CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MARCH 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court will hold court at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, March 15, to hear oral argument on a family law case. The session is part of an ongoing effort to educate and inform students and the general public about the work of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The oral argument will convene at 2:00 p.m. in Rooms 129 -130 A.A. Lenoir Hall and will be open to law students, university and high school students, faculty, and the general public as space is available.
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and Southern University Law Center Interim Chancellor John K. Pierre jointly announced the visit of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Court periodically convenes in venues other than the Supreme Court Building in New Orleans and this practice is known as “riding the circuit.”
According to Chief Justice Johnson, “Before transportation made it possible to travel easily to New Orleans, the Louisiana Supreme Court was constitutionally required to ‘ride the circuit’ to ensure citizens statewide would have access to justice. We continue the tradition today so students and citizens across the state can see first-hand how the Louisiana Supreme Court operates.” The Louisiana Supreme Court last sat at Southern University Law School in 1997.
“We are delighted to host this event because of the high priority we place on civil engagement and access to legal education, said Interim Chancellor Pierre.
“It is especially appropriate for the Court to choose to convene at Southern University Law Center 70 years after Charles Hatfield, III sought admission to law school as an African American. His bold action in 1946 was the catalyst for opening the doors for African Americans to access legal education in the state of Louisiana.”
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