CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| FEBRUARY 18, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 1, 2013, the Louisiana Supreme Court will celebrate 200 years of service as Louisiana’s highest
court. In honor of this occasion, the justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court will preside over Bicentennial
Ceremonies commemorating its legal heritage which dates back to 1813. The ceremonies will take place in the
Louisiana Supreme Court courtroom, 400 Royal Street, at 11:00 A.M., and are the culmination of a year of court
events highlighting the bicentennial.
According to Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, “The bicentennial of the Louisiana Supreme Court will be a
celebration of the rule of law, our history, and our state. Accordingly this event will look at how the Court, guided by
law, has taken shape over the past century and since the centennial celebration in 1913.”
Justice Greg G. Guidry chaired the Court Bicentennial Committee which selected topics for the Bicentennial
Ceremonies including: A Walk Through the Streets of New Orleans at the Time of the Court’s Foundation; The
Civilian Aspects of Louisiana Law; The Role of the Louisiana Supreme Court in the Early Civil Rights Movement; and
The History of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Additionally, there will be a short play presented by the International
High School of New Orleans entitled An Uncommon Birth-Shaping Louisiana’s Legal Tradition for Statehood.
The Bicentennial Ceremonies are free and open to the public. One hour of CLE accreditation will be available
for Louisiana attorneys.
For more information about the Louisiana Supreme Court Bicentennial Ceremonies contact Valerie Willard
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