CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| NOVEMBER 30, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A dedication ceremony honoring deceased U.S. District Court Judge Fred J. Cassibry was held today at the Louisiana Supreme Court, officially establishing the square city block on which the Louisiana Supreme Court Building sits as Judge Fred J. Cassibry Square. The naming of Cassibry Square was in accordance with Act 708 passed in 1999 by the Louisiana State Legislature. Located in the French Quarter, it is the block bounded by Royal, Conti, Chartres and St. Louis Streets.
In his welcoming remarks, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. explained that the Louisiana Supreme Court, in accordance with Act 708, commissioned the construction of two memorial plaques which will be placed on the square in prominent positions on the corners of Royal and St. Louis Streets, and Chartres and Conti Streets. “The plaques and the naming of the square will stand as a permanent testament to the life and accomplishments of a great man, Judge Fred Cassibry”, said Chief Justice Calogero.
Fred J. Cassibry (1918-1996) was appointed for life by President Lyndon B. Johnson to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Louisiana in 1966, where he served for over twenty years. Prior to his service on the federal bench, Cassibry was a Field Representative for the National Labor Relations Board, and practiced law from 1947 to 1960. He served on the New Orleans City Council from 1954 to 1961, and was a state court judge on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court 1961 -1966. He ultimately retired from the judiciary in 1987, and at the age of 69, he returned to the private practice of law. In 1994, he was appointed to the Louisiana Economic Development and Gaming Corporation, which regulated the land-based casino in New Orleans, and he served with distinction until his death in 1996.
During his years on the bench, Cassibry was a co-founder and President (1975-1976) of the Federal Judges Association, a member and President (1965) of the Louisiana District Court Judges Association, a member and the Louisiana Delegate (1976) of the U.S. Trial Judges Association, and a member of the New Orleans and Louisiana Bar Associations. Additionally, he served on the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics, the Louisiana Judicial Council and the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges. In 1987, the National Football Hall of Fame honored him with its Distinguished American Award.
A World War ll veteran, Cassibry remained a dedicated public servant throughout his life. The plaque memorializing the naming of Cassibry Square states “Throughout his forty years of public life, Judge Cassibry personified the definition of a dedicated public official. He never forgot he was a servant of the people.”
Upon his death in 1996, Judge Cassibry was survived by his wife, Muriel, two daughters, Libby and Cathryn, and three step-sons, Roger, Lance, and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Roland Belsome.