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In Memoriam

Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Luther F. Cole

Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Luther F. Cole, 87, died Friday, July 26, 2013. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as an officer in World War II. His undergraduate studies took place at Louisiana Tech University and he earned his JD degree from LSU School of Law in 1950. He practiced law in Baton Rouge for sixteen years and served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1964 until his election to the bench. His first judicial oath of office was in 1966 after being unopposed for election to the bench of the 19th JDC, where he was reelected in 1972 and 1978. In 1979 he was elected for an unexpired term on the bench of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal. He was reelected for a full term in 1980. In 1986 he took his oath as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and was reelected without opposition in 1988 for a full term, serving until his retirement in 1992. Justice Cole represented the judiciary many times before Constitutional Convention and Legislative Committees, particularly as regards judicial tenure, compensation, retirement and budgetary matters. He drafted and was primarily responsible for the enactment of Act 518 of 1976, establishing a contributory retirement system for judges and court officers. Also, in 1987, as budget officer of the Supreme Court, he initiated a separate judicial appropriations bill providing for the financial needs of the court system. Justice Cole served as Chairman, Judicial Budgetary Control Board; President, Baton Rouge Bar Association; President, Louisiana District Judges Association; Chief Judge, 19th JDC; Chairman of various Supreme Court committees and Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Commission.

 

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