Pike Hall, Jr.

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William Pike Hall, Jr.​


At-large member of the
Caddo Parish School Board
In office
1964​ – 1970​

Judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit​
In office
1971​ – 1990​

Chief Judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeal​
In office
1985​ – 1990​

Associate Justice of the
Louisiana Supreme Court ​
In office
1990​ – 1994​
Succeeded by Jeffrey P. Victory

Born May 27, 1931​
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA​
Died November 25, 1999 (aged 68)​
Shreveport, Louisiana​
Resting place
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Anne Oden Hall​
Relations George W. Jack (great-uncle)​

Whitfield Jack and Wellborn Jack
(first cousins once removed)​

Children Brevard Hall Knight​

Pike Hall, III
​ Five grandchildren​

Residence Shreveport, Louisiana​
Alma mater Clifton Ellis Byrd High School​

Washington and Lee University​ Louisiana State University Law Center​

Occupation Attorney
Religion United Methodist

William Pike Hall, Jr., known as Pike Hall, Jr. (May 27, 1931 – November 25, 1999),[1][2] was an attorney, judge, and Democratic politician from his native Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana.​

Background

Hall was the younger of two children of William Pike Hall, Sr., an attorney, civic figure, an state senator from 1924 to 1932, and the former Hazel Tucker, originally from Haughton in Bossier Parish.[3] His sister is Hazel Hall Schaffer (born September 1929) of Shreveport. Hall married the former Anne Oden (October 1931 – November 14, 2016), a native of Haynesville in northern Claiborne Parish, who moved to Shreveport in 1936. She graduated in 1950 from Clifton Ellis Byrd High School, at which she was a cheerleader and a football sweetheart. She briefly attended Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and transferred to LSU Baton Rouge, at which she joined Chi Omega sorority.[4] The Halls had a daughter, Brevard Hall Knight (1952-2014), an educator and businesswoman who died of lung cancer though she had never smoked, and a son, Pike Hall, III.[5]

Hall was a great-nephew of United States District Judge George W. Jack of the Western District of Louisiana, who served from 1917 to 1924, and a first cousin once removed of Shreveport attorneys Whitfield Jack and Wellborn Jack, the latter a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for Caddo Parish from 1940 to 1964.[6]

Hall was a member of the Methodist denomination.[7]

Career

Hall was attending Byrd High School in Shreveport when his father suddenly died in December 1945 at the age of forty-nine. Thereafter, he was sent to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Louisiana State University, and then the LSU Law Center in Baton Rouge, from which he received a Juris Doctorate degree in 1953. In 1988, he was made an honorary member of the Order of the Coif at LSU. Like his father, he was highly involved in all levels of the bar association and for several years was the vice chairman of the Louisiana Judicial College.[8]

Hall practiced with the Shreveport firm Wilkinson, Woods, Carmody & Hall. He was for four years the assistant city attorney under Mayor James C. Gardner. On November 3, 1964, Hall was elected to the Caddo Parish School Board, along with the first three Republicans, including Billy Guin, ever elected to the body.[9] In 1970, Hall did not seek reelection to the school board but was instead elected to the ouisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, based in Shreveport. He remained on the appeal court from 1971 to 1990, the last five as the chief judge. From 1990 to 1994, he served as an associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court[7] but stepped down after four years and was succeeded by Jeffrey P. Victory, a Shreveport lawyer elected as a Democrat who later switched parties.​

Hall died in Shreveport five years after he retired from the Supreme Court. LSU sponsors a "Pike Hall Jr. Law Professorship". The appeal court building in Shreveport is named in his honor. It is the first court building in Louisiana designed and built for use as an appeals court. At the dedication, then Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr., who like Hall was born in 1931, said:​

​ It is my hope that upon seeing the name "Pike Hall Jr." etched onto the front of this building that lawyers who enter will reflect on the significant contributions made by Justice Hall to Louisiana law, the administration of justice, and our state judiciary. Perhaps upon seeing his name, the attorneys and jurists who pass through the doors may even attempt to emulate him. There is no finer role model for a judge or an attorney.[8]
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References

  1. Technically, he was Hall, III; his father (1896–1945) used the suffix "Jr." After his father's death at the age of forty-nine, Pike Hall assumed the suffix "Jr.", and his son and grandson became Pike Hall, III, and IV, respectively. The original William Pike Hall, a district attorney and state court judge, died in 1928.
  2. Pike Hall Jr.. search.ancestry.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2015.
  3. Funeral for Pike Hall at 11 A.M. Today – Prominent Attorney, Civic Leader Succumbs After Brief Illness 1, 6. The Shreveport Times (December 17, 1945). Retrieved on March 26, 2015.
  4. Anne Oden Hall. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on December 6, 2016.
  5. Brevard Hall Knight. The Shreveport Times (August 29, 2014). Retrieved on March 26, 2015.
  6. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812–2020: Caddo Parish. legis.la.gov. Retrieved on March 21, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Louisiana: Pike Hall Jr.", Who's Who in American Politics, 2007–2008 (Marquis Who's Who: New Providence, New Jersey, 2007), p. 660.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Courthouse Renamed for Hall. Louisiana Supreme Court (Winter 2001). Retrieved on March 26, 2015.
  9. Shreveport Journal, November 4, 1964.

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