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The Court has found that Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby, whose current term expires February 21, 2023, should be considered for reappointment. Accordingly, it is ordered that a Merit Selection Panel be established.
The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby at New Orleans, Louisiana, is due to expire on February 21, 2023. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new eight (8) year term. The court is currently assembling a Merit Selection Panel. The names of the panel members will be published.
The duties of a magistrate judge include the following: (1) conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the parties.
Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and may be sent via email to Clerk@laed.uscourts.gov or mailed to Carol L. Michel, Clerk, United States District Court, 500 Poydras Street, Room C-151, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130...more »
On March 23, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana celebrated Women's History Month by hosting a continuing legal education seminar entitled, "Creating Herstory." The seminar addressed the issues which women face in the legal profession, and effective methods for confronting those issues on an individual and organizational level. The Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, provided welcome and closing remarks, and panelists, Marcus Brown (Entergy Corporation), Camille Bryant (McGlinchey Stafford PLLC), Ashley Heilprin (Phelps Dunbar LLP), Tracey Knight (U.S. Attorney's Office, EDLA) Avery Pardee (Jones Walker LLP), and Peter Sperling (Frilot LLC), provided key insight into how women lawyers and their employers can implement strategic measures and initiatives to ensure that women lawyers are hired, retained, and promoted within the legal profession. To view a recording of the event, please select this link.
Today, April 8, 2022, the Eastern District of Louisiana marks 210 years since its official establishment on April 8, 1812.
The Court hereby vacates Amended COVID-19 General Order 20-1, dated September 28, 2020, setting forth courthouse visitation and access restrictions for the U.S. District Courthouse and the Hale Boggs Federal Building. This order is directed to visitors of the courthouse and non-employees. Each agency shall make its own decision regarding COVID-19 screening policies for its employees. Visitors should contact individual judges and/or agencies about their specific COVID-19 screening policies for entry into those specific premises.
The Court hereby vacates COVID-19 General Order 21-15, dated October 22, 2021, requiring all individuals to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry into the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. This order is directed to visitors of the courthouse and non-employees. Each agency shall make its own decision regarding vaccination policies for its employees. Visitors should contact individual judges and/or agencies about their specific COVID-19 policies for entry into those specific premises.