Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School
Taylor Hale, EDS Class of 1997
Taylor is now a successful practicing attorney in Lake Charles at the Hale Law Firm. After graduating from EDS, he attended St. Louis Catholic High School, Louisiana State University and McNeese State University, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Dean's List. Taylor then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in New Orleans. While there, he served on the Editorial Board of the Loyola Law Review and graduated at the top of his class. Taylor's law review comment, A Critical Misdiagnosis: Re-Evaluating Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act, was selected for publication in the Fall 2007 edition of the Loyola Law Review. He was also the recipient of the Lemle and Kelleher, LLP Scholarship in 2007-2008.
Upon graduation from law school, Taylor began his legal career practicing with the New Orleans law firm Phelps Dunbar, LLP. He then returned to Lake Charles to be closer to family. Since beginning his practice, Taylor has received numerous awards and honors. In 2012, Taylor was named a Top Trial Lawyer in America and is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2015 and 2016, he was selected by fellow attorneys as a Louisiana Super Lawyer Rising Star. This recognition is given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Louisiana that have practiced for less than 10 years.
Taylor is also active in the Lake Charles community. He recently participated in the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink campaign fundraiser, where his team raised monies for breast cancer research and support. He has served as the Treasurer of the Young Lawyer's Section of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and as co-chairman of Holiday Helping Hands, a yearly fundraiser.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Taylor a few weeks ago and he took some time to reflect on his years at EDS.
Why did you choose to send your kids to EDS? Choosing to send our children to EDS was one of the easiest decisions we’ve had to make as parents. An EDS education is second to none and we were drawn to the small class sizes. My brothers and I attended EDS from preschool through 8th grade – it is a great education!
What impact did EDS have on you? A motto I live by is to never stop learning! EDS made me into a life-long learner and I credit EDS for giving me the educational foundation needed to succeed in higher education.
What passions did you find at EDS? I was involved in and enjoyed the SPARK gifted program and was very involved in team sports, playing on the EDS basketball, track, and volleyball teams. The school spirit of EDS faculty and families is contagious.
Describe the faculty at EDS. When you walk into EDS, you can’t help but feel that the EDS faculty truly cares about its students. It is like you are with family. The teachers at EDS approach and teach each child differently, modifying their teaching style depending on how each student learns best. The teachers at EDS will find a way for your child to succeed.
Did you have a favorite teacher? Yes, and I have more than one! My favorite teachers during my time at EDS were Wendy Roberts, Sally Rogers, and the late Margaret Muth.
Did EDS prepare you for high school? College? Yes. I credit EDS for giving me the educational foundation needed to succeed in higher education.
Describe the EDS community. Robust, passionate, caring, devoted to education, generous, and kind.
Recent Events at EDS
- Alex Reddoch, EDS Class of 2013, was awarded the St. Louis Catholic High School Xerox Award. This award is given to a junior who exhibits a strong interest and high level of achievement in innovation and information technology.
- Hardtner Klump, EDS Class of 2003, just ended his term as the President of the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club.
- Anjali Kaimal, former EDS student, is an attending physician in maternal fetal medicine and program director of training at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor at Harvard School of Medicine.
- Michael Aleshire, EDS Class of 2015, was awarded the St. Louis Award in May 2016. This award is given to the outstanding male and female student as chosen by members of their class and approved by the administration and members of the faculty. The winners are chosen based on the following criteria: Love of God and neighbor; Strong moral character; Desire to serve the community; Courage to stand up for Christian principles, A daily Christian lifestyle; Proper use of God-given talents.
- Suneeta Kaimal, former EDS student, is the Chief Operating Officer for the Open Government Institute in New York City.
- Juli Wilson, EDS Class of 1994, is the top personal stylist for Keaton Row in New York City.
- Emma Ogea and Kristi Krueger, both EDS Class of 2016, have made the basketball team at Barbe, Chloe Camel, EDS Class of 2016, has made the soccer team at Barbe, and Cameron Currie, EDS Class of 2016, has joined the cross country team at Barbe.
- Tara Kaimal, EDS Class of 2001, is a media planner for ABC Television Network at Weiden and Kennedy in New York City.
- Helene Girard and Evan Marque, EDS Class of 2016, have made the Quiz Bowl team at Barbe.
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