Wayne Lee and John Minor Wisdom Inducted Into Tulane University Law School Hall of Fame as Members of Inaugural Class
On March 22, the Tulane University Law School inducted the inaugural class of its new Tulane Law School Hall of Fame. Stone Pigman Walther Wittman L.L.C. member Wayne Lee and founding member John Minor Wisdom were two of the 12 inaugural class members, which included six living and six posthumous honorees. Tulane Law School reported that the honorees were selected by an alumni committee, in consultation with the Dean, on the basis of their distinguished professional achievements and their dedication to the mission and students of Tulane Law School.
Wayne Lee graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1974 as Order of the Coif and was a member of the Tulane Law Review Board of Editors. A past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and numerous civic and charitable organizations, Mr. Lee has also served as a member of Tulane University's Board of Administrators and played an active role in efforts to diversify the legal profession. He has received three Louisiana State Bar Association President's Awards (1993, 1998 and 2010), is annually recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Lee was the Louisiana Bar Foundation Distinguished Attorney in Louisiana in 2006. Mr. Lee is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and currently chairs the Management Committee of Stone Pigman.
John Minor Wisdom graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1929. Before becoming a judge, Mr. Wisdom founded Wisdom and Stone with his classmate Saul Stone, the firm that would become Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. Judge Wisdom practiced law for nearly 30 years in New Orleans before his appointment to the bench and was an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School for nearly two decades. He served as a judge for more than four decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge Wisdom was one of the so-called "Fifth Circuit Four" who played a pivotal role in enforcing the civil rights of racial minorities during the era of "Massive Resistance" to desegregation. He donated his papers and effects to Tulane Law School, now displayed in the Judge John Minor Wisdom Room of the law library.