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News & Announcements: 2021-10

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October 22, 2021
To combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), given the severity of risks posed to the public, Court staff, and other Court agencies, the undersigned as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana hereby orders as follows, effective November 1, 2021: All individuals seeking entry to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (including District Judges’ chambers and courtrooms, Magistrate Judges’ chambers and courtrooms, the Clerk’s Office, the U.S. Probation Office, and the Bankruptcy Court) must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry. If anyone needing to enter the courthouse does not have the required credentials, the Court will provide a rapid test to be self-administered prior to entry. The mask mandate and COVID-19 screening requirements, applicable to the entire Hale Boggs Federal Building, remain in effect for the United States District Court. View this PDF
October 4, 2021
On September 16, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana hosted a Zoom educational event entitled, “Empowering Beyond Survival: Exploring Pro Bono Representation of Domestic Violence Survivors.”  The Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, hosted the event in compliance with the POWER Act, also known as the “Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent” Act, a congressional mandate requiring the chief judge of each federal district to host an annual event promoting pro bono legal services for domestic violence survivors.  Chief Judge Brown gave opening and closing remarks, and panelists, Elena Perez, Managing Attorney for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ Pro Bono Program, Rebecca Rainey, Program Director for Metro Centers for Community Advocacy, Theresa Robertson, Attorney for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Allyson Tuttle, Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Project S.A.V.E., provided vital information on identifying and working with domestic violence survivors, court safety procedures, services provided by local domestic violence service providers, and pro bono opportunities.  Over 130 legal professionals attended the event, proving our local legal community’s commitment to serving survivors in need.  To view the event, please select this link.