13th September 2016
MSI's Louisiana law member Taylor Porter is pleased to announce that the firm's partner and executive committee member, Preston Castille, was named the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association "Citizen Lawyer Award,".
The Citizen Lawyer Award is presented to an outstanding lawyer or judge who is an unsung hero or heroine in his/her community, and who has made a difference in the local community through volunteer organizations, displaying a sense of duty, professionalism and responsibility.
Castille formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association from 2001-2004 and as a member of the House of Delegates from 2009-2012. Castille was nominated for the award by the Baton Rouge Bar Association. He was the President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association in 2011.
Castille is a member of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society and served as Baton Rouge Chapter President from 1998-2000. During his tenure as president, the Chapter established the Louis A. Martinet Foundation, hired its first executive director, established a formal pro bono program and hired its first Pro Bono Director. The Chapter also created a Mentoring Program with a grant from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. He also became chairman of the Capital Area Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors to assist the organization and smoothly transition to the Southeast Legal Services Corporation to ensure continued legal services to the poor in this area of the state.
In 2013, Castille joined the Board of Directors of New Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR) and served as Vice Chairman. NSBR focuses on improving the quality of K-12 education in the Baton Rouge area.
In 2012, Castille became the president of the Southern University Laboratory School, helping it to avoid closure that year when the school was running an annual deficit of approximately $800,000. Today, the school’s enrollment and revenue have nearly tripled. Castille also helped the school successfully introduce and pass legislation to help the school privatize its cafeteria service and grant it authority to raise tuition. That same legislative session, the school was able to also obtain $1.2M in capital outlay funding for much needed building improvements.
Castille joined MSI’s Louisiana law member Taylor Porter in 1994 and is engaged primarily in business litigation and transactions.
Founded in 1912 in the heart of Louisiana’s economic development in Baton Rouge, Taylor Porter is one of the oldest, largest and most respected law firms in Louisiana, with a diverse range of local, regional, national and international clients in the most complex transactions and litigation across a variety of industries.
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