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2003 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

  APRIL 7, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: VALERIE WILLARD (504) 599-0319 or
VERONIKA AVERY (318) 342-5444

The Lousiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments on five pending cases today at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). Six justices held proceedings at ULM as part of an ongoing effort by the Court to educate and to inform students and the general public about the work of the Court.

"For over 15 years, holding court in venues other than the Supreme Court courthouse has been a tradition of the Court. The goal is to provide citizens with a snapshot of the volume, variety and complexity of the Court's caseload by bringing the Louisiana Supreme Court to them," said Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.

Prior to oral arguments, Justice Chet D. Traylor, a 1969 graduate of Northeast Louisiana State University, now known as ULM, welcomed the high school and university students in attendance in ULM's Brown Auditorium. Justice Traylor was elected in 1996 to the Fourth Supreme Court District which includes Monroe.

According to Justice Traylor,"The Supreme Court's decision to hold court at ULM is an historic and momentous event for the people of northeast Louisiana. The last time the Supreme Court sat in Monroe was June 1894. The people of Louisiana need to know that this is their Supreme Court. This is a rare opportunity to see the Supreme Court in action and the decision-making process which affects all of our lives."

"It is an honor to have had state law decided on our campus today. The Supreme Court's coming to Monroe is beneficial to the education of the students at ULM and throughout Northeast Louisiana." said ULM President, Dr. James Cofer.



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