PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
15 , 2005
Attorney Sam A.
LeBlanc, lll has been appointed by order of the Louisiana
Supreme Court to serve as judge pro tempore of the First District,
Division "B," Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit, effective
for the period from December 13, 2005 through June 13, 2006
or until the vacancy is filled, according to Chief Justice
Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.
LeBlanc's appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement
of Judge Sol Gothard on August 31, 2005.
LeBlanc received an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University
in 1960, a law degree from Tulane University Law School in
1963 and a masters degree in Energy and Environmental Law
from Tulane University Law School in 1994. He was a practicing
attorney for 40 years and a partner in the New Orleans law
firm of Adams and Reese. He recently returned from serving
two years in Romania where he and his wife, Noelle, served
as United States Peace Corps volunteers.
Throughout his legal career, LeBlanc had many outstanding
accomplishments. He served for eight years, from 1972-1980,
as a Louisiana State Representative for District 86 representing
Orleans and Jefferson parishes. During this time he was appointed
Chairman of the Committee on Civil Law and Procedure and was
a member of the Judiciary "B" Committee. Additionally,
LeBlanc was a Commissioner and Chairman of the Regional Transit
Authority in 1984-1985 and Chairman of the New Orleans Regional
Chamber of Commerce in 1998.
LeBlanc has also been the recipient of numerous honors and
awards, including the Alliance for Good Government "Legislator
of the Year Award" in 1975. He was named one of the "Top
Lawyers in New Orleans" by New Orleans Magazine in 1998;
and among the "Best Lawyers in America" by Best
of the Best from 1999-2000.