Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Awards

Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Awards


Patricia B. McMurray was awarded the 2010 Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. She is a partner at Adams and Reese LLP in Baton Rouge. Her practice focuses on all types of commercial transactions, forestry, real estate and education law. Ms. McMurray has made a lasting impact on her community through her tireless work with the Pro Bono Project. She first became active with the Pro Bono Project and Committee in 1987, serving as its chair in 1993 and in 1997.

During her first term, the Project produced their first volunteer manual, providing volunteers with relevant information regarding the steps involved in handling a pro bono case. In 1994 Ms. McMurray organized the first volunteer recognition event for pro bono panel members. She also served on the Filing Fees Committee, and helped draft legislation that secured the availability of filing fees on a statewide basis for pro bono and legal services entities. She currently serves as the pro bono partner at her firm, allocating projects among the firm’s attorneys and creating a positive pro bono culture. Ms. McMurray also works with several schools on education matters. For a number of years, she served on the board of the Children’s Charter School, an elementary school serving an at-risk population where 97% of the students are at or below the federal poverty level.

Through Ms. McMurray’s tireless efforts over three years, she helped establish a school library with books donated by members of Adams and Reese, other Baton Rouge law firms, the Louisiana Fifth Circuit of Appeal and her personal clients. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Baton Rouge and is a former Big Buddy.


Disclaimer of Liability | Advertisement Disclaimer | Contact Us
Louisiana State Bar Association | 601 St. Charles Avenue | New Orleans, LA 70130 | (800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600