Coreil Receives LSU Law Distinguished Achievement Award
On October 11, 2015, the LSU Law Center presented Jeffrey K. Coreil with one of five Distinguished Achievement awards at a luncheon at the Lod Cook Conference Center in Baton Rouge. The Distinguished Achievement awards recognize graduates for professional achievement and career distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community.
Coreil, a 2009 graduate of the LSU Law Center, served as president of the LSU Law student bar association and president of his class. He is a sixth-year associate at NeunerPate, where he devotes the majority of his practice to civil defense litigation, with a primary focus on admiralty and maritime, toxic torts and environmental litigation, and worker’s compensation defense.
Coreil serves on the board of directors of the Lafayette Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Foundation, and Lafayette Young Lawyers. He is chairman of the Lafayette Bar Foundation’s Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers program which administers pro bono legal services in the Acadiana area. He is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2013-2014 Leadership Class, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Young Lawyers Committee, and the board of the Acadiana Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association.
In some six years, Coreil has contributed more than 450 hours of legal work to the impoverished and victimized citizens of Lafayette Parish. As chairman of the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer (LVL) program, he spearheaded the Counsel on Call Program, which offers 15-minute conferences with volunteer attorneys for basic legal advice. As a member of the LVL Protective Order Panel, Coreil also assists victims of domestic violence with their petitions for Title 46 protective orders, and he also accepts pro bono civil cases and coordinates the efforts of volunteer attorneys to assist homeless individuals through H.E.L.P. for the Homeless.
In 2012, Coreil spearheaded the creation of the CLE Committee of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association to provide quality, low cost CLE opportunities in professionalism and ethics to the region’s young lawyers. In 2014, the Young Lawyer Division of the Louisiana State Bar Association recognized his efforts by awarding its Service to the Bar Award to the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association’s CLE program.
In 2014, Coreil was awarded the coveted American Inn of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service, which recognizes an American Inn of Court member in practice for ten or fewer years for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities. Coreil also received the 2013 Louisiana State Bar Association Crystal Gavel, the 2012 LSBA Pro Bono Publico Award, the 2012 Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award, the LSBA Pro Bono Century Award from 2011 to 2014, and multiple awards from the Lafayette Bar Association.
Since 2011, Coreil has returned to the Law Center to serve as guest speaker at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Professionalism Orientation, stressing the importance of professionalism and ethics to incoming law students. He is a member of the LSU Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council and has served as a firm leader for the Law Center’s Annual Fund campaign.
Jennifer A. Jones, Edwin G. Preis, Jr., Kimberly L. Robinson, and Dean A. Sutherland were also presented with Distinguished Achievement awards, and Edward J. Walters, Jr. was honored as the 2015 LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. For more information on the LSU Law Center’s award program and the distinguished recipients, visit the LSU Law Alumni News Section.
NeunerPate congratulates Coreil and all the 2015 honorees.