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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.

April 26, 2022
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.  Comments must be received by July 25, 2022. View this PDF
June 27, 2022
It is ordered by the Court en banc, that any order issued by a judge of this Court directing mandatory participation in settlement conferences in individual “B3” cases is hereby vacated. Rather than attempt settlement in individual cases, the Court, at the appropriate time, will convene negotiations aimed at potential resolution of all “B3” cases collectively. This order only applies to orders to set settlement conferences with the assigned magistrate judges. It does not excuse litigants from complying with any other order or instruction from the presiding judge. View this PDF
June 13, 2022
THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA, HAS ISSUED SOLICITATION NUMBER  LAEDCLERK22-0001 FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF  EMPLOYEE PARKING WITHIN TWO BLOCKS OF 500 POYDRAS STREET, ROOM B208, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.    VENDORS INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL MAY REQUEST A COPY OF THE SOLICITATION FROM LAEDML_PROCUREMENT@LAED.USCOURTS.GOV.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AN OFFER IS 5:00 P.M. C.S.T ON FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2022.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT MICHAEL FOTO AT (504) 589-7661.   Form for Parking Solicitation
June 2, 2022
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a 14-year appointment as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas at Austin.   The selection process will be confidential and competitive.  The current annual salary is $205,528.  Only those persons with a law degree whose character, experience, ability, and impartiality qualify them to serve in the Judicial Branch should apply.  Persons shall be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. The qualification standards and the application form (Parts I and II) are available at www.ca5.uscourts.gov.  Four completed applications (Parts I and II) should be mailed to Lorie A. Robinson, Circuit Executive, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 600 Camp Street, Room 100, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.  A PDF version of the completed application form (Parts I and II) must be emailed to wtxbankruptcy@ca5.uscourts.gov.  THE DEADLINE FOR FILING A COMPLETED APPLICATION (Parts I and II) IS FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2022. APPLICANTS FOR THIS BANKRUPTCY JUDGE POSITION  DO NOT NEED TO FILL OUT A FORM AO78  
May 26, 2022
THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA, HAS ISSUED REQUEST FOR QUOTE NUMBER LAEDCLERK22-0003 FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF APC SMART-UPS UNITS AND REPLACEMENT BATTERY #152 & #141 or EQUIVALENT.   VENDORS INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL MAY OBTAIN A COPY OF THE REQUEST FROM THE SHARED ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OFFICE LOCATED AT 500 POYDRAS STREET, ROOM B-208, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.  ELECTRONIC COPIES MAY BE OBTAINED BY EMAILING: LAEDML_PROCUREMENT@LAED.USCOURTS.GOV THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AN OFFER IS 10:00 A.M. C.S.T ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2022.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT KEVIN PAYRE AT (504) 589-7678. View this PDF
May 23, 2022
The Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued COVID-19 General Order No. 22-5, extending 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 August 21, 2022. View this PDF
April 27, 2022
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. View this PDF
April 11, 2022
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.
April 8, 2022
Today, April 8, 2022, the Eastern District of Louisiana marks 210 years since its official establishment on April 8, 1812.
March 24, 2022
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. View this PDF

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