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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

November 14, 2022
The Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana hereby issues General Order No. 22-7, extending COVID-19 General Order No. 22-6, COVID-19 General Order No. 22-5, COVID-19 General Order No. 22-1, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-16, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-13, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-7, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-3, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-14, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-11, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-8, and COVID-19 General Order No. 20-4 until December 31, 2022. View this PDF
October 25, 2022
The Court has issued its First Amendment to Hurricane Ida Case Management Order No. 1. The features of the amendment are as follows:  • The amendment encourages the parties to use the two forms attached to it as Exhibits B & C to set forth their respective settlement positions at the informal settlement conference and mediation. It creates a uniform method for doing so.  • The amendment eliminates the requirement that the parties affirmatively contact the Court or Program Administrator (“PA”) to request a mediation be set, replacing it with an automatic 75-day window for disclosures and informal settlement conference, after which the PA will automatically set the case for mediation.  • The one-time limit on deadlines is extended to 21 days, consistent with LR 7.8.  • The appointment of umpires where appraisal is invoked will be resolved solely by the Chief Magistrate Judge rather than the presiding Magistrate Judge. View this PDF View CMO Exhibit B View CMO Exhibit C
October 12, 2022
On September 16, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana naturalized 25 individuals originating from countries around the world.  The Honorable Ivan L. R. Lemelle, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over the ceremony.  Tulane University’s ROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Attorney Camilo Salas served as keynote speaker.  Ms. Salas, a native of Ecuador, recounted his own immigration and citizenship story, and emphasized the notion that with hard work and determination, anything is possible in the United States.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Adams, the U.S. Attorney General’s designee, certified the candidates’ eligibility for naturalization and announced the petitioners’ names, and Judge Lemelle administered the Oath of Allegiance to the naturalization candidates.  Judge Lemelle then encouraged the newly naturalized citizens to register to vote at a table staffed by volunteers from the New Orleans Chapter of the League of Women Voters and to apply for U.S. passports at a table staffed by officials from the U.S. Passport Office outside the Courtroom.  To view photographs from the ceremony, please select this link.
September 29, 2022
Pursuant to Case Management Order No. 1, In re Hurricane Ida Claims, the Court hereby appoints Mediation Support Services, L.L.C. as Program Administrator for the Court’s Streamlined Settlement Program. The Court also appoints 30 individuals as neutrals for the Program. For more information, please see the orders below. View this PDF – Neutrals List View this PDF – Program Administrator Appointment  
September 26, 2022
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is pleased to announce that the Honorable Sarah S. Vance, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, is the 2022 recipient of the federal judiciary’s highest honor, the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.  The award was established in 1982 to honor the unsung heroes of the federal judiciary.  Judge Vance has served on the Eastern District of Louisiana’s federal bench since 1994 and served as the court’s Chief Judge from 2008-2015.  She has served on the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference, as Chair of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and currently serves on the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group.  Judge Vance will be honored at a ceremony opened by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., at the U.S. Supreme Court.  To read more about Judge Vance’s selection for the Devitt Award and her distinguished career, please select this link.  
September 9, 2022
On August 4, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held a naturalization ceremony in which thirty-six individuals from twenty-three countries across the globe became U.S. citizens.  The Honorable Wendy B. Vitter, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over the ceremony.   The Jesuit ROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by a keynote speech by the Honorable Bernadette D’Souza, Chief Judge for the Orleans Civil District Court.  Chief Judge D’Souza, a native of Goa, India, told her personal story of immigration and citizenship, and recounted how with the encouragement of her beloved husband and children, she was able to achieve her life-long dream of becoming a lawyer.  She impressed upon the candidates the notion that with hard work and determination, their goals and dreams could be fully realized in these great United States.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Gutierrez served as the U.S. Attorney General’s designee and certified the candidates’ eligibility for naturalization.  The candidates then swore an oath of allegiance to the United States, as administered by Judge Vitter, thus becoming fully-fledged United States citizens.  Afterwards, the candidates were invited to register to vote at a table staffed by volunteers from the New Orleans Chapter of the League of Women Voters. U.S. Passport Agency employees were also on hand to provide information to the newly, sworn-in citizens.  To view photographs from the ceremony, please select this link.
August 31, 2022
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeks applications for a Program Administrator and for Court-Appointed Neutrals in accordance with its Hurricane Ida Case Management Order No. 1. The required qualifications and additional information about each role are found in the call for applications. View this PDF (Call for Administrator) View this PDF (Call for Neutrals)
August 26, 2022
The Court hereby approves the Hurricane Ida Case Management Order (“CMO”) No. 1. The CMO outlines procedures for expedited discovery (the “Disaster Protocols”) and establishes a streamlined settlement conference and mediation protocol to facilitate efficient resolution of these matters. The mediation program, called the Streamlined Settlement Program, will include a panel of neutrals and a Program Administrator. The Magistrate Judges shall oversee the Streamlined Settlement Program, with Chief Magistrate Judge Michael North presiding over day-to-day operations. This will include the selection of the neutrals and the Program Administrator. Please see the complete order for further details. View this PDF (Case Management Order) View this PDF (Interim Protective Order)
August 17, 2022
The Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued COVID-19 General Order no.22-6, extending COVID-19 General Order No. 22-5, COVID-19 General Order No. 22-1, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-16, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-13, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-7, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-3, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-14, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-11, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-8, and COVID-19 General Order No. 20-4 for an additional ninety days or until November 15, 2022. View this PDF
August 15, 2022
THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA ISSUED REQUEST FOR QUOTE NUMBER LAEDCLERK22-0010 FOR THE PURCHASE OF (210) MICROSOFT WINDOWS VDA LICENSES. VENDORS INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A QUOTE MAY REQUEST A COPY OF THE SOLICITATION FROM LAEDML_PROCUREMENT@LAED.USCOURTS.GOV. THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AN OFFER IS 5:00 P.M. C.S.T ON MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022.  PLEASE CONTACT MICHAEL FOTO AT (504) 589-7661 WITH ANY QUESTIONS.   View this PDF

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