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News & Announcements: 2022-01

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January 27, 2022
IN MEMORIAM Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman Jan. 28, 1934 - Jan. 26, 2022 U.S. District Judge 1983 - 2022 The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana mourns the loss of its beloved judge, the Honorable Judge Martin L.C. Feldman. He passed away last night of natural causes. He was to turn 88 tomorrow. Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1983, confirmed by the Senate on October 4, 1983, and received his commission on October 5, 1983, Judge Feldman was the second longest serving active federal district court judge in the country. In addition to serving as a federal district court judge, he was  designated by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to serve as one of eleven federal district court judges on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, from May 19, 2010 – May 18, 2017. After graduating from Tulane University in 1955, he served our country as U.S. Army Reserve Captain, JAG Court, from 1957 – 1963. He then attended Tulane Law School, and upon graduation he served as law clerk to the judicial icon, the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. “Judge Feldman has had a long, distinguished and honorable career as a lawyer and as a jurist,” said U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown. “He willingly shared his knowledge and experience mentoring every new district judge appointed to this court. Sitting alongside him on the bench, while he was training you was a rite of passage for new  judges,” she added. “Once you earned his love and respect, he always supported you and was there for you,” she continued. “He will be so deeply and sorely missed. However, he leaves a long legacy of accomplishments and friendships,” she concluded.  The flag flying over the federal district courthouse has been lowered to half-mast today and through tomorrow, in honor of Judge Feldman. Memorial and funeral arrangements are still pending. * Our dear friend Judge Feldman is laughing in heaven at the earlier typo of "funeral arraignments."