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News & Announcements: 2022-04

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 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 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 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
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.