LSU law community, family, friends attend funeral services for renowned attorney

Cheney Joseph Jr. (Source: LSU Law Center)
Cheney Joseph Jr. (Source: LSU Law Center)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A central figure of Louisiana law was laid to rest Monday.

Trinity Episcopal Church hosted funeral services for 73-year-old Cheney Joseph, Jr.

Joseph died Friday after a battle with cancer.

He's considered one of the most influential legal scholars of his time, with a reputation highly-esteemed in the eyes of his colleagues.

"He's one of the best men that I've ever met," said East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore. "He's taught 50 years of lawyers in the state of Louisiana. That's a lot. That's more than anyone else has. His impact will last in Louisiana for hundreds of years."

Joseph's prominence is personal for Deacon Charles deGravelles. The Joseph family has been a big part of his church for decades.

Cheney was an alter-server when he was young. His family still attends church today.

"The attendance here at the funeral speaks for the respect and love and affection that people in this community have for Cheney Joseph," said deGravelles.  "The windows behind me were just donated by the Joseph family. We're very proud not only of the artist but of the donors, the Joseph family, because we love them so much."

Joseph was a law professor at LSU and the interim co-dean of the university's law school.

He served as the legal counsel for Governor Mike Foster and helped Governor Bobby Jindal build his legal team.

Joseph also was in the military, serving in the Marine Corps Reserve.

"When you needed somebody who was trustworthy, who was very capable, very smart, it was always a good call to get Cheney," said deGravelles.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cheney Joseph, Jr. Endowment Fund at Trinity Episcopal Church.

LSU has also set up a memorial fund.

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