Louisiana Fellow Patrick C. Morrow, who has given decades of service to Louisiana Association for Justice, the legal community, and Louisiana citizens, was honored with the LAJ Stalwart Award during the President’s Luncheon in September, one of several events included in 2016 Fall Conference in New Orleans. The LAJ Stalwart Award recognizes association members who have given extraordinary service to the association and the legal profession.
LAJ 2015-16 President Craig Morrow presented the award to Pat Morrow. “This was an easy call for me because other members, past presidents, and leaders of LAJ . . . they suggested it,” Craig Morrow said when presenting the award to his father, Pat.
Pat is a senior partner of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik, which focuses on personal injury and maritime law. All of the law firm’s attorneys are LAJ members.
A consistent supporter of LAJ programs and events, Pat Morrow has served for thirty consecutive years on the LAJ Board of Governors, Council of Directors, and Executive Committee, and on the association’s former Advisory Council. He first joined the association (then the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association) in 1974, two years after earning his juris doctorate degree from Louisiana State University.
One of the nine children of Ruth “Teacup” Morrow and country physician Dr. Robert “Bobbie” Morrow, Pat Morrow’s strong commitment to family, community, and leadership are based in the examples his parents set for their children.
After Morrow completed law school, his family moved to Opelousas, and he clerked for the 27th Judicial District Court for one year before focusing on building a successful law practice.
In 1974, he served as secretary/treasurer of the St. Landry Parish Bar Association. The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed him judge pro tempore of the 27th Judicial District Court for a term that began in 1995.
Pat Morrow has been recognized for the good work he does in his community. A former Boy Scout, Morrow was honored by the Evangeline Area Council of Boy Scouts with its Distinguished Citizen award in 2003. In 2011, he received the Elks Club Citizen of the Year award.
In 2015, the Community Foundation of Acadiana presented its 2015 Leaders in Philanthropy Award to the law firm, Pat, and Pat’s wife, Alice. Their contributions and leadership benefit St. Landry Parish schools and numerous charitable events. Since 2011, Pat Morrow has served on the Opelousas General Health System Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Vision St. Landry and Hospital Service District No. 2.
Under Pat Morrow’s leadership, the Opelousas law firm awards ten annual scholarships to students in its area and encourages them to work in St. Landry and Evangeline parishes after graduating. In addition, the Morrow family established the J. Michael Morrow Scholarship at the LSU Law Center and was instrumental in establishing the L’Ecreivisse Scholarship there. It also established the Dr. Robert L. Morrow Scholarship, which it gives to an area high school student who has the highest grade in applied sciences.
To help preserve the rich heritage of the area in which he lives, in 2013, along with co-authors Phillip Andrepont and fellow LAJ member Warren Perrin, Morrow published a pictorial history of St. Landry Parish and its residents.
Pat Morrow is also a champion of the outdoors and natural resources conservation. He served as a commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from 2005-11. In 2008, the commission chose him as its chair by unanimous vote. During his term, the commission focused on granting opportunities for youth to engage in outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing.
When accepting the LAJ Stalwart Award, Pat Morrow said, “Certainly that was unexpected, but it’s greatly appreciated.” He added, “I’m very humbled by this award... and I do appreciate this award deeply. I really do, but I want thank my law partners... because without them I would not be up here. Most of all, I want to thank my wife, Alice, for allowing me to continue to practice law and do the things that I like to do — spend time with my family, my grandchildren, whom I love dearly. I am just humbled and I want to say thank you to everyone.”
Reprinted with permission of Louisiana Advocates (October 2016). Copyright © 2016 Louisiana Association for Justice. All rights reserved.