Kelly Duncan

Alum, Class of 1972
Kelly Duncan, of the Class of 1972, clearly has found happiness in helping others. 

“Not only does service to others benefit the community but it benefits you individually by helping to develop a balanced perspective on what really is important in life,” said Duncan. “It indeed has been my great fortune to have worked with so many who feel equally passionate about serving our community and the needs of others. I thank St. Martin’s for providing me with the foundation to do so!”
Kelly Duncan ’72
2018-2019 Martin de Tours Award Recipient

Named for the patron saint of the school, the Martin de Tours Award is St. Martin's highest alumni honor. Martin de Tours is best known for his spirit of generosity and concern for others. A famous anecdote recounts how, while serving as an officer in the Roman army, Martin met a shivering beggar at the gates of the city of Amiens in Gaul. Moved with compassion, he divided his cloak into two parts and gave one to the beggar. 

Martin de Tours exemplified the aspect of service that is valued so highly at St. Martin's Episcopal School. This award is given annually to an exemplary citizen who has consistently served his/her community and has demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards in his/her chosen field of endeavor. The 2018-2019 recipient is Kelly Duncan ’72.

Kelly Duncan, of the Class of 1972, clearly has found happiness in helping others. Never was it more evident than in his acceptance speech at the Martin de Tours Award ceremony on February 22, 2019. 

“Not only does service to others benefit the community but it benefits you individually by helping to develop a balanced perspective on what really is important in life,” said Duncan. “It indeed has been my great fortune to have worked with so many who feel equally passionate about serving our community and the needs of others. I thank St. Martin’s for providing me with the foundation to do so!”

After graduating from St. Martin’s, Duncan went on to graduate cum laude from Georgetown University in 1976. He then attended Tulane University Law School, earning a J.D. in 1979.

Duncan is a partner in the Maritime Practice Group at Jones Walker in New Orleans. He currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Gaming Industry Team and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2014.

Throughout his career, Duncan has held several distinguished positions. He is a past chairman of the Bureau of Governmental Research. He is also a past president of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. He has served as a speaker at international gaming conferences and at maritime seminars around the world, and is one of only seven gaming attorneys from the United States listed as notable practitioners in the 2018 edition of Chambers Global Guide.

He has also received numerous professional accolades. Duncan was recognized as a 2018 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine. He received the New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award in 2005, 2009, and 2016. In 2016, he was named to the New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Hall of Fame. 

In addition to impressive professional accomplishments, Duncan has held many leadership roles in the community.  He is the current president of the Audubon Commission. He is also a past chairman of the Audubon Nature Institute, past president of the Louisiana Children’s Museum, and past president of the Louisiana Nature and Science Center. He has been involved with the John Charles Olmsted Society for Audubon Park, United Way, Young Leadership Council. and New Orleans Museum of Art. He has been active in Trinity Episcopal Church and School. He currently serves on St. Martin’s Board of Trustees.

To read more about the Martin de Tours Award, see past recipients, or nominate a St. Martin’s alum, visit stmsaints.com/alumniawards.
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