Shared from the 10/24/2018 Savannah Morning News eEdition

Savannah attorney to receive Catholic award

Rob Brannen named St. Thomas More Award winner

Savannah attorney Rob Brannen will receive the Catholic Lawyer's Guild annual St.

Thomas More Award on Wednesday following the 10th annual Red Mass in St. Mary's Chapel at the Pastoral Center.

Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer will celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass requesting guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice.

This event is open to all attorneys, judges, clerks, law students and others engaged in the legal profession. One does not need to be a member of the Guild, nor Catholic, to attend.

The Catholic Mass is an annual celebration for judges, lawyers, law school professors and students and government officials to seek guidance for all who seek justice and offers the opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession.

The Red Mass originated in Europe during the Middle Ages and takes its name from the red vestments traditionally worn in symbolism of the tongues of fire (the Holy Spirit) that descended on the Apostles at Pentecost. Its name also exemplifies the scarlet robes worn by royal judges who attended the Mass centuries ago.

Brannen, an attorney and partner with the Bouhan Falligant firm where he handles real estate and business matters, will receive the award at a reception following the Mass.



The St. Thomas More Award is presented annually to one or more judges, lawyers, or member of the public to recognize specific actions manifesting a commitment to justice and humanity, especially in difficult circumstances. This award is given without regard to the recipients’ political or religious affiliations.

Brannen “is a very active in the community,” said attorney Lea Holiday, also a partner at Bouhan Falligant. “He’s committed to mankind and does a lot that people don’t see. … He’s just a good person and a worthy honoree.”

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