Leonard Stanley Chauvin Jr.
1935 - 2021
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Louisville, KY
Leonard Stanley Chauvin, Jr.

Louisville - Leonard Stanley Chauvin, Jr. was born on February 13, 1935 in Franklin, Kentucky where he was raised by his revered father, Judge L.S. "Dick" Chauvin, and resolute mother, Lucille Wilson Chauvin along with, as was the way of small Southern towns, the entire character-filled populace of Simpson County. Known to and by everyone simply as "Brother," he spent his idyllic boyhood seeking (mis)adventures in and around the courthouse, the town square, and/or one or more of the three local pool halls. The center of his universe shifted slightly in 1949 after his narrow-minded despotic high school principal spoke those fateful words: "Brother … if somebody'd give me a nickel, I'd kick you out of this school." In what has now become an indelible part of local lore, the broad-minded fiercely independent freshman calmly responded by dipping down in his pocket and pulling out a dime. It was, he would later recall, the best ten cents he ever spent; a down-payment on his admission to Castle Heights Military Academy in nearby Lebanon, Tennessee where he spent what may have been the three most influential and enjoyable years of his life. He was then and would forever be grateful for the attention, affection, guidance, great good-humor, sense and sensibility he was shown by the wonderful and wonderfully eccentric people of his beloved hometown.

A proud graduate of the University of Kentucky and an equally proud graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law, Mr. Chauvin was among the last of that greatest generation of remarkable lawyers who set the bar for everyone called to the bar thereafter. He was admitted to practice in eleven states and the District of Columbia and argued cases at all levels of the state and federal court systems including the United States Supreme Court. He was, moreover, known not only as a lawyer's lawyer but as a litigant's lawyer, approaching each case as a problem to be solved, not a fight to be won. Mr. Chauvin was admired by his colleagues for his exhaustive preparation, keen intelligence, unrivaled wit, sartorial splendor, and unwavering civility and respect bordering on veneration for the important role that lawyers play in our society.

His devotion to his chosen vocation drove him to become a leading advocate for the legal profession. He served as President of the Louisville Bar Association, President of the American Judicature Society, Chairman of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and Chairman of the House of Delegates and President of the American Bar Association. Mr. Chauvin traveled the county and the world (including trailblazing visits to China and the U.S.S.R.) promoting the rule of law, equal access to the courts for the disenfranchised, juvenile justice issues, prison reform, and the preservation of an independent judiciary. He was recognized for his efforts with what he humbly described as "an obscene" number of awards, honors, and tributes. Having greatly and gratefully benefitted as a young lawyer from mentorship by outstanding attorneys such as Daniel B. Boone, John Y. Brown, Sr. and Joseph E. Stopher, Mr. Chauvin paid this gift forward many times over by always making time for young lawyers wanting or needing advice, counsel, or just to hear a great story from a masterful storyteller in a beautiful expertly-tailored suit.

Mr. Chauvin, who spent much-treasured time as boy on the campaign trail with his father, was passionate about the political process. He was an aide to Senator (and Senate Majority Whip) Earl Clements in Washington D.C.; was privy to the political machinations of Democratic Headquarters (a/k/a "Fourth Street") when Louisville was still a "machine-run" town; and was intimately involved in numerous local, state, and national political races to include running the presidential campaigns in Kentucky for Senators Robert F. and Edward M. Kennedy. His interest and exhaustive knowledge in the field was reflected in his massive and wide-ranging collection of political history books. While he enjoyed scouring used bookstores collecting these tomes, his bliss came from reading them. It has been suggested that the only person who possibly knew more about the New Deal than Mr. Chauvin was FDR himself.

Leonard Stanley "Brother" Chauvin, Jr. passed away at his home on May 12, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his cherished sister Barbara Chauvin Curry, all of whom he missed every single day since their passing. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Cecilia Allen "C'Allen" McKay Chauvin who was his able partner and enthusiastic companion in all his endeavors; his three children L. Stanley Chauvin III (Mary), Jaqueline Lee Chauvin, and Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin (Laura); and his seven grandchildren (Kate, Lucy, and Claire, Cassidy, and Addison, Whitney, and Jackson). He was a devoted husband, exemplary father, doting and generous grandfather, an esteemed lawyer and a genuinely nice man who encouraged and/or admonished everybody to "be nice - not just to the people you think you should be or have to be nice to." He believed that while people may strive for success, wealth, status, or popularity, "the only thing that really matters in the end, and the measure by which we will all ultimately be judged and remembered is simply how well we treat other people." He will be judged very, very kindly and remembered very, very well.

The Chauvin family is enormously grateful to the staff/angels from Hosparus of Louisville and Caroline Grace Feller, LLC Private Home Healthcare. A private memorial service will be overseen by Pearson Funeral Home.

It was Mr. Chauvin's request that expressions of sympathy or memorial tributes be made in form of donations to the Kentucky Bar Foundation (kybarfoundation.org), the Louisville Bar Foundation (loubar.org), or Her Best Foot Forward (footforwardfund.org).

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We were so sad to hear of Stan passing. He always had a smile on his face and a welcome to everyone . We enjoyed our conversations with him for twenty two years at Gulfview. He was an amazing man . The world needs more people like him. He will be missed.
Carol and Bill Collopy
July 27, 2021
On behalf of the entire Moore family, I wish to send condolences, heartfelt prayers, and love to C'Allen and all the Chauvins and their extended families. Stan was gracious to me in our occasional encounters, a great raconteur, and always " nice". He will surely be missed by all, both personally, professionally, and as a stalwart defender of the conscience, empathy and morality reflected in his politics and support of the New Deal and like causes of his day. May he Rest in Peace.
Bob Moore
May 31, 2021
So many happy memories of times spent at Gulfview and hearing Stan´s life stories.
Val & Doug Evans. (Wales UK)
May 26, 2021
He was such a great person! And he really live his footprints ".....He believed that while people may strive for success, wealth, status, or popularity, "the only thing that really matters in the end, and the measure by which we will all ultimately be judged and remembered is simply how well we treat other people." He will be judged very, very kindly and remembered very, very well..." That´s what I learn from him Today May his soul Rest In Peace
Brighton Temu
May 25, 2021
Loved to sit around the pool at Marco and listen with great interest his many stories and views of our politicians. His knowledge and wit were superior
May 18, 2021
Every time I saw Stan at the Gulfview he always made you feel special.
Tony Corso
May 17, 2021
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Mrs. Richard L. Dotson
May 17, 2021
C'Allen, I am saddened to hear the news of your loss and can only think that as Stan left his earthly body, Bill McAnulty was there to receive his friend's spirit with an ear to absorb all of the new stories since they last spoke. What a beautiful couple and family you two created. My admiration for you both I will always hold close to my heart.
Kristi McAnulty
May 17, 2021
A gentleman I only had the pleasure of meeting one time but will remain in my mind and heart forever. Dear Jackie I am so very sorry for your loss May he Rest In Peace in Heaven where I´m sure he is until we meet again.
Lucille Perrone
May 15, 2021
in the little time I had the pleasure to know brother.i could never express what an impact in made on me.his wisdom,and kindness for others will never be forgotten.rest in peace my dear friend
Ubaldo d Perrone
May 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of Stan´s passing. There are not many of us cousins left. Praying for your whole family.
Alice Faye Stewart
May 15, 2021
Jackie in our thoughts and prayers hugs
Jackie goldsmith.jackie60 peterson
May 15, 2021
The Melillo family sends our love and prayers! What an amazing life and amazing family!
Laura Melillo Barnum
May 15, 2021
Great lawyer, friend to all, better man. R I P
Tim McCall
May 15, 2021
Stan was a teacher and inspiration to all of us coming up behind him in business, politics, and government. While a great leader he taught us to never take ourselves too seriously. Sleep well great man.
Bob McQueen
May 15, 2021
C'Allen -- I am saddened to learn of Stan's passing. He was a remarkable person, outstanding lawyer and a true giant of the legal profession. His impact on my legal career has been highly significant. There will never, ever be another Stan Chauvin. He was truly "one of a kind." There was never a dull moment on the 27th floor of the old Citizens Plaza that housed our law firm: Carroll, Chauvin, Miller & Conliffe. Stories abounded and memories of it all are treasured. Stan, Rest in Peace up there -- knowing that the world down here will miss your presence, humor and joy of life. Save m a seat up there, Stan -- we've still got some good stories to re-tell and remember.
J. Bruce Miller
May 15, 2021
So sorry for your loss. We´ve lost one of the best. Peace
Jon Borie
May 15, 2021
Jackie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you all
Sue Delano
May 15, 2021
McKay I am sorry to hear the loss of your father. No matter how old we are losing our father is difficult. I remember when your father argued the case before the Supreme Court of the US. Take care and keep the memories close.
John Heimerdinger
May 15, 2021
If I could be half the man of one of the highest deceleratedmen I know (yet humble) then I would consider myself successful. What a story teller and a pleasure to be in company with. I´m proud to be a family member and he will be remembered and missed. He´s made a permanent stamp in this works and will never be forgotten. He is VIP in heaven, please save me a seat :)
Richard Elliot Mckay
May 14, 2021
Mr. Chauvin was the ultimate Gentleman´s Gentleman. All my sympathies and condolences to the Chauvin family.
Ronnie Cook
May 14, 2021
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stan was a good man. Always had a smile and was a great story teller. I enjoyed our conversations and his sense of humor. He will be missed by all in the legal profession you had the privilege of knowing him. "When through one man, a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth comes into the world, then that man's life has had meaning." -Alfred Delp Your life certainly had meaning! Frank Mascagni III
Frank Mascagni III
May 14, 2021
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