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In Memoriam

Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Revius Ortique Jr.

Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Revius Ortique Jr., 84, died Sunday, June 22, 2008. He served as an Army officer for four years during World War II after which he earned his undergraduate degree from Dillard University in 1947, a master’s degree from Indiana University in 1949 and his juris doctor degree from Southern University Law School in 1956. He also was the recipient of a number of honorary degrees including Honorary Doctor degrees from Campbell College (Jackson, MS), Ithaca College (New York, NY), University of Indiana, Morris Brown University in Atlanta, Loyola University (New Orleans), and Southern University Law School. In 1958 he was elected president of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans where he served for five terms. In 1959, he was elected president of the National Bar Association where he served two terms, and served as president of the Community Relations Council in New Orleans for three terms. He also served as president of the Southwest Bar Association, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the (New Orleans) Metropolitan Area Committee and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. He also was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Civil Justice Foundation, chairman of the Louisiana Caucus of Black Judges and was a member of the LSBA’s Legal Aid Committee. He received the LSBA’s Pro Bono Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. In 1978, he was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court bench and was elected to that same court in 1979, becoming the first African-American judge elected to that court. In 1984 he was reelected and two years later he became the first African-American chief judge of that court. In 1992, pursuant to Act 512 of 1992, he was elected to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal for the purpose of serving on the Louisiana Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to serve on the state’s highest court, and served until his retirement in 1994. Four U.S. presidents appointed him to a total of five presidential commissions. He received the Gertrude Rush Award from the National Bar Association and in 2000 he was presented with the ABA Thurgood Marshall Award. Recently, Southern University Law Center named its annual Symposium on Law, Politics, Civil Rights and Justice in Justice Ortique’s honor. In 1999, Ortique was named a United States Alternate Representative to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

 

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