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News & Announcements: 2021-07

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.

July 29, 2021
Considering recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Louisiana, and the City of New Orleans, all individuals must wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth to enter the Hale Boggs Federal Building or Courthouse unless they present medical documentation stating that they are unable to wear a mask for health reasons.  All individuals are required to distance 6 feet apart from other individuals while moving through the building.  View this PDF
July 28, 2021
The Court has found that Magistrate Judge Michael North, whose current term expires February 28, 2022, should be considered for reappointment. Accordingly, it is ordered that a Merit Selection Panel be established.
July 19, 2021
Pursuant to a vote of the en banc court; United States Magistrate Judge Michael North was designated Chief Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana for a period of four years effective on July 18, 2021. Full Page View
July 9, 2021
On May 27, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander History Month by hosting a program entitled, “The Asian American Experience: From Korematsu to Covid-19.”  The program featured panelists, Dr. Karen Korematsu, founder of The Fred Korematsu Institute and daughter of the late civil rights icon, Fred Korematsu; the Honorable Cyndi Nguyen, New Orleans City Councilwoman, District E; David Courcelle, Jefferson Parish Deputy Parish Attorney; and Dr. Jean Bing Simpson, LSU psychiatrist.  Mr. Courcelle moderated the event, and the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, gave opening and closing remarks.  The panelists gave varied legal, historical, and social perspectives on the Asian American experience, and provided valuable insight into what it meant to be an Asian American in times past and what it means to be an Asian American in our country today.