Mark Allan Moreau
Mark Allan Moreau
  • January 18, 1949 - February 25, 2014
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Mark Allan Moreau, 65, passed away peacefully in his sleep, February 25, 2014, holding the hands of his loving family. Born in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 18, 1949, Mark celebrated life to its fullest degree each and every day. Constantly seeking adventure and activity, Mark enjoyed leading his family in cooking, sports, music, writing, and travel. Despite a year-and-a-half long battle with kidney cancer, Mark maintained his spirit, strength of character, and "Superman" efforts through the very end.
After graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in English in 1971, Mark earned a J.D. from Buffalo University in 1975 and an L.L.M. in Taxation at New York University in 1982. Mark's lifelong passion for law and "equal justice for all" began in 1975 when he came to New Orleans as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) at the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (NOLAC). There, Mark discovered his true calling, providing legal services to the poor at what was then the only non-profit law firm in the city. Mark first worked as a staff attorney at NOLAC, was promoted to Director of Litigation at NOLAC in 1984, and advanced to Executive Director from 1988-2003. In 2003, NOLAC merged with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), with Mark serving as Co-Executive Director until 2013.
Throughout his extraordinary career, Mark earned the respect of the clients and community he served, the staff he so ably led for almost three decades, bar leaders, the judiciary, government leaders, and other non-profits. Mark's accomplishments include valiantly leading SLLS through its darkest but finest hour after Hurricane Katrina creating innovative services and securing new sources of funding to help address the catastrophic legal needs of disaster victims. Additionally, Mark published numerous guides, books, and manuals, most recently serving as co-author of the "2013 Louisiana Legal Services and Pro Bono Desk Manual."
Mark served on numerous Boards of Directors, as well as a multitude of professional organizations. He was an active and dedicated member of the New Orleans Bar Association. Over a lifetime in service to the poor, Mark received numerous accolades for his work including the 2013 New Orleans Bar Association "Mark Moreau Award," 2013 Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award, the 2013 American Bar Association Taxation Section Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award, the 2012 National Taxpayer Advocate Award, a 2012 New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Award, Unity of Greater New Orleans 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award, A Community Voice Legal Advocate for the Poor Award in 2012, the 2004 Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Into Action Award , and the 1998 Louisiana State Bar Association Career Public Interest Award.
Mark, son of Patricia J. Moreau and the late Albert H. Moreau, will be deeply missed by his wife, Dr. Chin-Chin Ho; two children, Andre and Janine; son-in-law, Aubrey Mansour; siblings John Moreau, Marcia McLaughlin, and Larry Moreau; and numerous extended family members and friends. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Jacob Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street, 70119, with a "Celebration of Life" service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Mark requested that contributions be sent to either SLLS, P.O. Drawer 2867, Hammond, LA, 70404; or in his honor to the Mark Moreau Award Fund at the New Orleans Bar Association Foundation, 650 Poydras, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130. Condolences may be expressed online

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