Have You Seen All The Pelicans Around Slidell

Have You Seen All The Pelicans Around Slidell

Justice the Pelican ruling the roost at Slidell City Court

Pictured welcoming 'Justice the Pelican' to Slidell City Court are (from left) artist Julie Graff of Metairie; Slidell City Court Judge James 'Jim' Lamz; paralegal Desiree Doucet, with Lamz Law Firm; Children’s Wish Endowment Board Vice-President and local paralegal Angelle DeGruy Morley; Pelicans on Parade Coordinator and local attorney Laura Mauffray Borchert; Slidell Clerk of Court Sherry Phillips; and, local attorney Deanna Hamilton-Lamz, with the sponsor, Lamz Law Firm.
Ann BarksBy Ann Barks 
on June 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM, updated June 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM
There’s a new legal intern at Slidell City Courtwho is on duty until at least mid-August. The new intern, Justice, has ruffled no feathers as she watches over the coming and goings of visitors and attorneys alike from her perch near the courthouse steps.One of the Slidell Pelicans on Parade, Justice is on display at the Courthouse in Olde Towne courtesy of The Lamz Law Firm, managed/operated by attorney Deanna Hamilton-Lamz, with assistance from her paralegal, Desiree Doucet. “We are very excited about Justice, my new associate. I’ve allowed her to intern at the court for a while before she comes to work for me,” Hamilton-Lamz says with a chuckle.Hamilton-Lamz is the sponsor of the latest pelican to appear in Slidell. Hamilton-Lamz said that after the public display period ends in mid-August she may install the pelican in her own law office. The Pelicans on Parade project began as a project of the Leadership Northshore class of 2013 to showcase the talent of local artists and raise money for the Children’s Wish Endowment. There are now 106 pelicans in Slidell with more orders still coming in, according to Leadership Northshore project coordinator Laura Mauffray Borchert. 
So far, Borchert said, the project has raised about $50,000 for Children’s Wish Endowment.Artist Julie Graff of Metairie created the original idea for the pelican design. She is a paralegal at the law firm of Staines & Eppling, based in Metairie. “In the design, I tried to combine both my paralegal and art experiences,” Graff said. After getting the commission, Graff modified the original design she painted on the pelican to include many personal touches to reflect both Hamilton-Lamz and the public location the pelican would have at the Courthouse. That’s why Justice sports a pink seersucker suit and personalized briefcase, imitating Hamilton-Lamz. Graff also painted in a small scene inside a courtroom, giving the pelican judge ruling over the trial glasses that look a lot like Hamilton-Lamz’s husband, Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz. On the other side of the pelican’s body, Graff painted a portrait of the courthouse itself. The rest of the pelican is full of both obvious and subtle references to the practice of law and also shows Justice’s favorite book is “The Pelican Brief,” which happens to be written by Hamilton-Lamz’s favorite author.“After the pelican landed in front of the courthouse, my staff immediately welcomed her and named her Justice. Justice received a welcoming gift of a pearl necklace, which she wears proudly. The pearl necklace is plastic, but I don't think Justice cares; after all, she's a pelican,” said Judge Lamz.Children’s Wish Endowment, which grants the wishes of children with failing health, now is overseeing the Pelicans on Parade project. For more information or to arrange for your own pelican, contact the Children’s Wish Endowment at 985.645.9474

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