Updated: Nov 4, 2022
Attorney Gail Horne Ray has been practicing law for 44 years. A product of the public school system in Birmingham, Alabama, she received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama in 1974 where she was the Charter President of the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was awarded the Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law Center in December 1977 and admitted to the Louisiana State Bar on April 28, 1978. Attorney Ray holds membership in the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louis A. Martinet Society, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Adding to her expertise are experiences such as a clerk for the firm of Gray and Taylor, a former co-operating attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a former partner in Taylor, Ray, and Associates, a former Professor of Law at the Southern University School of Law, a former Assistant Public Defender and a former member of the East Baton Rouge Public Defender Board. Active in the community, Ray serves as President of the Southern University 6th Man Club, Vice-President of J. K. Haynes Charter School Board, and Parliamentarian of Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a member of the Urban Elders, was elected to two terms on the Democratic State Central Committee, and is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP. She is a member of Allen Chapel AME Church. She has numerous Service Awards, including the "Justice for Youth Award" from the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the 2022 President’s Award from the Baton Rouge NAACP. Attorney Ray was motivated to become an attorney by what she witnessed during the Civil Rights struggle in Birmingham, especially the numerous bombings, one of which claimed the life of one of her schoolmates.