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2005 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT)
(504) 310-2590

or
RENE ABADIE (SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY)
(985) 549-2341

 FEBRUARY 22, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STATE SUPREME COURT TO SIT AT

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY IN HAMMOND

Southeastern Louisiana University will be the site March 3 where the Louisiana Supreme Court will hold court in Hammond as part of an ongoing effort to educate and inform students and the general public about the work of the Court. The Court will convene for sessions beginning at 9:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. in the Vonnie Borden Theater auditorium located in D Vickers Hall. It will hear oral arguments on four pending cases.

The sessions will be open to groups of area high schools, Southeastern faculty and students, and to the general public on a space-available basis. Plans are in the works to offer closed circuit viewing in other classroom locations in the building if the audience exceeds the seating available in the theater.

Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. and Southeastern President Dr. Randy Moffett jointly announced the convening of the Louisiana Supreme Court at Southeastern.

Chief Justice Calogero said, "For several years, the Supreme Court has been periodically holding court in parishes other than Orleans Parish, where the Court is located in the historic French Quarter. The goal is to provide area citizens with a snapshot of the volume, variety and complexity of the Court's caseload by bringing the Louisiana Supreme Court to them."

"This is a wonderful educational opportunity for area high school students-as well as Southeastern students and faculty-to witness our state's highest court in action," Moffett said. "At Southeastern we emphasize and involve our students in as many real-world experiences as possible, and we have hosted the First Circuit Court of Appeal on several occasions. The work of the Supreme Court, however, is something few people get to see. We applaud Chief Justice Calogero and his fellow justices for bringing the Court's work to the public sector and especially for making this available for our students."

Chief Justice Calogero was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1972 and took his first oath as Associate Justice on January 10, 1973 to serve a two-year unexpired term. He was re-elected in 1974 to a fourteen-year term on the Court. He was re-elected again in 1988 and in 1998. Chief Justice Calogero's district, the First Supreme Court District, includes the parishes of Jefferson, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and parts of Orleans.

Chief Justice Calogero was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court on April 9, 1990. As Chief Justice, he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Louisiana Court System, Chairman of the Judicial Ethics Committee, the Judicial Council and the Human Resources Committee, and as a member of the Conference of Chief Justices. In December 1994, he was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and, in 1995 he commenced serving on the National Center for State Courts Time on Appeal Advisory Committee. In 1997, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices.

As Chief Justice, he also stewarded the restoration of the Court's former Courthouse and return of the Louisiana Supreme Court to 400 Royal Street. The Louisiana Supreme Court moved to its newly restored quarters in May of 2004.

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