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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.

June 21, 2024
Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown (center) and Judge Jay Zainey accepted the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2024 Guardian of Diversity Award on behalf of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana at the LSBA’s annual meeting on June 6, 2024. Presented by the LSBA’s immediate past president, Shayna Sonnier (right), the award recognizes the Court’s work to promote diversity through thought-provoking programs and CLEs about diversity, naturalization ceremonies that highlight the diversity of new citizens, and efforts to improve diversity in its workforce and jury pool. The Court is grateful for and honored by the recognition.
June 17, 2024
The Court has issued an order pertaining to all cases in the Hurricane Ida Case Management Program. The order provides, in part, that effective June 17, 2024: 1.     Except as to questions of privilege, no Motion to Compel shall be filed unless and until the parties seek a conference with the Chief Magistrate Judge for the purpose of resolving the dispute without formal motion practice. 2.     Attorneys and their law firms are hereby notified that they are responsible to ensure that mediators are paid on a timely basis and in accordance with the terms set forth in their respective invoices. More details are included in the full order, which is available here.
April 30, 2024
                The Louisiana State Bar Association awarded the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana the 2023-24 Guardian of Diversity Award in recognition of its outstanding work to promote diversity. The Court presents thought-provoking programs and CLEs about diversity. It conducts naturalization ceremonies that highlight the diversity of new citizens. And the Court has worked to improve diversity in its workforce and jury pool. Led by the Court’s first African American Chief Judge, Nannette Jolivette Brown, the Court is honored to be recognized as a Guardian of Diversity.                 “A federal court is tasked with protecting and defending citizens’ rights under the Constitution,” explained Chief Judge Brown. “Considering that the underlying principle of the Constitution that holds this country together was to create a nation of people from all walks of life and experiences who share in the common values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, our Court takes seriously its responsibility to set an example and lead in the important goals of diversity and inclusion.”                 Highlights of the Court’s work include annual African American and Women’s History Month celebrations. These are large, substantive events often exceeding 300 participants. Recent programs highlighted the women leaders of local law enforcement agencies, Supreme Court Chief Justice Emeritus Bernette Joshua Johnson discussing the Civil Rights Movement, and the lost community of Fazendeville and other threatened communities of color. The Court has also hosted events highlighting Native American, Hispanic, and Asian cultures.                  The Court holds other programs that make a significant impact on diversity issues in the legal profession. Perhaps most impressive was a two-hour reenactment of the legal events leading to the integration of the University of Mississippi. Several judges and James Meredith himself participated in the program produced with the Federal Bar Association. The Court also holds naturalization ceremonies with guest speakers who emphasize our nation’s strength in diversity.                 The Court has also expanded recruitment efforts to diversify its workforce. The Court is participating in a Judiciary program that provides internship opportunities for underserved students with an appreciation for DEI, preparing them for Judiciary careers. Likewise, the Clerk’s Office DE&I Committee promotes a culture of inclusion by producing events commemorating different cultures, including a Hispanic heritage program and a presentation on LGBTQ history remembering the victims of the tragic Upstairs Lounge fire. The committee also holds monthly lunches that spotlight Court employees’ diversity.                  The Court is grateful to a number of organizations that have partnered with it in presenting diversity programs, including the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Greater New Orleans Louis Martinet Legal Society, the Association for Women Attorneys, the Federal Public Defenders Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 
April 12, 2024
  Magistrate Judge Eva J. Dossier took the oath of office to become a United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on April 11, 2024, following her selection by the Court’s district judges. The Court extends a warm welcome to Magistrate Judge Dossier and looks forward to her service on the bench.
March 21, 2024
On Wednesday, March 20, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana presented a Women’s History Month Celebration entitled, "Women Empowering the Community Through Education: The Work of St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament & a Panel Discussion on The Changing Faces of Education." During the program, attendees learned about St. Katharine Drexel’s educational legacy in Louisiana through an engaging presentation by Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir, Professor of History at Xavier University. After Dr. Sinegal-DeCuir’s presentation, Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown moderated a panel of accomplished leaders in higher education as they discussed their career pathways and the challenges and opportunities for women in their field. In addition to Dr. Sinegal-DeCuir, the panel consisted of Dr. Kathy Johnson, President of the University of New Orleans; Madeleine M. Landrieu, Dean of the College of Law at Loyola University of New Orleans; Tracie N. Ransom, Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Tulane Law School; and Dr. Ceeon D. Quiett Smith, the Executive Vice President of Student Success and Operations for Dillard University. Over 300 individuals enjoyed the free CLE program in-person and online. From left to right: Lilian V. Pascone, Dr. Johnson, Dean Landrieu, Chief Judge Brown, Dr. Sinegal-DeCuir, Dean Ransom, and Dr. Smith.
March 13, 2024
On March 7, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held a naturalization ceremony in which 29 petitioners became United States citizens.  The Honorable Susie Morgan, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over the ceremony and provided the keynote address.  In her remarks, Judge Morgan spoke of the unique backgrounds of the petitioners and conveyed that their diversity is our strength.  She furthered that the petitioners now have full rights as citizens and encouraged them to register to vote and become involved in their communities and the nation.  Judge Morgan’s remarks were followed by a recorded message from President Joe Biden, after which she administered the Oath of Allegiance, handed out certificates, and took pictures with our country’s newest citizens.  To view photos from the ceremony, please select this link.
March 12, 2024
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana presents a Women's History Month Celebration entitled, "Women Empowering the Community Through Education: The Work of St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament & a Panel Discussion on The Changing Faces of Education," on Wednesday, March 20, 11:30am-1:30pm, in Courtroom 501 and via Zoom. There is no charge for this 2-hour CLE with lunch provided to in-person attendees, but advance registration is required at https://forms.office.com/g/5i3cYWzsP9. 
February 27, 2024
On January 4, 2024, the Honorable Greg G. Guidry, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over a naturalization ceremony in which 27 petitioners became United States citizens.  The Daughters of the American Revolution led the Pledge of Allegiance.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Janis van Meerveld, a naturalized citizen, served as Keynote Speaker.  In her remarks, she discussed her family history and journey to becoming a U.S. Citizen.  She also thanked the petitioners for choosing to become citizens and encouraged them to and participate in all aspects of civic life as new citizens.  EDLA Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Chickering served as the Attorney General’s designee and certified the petitioners’ eligibility for citizenship.  Judge Guidry then invited the petitioners to stand and announce their names and countries of origin, after which Case Manager Dedra Pongracz administered the Oath of Allegiance.  Judge Guidry then made concluding remarks and invited our newest citizens to register to vote at a table staffed by volunteers from Engaging New Voices and Voters.  To view photos from the ceremony, please select this link.
February 15, 2024
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana presents an African American History Month Celebration entitled, "We See You: Remembering and Acknowledging Lost, Erased, and Ignored Communities of Color in Louisiana,” on Thursday, February 29, noon-2 pm, in Courtroom 501 and by Zoom.  There is no charge for this 2-hour CLE with lunch provided to in-person attendees, but advance registration is required at https://forms.office.com/g/M71eNzAKYM. Please see the Eastern District of Louisiana website, www.laed.uscourts.gov, for additional information and for updates.
February 7, 2024
On November 2, 2023, the Honorable Wendy B. Vitter, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over a naturalization ceremony in which 31 petitioners became United States citizens.  The Daughters of the American Revolution led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Attorney José Cot, a naturalized citizen, served as Keynote Speaker.  In his remarks, he encouraged the petitioners to register to vote and participate in civic life of the United States and all it has to offer.  EDLA Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Nguyen served as the Attorney General’s designee and certified the petitioners’ eligibility for citizenship.  Judge Vitter then administered the Oath of Allegiance, handed out certificates, and took pictures with our country’s newest citizens.  To view photos from the ceremony, please select this link.

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