure holds the state record for being the longest one in the history. Calogero was the Justice from 1973 to 2008.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the former Chief Justice studied law first at the Loyola Law School and then at the University of Virginia. He was a worthy holder of two degrees - a Juris Doctor from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he graduated in 1954 as the gold medalist in his class, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia (UVA Law).
Before Calogero was elected Chief Justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court, an impressive tenure of 18 years, he was the President of the Student Editorial Board of the Loyola Law Review, a military police officer, and a JAG in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps during his 3-year long military service. Calogero also worked as a law clerk at Civil District in Orleans Parish, where he remained until 1958.
From 1958 to 1972, Calogero was practicing law with the law firm of Landrieu, Calogero & Kronlage with his life-long colleagues and friends Charles A. Kronlage, Jr. and Moon Landrieu. Before he was elected Chief Justice, Calogero served in the First Supreme Court District. He will be dearly missed.