Following her graduation from Millersville in 1968, Louise Herr earned her Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1971 she joined the Lancaster law firm of her husband, Carl G. Herr, Attorney-at-Law. She was honored with an appointment as a Lancaster County assistant District Attorney in 1973 and was later elected as the first female judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas in 1985. She served on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster Chapter of the American Red Cross. After a life devoted to public service, Louise Herr passed away in 1992. In memory of her devotion to the law and to the community the Lancaster Bar Association currently presents the Louise Gatling Herr Memorial Award to honor the charitable efforts of local attorneys.