73 Tul. L. Rev. 1025 (1998-1999)
Tribute to Professor Athanassios N. Yiannopoulos

handle is hein.journals/tulr73 and id is 1051 raw text is: A Tribute to Professor
Athanassios N. Yiannopoulos
Justice Hany T. Lemmon
Professor Athanassios N. Yiannopoulos is one of the outstanding
legal scholars in Louisiana history and a fitting subject for this tribute
by the Tulane Law Review. He is widely recognized for the quality
and breadth of his scholarly writings, which consistently exhibit a
thoroughness, clarity, and historical perspective rarely achieved by
legal writers. Anyone familiar with Louisiana law must be aware of
what is perhaps his greatest contribution to its development-his
work, through the Louisiana State Law Institute, revising the
Louisiana Civil Code. Indeed, Professor Yiannopoulos has virtually
single-handedly revised and rewritten many areas of the Civil Code. I
have been privileged to know Thanassi personally and professionally
and have found that he is, in person, as exceptional as his reputation
I first met Professor Yiannopoulos in 1974, while I was serving
on the court of appeal. I had agreed to present an educational program
for the Civil Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and I
called up Professor Yiannopoulos to ask if he would make a
presentation. He agreed, and, with my anchorman lined up, I also got
John R. Martzell, Jr., and Paul B. Deal, two top young lawyers at the
time, also participated. The subject of the program was strict liability
under Civil Code art. 667, then a hot legal issue. Jack, Paul, and I
prepared our presentations separately, but it turned out we all had
relied heavily on Professor Yiannopoulos's authoritative writings. The
program was a great success, but even better, it was the beginning of a
wonderful professional and personal relationship between Professor
Yiannopoulos, me, and my wife, Mary Ann.
A few years later, Mary Ann and I got to know Professor
Yiannopoulos a little better when I was invited to teach in the six-week
summer sessions at Louisiana State University in 1978 and 1979. We
moved the family, including our six children, to Baton Rouge for the
sessions, but any inconvenience was more than offset by the royal
welcome we received from the Louisiana State University faculty and
Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court.

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