Each year, the Martinet Society and the New Orleans Martinet Legal Foundation, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit arm of Martinet, hosts this signature event to raise funds to provide scholarships to distinguished law students at our local law schools and to conduct community service projects that create change for the benefit of the Greater New Orleans area. We are especially grateful for our sponsors, who are integral to the success of this annual event.

The Gala committee is tasked with coordinating the Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch (the “Gala”), developing a budget for the event, receiving and determining scholarship awards, and all other awards and presentations at the annual Gala. For more information on the 2018 Gala, or to join the committee, please email 2017-2018 Co-Chairs Raashand Hamilton and Tiffany Smith.

Past Events

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society celebrated 60 years of encouraging the interchange of ideas, promoting legal scholarship and the administration of justice at our Annual Scholarship and Jazz Brunch, entitled “Celebrating Martinet’s 60th Anniversary: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Embracing the Future.” The celebration was held at the Ritz Carlton, 921 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Highlights included the our keynote speaker, Bakari Sellars, honoring all of our members with 40 or more years of practice, showing our 60th Anniversary Video, and our silent auction!

This year we are pleased to offer signed, limited edition prints of an original painting by New Orleans-native Ayo Scott, “Moments in the Movement.” This beautiful piece commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society and honors the legacy and work of the late Lolis Edward Elie, notable civil rights attorney, activist, and cherished Martinet member. These limited edition prints will be signed and numbered by the artist. Only 60 limited edition, signed and numbered prints will be available for purchase. To purchase your limited edition print, please fill out our order form.

Photos of the 2017 Jazz Brunch are posted to our gallery.

Please fill out our survey to provide us with feedback on the gala, so that we can incorporate it in our 2018 event. We welcome your input!

We are grateful for the outstanding service and leadership by our 2016-2017 Co-Chairs, Krystle Ferbos and Raashand Hamilton, who helped to make this event spectacular.