Mark Surprenant will be honored with the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Alumni Association's 2020 St. Ives Award on February 7. The award recognizes Mark's commitment to the legal profession and his efforts to further the causes of the College of Law through volunteerism and community service.
A 1977 graduate of Loyola New Orleans' College of Law, Mark has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his legal career noting his dedication to service and helping those in need in the community. He founded Adams and Reese's H.U.G.S. (Hope, Understanding, Giving and Support) community service program in 1988 and established the firm's official pro bono program in 2002. Mark has served organizations such as the Pro Bono Project, St. Andrew's Village and the Catholic Foundation.
Additionally, Mark co-founded SOLACE, Inc. (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged), which has approximately 17,000 volunteers in Louisiana and chapters in more than 25 states. He serves as president of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Louisiana's largest provider of legal services for low-income people.