Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Awards

Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Awards


Catherine E. Lasky was awarded the 2013 Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. Ms. Lasky is an attorney with Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, L.L.C. She has been practicing law since 2003 in the fields of complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Prior to joining Jones Swanson in 2008, Lasky worked for five years with the New Orleans office of Phelps Dunbar LLP. She graduated, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003 after receiving her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1998.

Lasky is the chair of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Women Attorneys. She received the 2006 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association for outstanding pro bono service to Louisiana’s indigent. From 2007-2011, she was a 100+ hour volunteer with the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. She is a graduate of the 2004 Metropolitan Leadership Forum sponsored by the Committee For a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee.

Lasky has for 10 years routinely served lunch at Ozanam Inn, a New Orleans homeless shelter, and has regularly volunteered to provide notarial services at homeless outreach centers in New Orleans. She took on a three year volunteer commitment through the Boys Hope Girls Hope program, from 2003-2006. She built chicken coops for community gardens as part of her work with Hands On New Orleans in the recovery effort after Hurricane Katrina. Following the hurricane, she spent the better part of two years providing weekly legal intake interviews and services for the Common Ground organization. Lasky was also instrumental in starting the Food From the Bar program in New Orleans, which is designed to help lawyers support local food banks in their efforts to feed children during the summer months.

“Importantly, Katie diligently volunteers her time without need for or expectation of recognition,” said attorney Jan M. Hayden. “Indeed, Katie quietly and passionately volunteers her time because she wants to help others and to improve their situations. Katie selflessly gives to others through her tireless service toward improving the lives of her neighbors and fellow New Orleanians.”


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