CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| OCTOBER 22, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson joined the family and friends of retired Supreme Court Justice James L. Dennis, now judge for the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, for a ceremony unveiling a portrait of Judge Dennis. The portrait will be hung in the halls of Louisiana Supreme Court courthouse alongside a historical array of portraits of former justices dating back to the early 1800's.
According to Chief Justice Johnson, “During his years at the Supreme Court, Judge Dennis had the distinction of having served with four Chief Justices and 11 associate justices. I remember fondly my time on the Supreme Court bench with him.”
The portrait was presented to the Court by Judge Dennis’ family during the Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society. Remarks were provided by attorney Donna Fraiche, President of the Historical Society, and members, Retired Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero and Judge Eldon E. Fallon, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
Judge Dennis graduated from Louisiana Technical University in 1959, received his law degree from Louisiana State University Law Center in 1962, and his masters in law from the University of Virginia in 1984. Before being elected judge of the Fourth Judicial District Court in 1972, he practiced law in Monroe, Louisiana and served as a state representative there. In 1974 Judge Dennis was elected to the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit and in 1975 he joined the Louisiana Supreme Court bench as an associate justice. He served as a Supreme Court justice for 20 years. In October 1995, Judge Dennis was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as a Circuit Judge of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Judge Dennis was a charter member of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society and has served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to the present. The Historical Society was founded in 1992 to preserve the history of the Louisiana Supreme Court and its influence on the development of Civil Law; and to research, publish and create items and materials of historical interest related to the Court.
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