LAJ Past-President (2014-2015) Steve Herman awarded Scott Andrews the prestigious Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) President’s Award for outstanding and highly dedicated service to the legal profession and the Association at the LAJ Fall Conference in New Orleans on September 11, 2015. Scott Andrews has been a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana law firm of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews for 19 years.
The Louisiana Association for Justice is a voluntary bar association whose statewide membership is composed mostly of lawyers who have a trial practice. Both defense and plaintiff attorneys belong to the association; however, most LAJ members represent consumer plaintiffs in civil actions. LAJ attorney-members are small business owners, maintaining a practice and supporting an office staff of fewer than 20 persons.
LAJ and its members pledge to promote justice for the workplace, a clean environment and quality and affordable health care for all Americans. LAJ members and trial lawyers in general seek fairness in the courts for the aggrieved and injured and work to uphold the honor and dignity of the civil justice system and the legal profession.
LAJ members give back to their communities. They handle pro bono cases for the disadvantaged, coach little league teams and serve on boards of civic organizations. They are active church members. They contribute their time and financial resources to the communities in which they live.
As an organization, LAJ also works for the citizens of Louisiana. LAJ and its members sponsored People’s Law Schools at locations throughout the state. Through a partnership with Louisiana SafeKids, LAJ participated in statewide bicycle safety programs. As part of the safety program, hundreds of Louisiana youngsters received free bike helmets donated by LAJ members.