Throw Me Something: Retired Judge Michael G. Bagneris honored for civil rights work _lowres

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Judge Michael Bagneris

Congratulations to retired Orleans Parish Judge Michael G. Bagneris, who recently received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association.

Bagneris, who served 20 years on the bench at Civil District Court, was recognized for advancing civil rights at the association’s 90th annual convention on July 22 in Los Angeles.

The National Bar Association, an organization of African-American judges, lawyers, law professors and students, has affiliates in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Bagneris served as executive counsel to New Orleans Mayor Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial and established the long-standing New Orleans law practice Waltzer & Bagneris. He currently practices with the Davillier Law Group.

A New Orleanian who grew up in the Desire housing development, Bagneris, 64, received a law degree from Tulane University and undergraduate degrees in American history and African-American history from Yale University. A graduate of St. Augustine High School, he is married to Madlyn Bagneris and has four children and 10 grandchildren.

Bagneris is a bar examiner for the Louisiana State Bar, and a member of the Louisiana Judicial College, the Supreme Court Ethics Committee and the Supreme Court Pro Se Litigation Committee.

Bagneris also is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Judges Association, the NBA Judicial Council, the Louis Martinet Society, the Louisiana District Judges Association, the Louisiana Judicial Council-NBA, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Pro Bono Project.

He continues to mentor young people to pursue legal careers.

Wait no longer

Here are the winners of the French Market Bartenders and Waiters Race, part of Bastille Day festivities held July 12 on Decatur Street. First-place honors go to Larry Bailey, of Red Fish Grill. Second-place kudos go to Pierre Dupleix, of Pat O’Brien’s. Third-place hurrahs go to Mike Lane, of Superfood Bar. And runner-up “Ya done good” yells go to Michelle Morgan, of Jax Bistro Bar.

Eighteen contestants competed, and judges were Jacques Soulas and Beatrice Germaine. Emcee was Maurice Champert, and awards were presented by Gregor Trumel, consul general of France in New Orleans.

Food for thought

GRoW, a collaborative program of New Orleans Kids Partnership and Young Audiences of Louisiana, will benefit from Community Giving Day on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Whole Foods Market’s ReFresh Project, 300 N. Broad St.

Five percent of the day’s net profits will go to GRoW, which offers low-income youths ages 8-18 free activities and classes, including cooking, gardening, yoga, basketball, martial arts, biking and playground games. Since it began in May 2013, GRoW has provided more than 2,500 pounds of healthy meals and 300 hours of physical activity to 2,000 children in the Gentilly neighborhood.

Community Giving Day activities from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include performances from noon to 1 p.m. To support the event, visit growfive Those who sign up and pledge will receive gifts and the chance to win a raffle at the end of the day.

GRoW partners include the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Funding is provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Institute for Mental Hygiene, Greater New Orleans Foundation and Target, together with individual donors and businesses.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at